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An Interesting Perspective between Sports & Business

After having been in the working field for more time than I’d care to remember (30+ years), something struck me today as being curious. It happened after I heard Jim Dowd state he had been with 10 teams throughout his hockey playing days.

In the business world….When one is going on interviews for a new position, resumes are one of the most important tools to have. In fact, you need them. As they are perused by the potential employer, suddenly the questions start coming.

“Hmmm…I see you have had quite a few jobs. What is the reason for that? How do I know that you’re not going to leave us, since you have a hard time staying in one place?” is what an interviewee hears.

Job, or position, hopping (going from one position to another) is seen as a definite deficiency – by both the applicant and interviewer. It does not matter if one is fired, the place closed, layoffs abound, or circumstances were not conducive to one’s productivity. The main concern is the fact the applicant can’t (in the potential employer’s eyes) hold a job.

In the sports world…Listen to athletes talk about their versatility, skills, and playing history. There is a sense of pride and accomplishment in the fact that numerous teams are on their resume. They do not seem to be confronted with the “can’t keep a job” mentality found in business. At least, that’s what I pick up when listening to athletes, coaches, general managers, and other sports personnel being interviewed regarding one’s athletic history.

Why is that?
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