Targeting Your Job Search

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Geoff was not focused when it came to applying for jobs.  He wasn’t sure what type of job he wanted within sports, but he knew he wanted to work in a college athletic department.  His applications ranged from a position in compliance in the New England area, to marketing in the South, to a fund raising position in Texas.

As he was having lunch with a colleague, Lisa, one day, she mentioned that he needed to become more focused on the type of position he wanted.  In other words, he should specialize in a particular type of job (or profession) and target the institutions where he’d like to work. Lisa went on to say that when you specialize in a particular profession you are able to become an expert in that area, and people want to hire experts.  She also provided him with some advice for targeting the type of organization he should apply for within the college sports industry.

Geoff definitely had an area within the profession that he enjoyed doing and was good at performing.  He told Lisa that he understood the concept of specializing in a particular profession (even though he wasn’t practicing it), but wanted to know more about targeting specific institutions.  Prior to her current job, Lisa had read the book “Getting Hired in College Sports” and used the worksheets in the Getting Hired Workbook to help her establish a manageable and detailed job search campaign.  She went on to explain “By narrowing your target market you are better able to focus and identify the institutions where you’d like to work.  From there you can network into these organizations; and most jobs are secured through networking.”

Lisa went on to share five criteria that you could use to help identify the type of organizations that meet your interests within the profession.  These criteria include indentifying:

  1. The type of organization within college sports that you want to pursue.  This could be an athletic department, a recreation department, a conference office, a national office, or a professional association.
  2. The type of institution you want to work for.  This could include a state supported college, a private college, a private organization, a community college, or a 4-year college.
  3. The level of competition.  This could include organizations within the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, the NAIA, or the NJCAA? 
  4. Where you want to live geographically This would include the state or region within the country.
  5. The size of the community you’d like live in.  You might prefer a metropolitan area, a suburb, or even a rural location.

Of course, these five criteria are only an example of what you might use to narrow the organizations within your job search campaign.  The point is that you will want to narrow your search so you can focus your attention and energies on a manageable group of institutions.  Once you’ve identified these organizations, you will then want to begin to network your way into those institutions.

 

Remember, ultimately the job will go to the candidate who is prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job interview process. In all you do, you will want to EXECUTE FOR SUCCESS!  

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Howard Gauthier is an Associate Professor of Athletic Administration at Idaho State University.  He is a former collegiate athletic director and collegiate basketball coach.  He is also an author of 9 books.  Check out his book, Getting Hired In College Sports – 2nd Edition at http://www.SportsCareersInsitute.com or his newest book Execute for Success at www.Execute4Success.com.

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This book is fantastic – it is very practical for people who want to get into (or advance) in the sports industry.”

 -Greg McDermott 
  Head Basketball Coach 
  Creighton University


Social Media Can Hurt You and Your Job Both Today and in the Future

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Fifty years ago this week, Bob Dylan released an album entitled “The Times, They Are A Changin’.”  And boy, did we see a lot of change in the ‘60’s.  This same theme can be used once again today to help explain the explosion of social media and it’s impact on our lives, and our jobs.

Before Facebook, Instagram, and the various photo and video sharing networks, people could make a social mistake and their boss or a search committee would never find out.  But in today’s society, you need to be careful what you say and what you do.  The decisions you make can come back to haunt you.  And an even bigger problem is that once your photo or video is on the web, these photos and videos will be available to the public forever.

The effects Facebook can have on a person’s job was captured this past summer when a successful high school basketball coach was fired from her job for a photo she upload to her Facebook page.  During a family reunion in July, the coach had a picture taken with her fiancé at a lake.  According to ABC News, the photo showed “the fiancé grabbing her chest”.  In most people’s eyes the picture was relatively benign, but to the school district administration, it was cause for termination.  She had the picture uploaded on Facebook for two days before the athletic director suggested that she remove the photo.  The photo was removed and everything was okay, or so it seemed.  In October, the school district’s administration was made aware of the photo, and she was immediately fired.

The coach hired an attorney and appealed the school’s decision.  After two months, a grievance panel concluded that the coach should have her job back.  In years past, a photo like this would have been placed in a photo album somewhere, but in today’s electronic age, a photo like this could cost you your job. 

You can debate if a photo such as this should get you fired or keep you from getting another job in the future.  But the key point is that the photo should never have been uploaded to a social networking site in the first place.  You need to be aware of the potential consequences of your actions and how your decisions can hurt you both in your current position and with your future jobs. “The Times, They Are A Changin’.”  

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Remember, ultimately the job will go to the candidate who is prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job interview process. In all you do, you will want to EXECUTE FOR SUCCESS!  

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Howard Gauthier is an Associate Professor of Athletic Administration at Idaho State University.  He is a former collegiate athletic director and collegiate basketball coach.  He is also an author of 9 books.  Check out his book, Getting Hired In College Sports – 2nd Edition at http://www.SportsCareersInsitute.com or his newest book Execute for Success at www.Execute4Success.com.

