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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:
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Project management and planning
  • Attention to detail
  • Negotiation
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability and confidence to interact and network with senior managers
  • Business awareness - understanding how their department interfaces with other business functions
  • Confidence in using computer applications such as HR Information Systems (HRIS) or Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
Another critical skill is decision-making and confidence in justifying decisions to colleagues and stakeholders. In this role, you will be counted on by those who don't have experience in HR or recruiting to provide them with job candidates that meet their criteria with minimal time and expense.

How can someone learn essential Recruitment Manager skills?

Most professionals acquire their skillset through experience gained working as a recruitment consultant, HR manager, or similar role. Many in this line of work will also benefit from mentorship from more experienced professionals in the recruitment and HR industry.
Some online programs offer training courses to hone specific skills or introduce you to this field. However, it would be difficult to gain a management position unless you had already gained significant on-the-job experience working in the recruitment or HR departments of various organisations.

What qualifications does a Recruitment Manager need to have?

A minimum requirement for Recruitment Managers is usually a bachelor's degree in business administration, management, or a related subject. Depending on the size and scope of an organisation, having a master's degree might also be required.

Additional HR and recruitment certifications will look good on your resume, such as a Certificate IV in Human Resources. You can also take shorter courses in areas such as recruitment and retention, or how to use an ATS effectively.

How does a Recruitment Manager upskill throughout their career?

You will need to continuously upskill yourself as the recruitment and HR industry is constantly changing. Upgrading your knowledge of new recruitment technologies, procedures, or techniques will help you stay effective in this role for longer.
Network with other professionals in the recruitment and HR industry as much as possible. This can be done online through social media or face-to-face at conferences and seminars hosted by reputable professional associations. You don't always have to attend courses either - just talking to friends and colleagues about their challenges and asking them how they overcame those challenges can also inspire new ideas for your own career path.
Upskilling is necessary for your career, but it is typically time-consuming and costly. Luckily, Hays Learning, our free innovative e-learning platform brought to you in collaboration with Go1, has plenty of online courses you can get started with today. Sign up now for free.

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