At SOLTECH, we recruit for in-house positions and for our the needs of our clients. Thus, we talk with numerous clients and potential candidates daily. We’re often asked what the difference is between a recruiter and a headhunter. We understand that there can be As a client looking to fill a role or as someone interested in applying for a role, it’s important to know the differences between a recruiter and a headhunter.

What Do Recruiters Do?

A recruiter is “someone whose job is to enlist or enroll people as employees, in the armed forces, or as members of an organization.” The goal for a recruiter is to fill a role, whether internal, for one set company they work for, or external, for a client who is hiring for said position. Recruiters are also typically in charge of handling job board posting, advertising open positions and handling the entire hiring process from the first phone screen to extending the final offer to the candidate.

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What Do Headhunters Do?

Headhunters, on the other hand, aren’t quite like recruiters. A headhunter is “someone who identifies and approaches suitable candidates employed elsewhere to fill business positions.” It sounds similar, right? What headhunters don’t do though is handle posting on job boards, advertising the available jobs and initial screenings. Headhunters are typically on the hunt for a specific set of skills and are often looking to fill executive roles. On the contrary, recruiters usually fill any type of role and are more flexible in the type of skill set the person has.

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The Difference Between a Recruiter and a Headhunter

Both are equally great to work. The benefits of each are similar but depending on the role you are looking to fill or looking to apply to will depend on who you work with. Again, recruiters are typically employed by one specific brand to fill roles within that company. Recruiters handle the entire interview process and are constantly looking to fill multiple roles at a time. Headhunters aren’t part of the advertising or job posting and are hired by outside companies to fill a very specific role. Headhunters are usually only working on finding a candidate for one or two high level roles at a time.

At SOLTECH, our staffing team is made up of recruiters. They’ll work closely with the clients to determine the positions available and the skill set that they’re seeking. The recruiters will also work closely screening candidates for potential interviews, possibly inviting them to tour the space and meet the team to determine if they’d be a good fit.

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