Give it your all...


During my career in the gaming industry, the companies I worked for received nearly 4 million applications and resumes: from them we hired 125,000 employees. That’s more than 30 applications for every job we had available. That’s a lot of competition. Same is true for the number of people who want to become professional athletes: far more players want to get picked than spots on all the big-league rosters. The competition is huge. And just from my own experience, the reason some succeed, and others don’t, is attitude. Some have talent, but the vast majority of those who make it are the ones with desire, hustle, and the proven capacity to work harder than others. That’s what companies and sports teams (and anyone else that has to pick one person over others) look for.  Some come with great references or reputations, but the ones that last are those that give 110 percent all the time. Anyone who manages anything looks for that. But today the ratio has changed: there are more jobs than people looking to go to work. Even so, smart companies and hiring managers still are looking for the ones who will work harder, care more, and maintain a great attitude, if hired. Don’t lower your standards just because there are so few applicants. Continue to hire for attitude today.

 

Don Zimmer (1931 – 2014): American infielder, manager, and coach in Major League Baseball for a total of 65 years.