TAMPA - I had the pleasure of meeting with Sportsworx (Sportsworx.com) for some lunch this week, and I had a great discussion about the recruiting process with the site's founder.
During the conversation, he made a great point about how being recruited is like applying for a job.
If you go to Harvard University, graduate with a degree magna-cum-laude - I'll bet that this graduate does not need to go on Monster.com and put job applications in. Instead, the jobs will be lining up to recuit THEM out of college. These Harvard grads are your super-talented teammates that have all of the schools in the stands to see them play at every tournament you go to.
For the rest of us, we may have great GPA's and SAT scores, but we still need to put our applications in with jobs and let them know that we exist. We need to market ourselves to the companies that may be looking to hire my position.
In the baseball world, baseball players can't simply expect to go to a tournament and watch the job offers line up. In many cases, we need to let the colleges know that we exist in the first place and see if they are hiring for my position!
My position may be a technical engineer, a sales associate, or a shortstop, but if that job or college is not hiring for my position and they are set at that position, then it doesn't matter. We all want to work for Google in Silicon Valley, and we all want to go to LSU, but it's important to make sure you are putting yourself on the map with the right organizations, too where you will have job security or playing time.
In many ways, there are tons and tons of parents out there who are qualified to give their son advice about the recruiting process of they have ever applied for a job before. In that sense, it's not much different.
You have to know your skillset. If you don't know how to write computer code, then you shouldn't apply for the computer software engineer job. Just like if you can't hit for power, you probably shouldn't be at first base.
It's important to get an honest evaluation of what your skills are, so you know the right job and proper position to apply for with colleges.
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