Experience with High School Sports a Boon in the Workplace

iStock/Thinkstock(ITHACA, N.Y.) -- Nobody particularly enjoys hearing stories about the “good old days” when it comes to high school sports except perhaps future employers. Then it’s a whole new ball game.

A Cornell University study on what gives workers the edge when they compete for better jobs suggests a background in sports on the varsity level impresses hiring managers.

Kevin M. Kniffin and his research team says athletic experience more so than participation in other extracurricular activities tells an employer than a prospective hire demonstrates more self-respect, leadership and self-confidence. Furthermore, former jocks appears to be more willing to volunteer for social causes and charities.

Having a varsity letter not only helps the young worker or even one who is middle-aged but even people near retirement age seeking leadership posts, according to Kniffin.

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