Your Job Search is Similar to The NCAA Basketball Tournament

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

I just love March Madness.  From the major powers to the Cinderella’s, this is a great time year. One of the better games so far this year was when Michigan hit a shot with no time left to beat Houston in a second round game. While the shot was extremely dramatic and difficult, it wasn’t so surprising that he made it, especially to the Michigan players and coaches. You see, this is a play or scenario that they have practiced hundreds, if not thousands, of times. They were prepared for this situation and they executed it to near perfection.

This type of practice and preparation is what you need to do with your job search. You need to be prepared for the fundamentals of getting a job.   More specifically, you need to understand each aspect of the job search process, practice each aspect, and be prepared for when the time comes for you to take that big shot; that shot at the job you’ve always wanted. In other words, you need to be able to create a great resume, write a cover letter that sells you, have a strong sales pitch, be smooth in your delivery of answers to interview questions, and know how to follow-up after the interview.

There are 10 areas of the job search process that you need to be prepared for.  These include:

  • Assessments – Know your strengths, skills and abilities
  • Career Planning – Know what type of job you’re seeking
  • Target Market – Know which colleges you are targeting
  • Promotional Materials – Write a great resume and cover letter
  • Sales Pitch – Create and deliver an outstanding sales pitch
  • Interview Preparation – Become extremely organized for your interview
  • Interview Questions – Understand the questions you’ll be asked and be prepared to answer them
  • Promotional Campaign – Use various techniques to make effective contact with the hiring managers within your target organizations.
  • Interviewing Basics – Know the basics of interviewing
  • Strategic Follow-up – Use the proper strategies to effectively follow-up after an interview

March Madness is a great time of year.  The teams that win and move on are a little lucky but extremely prepared.  Make sure you’re prepared for that big shot at the job of your dreams when the time comes.  For help with being prepared, you should read the book “Getting Hired in College Sports.”  It has help quite a few people with getting a job within the sports industry.  Best of luck on your job search.

 

Howard Gauthier is a 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 – 3rd Edition at www.sportscareersinstitute.com or his new book The Positive Leader at www.ThePositiveLeader.org.  

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

-Bill Fusco
Director of Athletics
Sonoma State University

 

 


Five Stages Of The Job Search Process

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

So you’re looking to break into, or advance within, the sports industry. But are you doing everything you can to conduct a successful job search? In my book “Getting Hired in College Sports”, I share a five-stage model that outlines the effective job search process. This model is based on research both within the sports industry and the best practices within the world of career development.

More specifically, the five segments of an effective job search include: (a) the self-assessment stage, (b) preparation stage, (c) connection stage, (d) interview stage, and (e) the follow-up stage. Mastering each of these components will help you to excel in the job search process and will help you to be competitive for the job you want. These five stages are explained in greater detail below

  • Self-Assessment Stage – In the self-assessment stage you will identify your strengths, weaknesses, skills and abilities. You will also understand what you like and dislike in a job, and what are your top personal traits. You will then create a plan that will lead you to achieving your dream job. Finally, you will systematically figure out which organizations you will want to contact in your job search.
  • Preparation Stage – During the preparation stage you will want to establish a target market contact list for the jobs you are seeking. You will also want to construct a professional resume, write a cover letter that can sell you, create a personal sales pitch, be strategic in which references you use, develop answers to the interview questions you are most likely to be asked, know how to research the organizations within your target market, and understand how to prepare for an interview.
  • Connection Stage – In the connection stage you will want to develop a job search campaign, understand how to network within the industry, and know how to promote yourself. You will also need to understand which promotional techniques you should use, how to create your brand, how to create a strategic marketing plan for yourself, and know how to control your job search.
  • Interview Stage – In the interview stage you will need to understand the proper approach for interviewing, the basic techniques you should use during an interview, and how to conduct yourself in a group interview. You will also want to understand what type of questions you should ask in the interview, what mistakes people make, and how to successfully close the interview.
  • Follow-up Stage – During this stage you will want to conduct a follow-up mini-campaign that includes thanking the members of the search committee and addressing any issues or concerns they may have about you as a candidate. You will also want to have an organized method for keeping track of each job you’ve applied for and the status of each of these searches.

