There are a lot of factors to consider when making a great hire.
With all things equal across potential candidates, you can quickly “un-level” the playing field by recognizing the advantages of hiring a student athlete.
The workplace game is constantly changing, but the student athlete’s importance in that game is constantly growing.
Here’s five reasons why you should make a student athlete your next hire:
Student athletes leave college with an impressive list of qualifications. They learn to master balancing of class, practice, competition, cross training, and studying. Then there are the added obstacles of traveling to events and missing class time that they are expected to make up.
Juggling is not yet an Olympic sport, but successful student athletes are well trained when that time comes. The ability to prioritize and fulfill responsibility is trained like a muscle—it takes routine practice and repetition. Student athletes train that muscle for years, readying them for any business environment.
This is perhaps the greatest attribute student athletes bring to the workforce. Athletes understand and value the importance of a group working together for a common goal. Stars will shine to a certain extent on their own—whether in athletic competition or on the job—but the overall success of a team or company is determined by how well everyone works together. Just like a perfectly designed play in football can still break down if a single player misses his block, so too can great business plans be derailed by someone failing at his own specific assignment.
Athletes inherently understand that if every person does their job properly, the company benefits and moves forward, whereas if there are certain people who don’t accomplish their tasks properly, then the full team suffers.
Athletes are trained to put group goals and needs ahead of individual ones for the good of the entire team. They understand that sometimes you lead and sometimes you follow—and are equally prepared to do either one.
Student athletes are ultra competitive by nature, which can be a huge bonus in an aggressive work environment. It’s one thing to attempt to accomplish a certain task on its own merits—it is another altogether to do so when there is always someone whose main purpose is to not only do it better than you, but to see you fail as well.
Instead of wilting under pressure, student athletes have learned to excel in those situations. They are used to having their talents and abilities judged in the harsh reality of wins and losses, with all their individual stats available for public scrutiny. Successful student athletes have learned to harness that competitive drive while exuding patience, poise, and confidence.
Competition also creates additional opportunity. Employees who relish the chance to compete allow the company to keep raising the bar on expectations. Relationships developed through competition are also important. A mutual respect is often earned when competition is prevalent throughout an organization. Competition often provides a direct correlation to growth.
Few students need to monitor and organize their time as thoroughly as student athletes.
With demands on their time coming from many different sources, athletes have learned to mesh an often-heavy class load with rigorous daily practice sessions while also managing time for studies, additional responsibilities, and everyday college life.
Ability to Overcome Adversity
It goes without saying that everyone will face some form of adversity in their work environment. An athlete’s edge can often be seen in how they handle challenges and setbacks. When faced with adversity, many people in the workplace are slow to react to it. This lack of immediate response loses the company valuable time while seeking a solution.
Athletes often face adversity in the form of injuries, defeat, and any number of smaller setbacks in the course of their training. When things get difficult in the workplace, don’t expect to find an athlete standing at the watercooler complaining about how tough things are. More than likely, they will be busy working toward a solution or better preparing themselves to answer the bell next time.
Student athletes are put into situations of adversity on a daily basis. Their training comes down to the saying, “Be comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Whenever there is a moment of challenge, it is readily apparent who is comfortable tackling adversity head on and who is not.
Through years of training, most athletes truly develop that never-quit attitude that is so valuable in a work environment.
Don’t find yourself on the sidelines when it comes to selecting the best possible candidate for your next job opening. Instead, consider hiring an athlete.
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