head·​hunt·​er | \ ˈhed-ˌhən-tər How to pronounce headhunter (audio) \

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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The headhunters have already started serving up candidates for the new ATP CEO position. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "50 Parting Thoughts From Wimbledon 2019," 14 July 2019 Operating on a startup budget, Mr. Dougan hired a headhunter to fill key seats and paid the bill partly in Exos shares, according to a person familiar with the matter. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Brady Dougan Stages His Wall Street Comeback," 28 Sep. 2018 With so little to go on, headhunters rely on college grades and the pedigree of their current employers as proxies. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "No Experience? No Problem. Private Equity Lures Newbie Bankers With $300,000 Offers.," 31 Oct. 2018 Despite having no finance background, the 50-year-old former headhunter reinvented himself as an offshore specialist helping manage hundreds of shell companies. Max Colchester And Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Hiding Russian Money Was Easy. Quitting Was Harder.," 4 Aug. 2018 Isn't 10x Management just another headhunter agency? Erik Schechter, Popular Mechanics, "Even Software Engineers Have Agents Now," 11 Sep. 2013 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

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First Known Use of headhunter

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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