All headhunters are recruiters, but not all recruiters are headhunters.
Clear enough? Not at all, I know! Keep reading…
If you’re a job seeker in touch with someone who uses either title, the good news is that you’re working with someone who wants to help you land your next career opportunity. We can check off the most important similarity of all – Headhunters and Recruiters exist to match job candidates with open positions.
What is headhunting?
Headhunting, also known as an executive search, is the process of finding the best possible candidate for a position. In most cases, businesses use a headhunting, rather than traditional recruitment, to identify and hire high-level employees or the “head” of a company, like a CEO. Headhunters usually work for an agency hired to fill a company’s top-level, specialized or technical positions. They approach only professionals who are employed and not actively looking for another job, known as passive candidates. Headhunters present job offers to these targeted candidates, to entice them to leave their current positions.
What is recruiting?
Recruiting is the process of finding the best possible candidate for a position by engaging with those who are open to switching jobs or actively seeking employment. These candidates might apply directly for the position or the recruiter may speak with them at a job fair. Recruiters may work for an agency, but they can often work in human resources for the company with open positions, known as internal or external.
So in Conclusion
While headhunters conduct comprehensive searches for roles with a limited scope of who is qualified, recruiters vet through active job seekers and make recommendations of qualified candidates. But headhunters and recruiters both play a vital role in conducting the search and hiring process on behalf of companies.
It’s very important and necessary that companies understand the difference before partnering with a third party to take on the search process for vacant roles.