But I often do hear I want an athlete for this job!
Are you training to be that athlete?
Becoming an Olympian takes a lot of hard work, much more than the average hard-working athlete. It is about dedication, the desire to be the best, passion and a lot of sacrifice! Do you want to be the athlete recruiters and hiring managers are seeking? You have to train today and every day!
Each athlete has a specific training program designed exclusively for them and their sport. As a "business professional athlete" are you training for your next big event? The next promotion? Does your career path show you have what it takes to make the first string? Make the Olympic Team? Your training program is your job specification, the expectations that have been set for you by the company, your manager and the goals you have set for yourself.
Your corporate experiences, and accomplishments actually show what you have done to date and will be used when you are up for the next promotion or job consideration. Do you like what you see? Take control of your career. Work hard, give it your all, train like a champion and you will perform like a one. As you prepare to climb up the corporate ladder you have to be prepared to do whatever needs to be done to get there. Just as an Olympian does, you need to have the desire, the passion, make the commitment, be ready to make sacrifices and work harder than the average athlete.
In 2012 is has been proven, and we have seen it first hand, that companies are focusing on their first string. The powerhouses! Their athletes. The Dream Team. Companies, managers and leaders alike are coming to realize that it takes a long commitment to make the team better by challenging the best players and working with them to improve constantly. Strong teams, make strong companies and have what it takes to win. So if you want to be part of the first string, you better be training for it!
Continuing on.....first string players do get the nod. This is true when hiring managers and leaders are recruiting. It is true that Top performers merit the attention of managers, leaders and the executive teams. So if you are looking for attention and want to be the one being asked to take a promotion you need to be training for it. Success doesn't just happen. It takes a lot of hard work.
As recruiters we are being asked to find the best athletes in a company. Compare and contrast talent of those who are part of the candidate pipeline. The best athlete isn't always looking, active or out there, so in order to find them we need to identify the dream team, those who are considered the first string. Happy Hunting!
Be That Athlete The Hiring Managers Desire. Train like an Olympian! Go for the Gold!