These five stages are the major elements of the job search process. To land a job, you need to know, and be able to perform, each of the strategies and techniques that are within these five stages. To assist you in your job search, the book “Getting Hired in College Sports” is available as a resource. It identifies the techniques and strategies that are the best practices for all aspects of the job search process and it includes step-by-step worksheets that help you prepare for each stage of the job search. By performing these best practices you will be able to effectively execute the job search process. Best of luck on your upcoming job search!

 

Howard Gauthier is a 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 10 books and e-books. Check out his book, Getting Hired In College Sports – 2nd Edition at www.sportscareersinstitute.com or his new book The Positive Leader at www.ThePositiveLeader.org.

 

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  • 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

 

 


Where To Begin Your Job Search – Answer These Four Questions

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

So you are beginning to look for a new job. Where do you start? How do you begin your job search? There are five stages to the job search process. These include the assessment stage, the preparation stage, the connection stage, the interview stage, and the follow-up stage. Each of these stages is so very different. To have a successful job search campaign, you will need to be able to effectively execute the fundamental skills for each of these different stages.

Everybody is at a different place in his or her job search. Some are just beginning their work life and they need to complete various self-assessments so they truly understand their personal strengths, skills, and abilities. Others need to understand how to prepare for a job search by understanding how to effectively write a cover letter and resume. Still others need to brush up on their interview skills and/or their follow-up skills.

To help you determine where to begin in your job search, and learn the appropriate job search skills, you should answer the following four questions to see which one best applies to you. By determining which of the four questions is closest to your situation, you can determine which stage of the job search process is the best place for you to focus your energies. I highly recommend that you do not skip any of the stages of the job search process, because the better you know yourself, and the better you know the job search strategies, the more likely you are to land the job of your dreams. But, by identifying where you should begin your job search, you can place the majority of your focus and energies in that particular stage of the job search process.

Questions

  1. I feel as if I am lost. I am not sure what type of job or career I want.
  2. I think I know what type of job I want, but is there a type of job that I am better suited for?
  3. I know what type of position is right for me, but I cannot get an interview.
  4. I am getting interviews but I cannot land the job.

Where Should You Begin?

If you answered #1 or #2, you need to initially focus on the testing and assessments stage. Once you have completed this stage and have a better understanding of your career path, you will begin to focus on the preparation stage. If you answered #3, your greatest focus needs to be on preparing for your search. Finally, if you answered #4, you need to review the information regarding interviewing skills and your follow-up strategies. You also need to look to expand into different types of markets within the sports industry.

By knowing which stage of the job search process you are in, you will be able to place the majority of your focus and energies in this area so you can learn and get better. You will be able to learn the fundamental skills and strategies of each stage of the job search process so you can effectively execute the various skills and strategies of the job search process. Good luck with your job search!

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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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

 

 


The First Step To Getting A Job In Sports Is To Assess Your Strengths, Skills and Abilities

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

In my book “Getting Hired in College Sports”, I’ve outlined two phases to the job search process. The first phase, entitled the Discovery Phase, helps you identify your strengths, weaknesses, skills and abilities. It also helps you plan your career and identify whom to contact for your upcoming job search. The second phase, entitled the Search Phase, is where you prepare your marketing materials, apply for jobs, prepare for your interview, conduct the interview, and follow-up after the interview. The first phase helps you to be successful in the second phase. By knowing your strengths, skills and abilities you are better able to sell yourself in your resume, cover letters, during an interview, and in following up after your interview. In other words, the very first step you should take in order to conduct a successful job search is to know yourself; to know your strengths, skills and abilities.

To get to know your strengths, skills and abilities, you will want to conduct several self-assessments. Self-assessments will help you to:

  • Identify your occupational values – what you like and dislike in a job
  • Identify your top five skills and abilities
  • Identify your personal traits
  • Create a roadmap to achieving your dream job
  • Figure out which organizations to contact for your upcoming job search

Many people jump over the assessment stage of the job search process and right into writing their cover letters and resume. This is the wrong strategy. Typically you only have one opportunity to apply for the right job at the right institution. If you don’t write a great cover letter and sales pitch, you might miss this opportunity. You need to prepare yourself by understanding what you like and dislike in a job, what your top five skills are, and understand what personal traits you possess. You can access this information by conducting self-assessment questionnaires and worksheets. They will take you less than a day to complete.

