Jamal Niaz Sale Sharks
Morson Talent Attraction and Retention Partner Chelsea Beck-Daniel recently hosted a CV workshop with Premiership rugby club Sale Sharks, co-owned by Morson CEO Ged Mason OBE.
Sale Sharks have a long-standing partnership with the business. Our rugby stars showcase the behaviours which Morson champions; teamwork, dedication and the ability to overcome challenges. Our work with them spans beyond sponsorship and enables us to inspire our clients, candidates and employee's as well as give back to the communities in which we work.
With the uncertainty surrounding career longevity and the need for many sportspeople to find a career after the final whistle, we recognise the importance of ensuring athletes are best equipped for the future. A key element of this is identifying the transferrable skills that can be carried from the sports field into other careers, as well as providing help with CV formatting and style.
This was the inspiration behind launching our CV workshop with Sale Sharks.
Chelsea explained why it is vital to give athletes an insight into the working world sooner rather than later:
“This initiative was created to help the players begin to think about life after rugby. The majority of these players have gone from education straight into sport and haven’t necessarily had exposure to any other working environments. All they’ve ever known is rugby and if their career was to unfortunately end early for any reason, they may not have much knowledge about writing a CV, how to apply for roles, or ultimately working life outside of the sport. Fundamentally the objective was to set these players up for success post their athletic career, whatever that may look like for them.”
The importance of the presentability and layout of the CV was something that Chelsea stressed the importance of:
“As a recruiter, when I receive a CV this is ultimately the first impression I get of that individual. I emphasised to the players that presentation and formatting is key – make sure that your CV is easy to read and its contents are relevant to the role that you are applying for. Good spelling and grammar can also go a long way towards making a good impression to a potential employer by demonstrating your attention to detail.”
Success after sport
The adaptability of key skills from the world of sport into the workplace is a key element of the training. While sportspeople may not realise it, traditional sporting skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership are highly sought after traits in the world of business. Translating this into the correct terminology to make their CVs stand out is important:
“Athletes have excellent transferable skills and values that they can really utilise in their CVs. For example, instead of saying ‘punctual to all practices’ this can be translated to ‘excellent time management skills’. You can elaborate further to say ‘based on a 40 hours practice week, training, competitions, and even travel’ to demonstrate how you’ve juggled multiple pressures and expectations. When articulated well, recruiters will be able to see how on-the-field skills will translate in the workplace.”
Former Sale Sharks star Mark Cueto found himself transitioning from his playing career into his business role within the club he'd served as a player. We spoke to him about this move, and while he admits he lacked the business know-how, he was quick to identify the skills he'd perfected on the pitch that would transition nicely into the boardroom as Commercial Director:
"When you’re in rugby you have no idea how transferrable the skills that you’re learning are. A lot of it is really simple. For me, I worried that I wasn’t corporate enough to enter the business world, but a lot of it comes down to what you’ve learnt from rugby. You work hard, you set yourself goals and you have to work well with people – and this has put me in good stead”
“When I’m going out getting sponsorship from the club it’s incredible the amount of businesses I speak to who don’t just want an advertising board, they want to be able to bring their staff down to Carrington for our players to give them tips on teamwork and organisation. Essentially marketing and sales strategies are game plans.”
Morson Group is proud to assist Sale Sharks in addressing and planning for the next stage of their players’ careers and look forward to working with them in the future.