Five Tips for Undergrads Seeking Sports Career Job
A Quick "How To" on Sports Job Search
When it comes to sports careers, landing that first job often is a difficult challenge.
The fact is, many people are interested in working in sports careers. While not all of the jobs pay extraordinarily well, the positions often are dream jobs for people who prefer to work in a fun atmosphere, around teams, or with athletes.
Finding that initial position can prove frustrating. But it is important to keep your spirits high, maintain confidence in yourself, and build your network.
If the job search is becoming frustrating, here are some ideas to get things going in a positive direction.
Review the Basics
When teams are in a slump, they often work on the fundamentals. The same can apply to a stalled job search.
Take a longer look at your resume and cover letter. Work on your interviewing skills.
Have friends and family review your resume and read your cover letter. Seek out professionals in your field who will review these items and provide helpful criticism.
If you advance to the interview stage but fail to land a job, ask the prospective employer where you came up short. Encourage them to honestly talk to you about the areas you can improve. Do not let this information upset you - it is one opinion - but it could help you discover areas in your experience or approach where you need more work.
Network, On-Line and In Person
Also, attend meetings and conventions focused on your sports career. This is one advantage of sports careers; many of the associated leagues, sports, and career positions regularly conduct such meetings.
Also use the people you know, teachers, coaches, professors, and advisors to build contacts. Use your campus career center. Let your friends and family know that you are looking for work and the type of work you are looking for. You never know when someone will hear something and pass it on to you.
Yes, this advice is easier to give than follow. But realize that you are not the first college graduate to not immediately find work.
Many people interested in sports careers have a sports background. Think about how much you improved in a sport from the start of a season to the end. You can improve in a job search if you keep working at it.
Try to consider as many options as possible. If you are willing to move to a new market to land your job, you will open that many more possibilities.
In terms of sports careers, if you consider positions outside of your favorite sport or league, you open that many more doors.
Also, keep in mind that very few people land their dream job right out of college. Be willing to consider a position that will put you on the path to that dream job.
Consider All Talents, Experiences
If you have spent considerable time and effort searching for your dream job with, say, a professional baseball team and the season has started with you still looking, it may be time to consider some of your other skills.
Perhaps you sold ads for the college newspaper? That experience could help you land a position in sales with a team, baseball or some other sport.
Perhaps you picked up experience running an intramural league that could translate to a position with a community recreation center for the summer until baseball’s hot stove league - and hopefully hiring season - gets started again.
Ideally, you will find a position that will include some skills required for your desired career path. If possible, as you establish yourself, ask for these types of responsibilities.
You can also take a job outside sports that lets you develop skills, and that helps pay the bills while working part-time or volunteering with a sports organization. This combination can make you a better candidate the next time you pursue an opening and will give you a great story to share during informational interviews.
Article updated by Rich Campbell