There are several self-assessments that you can find on-line. However, the self-assessment worksheets I list in the book are specifically related to the sports industry. Regardless of which assessments you use, make sure you get to know yourself. Get to know the strengths, skills and abilities you bring to a sports organization. Then sell yourself in your cover letter, your sales pitch, in answering interview questions, and in following up after the interview.

 

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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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

 

 


Assessments: Knowing Your Strengths and Abilities

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

What are your career goals? Most people aren’t 100% sure. They know they want to work in the sports industry, but that’s about it. How about you? Do you know what you want to do professionally? If you don’t know, you’ll want to analyze your strengths and weakness in an attempt to find out more about yourself and find out what types of jobs best fit your personality. If you do know your strengths and weaknesses, let me ask you this – what are the strengths you bring to an employer and what are your weaknesses? This is one of the first questions you’ll be asked in an interview.

If you hesitated in answering this question, you need to conduct some assessments so you can identify your strengths, weaknesses, skills, and abilities. Understanding your strengths and abilities are key to getting interviews, acing your interview, and getting the job. You need to know your strengths and skills for four main reasons:

  • It helps you to write a cover letter that can really sell you
  • It helps you with answering interview questions
  • It provides you with confidence during your interview
  • It helps you in trying to influence the decision of the hiring committee

In order to really get to know yourself, you need to conduct several skills assessments that will help you to identify what you need to focus on in order to get the job you want. These assessments become the foundation for everything you do in the job search process.  In reality, you shouldn’t begin applying for jobs until you have completed the assessment stage of the job search process.

For more information on assessments and the job search process, check out my book entitled “Getting Hired in College Sports”. It will help you in every aspect of your job search. You can read more about the book at my website at www.SportsCareersInstitute.com. Good luck on your upcoming job search!

 

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

 

 


Strategies For Breaking Into The Sports Industry

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Now that Memorial Day has passed, many recent graduates will set their sights on securing their first job in the sports industry. Whether you are pursuing a job in college coaching or sports administration, the first step is to have a vision for what you want to do for your career.

It really doesn’t matter if you know exactly what you want to do, but you should have a general idea. For example, if you want to coach, which sport do you want to coach? This will determine your initial career path. The same holds true for administration. If you want to work in athletic administration, what area best fits your strengths and interests? Your strategies and career path will be different if you want to pursue a position in compliance versus a career in marketing.

But what happens if you don’t know exactly what you want to do? You just know that you want to work in sports. In this case, you need to gain insight into both yourself and into the sports industry. You will want to get to know your strengths, interests, skills and abilities. You will also want to discover more about the various types of positions that exist in the sports world. Once you have a better feel for the industry, you can determine which area best fits your strengths and interests. To gain this insight, and to break into the sports industry, you should consider the following suggestions:

Conduct an Informational Interview – Gain Insight into the industry by interviewing somebody who already works in the sports industry. I got my start in college sports by interviewing the athletic director at the University of Washington.   His great advice allowed me to develop a plan for my career. This plan included going back to school to study for my master’s degree in sports administration and I also gained experience as a student worker in the ticket office.

Get Your Master’s Degree – Most full-time coaches and sports managers will eventually need their master’s degree in order to advance in the industry. If you don’t currently have your master’s degree, consider going back to college and pursue a degree in sports management. To see a list of schools that offer sports management degree programs, go to the “Sports Management Programs” page on the website http://www.SportsCareersInstitute.com.

Gain Experience – Whether you’re just starting out in the industry, or you’re looking to advance in the sports field, you need to gain experience and make yourself a valuable commodity. You can gain experience through volunteering within an athletic department, securing an internship, working in an entry-level job, or by becoming active in your professional association (NACDA, NABC, CoSIDA, etc.). If you are interested in coaching, look to begin by working summer camps and being a volunteer assistant (or a graduate assistant). If you are interested in administration, find out if the local college athletic department needs help selling tickets at their sporting events.

Network into a Job – Networking within the industry is ultimately the key to getting a job. Utilize the above suggestions to get to know people within the industry. Stay in touch with the people you meet and build friendships.

Position Yourself – As you gain experience, you will want to work toward positioning yourself as an expert within the industry. To properly position yourself as an expert, you will want to work hard in your current position and do quality work. You will also want to build a strong network within the industry and be active within your professional association. In time, these qualities will brand you in a very positive light within the industry. As an expert, you will have opportunities to advance both within your current organization and within other organizations in the sports industry.

