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Six Strategies For Managing The Gaps In Your Resume
September 29, 2014
The carousel of football coaching changes has begun for the 2015 season. Recently, June Jones stepped away from the helm of the SMU program and on Sunday, Charlie Weis was fired at Kansas. For these two, landing a job will have to wait until at least mid-December. This is when the hiring of football coaches begins again. For these two, their resume and success is well known and they probably won't need to worry about the gaps in their resume. But for most people, if you lose your job, how long would it take to get another one? You might get fired from your athletic director's position, have to quit your compliance position because your spouse took a new job in a different city, you were down-sized because your marketing position was outsourced, or . . . (More)
How To Effectively Approach Your Interview
September 22, 2014
Reflect back upon your most recent professional interview. How was your interaction with the search committee or hiring manager? Did you take charge of the interview or did the search committee control the environment? When searching for a job, you need to know how to properly execute the job search process. This includes knowing how to properly approach the interview.
One of the major keys for properly executing the interview is to approach it with the mentality of ". . . (More)
Seven Common Job Interview Mistakes
September 15, 2014
It was mid-morning and Cynthia was preparing for her job interview that was scheduled for later in the week. The sound of The Today Show was softly playing in the background when something caught her ear. The hosts were discussing the outcome of a recent study of mistakes people make during their job interview. This news article stopped Cynthia in her tracks. She replayed the segment over and over, and then spent the next couple of hours searching the Internet for information on the subject. What Cynthia uncovered was that some of the most commonly made mistakes that people make during their interview include: . . . (More)
Five Steps In Preparing For Your Interview
September 8, 2014
Allie is actively looking for a job in sports marketing. Her resume and cover letters are constructed very well and she's getting interviews. The problem, though, is something isn't quite right with her interviewing process. She just isn't getting the job. Allie solicits help from Frank Thomas, a family friend who is a retired college athletic director. Frank is more than happy to help. He originally went into college sports as a way to make a positive impact in the lives of young people.
Allie and Frank met at a local coffee shop to help prepare Allie for her up coming interview. With over 35 years of hiring coaches and staff, Frank is extremely skilled in the job search process. During their discussion, he asked Allie if she uses an Interview Preparation Form when she is preparing for her interview. Like most people, . . . (More)
Your Personal Sales Pitch - A Critical Tool For a Successful Job Search
September 2, 2014
Bob was working on his promotional materials for his upcoming job search. He just put the finishing touches on his resume and is now working on developing his sales pitch. He took good notes during the "careers seminar" that was part of his Sports Management program. The seminar leader used the techniques outlined in the book "Getting Hired in College Sports" and Bob understands the importance of a Personal Sales Pitch when it comes to having a successful job search.
The Personal Sales Pitch is the foundation for selling yourself in all of your interactions and correspondence. This includes using your pitch in your cover letters, while answering interview questions, and during your follow-up after the interview. Your pitch should include three sections - (a) a summary of your resume . . . (More)
Four Promotional Tools Needed For Your Job Search
August 25, 2014
Brian was beginning to look for another job. He asked his friend Joyce, who works in the career center at a university, if she would review his resume and cover letter. She agreed to analyze his documents and told Brian she would provide him with honest and professional feedback.
Brian worked on his resume and cover letter late into the night and dropped them by Joyce's office the next morning. Later that day Joyce contacted Brian and stated "I like how your resume is simple, clear and easy to read." "These are the key elements to writing an effective resume." "You know, most employers will only spend between 15-20 seconds reviewing a resume." Joyce is correct. Your resume must . . . (More)
Targeting The Job You Want
August 18, 2014
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 . . . (More)
Four Steps in Planning Your Sports Career
August 11, 2014
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. . . (More)
Why You Need To Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
August 4, 2014
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 . . . (More)
Preparing For Five Different Types of Interview Questions
July 28, 2014
If you are going to get the job, you need to be prepared for your interview. This includes being prepared to answer the interview questions you will be asked. During your interview you will be judged on the answers you provide to interview questions, how you deliver your answers, and how you present yourself. Therefore, in order to have a successful interview, you must be prepared to effectively answer each of the five basic types of interview questions. These five types of questions include:
You Must Meet The Minimum Qualifications
July 21, 2014
Kari graduated with her master's degree in sports management this past May. She has been struggling to find a job in intercollegiate athletics since this time but now she has some hope. As Kari was looking through the various sports job listings on the Sports Careers website, she noticed that her alma mater was advertising for a compliance officer. She thought she would apply.
As Kari was reviewing the job announcement, she read through the minimum qualifications. She noticed that she didn't meet all of the minimum requirements, but she also exceeded them in other areas. A bachelor's degree was required and a master's degree was preferred. She clearly surpassed this requirement. The school also wanted, at a minimum, someone . . . (More)
Creating a Strong Sales Pitch
July 14, 2014
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 potential 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 . . . (More)
Seven Common Interview Mistakes
July 7, 2014
It was mid-morning and Cynthia was preparing for her job interview that was scheduled for later in the week. The sound of The Today Show was softly playing in the background when something caught her ear. The hosts were discussing the outcome of a recent study of mistakes people make during their job interview. This news article stopped Cynthia in her tracks. She replayed the segment and found that the most common mistakes people make during their interview include:
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