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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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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