3 Keys to Success in the Recruiting Process

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Let’s face it, getting recruited is a lot harder than it seems on the surface. The truth is, there are 100’s to 1000’s of really good, qualified recruits for just about any high-level position for a student-athlete.

Whether you are looking to get recruited by a college coach, youth sports coach or a prep school selection committee, standing out and being noticed as “different” from the rest is a real challenge.

Here are 3 Keys to Success in the Recruiting Process:

  • Make it easy on the coach/scout/committee
  • Build a relationship over time
  • Focus on great communication

Tip #1 – Make it easy

What does this mean? Let’s think about the real schedule and “to-do list” of the average college coach, top-tier youth team coach, scout or selection committee member…. they are all BUSY people. Very busy! Coaches don’t have time to go hunting for information on you or anyone else.

You can either make it easy on the coach to find you, get info on you and do a quick scouting report on you, or not. If you don’t make it easy on the coach be prepared to be passed over by those student-athletes that do make it easy.

How can you make it easy on the coach or scout? Create a FREE profile here at Elite Junior Profiles and complete your profile with as much relevant info about you as possible!

With a complete profile rich with information about you including links to any other profiles you might have, highlight videos, social media links, academic info and more, you can make it incredibly easy on a prospective coach or scout by simply sending them a link to your Elite Junior Profile!

Tip #2 – Build relationships over time

Don’t try to accomplish everything in the first email you send to a coach. Honestly, too many people send long emails that no coach will have time to review coming from a person they have never met. Take it easy, go slow and focus on building a relationship with the coach and his/her program.

Show interest, ask questions and provide concise info. If you have a full profile completed on your EJP profile, you will make it easy on yourself and the coach by just including a link to your profile that the coach can click on to find out more info on you. If you try to put all that information in an email, the coach will never read it.

When it comes to building a relationship with a coach, the best rule of thumb is to put yourself in the position of the coach and ask yourself, “what would I want to receive from a prospective player if I were the coach?”

This will be a great question to ask yourself with each new email or communication you draft for a coach or scout you are building a relationship with!

Tip #3 – Focus on Great Communication

So many choices we make on relationships and in life are based on how we perceived the choices afforded to us around the decision. The perceptions we come to as humans are derived from the communications we have had about the situation or scenario.

Communication we have with others can be bad, good or great – generally speaking. If you focus on being a great communicator, you will most certainly differentiate yourself from your peers who are competing for the same spots.

What are some “great” communication strategies?

  • Keep communications personal, don’t generalize. We don’t listen to generalized communications. When people are personal with communicating with us we perceive it differently. Don’t send mass emails to 20 coaches all at the same time. Send them one by one.
  • Know who you are communicating with… in other words, do a little research on who you are communicating with. If you can find out more about them from a biography on them, a LinkedIn profile or somewhere else, you can then “personalize” your communications even more!
  • Be respectful, always. Too many young people don’t consider how their communications (email, texts, talking) are perceived. It doesn’t matter what you mean, what matters is how are you perceived. Put focus on being respectful of the coach’s time. Saying things like “yes sir” and “no ma’am” are great verbal cues to a coach that you are someone who is respectful of others, especially those who are older and more experienced.

Wake Forest HS Student Represents NC State at Congress of Future Medical Leaders

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Standout Student from Wake Forest High School Nominated by Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Ciera Pechmann, a sophomore at Wake Forest High School, and Principal’s Honor Roll student-athlete, was nominated for her academic recognition as a Delegate representing Wake Forest High and the State of North Carolina at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders held June 23-25th in Boston, MA. Since this nomination in November 2018, Ciera has been selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Advanced Medicine & Health Care. A week long program being held at Johns Hopkins University. 

Nominees Exhibit Superior Academic Achievements

The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is a highly selective national program honoring superior high school students dedicated to the service of humanity through medicine. The National Academy Science Director Mario Capecchi, Ph.D. enthusiastically stated “you have been selected for recognition because of your outstanding academic record, your leadership potential, and your desire to contribute to the profession of medicine.”

