Three Steps To Positioning Yourself For A Job In The Sports Industry

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Michelle recently contacted me about how she should pursue a career in college sports. She lives in a small city in the Midwest and her entire family lives in the region. She has an interesting situation and asked if I could provide some insight for her.

Her situation is such that she cannot relocate for a job within the near future and wondered how she might be able to work her way into a position within a local college athletic department. The city where she lives has a Division I university and two small colleges. Michelle had received her undergraduate degree at the university and she was now pursuing a master’s degree in sports management from the same institution.

When I asked her what type of job she wanted within sports she replied that she would take almost anything. She initially was interested in sports information because she was a good writer, but now she is possibly interested in coaching, fund raising, or even compliance. She even wondered if she should go to law school and then pursue a position in compliance.

I could tell that she was really confused about her future career and I offered some thoughts. I shared with her the differences between sports information, coaching, fundraising, and compliance. I explained the type of duties each position requires, and how each of these positions requires a different set of skills. I recommended that she conduct an informational interview with the directors within each of these four areas at the Division I university and then seek out an internship where she could begin to gain experience. I also recommended that she should contact someone within the athletics department at the two local colleges (either the athletics director or the associate athletic director) and see if she could have an informational interview with them as well.

Michelle asked me how she should go about trying to position herself so when a job does open up within one of these athletic departments, she would be considered. I recommended that she should do three things. First, through informational interviews and internships she needs to learn what type of position best fits her strengths and interests and consider pursuing this type of position for her career. Secondly, I encouraged her to work hard at building relationships within the industry. Finally, I encouraged her to seek jobs, internships and volunteer experiences within the area in which she intends to pursue a career so she gains relevant experience.

As we wrapped up our conversation, Michelle stated that these three steps made perfect sense and that to properly position herself she needs to: (1) Gain clarity in the type of career she wants, (2) Build relationships within the industry, and (3) Work hard to gain experience. These three steps will help you to position yourself within the industry so you’re ready when the right job comes along.

Remember, ultimately the job will go to the candidate who is best prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job interview process. In all you do, you will want to EXECUTE FOR SUCCESS! For more on the basic fundamental skills needed for the job search process, check out my book Getting Hired in College Sports at www.SportsCareersInsitute.com

 

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 new book Execute for Success at www.execute4success.com.

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Helping You Get A Job In Sports

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In Getting Hired In College Sports you will discover:

  • The types of jobs that exist in college sports
  • How to plan and navigate your career
  • How to create an effective job search campaign 
  • The proper way to create an effective resume, cover letter, and sales pitch
  • How to properly brand yourself
  • Techniques and strategies to prepare for your interview
  • How to properly prepare yourself for the five types of interview questions 
  • How to properly follow-up after the interview in order to influence the decision of the hiring manager

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“I have recommended this book to many aspiring sports administrators.  A must read for anyone whom has a goal of working in athletic administration”

-Bill Fusco
Director of Athletics
Sonoma State University

 

 


Preparing The Communication For Your Interview

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Getting a job in college athletics takes preparation, networking, persistence, and organization. To help you with your organization, I have created an Interview Preparation Form that is a worksheet that’s designed to help you prepare for your job interview. The Interview Preparation Form is an organized “cheat sheet” that helps you with the organization of your communications so you can ace your interview.

The Interview Preparation Form is designed to provide you with a method of organizing your interviewing thoughts, answers, questions, and stories. It has you create an overview of the answers to the questions you’re most likely to be asked, it outlines your personal sales pitch, it provides bullet points to the stories you want to share when answering questions, it provides a list of questions you want to ask the search committee, and it provides an organized method for you to properly and effectively close the interview. The Interview Preparation Form consists of the following five sections:

Section One – Your answers to potential interview questions. In this section you will list the questions that you believe might be asked in an interview and then provide your corresponding answers. You will want to practice answering these questions prior to having your interview.

Section Two – Your personal sales pitch. Your Personal Sales Pitch is the foundation for selling yourself during the interview. Your pitch should include three sections – a summary of your resume; your skills, abilities and traits; and your current situation. Depending on the question you are asked, you can use the pitch in its entirety or just one of the three sections.

