Is Talent Acquisition Different from Recruitment?

Recruiting and Talent Acquisition are terms that are used interchangeably. But are they the same? Well, kind of…. Technically speaking, recruiting is considered a subset of talent acquisition.

Why is that?

Recruiting activities include sourcing, screening, interviewing, assessing, selecting, and hiring.

Whereas Talent Acquisition includes Recruiting and:

  • Recruitment strategy and planning
  • Operational process definition
  • Social media marketing
  • Employer branding
  • Sourcing channel selection
  • Candidate assessments
  • Building talent communities
  • Recruitment technologies
  • Data and analytics
  • Onboarding

So, in summary, Recruiting is a discipline within Talent Acquisition. Taking this a step further, Talent Acquisition is a discipline within Talent Management. We wrote an article on Talent Management worth checking out here: Defining Talent Management.