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!  If you need to learn the fundamental skills of the job search process, check out the book “Getting Hired in College Sports”. It is used by many sports management programs to help provide their students with the job search skills that are necessary for them to compete in the highly competitive sports industry.

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 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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This is a must have for those looking to get into College Athletics. Great job Howard.

-Michael Volpone
Sports Writer at Nationalsportsjournal.com

 

 

 


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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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

 

 


Targeting The Job You Want

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Some people know exactly what type of job they want, and at which organization. However, most people only know what type of industry they prefer to work in, such as working in sports. If you’re one of the lucky ones who knows exactly what type of job you want, and where it’s located, you have an advantage in the job search process. You have a clear career goal, and you can begin to network your way into that organization.

However, for the vast majority of job seekers, they need to identify where they want to be and in what capacity. If you are one of the job seekers that fall into this second category, I will outline the process you need to go through in order to target the job you want. In my book, Getting Hired in College Sports, I present three worksheets that the reader is asked to complete that will help you to narrow your focus on the type of job you want and the organization where you want to work. Once you know this information, you can begin to network your way into that organization.

The first worksheet I present is entitled “Establishing Your Target Market”. It asks you to identify the type of position you want (i.e. coaching or administration), and then identify the organizations you want to pursue. You identify these organizations by answering five questions about what criteria you prefer in an institution. You are first asked about the type of sports organization where you want to work. This could include a college athletics department, a conference office, a recreation department, or any other type of organization. You are then asked to identify if your ideal organization is a private institution, a public institution, a 2-year college, or a 4-year university. The third question has you identifying the level of competition (NCAA Division I, NAIA, etc.), and the fourth question asks about the geographic location. Finally, the fifth question asks if you prefer to work and live in a rural setting, a metropolitan setting, or somewhere in between. Once you have identified this information, you will move on to the second worksheet, which is entitled “Institutions Within Your Target Market.”

This second worksheet has you identify each organization that meets the criteria from your first worksheet.  For example, if you are interested in working at an NCAA Division I institution within the state of Washington, your target market will include Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Seattle University, University of Washington, and Washington State University.  If your criteria also includes that you want to coach football, then you have just narrowed your list to Eastern, UW, and WSU.  Once you have listed every institution that meets your criteria, you have just created your target market. You will then want to move on to the third worksheet, entitled “Target Market Contact List.”

This third worksheet has you select one of the organizations within your target market, and identify the name of the contact person you will want to network with as you strive to make in-roads into that organization. Once you have identified the individual, you will then want to list their name, title and contact information on your worksheet. You will complete a contact sheet for every organization within your target market. Once you have completed all three worksheets, you will then want to get creative and develop a strategy of how you will network with these people. This process will help you to build relationships with the people working in the colleges where you want to work. And knowing the people within the organization is the key to getting the job.

This process sounds simple, but it will take some real introspection on your part to understand what you really want for your career. It will also take some homework on your part, and it will take a creative strategy for you to build your network to where you have an advantage in the job search process when your ideal job opens up.

For more information about the job search process, please contact Howard Gauthier at howard@sportscareersinstitute.com or go to our website at www.SportsCareersInstitute.com.  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 new book Execute for Success at www.execute4success.com.


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

 -Greg McDermott
Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Creighton University

 

 


Four Steps in Planning Your Sports Career

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Jennifer and Rob are in their final semester of their master’s degree program in Sports Management. They are meeting regularly in an attempt to prepare themselves for their upcoming job searches. This will be their second meeting as they met earlier in the week and completed several questionnaires and inventories that helped them to understand their personal strengths, weaknesses, traits, and abilities.

In today’s meeting they are focusing on gaining a clear understanding of how they should plan for their sports careers. In preparation for today’s meeting, they assigned themselves the task of interviewing someone who’s currently working in the type of job they ultimately desire for their own career. Jennifer can see herself as an athletic director at the Division II level and Rob would like to become a Division I head men’s basketball coach. Therefore, Jennifer interviewed the AD at her school to find out how she should pursue a career in athletic administration and Rob interviewed the head men’s basketball coach.

As Jennifer and Rob shared the findings from their informational interviews, a common theme began to surface. What they both discovered was that you need to be very strategic and intentional in your career planning. The first step is that you need to identify your dream job. This includes defining the type of position you want, at what level, and in what part of the country. These parameters could change as you gain experience, but for now these criteria are a good starting place.

