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Applicant Tracking is Like Golf

Take a look at the categories on any web based recruiting software and you won’t see “golf” as one of the job openings you’ll be prospecting for, but is golf really just a game? For anyone who plays to win, it’s much more than that. You’re either playing against others or you’re trying to beat the course. That may not count as a job to people who don’t play, but for you the golfer it takes the same level of hard work and dedication you put into the position you get paid for to be successful out on the course. Games don’t require that kind of effort. Golf is much more than just a game.

If you play golf as part of a team in tournaments, there’s even more work that goes into the pursuit of this “fun” and exciting pastime. Picking your teammates takes the same kind of planning and decision making that recruiting new employees requires. That recruitment tracking software we mentioned above? Use it for job applicant tracking when you’re selecting partners. Play a round of nine with each of them and rate their performance. You can store that info online and go back to it if you need to make a substitution later in the season. Injuries do happen, you know.

You’re probably shaking your head at this point wondering if we’re for real, but success at golf often leads to success in business. A long drive and a good short game will get you a lot more respect from potential clients and partners than a slide presentation in the boardroom. Golf is the game of kings and those who play it feel they are in a world of their own when they’re on the links. If you can’t keep up, you can’t communicate with them. No communication means you make no sales. It’s that simple. That’s why you can’t treat golf as a casual pastime.

There are those, of course, who treat golf like a game and don’t need ATS applicant tracking to keep tabs on potential partners, but they’re generally average players at best and are rarely seen rapidly climbing the corporate ladder. Those are the folks who say you don’t have to be Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy to be a good golfer. The other golfers, those with your passion for winning, want to be better than either of those players. It’s not likely to happen, but striving for it is what separates the mediocre pitch and putters from the longest drive champions and tournament winners.

Michael Jordan is a golfer and those who play with him say he is merciless and cold-blooded; two characteristics that will help you achieve success in the real world. He won six world championships. How many have you won? How many of your peers are striving to win at all? Do the math for yourself. Ask everyone in your circle if they consider golf to be “just a game” and take note of where they are professionally. Those who believe that golf is much more than just something to play tend to do better in the business world. Are you one of those people or are you just playing games?

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