Section Three – Five stories you can share with the search committee.   People like to hear stories. This section helps you prepare for sharing examples of your experiences through the use of stories.

Section Four – Questions you should ask. You need to be prepared to ask questions that will help you to understand the organization and their needs. This information will be used during the follow-up stage.

Section Five – Closing the interview. This section is an organized method for concluding the interview. It allows you to leave the search committee with your strengths, and lets them know that you are interested in the position. It also provides you with information that you can use later in the interview process.

Once you have written your Interview Preparation Form, you will want to rehearse the answers to potential questions so they flow easily during the interview. In fact, when interviewing over the telephone, you might want to spread your cheat sheet on a desk or table so you can glance down and remind yourself of the answer to a particular question. But don’t read directly from your form. The interviewers can tell if you’re reading a script. Instead, just refer to the bullet points of your stories, to the answers of potential interview questions, and to the questions you want to ask the committee. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to practice answering questions and reciting your personal sales pitch. This practice will allow you to come across fluid and confident in you communications.

I hope this information is helpful to you. You can read more about the Interview Preparation Form and the entire job search process in my book Getting Hired in College Sports. Remember that it is critical that you are properly prepared for your job search, because 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 new book Execute for Success at www.execute4success.com.

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Helping You Get A Job In Sports

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In Getting Hired In College Sports you will discover:

  • The types of jobs that exist in college sports
  • How to plan and navigate your career
  • How to create an effective job search campaign 
  • The proper way to create an effective resume, cover letter, and sales pitch
  • How to properly brand yourself
  • Techniques and strategies to prepare for your interview
  • How to properly prepare yourself for the five types of interview questions 
  • How to properly follow-up after the interview in order to influence the decision of the hiring manager

Only $23.95 Click Here To Purchase 

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“I have recommended this book to many aspiring sports administrators.  A must read for anyone whom has a goal of working in athletic administration”

-Bill Fusco
Director of Athletics
Sonoma State University

 

 


Resumes Are Reviewed in Only Six Seconds

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

In a recent study on hiring practices, researchers found that on average, hiring managers spend approximately six seconds on each resume they review. Researchers at The Ladders, as reported by Business Insider, reviewed the practices of more than two-dozen recruiters.

The findings from the study showed that employers scan resumes from the top of the resume, down the left side of the paper. These hiring managers scanned the resume for the following items:

  • The person’s name and personal information,
  • The person’s current employer and their position,
  • The hiring date and ending date of this current (or most recent) position,
  • The applicant’s previous positions and the dates of employment, and
  • The applicant’s education.

Based on research and common sense, your resume needs to be clear and concise. You need to effectively use white space, fonts, bolding, and underlining to highlight the items outlined above. You will also want to avoid lengthy sentences and paragraphs. Instead use bullet points and short statements. After all, you need to show the employer how you meet the minimum qualifications for the job within approximately six seconds.

Remember, ultimately the job will go to the candidate who is best prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job interview process.  In the job search process, these basics include such things as using the proper format for writing your resume and cover letter, using the proper interviewing techniques, and using the proper follow-up strategies.  For more information on the basic fundamental skills needed for the job search process, check out my book Getting Hired in College Sports at www.SportsCareersInsitute.com

 

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 new book Execute for Success at www.execute4success.com.

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The #1 Careers Book in Sports

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In Getting Hired In College Sports you will discover:

  • The types of jobs that exist in college sports
  • How to plan and navigate your career
  • How to create an effective job search campaign 
  • The proper way to create an effective resume, cover letter, and sales pitch
  • How to properly brand yourself
  • Techniques and strategies to prepare for your interview
  • How to properly prepare yourself for the five types of interview questions 
  • How to properly follow-up after the interview in order to influence the decision of the hiring manager

Only $23.95 Click Here To Purchase 

.
“I have recommended this book to many aspiring sports administrators.  A must read for anyone whom has a goal of working in athletic administration”

-Bill Fusco
Director of Athletics
Sonoma State University