Once you have a fairly clear vision of what you ultimately want as a career, the second step is for you to determine how you are going to attain this goal. What type of education, experiences, and skills will you need in order to be hired for this position? You will want to prepare yourself by seeking these experiences and skills.

The third step to attaining your dream job is to properly position yourself along the way. Working backwards from your ultimate goal, you will want to identify the type of job(s) that will lead to your dream job.  For Rob, in order to be a Division I head coach, he will need to be a Division I assistant coach. For Jennifer to be a Division II athletic director, she will either need to be a Division I assistant athletic director or a Division II associate athletic director. These jobs would be their “One-Position Removed” jobs.

Based on this concept of working backwards, what type of job would lead to your one-position-removed job? For Rob, he needs to work as an entry level Division I assistant or a head coach at a lower level. He needs to gain experience recruiting and needs to network his way into that one-position-removed job. For Jennifer, since she wants to be an athletic director, and her one-position-removed job is as an assistant or associate AD, she will want to work in a position that can elevate her to one of these positions.

You will want to continue to work backwards in this manner until you reach your current position or situation. Once you reach your current position, you now have a clear path for your career. So what’s your next career move? This will be the fourth step in the career path process. What steps do you need to take to position yourself for that next job in your career plan? Do you need to gain additional formal education? Do you need to reposition yourself in the industry? Or maybe you need to get an entry-level job, a graduate assistantship, or even a volunteer position?   What skills do you need to develop? How is your networking going? You must have a networking plan that will help lead to your next job, and ultimately to your dream job. This four-step career-planning concept is one of the many strategies I outline in my book “Getting Hired in College Sports.” If you need help with your career, do what Jennifer and Rob did, schedule an informational interview and ask questions. Please let me know if I can help you in any way.

 

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

 -Greg McDermott
Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Creighton University

 

 


Why You Need To Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

The butterflies are swirling around in your stomach as you enter the interview room. The search committee looks daunting, but you are prepared, so not to worry. After the introductions and some pleasantries, the committee starts firing questions at you – “Why do you want to work for us?, What are your experiences in sports marketing (or whatever position you are interviewing for)?”, “What are your strengths?”, and “What are your weaknesses?” The questions just keep on coming.

Wait a minute! Let’s back up. What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses? Sounds easy right? You better be prepared. These questions quite often trip people up. You do not want to hesitate and make the committee think you are not prepared. You also do not want to list the wrong strengths. But, you definitely do not want to blurt out the wrong weakness. This can kill the interview. If you say that you do not have any weaknesses, the committee will know you are not telling the truth. If you fib in your interview, what else will you lie about once you are working for them? This is as much a character question as it is a fit question. What skills and abilities do you bring to the company? This is an opportunity for you to really sell yourself.

During your interview you need to be prepared to share your top five skills and abilities. Maybe you are a hard worker or maybe you are extremely skilled in marketing through social media. Whatever your strengths are, be prepared to sell them when the timing is right. As for your weakness, be prepared to share a weakness that will not hurt your chances of getting the job. If you do not have a lot of experience, do not answer the weakness question by stating that you lack experience in the industry. This shows that you might not be capable of doing the job. Rather, state something a bit more benign. This should be something that will not reflect poorly on the quality of your work, or your fit within the organization. Instead, try to turn this question into a positive. Maybe you can state something like “my networking isn’t as strong as I’d like it to be. The good thing is, I’ve recognized this and about six months ago I started working hard to improve my network.“ This answer will not get you the job, but it also will not eliminate you from consideration. The committee is looking to see if you are prepared.

Knowing your strengths is important in almost everything you do related to your job search. By knowing your strengths you can better target the type of job you are suited for. In addition, you will want to include your strengths, skills, and abilities in your sales pitch so you can use it in your cover letters, to answer interview questions, and in your follow-up correspondence.

The only way to truly understand and know your strengths, weaknesses, skills, and abilities is by completing self-assessment inventories.  These assessments become the foundation for everything you do in the job search process.  In reality, you should not begin to apply for jobs until you have completed the assessment stage of the job search process. These assessments can be found both online and in the book “Getting Hired in College Sports.” Best of luck in your job search!

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


*******

Best Selling Sports Careers Book

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

Click Here To Purchase Only $23.95

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

 -Greg McDermott
Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Creighton University