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

 

 


Understanding The Job Search Process

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Mark and Sara are both searching for a job in the sports world.  Mark is a former college football coach whose contract was not renewed after five years and Sara is a recent graduate with a master’s degree in Sports Management.  Both are looking for a job in college sports, but each is at a different stage in their career – how should they proceed?

Mark knows that he wants to continue to coach but he is having a difficult time getting an interview.  Sara on the other hand is confused as to what type of job or career she 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 Mark’s situation, the career coach suggests that since he knows what type of job he is interested in, the majority of his energies should be focused on the preparation and connection stages.  The preparation stage would have him review his cover letter, resume, references, and sales pitch.  He needs to make sure that his sales tools are excellent, and that they are effectively selling him.  The career coach continued by explaining that most jobs are secured through networking, and that the connection stage would help him to be active and effective in networking within the profession.

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

The career coach also recommended that both Mark and Sara spend the majority of their attention, at this point, within their specific job search stage, but the coach went on to suggest 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 that are associated with 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.


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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