It is a long-held belief that the dumb jocks and the smart nerds must occupy separate spheres, or the delicate balance of the universe will be thrown off. However, if employees want to reach their full potential, the smart nerds have something to learn from the dumb jocks. Study after study suggests that athletes make excellent employees and even better leaders. In fact, athletes who have the brains and the brawn may have an edge over non-athletes from the moment they submit their resume.

Susie Hall, president of Vitamin T talent agency, states that: “Many hiring managers proactively search for and prioritize candidates who have played college sports, particularly as part of a team sport.” She explains that former athletes understand how to function as part of a team and tend to have a competitive drive.

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