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 A few days ago, a university headhunter reached out to Elizabeth T. Jacobs, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Arizona, to gauge her interest in moving to a leading university in Texas. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2022 But your job as a recruiter or headhunter is to dive deeper than even a good resume portrays a candidate. John M. O'connor, Forbes, 2 May 2022 One of the best ways to find a new job is to enlist the help of a headhunter. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Then came Karl Strovink, who was recruited into the company by a headhunter for the role of president of North America and CFO. Carmela Chirinos, Fortune, 24 Apr. 2022 Facebook hired a headhunter and launched a comprehensive search for a prominent Democrat who could lead its lobbying efforts. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2021 In June, an undercover reporter for Greenpeace U.K., posing as a headhunter for an unnamed oil-and-gas entity, coaxed Keith McCoy, a senior lobbyist for ExxonMobil, into a number of embarrassing revelations. Dan Kaufman, The New Yorker, 26 Oct. 2021 Gordon, a current member of faculty, says he was warned by a headhunter to leave Hong Kong as fast as possible. Cnn Staff, CNN, 18 Sep. 2021 Work searches include submitting resumes and applications for jobs, registering with a placement facility or temporary help agency or headhunter, meeting with a career counselor, posting a resume on an employment website or interviewing for a job. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of headhunter

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jul 2022

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“Headhunter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headhunter. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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