Talent Acquisition


An organization’s effectiveness is directly related to the caliber of its employees. Poor hiring decisions result in costly and time consuming problems related to performance management, employee relations, and productivity issues. Examine how to meet the challenge of hiring quality individuals with relevant background and experience, as well as how to source, recruit, and onboard employees for your organization.

This course will introduce you to strategies and practices for successful recruitment and selection as well as the legal requirements with which you must comply. Topics include job analysis, developing marketable job postings, recruitment and selection, onboarding, developing Talent Brand, behavioral interviewing, candidate assessment, background investigations, recruitment technologies, legislative compliance, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action requirements. You will gain hand-on experience using various recruiting tools and industry leading technologies.

  • Identify the relationship of Talent Acquisition to the Human Resources function.
  • Analyze a variety of job descriptions and create recruiting narratives.
  • Create and conduct behavioral interviews.
  • Compare and contrast the types of recruiting strategies.
  • Develop a sourcing plan for specific jobs, including creative posting text.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop search criteria and locate candidates using a variety of tools and techniques.
Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Association Credits

HR Certification Institute (HRCI)
30.00 Hours

Section Notes

This is an online course with live class sessions over Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 6pm-9pm (PT) from June 19 - August 28, 2024.  The last day of the course is September 3. There will be a break the week of the 4th of July, with no live sessions or course work due. Exact dates for the break will be shared once the course starts.

Specific dates are subject to change. Students will be notified of any changes. 

Please check your computer readiness for Zoom by conducting a Test Meeting at https://zoom.us/test. A strong internet connection and head phones with microphone are required. 

Students will receive an email with login information to access the course one business day before the first day of class. 

Certificate Students: Students must earn a grade of C or higher (not a C minus) in order for this course to count towards the requirements for the certificate. A "C-" will not count as a passing grade for the purpose of the certificate. Coursework towards the certificate must be completed within five years. 

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received by the refund deadline: 7/3/2024. Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date.  Click here or visit https://cpe.ucdavis.edu/student-services/withdrawals-refunds-and-transfers to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers. 

Technical Requirements

This is a "Online Classroom" format course- all instruction occurs face-to-face via Zoom online classroom. Technology is used to facilitate online activities, assess students (assignments, exams, etc.), or deliver content. You will receive an email on the course start date with information on how to log into the online class portal. If you have not received your login information in the time frame indicated, please visit: our website for additional information on how to obtain access to your course. Students must have a computer with access to the internet and an email account in order to complete this course. Also, students must test their computer's ability to use Zoom PRIOR to the first class at https://zoom.us/test To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements.

Section Course Materials

The Recruiter's Handbook- A complete Guide for Sourcing, Selecting, and Engaging the Best Talent




Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.


Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Early Enroll Discount

Enroll 14 days before the course start date to save $50 on the course fee.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.