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

Examples of headhunter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amazon’s board will want to hang on to his magic touch for as long as possible, says a headhunter who knows the firm well. The Economist, "And on the second day... Can Amazon keep growing like a youthful startup?," 18 June 2020 Both domestic and foreign institutions have slowed recruitment, according to headhunters in the financial hubs. Ishika Mookerjee, Bloomberg.com, "Job Offers Delayed in Asia’s Financial Hubs in Virus Fallout," 10 May 2020 In 1989, a headhunter recruited her for a job in Citicorp’s private-banking arm. New York Times, "The Money Behind Trump’s Money," 4 Feb. 2020 As the big headhunters have grown bigger, boutique firms have struggled to keep up. The Economist, "Take me to a leader Corporate headhunters are more powerful than ever," 6 Feb. 2020 Marketers are making investment decisions at a time when the average tenure of a chief marketing officer, or CMO, is a mere 43 months, or less than half of that of a CEO, according to research by headhunters Spencer Stuart. Washington Post, "Advertisers Face Up to Scandal Risk But Can’t Ditch Tech Giants," 19 Sep. 2019 Many companies make exasperating demands of headhunters and candidates. The Economist, "Take me to a leader Corporate headhunters are more powerful than ever," 6 Feb. 2020 The technology could allow businesses to save resources and time, with applications ranging from lowering factories’ power consumption to headhunters departments scanning resumes automatically. Sam Schechner And Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Google Pushes ‘Sensible’ Ideas for How to Regulate AI," 20 Jan. 2020 That’s what happened earlier this season when recidivist headhunter Vontaze Burfict of the Oakland Raiders took aim on Colts tight end Jack Doyle’s cranium and was suspended the rest of the season. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Crush the cheatin' Patriots, Roger Goodell, or don't bother punishing them at all," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of headhunter

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Headhunter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headhunter. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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