Excelling In Your Current Job

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Most of my blogs talk about how to get a job in college sports, but what about your current job? What do you need to do to be your best in the position you currently have? Below are four principles you should focus on, and be intentional about, as you seek to excel in your current job.

Core Duties – What are the tasks and duties of your job? These are the core responsibilities of your position. Anything less than doing them, and doing them well, means that you aren’t doing your job. Make sure you do your job and do it well.

Over Deliver – One of the keys to excelling in your job is for you to over deliver. Be open to taking on extra assignments. Consider volunteering for tough jobs or extra assignments.

Be Professional – You will want to be professional in your appearance and actions. Make sure you look professional in how you dress. Remember the old saying “dress for your next position.” In addition, you will want to avoid actions that could be viewed in a negative manner. Don’t be one of those persons who arrives a little late and sneaks out a little early. And by all means steer clear of office gossip.

Build Positive Relationships – People like to be around optimists. Be upbeat, positive and high energy. Focus on building positive relationships with your boss, colleagues, and staff.

These four principles will help you to be your best and be viewed in a positive light. This in turn will help you to excel in your current job.

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.ThePositiveLeader.org.  

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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 

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“I have recommended this book to many aspiring sports administrators.  This is a must read for anyone who wants to work in college athletics”

-Bill Fusco
Director of Athletics
Sonoma State University

 

 


Getting Organized For Your Interview

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Last week I was visiting with a colleague and he shared a story about a time when he had a horrible interview. He wasn’t prepared for the interview and it just didn’t go well. Getting a job in the sports industry takes great preparation and organization. To help you with your organization, I have created a worksheet I call an Interview Preparation Form. It is a worksheet that’s designed to help you prepare for your job interview.

The Interview Preparation Form is a “cheat sheet” you can use to outline your answers to possible interview questions. It also outlines your personal sales pitch, provides bullet points to the stories you want to share when answering questions, provides a list of questions you want to ask the search committee, and it provides an organized method for effectively closing 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 you believe might be asked in an interview and then provide your corresponding answers.

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 – Outline 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 better understand the job, the organization, the strengths and needs of the organization, and what the search committee is looking for in their new hire. 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 sell yourself to the search committee and it lets them know that you are interested in the job.

Once you have written your Interview Preparation Form, you will want to type it out in a Word document and practice answering these questions so they flow easily during the interview. In fact, when interviewing over the telephone, you might want to spread your cheat sheet out 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 your communications.

I hope this information is helpful. 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.

 

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.ThePositiveLeader.org.  

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The #1 Careers Book in Sports

2nd edition Image

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.  This is a must read for anyone who wants to work in college athletics”

-Bill Fusco
Director of Athletics
Sonoma State University

 

 


Creating a Strong Sales Pitch

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Having a quality personal sales pitch is a necessity for every job seeker. Your personal sales pitch should be used in all of your correspondence, including your cover letter. It should be used when communicating with potenital employers and in answering interview questions.

The sales pitch needs to be geared towards the type of organization you are interviewing with and the type of position you are seeking. As you communicate with potential employers you will want to share your pitch with clarity and enthusiasm. It is vitally important that you practice reciting your pitch, and parts of your pitch, so it comes across in a natural manner. Practicing your pitch will allow you to control your message and help you to eliminate poorly phrased responses and long uncomfortable pauses.

The personal sales pitch is composed of three sections – a summary of your resume; a listing of your skills, abilities and traits; and a description of your current situation. A person should be able to recite the entire pitch in less than two minutes. The entire pitch will be used for answering questions such as “Tell me about yourself” or “Why should we hire you”.

Depending upon the question you are being asked in a job interview, you could answer it with the entire pitch, or one of the three subsections. For example, if you were asked the question “What is your experience in working in this industry”, you would answer this question by reciting your first section, the summary of your resume. If you were asked the questions “What are your strengths” or “How would your colleagues describe you”, you would answer this question by using your second section, a listing of your skills, abilities and traits. Finally, if you are asked the questions “Why are you looking to leave your current position”, you would answer this by reciting your third section, your current situation.

As you create your personal sales pitch, always be positive in your response. If you are currently unemployed, do not say that you are unemployed because your previous boss didn’t like you. Instead, be prepared for this question and develop an answer that sounds plausible in a neutral tone, and then transition into selling yourself using either your experiences in the industry or your skills and strengths. In other words, share your strengths and why they should hire you. 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.ThePositiveLeader.org.  

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The #1 Careers Book in Sports

2nd edition Image

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.  This is a must read for anyone who wants to work in college athletics”

-Bill Fusco
Director of Athletics
Sonoma State University