The primary difference between recruiting and headhunting is that recruiters pull from a list of interested active job seekers, while headhunters actively pursue any professional with the experience and qualifications required for a position.
What is a job recruiter or headhunter?
A headhunter is a contracted professional that is hired by a company to find the best candidates for a specific job. Companies typically outsource this task to headhunters when they need to fill a particular position very quickly.
Is it worth getting a headhunter?
Headhunters can help you find a job if their available positions align with your interests and skills. Headhunters get assignments from clients to fill specific roles, so timing is everything. By developing a relationship with a headhunter, they can help you connect with their clients future positions.
Do I have to pay a headhunter?
Headhunters only make money when they are successful in placing a candidate in a job. Independent, third-party recruiters are often paid on contingency, meaning they do not get paid unless their candidate is hired. There is no licensing necessary to become a headhunter or recruiter, so anyone can become one.