Recruiting and Football

This past Sunday, I watched my Ravens lose to the Redskins.  You cannot believe the local rivalry with my friends and these two teams. My attitude and demeanor changes almost instantly with each call, play, fumble, or score. In a period of four hours and overtime my emotions ranged from gut wrenching disappointment to joy, to “Are you kidding me?” comments, to unrealistic expectations and back to disappointment. I then started to think about the similarities of football and recruiting.

We arrive at work expecting to WIN, we encounter many obstacles and challenges as we run through the placement process trying to score a placement or fill. Along the way many people try to prevent us from scoring and many things beyond our control can prevent us from winning!

We don’t wear a football uniform and to protect us, but we’ve protected ourselves with proper training, scripts, ability to overcome objections and our competitive energy and spirit.

We may not have pulled hamstrings or concussions, but our day can be filled with unlimited rejection and disappointments that can injure our self-esteem and ability to perform at our best.

Some players compete in the Super Bowl or win the Heisman Trophy as a Freshman, and others are traded for lack of performance or warm the bench. It was no coincidence that Johnny Manziel passed for 3,419 yards, rushed for 1,181 and accounted for 43 touchdowns. He’s been throwing a football since he was two years old!

In our Profession there are the Big Billers, Top Producers, the average producers and then some who leave our profession for lack of production. Which one of these best describes you? I’m sure you didn’t think of being a recruiter at age 2, but are you fulfilling the dreams you had when you entered our Profession? Are you tracking your individual stats and ratios? Numbers don’t lie and help you know what adjustments to make. (More on this later)

To be good at anything including a sport or profession – it takes conditioning, training, repetition of plays that work, focus on best use of time, knowledge, expertise, the ability to overcome all obstacles and the tenacity to keep your eye on the prize. A football player would never compete without watching films of their competitors in order to prepare. You should never make marketing presentations without proper research, preparation and confidence. You should continue to learn and adjust your game based on your results or lack thereof.

The next time you watch a football game, realize the similarities to our Profession and get in the game DAILY so you can enjoy the greatest level of success.

I mentioned numbers and stats earlier. If you know your numbers you know exactly what results you need each day to consistently hit your production and income goals.

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  • David Israel was a pleasure to work with and was instrumental in helping me find an excellent career opportunity .

    David was extremely professional and took the time to really listen to where I was in my career and what I was looking for. As a result of the work he did to connect me with the right opportunity, I was able to obtain a great starting salary and great benefits as well. I would highly recommend David’s services to both job seekers and employers. Josh Axmacher David Israel was a pleasure to work with!
  • Tim was nothing but helpful from the start!

    I was originally contacted by Tim as a reference for someone who used to work for me. He must have recognized that I myself was a good fit, because within a few minutes the conversation turned to me applying for the job.  He was always pushing for me. He was there to help with everything, every step of the way, and was in constant communication. He played a massive role in me landing an amazing job with an even better company. I can't stress enough how awesome this guy was. Tim will coach you through the entire process and be your biggest advocate. He has a lifetime of experience and knows exactly what companies are looking for. A+, 10/10, two thumbs up, 5-stars. Thanks for everything Tim! Brock Kinley Tim was nothing but helpful from the start
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  • Chris was amazing through the entire application and interview processes, 10 out of 10.

    He took his time to get to know me and really ensure that I was what he was looking for. He ensured that I had information about the hiring company to ensure it was something I felt I wanted to pursue. Chris also gave me some helpful tips and tricks in his emails about the interview process, you could tell that he was doing everything on his end to help you, it all just came down to how well you executed on your end. I would certainly recommend anyone looking for opportunities to reach out to Chris, the first possibility didn’t work out that we were attempting but he came back and nailed it with the second opportunity.
    Cody Smith
    Chris was amazing through the entire application and interview processes, 10 out of 10.
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    David set me up with a great opportunity in my field as a restaurant General Manager. He really takes the time to get to know who you are and what you're about, what's important to you in your career and home life.   I would definitely recommend working with David,  and have actually passed on his contract info to several others already!
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