What is the difference between a closed internal recruitment system and an open internal recruitment system?

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The difference between an open internal recruitment system and a closed internal recruitment system is the transparency of the process whereby a company seeks to fill a vacancy from within. An internal recruitment system is distinguished from an external system by the human resources department's focus on promoting or transferring from within the organization. Both open and closed internal recruitment systems focus on promoting or transferring from within, but an open system is at least nominally inclusive of the entirety of a workforce. In a closed internal recruitment system, there is no broad organization-wide announcement of an opening with an invitation to all existing employees who meet specified requirements to apply. Human resources or management seek to identify the best or preferred candidates for the open position in question without making the workforce aware that such a process is underway, although most would obviously be aware of an opening.

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