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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  • 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

 

 


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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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

 

 


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.


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  • 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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Creighton University

 

 


Understanding Which Stage Of the Job Search Process You’re In

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Tanya and Todd are both searching for a job in the sports world.  Tanya is a soccer coach who is looking to advance in her career and Todd recently graduated with a master’s degree in Sports Management.  While Tanya is very focused on her career, Todd isn’t sure what type of job he wants to pursue.

Tanya knows that she wants to advance in the coaching profession but is having a difficult time getting an interview.  Todd on the other hand is confused as to what type of job or career he wants.  They both seek the assistance of a career coach to help them with their search process.

The career coach shares that there are five stages to the job search process:

1.    Assessment Stage

2.    Preparation Stage

3.    Connection Stage

4.    Interviewing Stage

5.    Follow-up Stage

In Tanya’s situation, the career coach suggests that since she knows what type of job she is interested in, the majority of her energies should be focused on the preparation and connection stages.  The preparation stage would have her review her cover letter, resume, references, and sales pitch to make sure they are formatted correctly and written correctly.  She needs to make sure that her sales tools are excellent, and that they are effectively selling her.  The career coach continued by explaining that most jobs are secured through networking, and that the connection stage would help her to be active and effective in networking within the profession.

In Todd’s situation, the career coach suggested that he begin his job search process in the assessment stage.  He needs to understand the various types of jobs that exist in the sports industry, and to understand which type of job best fits his personality, skills, and lifestyle.  The career coach went on to share that during the assessment stage, Todd will also discover his strengths, weaknesses, skills, and abilities.  These will help him as he identifies what type of career he wants to pursue, and in developing his promotional materials.

The career coach also recommended that both Tanya and Todd spend the majority of their attention, at this point, within their specific job search stage, but that they familiarize themselves with the other stages as well.  This is so they will be prepared to interview when the time comes, and to properly follow-up after an interview.

So where should you begin?  If you are lost and not knowing what type of job you want – you’ll start with the assessment stage.  If you know what type of job you want but aren’t getting interviews – you’ll need to assess your situation and focus on both the preparation and connection stages.  And if you are getting interviews but not the job offers – you’ll want to focus on both the interviewing and follow-up stages.  The key is that you know the basic fundamental skills of each stage of the job search process and that you effectively perform these skills.  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.

 

Identifying Your Target Market in the Job Search Process

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Editor’s Note:  The Coffee House Mentor is a series of 10 topics that discuss all aspects of the job search process.  This blog on targeting your search is the fourth article in the series.

Last week we discussed how Rick was extremely organized when he developed a plan for his career.  He had researched the steps and strategies that he would take in order to create an effective plan.  This research led him to identifying the process, and the corresponding strategies he could use, to attain his dream job.

Rob, the mentor of the group, built upon these thoughts and continued on by discussing the process for identifying the people and organizations a person should target in their job search campaign.  While many people wait for a job to open and then they apply for the position, Rob is teaching his five mentees the value of being proactive in their job search.  He reasons, “If you have already made contact with the people within an organization, when a job opens up you will have a leg up on your competition.   This is because you already know the people within the organization, and people hire people they know.”

To help Rob get his point across, he passed out three worksheets.  For the next 35 minutes, the group reviewed the worksheets and discussed the process of targeting the job you want.  The following are the three worksheets the group reviewed:

  • Establishing Your Target Market
  • Institutions Within Your Target Market
  •  Target Market Contact List

“Establishing Your Target Market” is the first worksheet they discussed.  This worksheet is a summary and review of the information that Rick presented earlier in the session.  This form has you outlining the type of position you want to pursue.  It includes the specifics about the organization such as the type of sports organization, the level of competition, the geographic location, and the size of the community.  Rob went on to say that “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 identifying each organization that meets the criteria from the 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 the organization has football, then you have narrowed your list to Eastern, UW, and WSU.  Once you have listed every institution within your target market, you will now move on to the third worksheet.

The third worksheet, entitled “Target Market Contact List”, has you identifying the name of the organization and contact information of the supervisor or manager you will want to connect with.  Once you have organized your target list and identified the contact information, you will now want to create a strategy for how you will network with the people within the organization.  This networking is key for eventually getting a job in the company.

By knowing where you want to work, you can identify the people you want to network with in order to build a relationship.  This information is helping the mentees to become very organized in their job search process.  Rob instructed each mentee to insert the three new worksheets into the fourth section of their worksheet binder.

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 latest book, Getting Hired In College Sports – 2nd Edition at www.SportsCareersInstitute.com.