When he was in his senior year at Wisconsin, I saw an interview with Russell Wilson, their quarterback. I remember thinking to myself, that guy is going to be successful no matter what he chooses to do in life.
Wilson was so charismatic and at the same time, humble, that I thought if anyone in a NFL front office had seen it, the interview may have clinched him an early round spot in the NFL draft.
I was wrong. Wilson wasn’t chosen until the later rounds, put back because NFL management goes by the book: Physical skills override intangibles like leadership, humility, and drive. It’s not that they don’t consider them, but if you are lagging in several key skills, you get pushed back.
Wilson, to his credit, did his preparation and stunned everyone in the Seahawks organization by winning the starting spot in training camp. Not an easy feat when you consider that the Hawks had plunked down millions in the off season for a free agent QB named Matt Flynn.
The NFL draft and its overwhelming popularity stun me. It’s like every year the legions of fans forget how badly the front office drafted the year before and get excited over nothing.
Because nothing can predict how an athlete will perform once they get into camp. The NFL draft lore is littered with highly touted failures like Brian Bosworth and Tony Mandarich.
Similarly, HR departments are hamstrung when searching for job candidates because they only have a paper resume and a cover letter. (And in my case, audio samples). They can’t look into people’s hearts and souls to see what really makes them tick.
I’m sure out there are some great “job getters”, who have mastered the art of resume writing (and it is an art, believe me) and mastered the interview, but are failures as employees.
So this is the dilemma, how do we, as job seekers, show out heart and soul to potential employees?
I’ve tried being aggressive, and I’ve tried being patient. I’ve tried being professional, and I’ve tried some flings at creativity in hopes of getting some attention. All have failed.
If you have some tried and true job search methods, I’d love to hear from you.
The search continues…