Getting The Job Through Proper Follow-up
By Dr. Howard Gauthier
Effectively following up after your interview is one of the keys to getting the job. Your follow-up is more than just a courtesy thank you to the hiring manager. Your follow up should also be viewed as an opportunity to influence the hiring committee.
After your interview, you have a tremendous opportunity to convince the search committee that you are the right person for the job. This is usually done through a typed letter, handwritten note, or an email. Below are a few strategies you can use to help influence the search committee when you follow-up after your interview.
The first and most important follow-up strategy you should concern yourself with is
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Three Strategies For Writing A Great Cover Letter
November 9, 2015
Writing a great cover letter is both an art and a science. It's an art in that good writing takes time and practice, and it's a science in that you need to know the proper elements for writing a quality letter. When applying for a job, you will want to craft a cover letter that will sell you to the search committee with the hope that they are intrigued with you and your application. This in turn will prompt them to spend more time reviewing your resume.
However, too many people place their complete focus on writing a great resume without paying enough attention on their cover letter. Don't get me wrong, having a top-notch resume is extremely important, but so is having a quality cover letter. . . (Continue Reading)
Strategies For Planning Your Career
October 26, 2015
Thomas will be graduating with a degree in Sports Management at the end of the school year. Trying to get a jump on his competition, he decided to visit with a career counselor on campus and find out what is the best way for him to plan his career within the sports industry.
The career counselor shared with Thomas a step-by-step process that will help guide him as he begins to plan a career toward becoming a Division I athletic director. This formula for planning your career includes four steps and several strategies on how you should plan and position yourself for . . . (More)
Closing The Knowing-Doing Gap In The Job Search Process
October 15, 2015
Ted was using the shotgun approach when applying for jobs. He was applying for every job that caught his attention. He estimated that he has applied for about 10 jobs each week over that last several months. He was frustrated that he hasn't gotten an interview for any of these positions, so he decided to ask a career counselor for help. The counselor asked to see his resume and one of Ted's cover letters. It didn't take long for the counselor to provide some assistance. Ted was using the same cover letter for each position and generalizing it by addressing it to "To Whom It May Concern." The counselor advised Ted that he should be personalizing each cover letter. Ted responded by saying that he knew this, but "he didn't have the time to apply for all of the jobs and personalize each cover letter." The counselor referred to Ted's error, in not personalizing his letter, as the Knowing-Doing Gap.
The Knowing-Doing Gap is a phenomenon that authors describe as the difference (or gap) between knowing what should be done in a particular situation, and the reality of what is actually being done. As it applies to career development, your goal should be . . . (More)
There Are 250 Applicants - Why Should They Hire You?
October 5, 2015
There are 250 applicants for a particular job, so why should they hire you? This is a question you will probably be asked during an interview, so why should they hire you? Are you more qualified than the other applicants? Do you have the experience, or the necessary skills, to do the job? Are you a good fit with the organization? When writing your cover letter, you should write the letter with this question in mind. To answer this question, you will want to use your Personal Sales Pitch.
Your Personal Sales Pitch is the foundation for selling yourself in letters and in interviews. It should include three sections - a summary of your resume; your skills, abilities and traits; and your current situation. When answering the question, "why should we hire you", you will want to blend these three sections together so they flow smoothly while . . . (More)
Excelling In Your Current Job
September 21, 2015
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 . . . (More)
Getting Organized For Your Interview
September 14, 2015
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: . . . (More)
August 9, 2015
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 . . . (More)
Sell Yourself in Your Cover Letter
August 31, 2015
Last week I wrote about writing a great resume. It is one of the most important marketing tools you can create to help sell you for a job opening. Just as important, however, is your cover letter.
The purpose of a cover letter is to sell you, provide insight into you as a person, and show why you are a good fit for the position. A good cover letter will prompt the search committee to take a closer look at you and your resume. In fact, a quality cover letter can catapult you forward in the job search process, whereas, a poorly written cover letter can eliminate you from consideration. . . (More)
How To Construct a Great Resume
August 24, 2015
Your resume is a marketing tool to help promote you for a potential job interview. Writing a great resume takes practice and attention to detail. The purpose of a resume is to show the hiring manager that you meet the qualifications for the position. Your resume should be easy to read and it should sell you. Most employers will initially spend between 10-20 seconds looking at a resume.
So how long should your resume be? Your resume needs to be long enough to show your experiences and accomplishments, but short enough that a potential employer will read it. When you first graduate from college, your resume will probably be a page or so in length. As you advance in your career, your resume will grow in length . . . (More)
Assessments: Knowing Your Strengths and Abilities
August 10, 2015
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:
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Given a Choice, When Should You Interview?
August 3, 2015
I was asked an interesting question the other day. A young man was interviewing for an assistant athletic directors position and he was given a couple of different days he could choose for his on-campus interview. He asked me if there was an advantage in the order of when a candidate should interview. My response was quick and clear - yes, it can matter when you interview.
Of course, your qualifications, experience, communication skills and preparation are vitally important for determining who is offered the job. But so is having an advantage because of the lasting impression you make, the information you have, and your follow-up strategies. The following are some thoughts on this subject. . . (More)
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Dr. Howard Gauthier is an Associate Professor in the Athletic Administration graduate program at Idaho State University. He has over 25 years of experience in college athletics as a men's basketball coach and in athletic administration. He has been involved in coaching and administration at every level of college sports. He coached at the NCAA Division I and III levels, and at the NAIA level. He also worked in the athletic departments at the University of Miami and Washington State University, and was the Athletic Director at the Division I level at Idaho State University. Gauthier has served on several NCAA, NACDA, and Big Sky Conference committees.
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