Hello SOTGC Community,
There’s a fine line between a head hunter and a professional scout. Both are looking for the best talent and are entrusted with building the bench within the organization. Sometimes the best talent showcases potential but needs development.
When working on a new job posting in your organization or seeking a new position there are relatable ways to orient the hiring process to the sports scouting approach. Below are a few ways to bring sports savvy language into the recruitment conversation.
- When hiring, sometimes the ideal candidate isn’t what you had in mind. Maybe they didn’t look as good on paper or they might have a different career path than you were looking for. Regardless, they’re a perfect fit. The same goes for sports. Sometimes talent is found in the most unique places. Undrafted former college quarterback Kurt Warner was working the graveyard shift stocking shelves at a grocery store while training during the day when he caught the eye of an NFL scout. Warner went on to work hard for an NFL career that included accomplishments such as a Super Bowl win, Super Bowl MVP and overall league MVP.
- Whether it is the valedictorian graduating from college or a top rated prospect eligible for the draft, it takes extensive research to determine a candidate’s potential. If you’re a corporate recruiter or a scout, you might spend years working on finding the next Sheryl Sandberg or Michael Jordan. In fact, LeBron James Jr, son of basketball great LeBron James, has already received college scholarship offers and he’s 10. That’s forward thinking.
- With the internet and social media, nothing is sacred when it comes to a new hire. Consider a college football player who was being scouted by an NFL team, but they had reservations over a previous DUI arrest. A team scout sat in the player’s favorite bar from 3 – 11 pm every day for one week and the player frequented the bar more times than they could count. He was removed from list of draft candidates by the team. A little effort and a simple Google search can save you from a hiring misstep.
- You can’t talk about hiring without talking about negotiating. When negotiating with your new hire, they may ask for a pay raise or even additional vacation days. Negotiating a sports contract is similar but some of the items included in the negotiations are a bit more unique. Ask your colleagues if they’ve heard about the soccer player who wrote in his contract that his team needed to pay for cooking classes for his wife? Or the coach who wanted an annual gift certificate to the local gun shop? Or even more interesting – a newly built house for every year of the athlete’s contract.
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