Former Miss Florida Pre-Teen Showing She’s Not a One-Award Wonder

Her family is not surprised at all by her recognition of this award because Ciera has always been an excellent student and has no problem taking the initiative to help a fellow classmate or even getting in front of an auditorium full of 200 people to do a presentation. Her father Paul recalled, “I remember Ciera at 11 years old auditioning for a South Florida National American Miss Florida Pre-Teen Pageant. She had never done anything like that, nor was I crazy about it to tell you the truth. She had to do a live introduction, recite a commercial that was memorized in 20 minutes, sit through five personal interviews, and then complete the gown presentation which she really nailed while I was biting mine. Out of 85 other smart and beautiful young girls there, Ciera won the prestigious award of being named Miss Florida Pre-Teen.”

Ciera Pechmann Miss Florida Pre-Teen

About Ciera Pechmann

Ciera is a dynamic sophomore at Wake Forest High School who is no stranger to competition, the solo stage or the winner’s circle. She is a Principal’s Honor Roll student with a 3.8 GPA who also plays Lacrosse and is also pursuing her interest in modeling while aspiring to go to medical school to be a surgeon.

She will be representing Wake Forest High School and the state of North Carolina at The Congress of Future Medical Leaders. The Congress of Future Medical Leaders will be held June 23, 24 and 25, 2019, at the Paul E. Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell MA 01852, located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

CIera Pechmann | Junior Model Raleigh NC

About the Congress of Future Medical Leaders

We believe it is unacceptable that so many of America’s highest potential students never fulfill their dream of entering the medical profession because they lack resources, direction, self-confidence or guidance. This is especially dangerous at a time when our country desperately needs more physicians and medical scientists.

The Congress of Future Medical Leaders was created by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to help solve this problem by gathering many of the country’s finest high school students who aspire to careers in medicine and singling them out for special recognition and ongoing mentorship.

National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists

A large number of places in the Congress have been reserved for students on academic scholarships. Many students will be selected for full academic scholarships by their teachers or guidance counselors for leadership ability, academic achievement, and dedication to the profession of medicine. In addition, a limited number of partial scholarships are also available based primarily on financial need.

During the Congress, students will view surgery and have an opportunity to submit questions for the surgeon to answer in real time during the procedure.

They will learn about state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and be inspired by world-changing researchers, futurists, and technologists.

They will feel the transformative energy of being surrounded by other young stars just like them: America’s best and brightest – the future of medicine.

They will make long-term friendships with those who share their dreams and passion – other young people who want to make a difference in the world and devote their future to saving lives and being part of the exponential advances in medicine that never before could have been imagined.

The theme of the Congress is “Greatness Awaits,” and Delegates will be mentored by some of the greatest living minds in medicine– men and women who are leading humanity into the 21st century of medical miracles.

Luminaries of the medical field will be inspiring the young people as will leaders of the profession from government and the public sector.

Speakers will include Nobel Prize Laureates, top medical school deans, leaders in medical research and cutting-edge technology, and leaders from private industry.

At the close of the Congress, Delegates will participate in a formal candlelit ceremony where they will be awarded the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence.

About Elite Junior Profiles

Elite Junior Profiles (EJP) assists high-achieving student-athletes and their parents build, grow, enhance and showcase the student-athlete’s online profile with their social media info and resume including accomplishments, abilities, awards and future goals to prospective scouts, colleges, coaches, committees and organizations.

EJP also provides Student-Athlete public relations consulting along with parent/player advisory and mentoring services for those families looking for expert assistance navigating the youth to high school to college process for their student-athlete. EJP Student-Athlete Advisory services are for families who want to avoid the common pitfalls involved in amateur sports and highly competitive endeavors and for those who would like an objective, experienced advisor along side the family and student-athlete in their development, performance and need to achieve and maintain a healthy school, sport and life balance.