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.

Back

What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • I am grateful to have met Corina and will surely have a professional working relationship with her for years to come!

    Corina Mack was extremely thorough and quick to respond to all of the needs of myself as well as her business client. Her ability to communicate between the 2 of us made the process so quick. Corina was very knowledgeable about the company she was representing and their current team that was in place. Sometimes companies receive an overwhelming amount of applications for positions and Corina’s ability to pre-screen potential candidates surely expedited this businesses needs to fill their role.           Regards, John R. Guyon III I am grateful to have met Corina Mack and will surely have a professional working relationship with her for years to come!
  • Erin DeFreitas was Top - Notch!

    Could not have been better!

                          Thank You!     Eddie T. Erin DeFreitas was top-notch!
  • I am beyond thankful Jaclynn Graybill!

    Jackie was my recruiter and she truly is an exceptional addition and excellent employee!  Patrice & Associates provided amazing service which made my decision to chose this organization to work for seamless.  I have referred Jackie to a few of my friends, and I am confident they will receive the same outstanding experience as well!

    All the best,

    Chantal

    I am beyond thankful Jaclynn Graybill!
  • I give Jay a 10 out of 10! 

    Jay Gray is an exceptional recruiter and someone who truly cares about what his client is seeking for employment. Jay helped me through the entire hiring process and made me feel confident about my new career opportunity. I am truly grateful to have had his help. Once again, thank you for you service and it really did help me in a time I needed someone like Jay to come in and help secure a position that valued my worth. I’m really enjoying my position and I’m fortunate for the help!               Much Thanks! Walker Patterson I give Jay a 10 out of 10!
  • I have been nothing but completely happy with Jonathan Litt

    Jonathan Litt has been absolutely amazing during the process of getting me hired for a new position. I’ve been in hospitality for many years, as a Director of Finance in hotels. The last year and a half has been quite difficult, even for those of us who remained employed during the pandemic. After a year of running a department alone due to property wide layoffs, a stressful transition (brand and management company), working crazy hours, along with a 20% paycut for 9 months, I started feeling very overwhelmed and drained. I told myself it might be time for a change and I was going to let the universe help me. And, it happened! Jonathan Litt found my resume and reached out to me inquiring if I was interested in a Finance Manager position, in the Food world. And, I thought that it was worth speaking to him.
    Immediately, I felt this position might be a great fit for me. From the very first email, and texts, he was amazing. He is so professional and helpful, down to helping with revising my resume to point out things I hadn’t even thought of, to helping with getting prepared for the interview. I’m so confident in my abilities but always hated interviews because you never remember the things you want to explain or the right questions to ask. I also find it to be amazing that he reaches out via text because we all know how much easier texting can be these days when you’re in meetings and/or have deadlines and cannot always hop on a call. I was offered the position and start in 2 weeks and I’m so excited! I’m grateful that I can stay in finance, while taking a chance in a new direction, albeit still in hospitality, and will finally have a better work/life balance.
    I would absolutely recommend Jonathan Litt not only for anyone seeking a new role or for companies seeking the next “right fit” for their business. I look forward to keeping Jonathan in my circle of contacts.
    Thanks,
    Erica Garner
    I have been nothing but completely happy with Jonathan Litt