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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:
Positioning Yourself For Your Next Job
June 30, 2014
Periodically, I receive telephone calls or e-mails from people who are seeking advice about their job search. That was the case last March when "David" contacted me about the possibility of applying for a head soccer coaching position. David was an assistant soccer coach at a low-major Division I program on the East Coast and he was thinking about applying for a head coaching position at a mid-major Division I soccer program on the West Coast.
David knew that I was a former Division I athletic director and he wondered how a Division I AD would view his application. He wanted me to be honest with him, so I was. I asked if he knew anyone at the institution - he didn't. I asked if he . . . (More)
Understanding The Job Search Process
June 23, 2014
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. . . (More)
The Resume, Your Marketing Tool
June 16, 2014
Quite often when a job opens up within a college athletic department there will be more than 50 people who apply for the position. In fact, sometimes there could be more than 100 or even 200 applicants. With so many applicants, how do you get your resume noticed?
In the typical search, many of the applicants don't meet the basic requirements of the position. Still others will submit resumes that are hard to read. Therefore, you need to be able to present a resume that is professional, clearly shows how you meet the qualifications of the position, and is easy to read. In fact, your resume needs to sell you within 10-20 seconds. This is the length of time that most search committee members will take to initially view a resume. If the resume catches their attention, . . . (More)
The Importance of a Cover Letter
June 9, 2014
I was having dinner a while back with a friend who is the president of a professional sports team. One of his major duties is to hire the administrative and sales staff. Since I had been an athletic director at the Division I level, and had written a book about the proper techniques people should use during the job search process, I wanted to compare notes between hiring at the major college level and at the professional sports level.
I was truly shocked when he shared with me that many of the resumes that he receives are submitted without a cover letter, and of the cover letters that he does receive, many are addressed with a generic salutation such as - "
To Whom it May Concern" or "
Dear Hiring Manager". I really shouldn't have been too surprised because. . . (More)
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Strategies For Becoming a College Coach
June 2, 2014
Travis was both excited and nervous as he sat in the lobby waiting for his appointment with Coach Smith. He was excited because in a couple of minutes he would be visiting with one of the top coaches in college sports. Travis had scheduled an informational interview so he could find out more about the coaching profession in hopes that he, too, could someday be a successful coach.
As Coach Smith entered the lobby he greeted Travis with a big smile and a firm handshake. From there they. . . (More)
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