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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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Jonathan Litt was an amazing coach during my job search.

    The thing that stands out to me the most is you can tell he truly cares. He helped me gain self confidence through phone calls and was constantly checking in on me during the interview process. Not only was I able to acquire a great job with the help of Jonathan, but I received incredible insight. He is a very smart guy and is able to effectively explain his thoughts in a simple manner.          

    Thank you so much!

    Jacque J.

    Jonathan Litt was an amazing coach during my job search.
  • Karen Horton is personable, knowledgeable, and was instrumental to my Career Goals.

    Communication and correspondence with her was easy and fast and her feedback always proved very useful during the recruitment process.  With other recruiters I have dealt with in the past, I've usually had the impression that I was merely part of a quota of applications. This was not so with Karen, I am convinced that she had my best interest in mind as well as those of the company she was "hunting" me for.    

    I cannot thank Karen enough for all her assistance in what I am sure will be a long lasting relationship with my new employer.

    Regards,

    Carlos

    Karen Horton is personable, knowledgeable, and was instrumental to my Career Goals.
  • Ross Horton is the definition of what a professional account manager should aspire to be!

    He finds ways to help that best suits his candidate, now that takes passion for helping people! The way that he engages with his clients is truly rare to find. If you have the chance to work with him. Do it!

    Thank you,  Ross Horton and Patrice & Associates!

    Joel Rodriguez

    Ross Horton is the definition of what a professional account manager should aspire to be!
  • Dionne Spriggens is the definition of Dedicated!

    Dionne Spriggens is doing a great job with exceptional service.  Dionne is amazing with her persistence and the positive vibes she brings.  Since I the first time I spoke with her she has been nothing but professional and dedicated.

    I strongly believe that she will be a great asset to Patrice & Associates for many more years to come!

    Best regards

    Bovon L.

    Dionne Spriggens is the definition of Dedicated!
  • Shawn Hoye needs a raise!

    Shawn Hoye went above and beyond in matching me with a position and company that was best suited for me. He is passionate about what he does, and is with you every single step of the way. I would highly recommend Shawn Hoye and Patrice & Associates.          

    Thank you!

    Melissa

    Shawn Hoye needs a raise!