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To Get Hired, You Must Use The Correct References
November 10, 2014
Who do you have listed as your references when you apply for a job? Did you know that using the wrong references can hurt your chances of getting the job? This seems like a pretty obvious statement, yet 62% of hiring managers who were recently surveyed in a study by CareerBuilder shared that "when they contacted a reference listed on an application, the reference didn't have good things to say about the candidate."
This statistic is startling. You should only list references who will give you a positive and glowing review. If you are not sure if a person will say positive things about you, don't list them. This includes current and former bosses. Just because they are, or were, your boss doesn't mean you need to list them as a reference. . . (More)
Proper Research Can Help You Ace Your Interview
November 3, 2014
Interviewing for a job is both an art and a science. Interviewing is a science in that there are definite techniques you can use that will give you an advantage in the interview process. It is an art, however, in how you perform these techniques. Together, the use and performance of the proper job interview techniques will give you an advantage as you prepare for your upcoming job interview.
Take Randy for example. He is a recent graduate from a sports management program and has a job interview scheduled for a position in sports marketing. As he prepares for the interview, he decides to review the book his sports management class used for orienting the students to the job search process. In particular, he wanted to know how to properly prepare for the interview. . . (More)
Is Social Media Preventing You From Landing That Job
October 27, 2014
Could this be you? Over the weekend, one of your friends on Facebook posted a picture of the two of you at your Fourth of July party. The posts included a comment that you thought was funny. Of course, one good comment requires another good comment, so you respond with a risqué comment that only the two of you will understand. No big deal right? I'm not so sure.
Social media can play a very big part in determining if you get a job or not. The results of Invite's seventh annual Social Recruiting Survey showed that "93% of recruiters will review a candidate's social profile before making a hiring decision." Of these recruiters, 55% have. . . (MORE)
Networking: The Best Way To Get A Job In Sports
October 20, 2014
Michael is in his first semester of his master's degree in Sports Management. One of the classes he is taking is a course that provides an introduction to the sports industry. In addition to their textbook, the class is using the book "Getting Hired in College Sports" as a supplement. It provides the students with the techniques and strategies they need to successfully become employed in the sports industry.
Michael was excited about today's lecture because it was on a topic he knew was important to his future, but knew little about. Today's lecture was on the need to network within the sports profession. . . (More)
Proper Timing of Your Follow-up Correspondence is Crucial in the Job Search Process
October 13, 2014
It's been five days since Cassie interviewed for an athletics marketing position at a college in Maryland. This is a job she really wants and she is anxiously waiting to hear back from the chair of the search committee. She thought her interview went well but the waiting game continues.
Just then, her phone rang. She recognized the number - the chair of the search committee was calling. Many thoughts rushed through Cassie's head as she thought about the job. This is the job she's dreamed about, and she really wants the position. She thought they were calling to offer her the job, but as it turns out, they were calling to let her know that they offered the job to somebody else. It turns out that the other candidate did a better job of follow-up after the interview.. . . (More)
Strategy for Writing a Quality Cover Letter
October 8, 2014
Most people tend to place a considerable amount of attention on producing a quality resume, but what about your cover letter? A resume is a relatively static document that only changes when you receive more education or gain additional experiences. The cover letter, however, needs to be adjusted with every new job application.
This constant need to update your cover letter makes this a dynamic document that must be changed, tweaked, adjusted and personalized for every new job application you submit. . . (More)
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)
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