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Recruitment 01 May 2023

Headhunting vs Recruitment Agencies: Why Choosing a Headhunter is the Best Option

user-img David Ozi Borg
At BigWig Headhunters, we are passionate about finding the best talent for our clients. As a headhunting agency, we have a unique approach to recruitment that sets us apart from traditional recruitment agencies. In this article we highlight the top 5 benefits of using a headhunter over a recruitment agency.

Access to a larger talent pool

Headhunting agencies have the ability to tap into a much larger pool of candidates, including those who are not actively looking for a new job. While recruitment agencies may advertise job vacancies on job boards or social media, headhunters proactively seek out the perfect candidate for a specific role. At BigWig, we maintain a comprehensive database of candidates, which enables us to identify top talent that may not be visible on the job market. When you hire a headhunting agency, you are not just getting a recruitment service, you are hiring expertise in locating the ideal candidate for your vacancy.

Comprehensive research

The level of research carried out by headhunting agencies is far superior to that of recruitment agencies. A headhunter takes the time to thoroughly research the candidate's skills, experience and qualifications to ensure that they are a perfect fit for the role. Headhunters also have honest and candid conversations with candidates and clients to ensure that the right match is made. At BigWig, we are committed to finding the perfect candidate for each role and believe that this level of research and honesty sets us apart.

Higher success rate

As a result of the comprehensive research and personal touch, headhunting agencies boast a higher success rate than recruitment agencies. When a headhunter approaches a candidate for a role, they will deal with the same headhunter throughout the process, from the initial contact to the final stages of the hiring process. This level of personal attention ensures that the candidate is supported and feels valued throughout the process.

Reduced cost

While some may assume that using a headhunting agency would be more expensive, the truth is that it is often more cost-effective than using an internal recruitment team or a recruitment agency. Processing CVs internally can be a time-consuming and costly process. Additionally, having an unfilled role can have a significant trickle-down effect on your business. By using a headhunter, you can locate quality talent quickly and efficiently without taking up the time of your current staff.


Headhunting agencies offer complete confidentiality, which is particularly important when filling high-level vacancies. Companies can remain anonymous while a headhunter navigates through the job market to find potential candidates. Recruitment agencies may also offer confidentiality, but headhunters' ability to chase candidates based on highly refined parameters sets them apart.

There are many benefits to using a headhunter over a recruitment agency. At BigWig Headhunters, we believe that our comprehensive research, personal touch and commitment to finding the perfect candidate sets us apart from other recruitment agencies. When you hire a headhunter, you are not just getting a recruitment service, you are getting a partner who is invested in your success.

If you’re interested in learning more, get in touch with our team today for a short, informal conversation about your challenges and how we might be able to help.


David Ozi Borg

Co-Founder & COO BigWig Headhunters

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