head·​hunt·​er | \ˈhed-ˌhən-tər \

Definition of headhunter 

1 : one that engages in head-hunting

2 : a recruiter of personnel especially at the executive level

3 : an athlete who intentionally seeks to harm an opponent

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High-technology headhunters had easy pickings at GE. WSJ, "There’s More Than One Reason for GE’s Fall," 4 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter Victoria McLean is a former banking headhunter and recruitment manager who set up a business called City CV, which helps job candidates with applications. The Economist, "How an algorithm may decide your career," 21 June 2018 In early 2017, a Chinese headhunter sent Mr. Mallory a message about contracting work using a networking site. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Ex-C.I.A. Officer Is Convicted of Spying for China," 8 June 2018 Ray Norman has worked as an attorney recruiter and corporate headhunter, as well as ghostwritten books on health, nutrition and spiritual self-help. Wesley Snipes, The Root, "Talon of God," 27 May 2018 In the basement, glass cases display trophies and trinkets, including Amazonian spears, a Borneo headhunter’s knife and a tarantula, brought back by the foreign drillers from exotic places. Claudia Capos, BostonGlobe.com, "Black gold fever: Canada celebrates its 160-year oil heritage," 24 Apr. 2018 The board members gathered again, in a meeting room in the San Francisco Four Seasons Hotel, and began voting in a secret-ballot process that involved texting their decisions to a corporate headhunter. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "At Uber, a New C.E.O. Shifts Gears," 30 Mar. 2018 The Williams alumnae with an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School had the kind of resume headhunters yearn for: McKinsey, Starbucks, Goldman Sachs, United Technologies. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Former Tronc Chairman and Investor Michael Ferro Accused of Inappropriate Advances by Two Women," 19 Mar. 2018 Some high-earning proprietors — such as construction contractors, massage therapists, executive headhunters and restaurateurs — could be excluded if the IRS writes the rules too narrowly. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "No one's sure who qualifies for this $415-billion tax deduction," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of headhunter

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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