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

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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