Cold calling is normally used in marketing and refers to meeting up with a new prospect without a prior appointment or trying to fix up an appointment with a new prospect at random and with little or no reference from anyone. In a limited way, if you have access to bio data that broadly meets a client specification and you call up the candidate and inquiry if / she is interested in the opening, it can be termed cold calling.
Head Hunting on the other hand refers to to the systematic and targeted identification of a candidate, who perhaps has special skill sets or the appropriate academics and experience. This is normally done for very senior level positions and often involves trying to poach or lure a candidate from a competitor, with the offer of a much better pay, perks, designation and job profile.
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Dear Peal Singh,
Thanks for sharing, here's the link to the post where Jacob had shared it. Difference between Head hunting and cold calling
In addition to that, Here's some inputs , from the operations, that I found . The Turn-Around-Time and the cost attached to these two tasks are extremely different.
Head-hunting being a lot more focused and targeted have a higher cost and lower TAT. This is initiated , once a lead have been established and closed within a shorter frame of time. Such as hiring a Country Head HR, will require a high level communication and secrecy to be maintained.
However, cold-calling is often a wild goose chase. Hence the volume is higher with a lower hit-ratio. This is considered for the entry level roles.
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