The Hiring Playing Field: Time to Recruit Some Business Athletes

We’re down to the final minutes of the big game…the game depends on your team’s performance, now more than ever. It’s been a tough first half and now you need some fresh players to bring your team to victory. What do you do? Time to recruit some Business Athletes.

Ok, it’s not just a sports thing. It’s part of the hiring game. And in the second quarter of 2023, it’s never been more important for competitive employers to bring on the right talent. Because it is the top performers that can bring your team to success. What do we mean by that? The sports analogy is excellent when it comes to hiring. Many of the same attributes that bring home a Superbowl, a World Series or a Stanley Cup are the ones that make an organization the best among their peers. Here are some of the things that our team identifies in candidates that stand out:

  • Drive. This is something that can’t be learned. It’s an innate characteristic of top athletes and employees. It is an internal motivation to be the best they can be. This is a mentality or outlook a team member brings every day. 
  • Preparation. Practice, practice, practice!. Success isn’t always glamorous. It’s about honing skills and always being open to improvement. Learning must be ongoing. The player/employee who is not afraid to put in the time and effort to be better than they were the day before is the one you want on your team.
  • Communication. No team member succeeds alone. Yeah, we’re gonna say it: there’s no “I” in team. A key part of being a team player is being able to communicate with the other players. This includes being able to ask for help when needed, and to share knowledge and skills that will make the whole team succeed.
  • Vision. Great athletes and employees can keep the bigger picture in mind. It’s not always about individual achievement and glory. It’s the ability to keep the main objective in mind – which also means understanding a clear objective. The team’s objective is a win, and sometimes that means checking an ego at the door. A great player will take a bench to let another player score if that’s what will bring victory. 

Sports are great preparation for life. It’s no wonder that the analogies just keep coming. We “hit a home run” when we succeed and it’s a “swing and a miss” when opportunities pass us by. Sometimes you run the ball and some times you throw…when it’s fourth down, sometimes you punt. Knowing which to choose is the difference in winning the game. It’s no different in recruiting and hiring.

As we head into the second quarter of 2023, employers are having to make many decisions about how to best set themselves up for success in the new year. The skills that were hot in demand six months ago are different than the ones needed now, in a different economic climate. It’s time to look to the special teams that will bring the organization to victory. The best teams will look to their top recruiters to source the unique talent that will meet the moment. It’s why top employers look to TalentReach to find those superstars. 

It’s time to ramp your team up and call in some fresh talent to take your team to victory. Give us a call to get started on the championship crew that will bring your organization to success.


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