5 Things Recruiting Leaders Can Learn from Sports Coaches

5 Things Recruiting Leaders Can Learn from Sports Coaches

Stealing ideas from other professions for ours is always fun. What can TA leaders learn from coaches who are out there leading both young and old athletes?

Listen in on what our panelists have to say on how to start creating your team.


Our Panelists…

Name & LinkedIn Profile Group Title Company
Erik Winkler TA Leaders Senior Director of Recruiting Everside Health
Koli Donohue Senior Technical Recruiter Stillwater Architecture, LLC
Kristina Droz TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Bluestone Properties
Mahen Kathirithamby TA Leaders Director, Head of Executive, Campus & Early Career Talent Acquisition Xerox

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Some of the attendees…

Name & LinkedIn Profile Group Title Company
Lance Hunsicker Lead Executive Recruiter Parsons Corporation
Nancy Genitempo Associate, Talent Acquisition Operations Open to Opportunity
Chaz Bantle Recruiting Manager Bulletproof 360
Tina Ramirez Senior Recruiter R.J. O'Brien & Associates
Shawn Watzka Physician Recruiter NorthShore University HealthSystem
Deb Smith Principal Technical Recruiter Best Buy
Brady Beavers Recruiting Manager Nexius
Eric Bormann Senior Technical Recruiter Zones
Delaina Piowaty Senior Manager of Talent Aquisition RWS Group
Tiffany Reyna Talent Acquisition Percepta
Jeffery Broussard Senior Technical Recruiter Redhorse Corporation
Krystan Silva Senior Technical Recruiter Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Sarah Schaefer Staffing Manager Fresenius Kabi USA
Dan Baker Recruiting Manager Healthstat
Becky Gramenz Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist Open to Opportunity
Rose Nolen Talent Acquisition Sourcer ManpowerGroup Talent Solutions
Amanda Radice Senior Technical Recruiter, Design - Consumer + New Verticals DoorDash
Jennifer McWilliams Senior Principal Talent Acquisition Business Partner Northrop Grumman
Jennifer Allen Talent Acquisition, Central Operations Region WestRock Company
Svitlana Sikora SWE Leadership Sourcing Recruiter Meta
Bianca Medici Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Havas Edge
Sheridan King Talent Acquisition Team Manager RSM US LLP
Lisa Wrezel Talent Acquistion Manager-Sourcing Centric Consulting
Lauren Gagnon Technical Recruiter/Talent Acquisition Partner Veracode
Jessica Pasco Recruiting LA Sourcer - G&A Internet Brands
Cheryl Ridgway Recruiting Nashville Vice President, Global Diversity Talent Sourcing - Executive Search Charter
Roseanne Donohue Recruiting NYC Senior Talent Acquisition Manager, North America Radware
Vira Trevino-Garcia TA Leaders Recruiting Consultant Hexcel Corporation
Jessica Marotta TA Leaders Talent Acquisition Manager Forrester
JoNelle Sood TA Leaders Talent Management Leader Postman
Tom Graumann TA Leaders Talent Acquisition & Leadership Dev at ARC Automotive PureCycle Technologies
Stephanie Olvera TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition Intelliloan
Taylor Friesz TA Leaders Corporate Director of Talent Acquisition Spire Hospitality
Jessica Burgess TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition-North America WE Communications
Khursheed Irani TA Leaders Head of Talent Acquisition Cprime, Inc
Jeanne Amey TA Leaders Talent Acquisition Manager Sevita
Kevin Francis TA Leaders Director Talent Acquisition Lark Health
JoDee Klinker TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Carson Group
Ryan Alexander TA Leaders Global Head of Talent Acquisition TE Connectivity
Rachel Cupples TA Leaders Senior Recruiter Textio
Amy Clem TA Leaders Principal Executive Recruiter Paramount
Susan Ross TA Leaders Head of Talent Acquisition for Global Field Operations Elastic
Bix Cruz TA Leaders US Head of Recruiting, Airbus Urban Mobility (Vahana, UTM, Voom and Systems) Merlin Labs
Melissa Rutledge TA Leaders Talent Acquisition Director Point B

We asked our attendees, “What is one way that coaching can help a recruiting team be more effective?”

Here are their answers:

  • All teams have room to grow. Keeping a team motivated keeps up productivity.
  • anticipate what the will happen and prepare
  • builds team effort and ethic
  • By developing consistency of process.
  • coaching around tactics and methodologies can always help improve a teams performance and motivate them to want to be better
  • coaching can assist when a team has very difficult time sensitive goals to keep everyone motivated
  • Coaching specifically to the person, knowing your audience
  • Coaching your TA team to be better business partners. Develop strong business acumen, establish an operating cadence.
  • Communicate goals
  • Communication
  • Continuing to foster a "growth mindset" within the team
  • Developing new recruiters
  • early talent really appreciates coaching 1 on 1 sessions
  • Empathy - you've been in their shoes and understand what success looks like. Even spinning negative experiences.
  • Empowerment
  • Encouragement
  • encouragement/seeing potential in them
  • focus on the goal
  • guidance and communication so we are all on the same page
  • Having a system/process
  • Help motivate a team to succeed in accomplishing its targets..
  • Helps them find their blind spots and put a plan in place for next steps.
  • Highlight individual's strengths and put them in the right role accordingly
  • Identify weaknesses and strengths of the team
  • Improve results
  • Instill a teamwork environment, help each other out with the tough to fill reqs. Celebrate the wins!
  • It can help them see their current challenges With renewed perspective
  • It gives the team members comfort in asking any and all questions.
  • It’s helps the team feel united in their efforts through sharing of ideas and also helps them understand new tactics are real
  • motivation, teamwork
  • Motivational tactics, communication skills and driving competition within a team.
  • Never give up!
  • Provide on the spot coaching
  • Providing 1:1 help to recruiters
  • Providing honest and transparent feedback to candidates
  • sitting with recruiters live and giving them feedback
  • Teach fundamentals
  • Team player attitude!
  • think outside the box
  • Work smarter, not harder

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