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Recruitment Manager skills and qualifications

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What skills does a Recruitment Manager need to have?

Important skills for a Recruitment Manager include:
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Project management and planning
  • An eye for detail
  • Negotiation
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Confidence to exchange and network with senior executives
  • Business awareness - knowing how their department interacts with other functions of the business
  • Capability in using software applications such as HR Information Systems (HRIS) or Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).
Another key competency is the ability to make decisions and have confidence in defending them to colleagues and stakeholders. Those who lack HR or recruitment expertise will need to trust your judgement when it comes to how the organisation sources and hires new employees.

How can someone learn essential Recruitment Manager skills?

Experience working as a recruitment consultant, HR manager, or similar job is usually the basis for a Recruitment Managers' expertise. Up and coming managers will also benefit from mentorship from more experienced professionals within the recruitment and HR sectors.
Online courses are available to help you improve specific talents or introduce you to this role and its responsibilities. With that said, you can't come into this role without first demonstrating your skills and understanding of the job with your previous work experience.

What qualifications does a Recruitment Manager need to have?

Do you need to go to University to be a Recruitment Manager? Not necessarily, but a bachelor's degree in business administration, management, or a similar area is desirable by most employers. A master's degree may be necessary depending on the size and scope of the hiring organisation.
A Certificate IV in Human Resources will look great on your resume, as will any other HR or recruitment credentials. You may also enrol in shorter courses on topics such as recruiting and retention and how to use an ATS successfully.

How does a Recruitment Manager upskill throughout their career?

You'll need to keep learning since the recruitment and HR business constantly evolves. Upgrading your understanding of new recruitment technologies, procedures, or methods will help you stay effective in this role for longer.
Networking with other professionals in the recruitment and HR sector is a great way to introduce yourself to new tactics and approaches. You can do this online through platforms like LinkedIn or attend industry events and conferences.
You can also take advantage of any internal training opportunities within your own company. As you work in the recruitment and HR sphere, you'll experience many different scenarios that can be utilised in company-wide training sessions or workshops.
Upskilling is crucial for your career development, but it can be a costly and time-consuming process. Luckily, Hays Learning, our free innovative e-learning platform brought to you in collaboration with Go1, has plenty of online courses you can jump into. Sign up now for free.

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