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What is Recruitment?

What is Recruitment?

The word ‘recruitment’ may be defined in dictionary terms as military enlistment. However, if you’ve typed “what is recruitment?” in to Google then chances are you have been looking for jobs and career options and have stumbled upon phrases  such as:

Recruitment consultant, recruitment industry, recruitment process outsourcing, recruitment specialisms, resourcer, recruitment desk, internal recruitment, talent acquisition, recruitment trainee and more…


So what is the definition of recruitment in business?

Put simply, we can define recruitment as the process of filling staff vacancies in organisations. This could happen in any number of ways. For example – imagine you are a manager in a business with a vacancy in your team which you need to fill. Here are some options:

  1. You could try and find the candidate yourself. This could be described as recruiting directly.
  2. If your company has an Internal Recruitment or Talent Acquisition team (like ours) then you could task them with finding candidates for the vacancy.
  3. If you outsource the recruitment of one vacancy to a recruitment agency (external company), then a recruitment consultant from that company will be responsible for providing suitable candidates for you to interview. If they find the candidate you choose to hire, you pay a fee to the recruitment agency.
  4. If you are regularly recruiting people in to your business, you may set up a contract with a recruitment business / agency. This may be classed as something like Managed Service Provision or Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). People working in these types of recruitment teams may have job titles such as Account Managers or RPO Consultants.


How to Start Out in Recruitment

Check out our earlier blog How to Become a Recruitment Consultant to find out more about the recruitment industry, job roles available and answers to questions such as:

What are the typical responsibilities and tasks?
What skills and attributes are needed to be successful in recruitment?
What qualifications do you need to be a recruitment consultant?


How to Become a Recruitment Consultant at REED

REED have numerous entry routes for people wanting to work in recruitment but who do not have any relevant experience. Provided you have done your research, are willing to work hard to achieve success, and are eligible to work full-time in your chosen office location without restrictions (such as the need for visas etc); then we welcome your application.

Find out more about each of our Early Careers entry routes below.

Graduate Training Scheme

Undergraduate Placement Year



All Current Vacancies


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