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This book is fantastic – it is very practical for people who want to get into (or advance) in the sports industry.”

 -Greg McDermott 
  Head Basketball Coach 
  Creighton University


How To Stand Out In An Interview

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

So you’ve landed an interview.  Now, how do you stand out from the other candidates?  Below are nine suggestions you can use for preparing for your interview, for conducting your interview, and for following-up after your interview.

Pre-Interview Activities

  • Identify your strengths and skills.  Be able to share what makes you a great fit for the organization?  Focus on you and not your opponents.
  • Create answers to potential interview questions.  Focus on being able to communicate your personal sales pitch with clarity and energy.
  • Practice answering these potential interview questions.  Record yourself answering the questions and critique your performance.
  • Conduct research on the organization.  Know the history of the organization, their goals, and the issues/problems they face.

Activities During The Interview

  • Know that first impressions are key.  This includes making eye contact, being friendly to everyone you meet, and having a strong handshake (not too aggressive, not too limp).
  • Try to build a relationship with the interviewers. You can do this by being prepared through the pre-interview activities, and also by creating a common bond.  What do you have in common with the interviewer?  Do you have common friends, common interests, or common hometowns?  Try to build a relationship and create chemistry with the interviewers.
  • Be positive in your communications.  Avoid saying anything negative about your colleagues, your current boss, or a former boss.
  • Let the interviewers know that you are passionate about both the job and the organization.

Post-Interview Activities

  • Send a thank-you note or e-mail to everyone you met during your interview.  In your note, let them know that you want the job, that you believe you’re a good fit (list the reasons), and let them know how you can solve their problems (or achieve their goals).  Try to strengthen your connection with each person.

 

These nine suggestions are just some of the basics you will want to use to give yourself a leg up on your competition.  The key is that you are prepared for your interview, you make a connection during the interview, and you show them how you can help them to achieve their goals.  Remember, ultimately the job will go to the candidate who is prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job interview process.  In all you do, you will want to EXECUTE FOR SUCCESS! 

Howard Gauthier is an Associate Professor of Athletic Administration at Idaho State University.  He is a former collegiate athletic director and collegiate basketball coach.  He is also an author of 9 books.  Check out his book, Getting Hired In College Sports – 2nd Edition at www.SportsCareersInstitute.com or his newest book Execute for Success at www.Execute4Success.com.

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The Interview Begins The Moment You Leave Home

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Jeff was packing for his upcoming interview when his friend asked what he was wearing during his travels.  Since he was flying across the country the day before his interview, he was a bit surprised by the question.  Jeff responded by stating that he would wear something comfortable like jeans, a nice shirt and tennis shoes.  He wanted to make sure he was comfortable and not stressed out before his meetings.

His friend suggested that Jeff reconsider what he would wear on his trip.  He shared “you never know who you will meet at the airport or if a search committee member will greet you at the hotel”.  “You always need to dress for success.”

Because you never know whom you will meet during your travels, you always need to be “on”.  From the moment you leave your home, to the time you get back to your house, you are on the interview.  You need to dress appropriately, be groomed appropriately, and be prepared to share your personal sales pitch.  You also need to be polite to everyone you meet.  Members of the athletic department will know the employees at the hotel, at the car rental company, and at the restaurants.  It wouldn’t be unlikely for a member of the search committee to ask employees at the hotel, car rental agency, or restaurant about you.

During your travels, you need to wear business casual attire.  Your clothes should be ironed and professional, and your shoes should be polished.  You need to present yourself with the image you want people to think of, when they think of you.  Even if you don’t meet any search committee members along the way, by dressing appropriately you will feel good about yourself and this will enhance your self-confidence.  This increased self-confidence will shine through during the interview.

Business casual attire is not the same as interview attire.  Business casual for men includes something conservative such as khaki or dark pants, a long-sleeve button shirt or polo style type shirt, dark socks, leather shoes, and maybe a sports coat.  A suit and tie would be over-kill at this point.  For women, business casual attire would include casual pants or a conservative length skirt.  The skirt should be at knee level or below.  A tailored shirt, blouse, or sweater would be appropriate.  Dark or neutral colored leather shoes are also appropriate.

Just as you are prepared for your interview, you need to be prepared for your entire interview experience.  This includes looking professional, being friendly, and portraying the image you want to portray – from the moment you leave your home until the moment you get back.  You have one chance to make a first impression.  Make that impression both positive and professional.

Remember, ultimately the job will go to the candidate who is prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job interview process. In all you do, you will want to EXECUTE FOR SUCCESS! 

Howard Gauthier is an Associate Professor of Athletic Administration at Idaho State University.  He is a former collegiate athletic director and collegiate basketball coach.  He is also an author of 9 books.  Check out his book, Getting Hired In College Sports – 2nd Edition at http://www.SportsCareersInsitute.com or his newest book Execute for Success at www.Execute4Success.com.

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