Interviewing: It's More Than Just Showing Up And Selling Yourself
Seven Strategies To Prepare Yourself For An Interview
June 29, 2015
Interviewing for a job is much more than just showing up and selling yourself. There is a considerable amount of strategy you should use in preparing for your job interview. Below are seven strategies you will want to consider as you prepare for your interview.
Gather Information - Prior to an interview
you will want to research and gather information about the organization. You will want to research the people, the position, the organization, and the industry. Having the correct information is powerful and you will want to continue to gather information during your interview. Like a consultant, you will want to try to uncover the strengths, weaknesses, and any potential issues the organization is facing. Once you have identified the issues, develop a plan that shows the committee. . . (More)
Strategies For Your Current Job Search
June 22, 2015
Tracy and Ron are both searching for a job in the sports world. Tracy is a soccer coach who is looking to advance in her career and Ron recently graduated with a master's degree in Sports Management. While Tracy is very focused on her career, Ron isn't sure what he wants to do.
Tracy knows that she wants to advance in the coaching profession but is having a difficult time getting an interview. Ron on the other hand is confused as to what type of job or career he wants. They both seek the assistance of a career coach to help them with their search process.
The career coach shares that there are five stages to the job search process:
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Six Words or Phrases Not To Use in Your Resume or Cover Letter
June 15, 2015
Writing a quality resume and cover letter isn't an easy task. These promotional tools take time, great thought, and many revisions in order to create a document that can really sell you. In this week's blog, I'm outlining a thought for you to consider as you analyze the effectiveness of your resume and cover letter. My writings for this blog are an adaptation from a recent article written by Catherine Conlan from Monster.com where she identified eight words and phrases that should not be used in your resume. I have adapted this and outlined six terms that you will want to carefully consider not using as you polish up your resume and cover letter. These six terms are:
Results-Oriented - The general thought is that the term "results-oriented" is not very descriptive. Instead, you should provide . . . (More)
To Get An Interview, You Must Meet The Minimum Qualifications
June 8, 2015
Tom recently graduated with his master's degree in sports administration. He has been struggling to find a job in intercollegiate athletics but now he is hopeful. As Tom was looking through the various sports job that were listed on a Sports Careers website, he noticed that his alma mater was advertising for a marketing assistant. He thought he would apply.
As Tom was reviewing the job announcement, he read through the minimum qualifications. He noticed that he didn't meet all of the minimum requirements, but he also exceeded them in other areas. A bachelor's degree was required and a master's degree was preferred. He clearly surpassed this requirement. The school also wanted, at aminimum . . . (More)
Answering Interview Questions Through Storytelling
June 1, 2015
The big day has finally arrived. You are nervous, yet excited for today's job interview. You keep telling yourself that the interview is your time to shine - and it is! One of the new techniques that you have prepared for is the use of telling stories and providing detailed examples as a way to answer some of the interview questions.
During your interview you will be asked various questions, some of which can be answered by telling stories or sharing examples. These include questions that begin with the phrase "tell me about a time when . . ." or "give me an example of . . ." These types of questions can really help you to sell yourself and to connect with the members of the search committee. And the good news is people like to hear stories.
So how do you tell a good story? One of the best . . . (More)
Strategies For Breaking Into The Sports Industry
May 26, 2015
Now that Memorial Day has passed, many recent graduates will set their sights on securing their first job in the sports industry. Whether you are pursuing a job in college coaching or sports administration, the first step is to have a vision for what you want to do for your career.
It really doesn't matter if you know exactly what you want to do, but you should have a general idea. For example, if you want to coach, which sport do you want to coach? This will determine your initial career path. The same holds true for administration. If you want to work in athletic administration, what area best fits your strengths and interests? Your strategies and career path will be different if you want to pursue a position in compliance versus a career in marketing.
But what happens if you don't know exactly what you want to do? You just know that you want to work in sports. . . (More)
May 18, 2015
How do people view you? Do they see you as a hard worker, a real professional, even an expert in the sports industry? Or do they perceive you as an average employee who clocks-in and clocks-out and never puts in the extra effort? The image you project, and how people perceive you, is your personal brand.
The overall goal for branding yourself should be to differentiate yourself within the profession by providing great value to your sports organization and to the industry as a whole. The following six recommendations will help you begin to develop your personal brand and help you to create a strong brand image. . . (More)
Your Personal Sales Pitch: A Necessary Career Development Tool
May 11, 2015
As a Graduate Assistant in the Marketing Department at a mid-major Division I athletic department, Josh was attending the NACDA Convention last June. He was studying for his master’s degree in Athletic Administration and his career goal was to become an athletic director. As he left his hotel room on the 10th floor, he entered the elevator and became face-to-face with the athletic director he’s wanted to meet. Josh was prepared for this moment. Earlier in the year he attended a careers seminar that featured a career development specialist.
As the doors of the elevator closed, Josh reached out his hand and said, “Hello Mr. Smith, my name is Josh Roberts.” This begun a 20 second conversation where Josh was able to introduce himself and Mr. Smith suggested that Josh contact him after the conference.
This type of introduction happens at every convention . . . (More)
Preparing For Your Upcoming Interview
April 27, 2015
Being organized and prepared for your upcoming interview is one of the keys for getting the job. As you prepare for your interview you need to gather information such as who is the hiring manager, who is on the search committee, and who can influence the hiring process. This type of information is important so you can be strategic in your approach. But this is just one of five recommendations for preparing for your upcoming interview.
Interviewing is both an art and a science. It is a science in that there are strategies and techniques you can use that will give you an advantage in the job search process. It is an art, however, in how you execute these strategies and techniques. Below are five strategies that you need to properly execute that will help you to become prepared for your upcoming interview. . . (More)
The Top 10 Interview Questions In College Sports
April 20, 2015
Emily is extremely nervous as she prepares for her upcoming interview. After five years of college, Emily is finally graduating with her master's degree in Sports Management. While attending college, Emily has been fortunate to be able to work in the ticket office within the athletics department. As her final semester is winding down, and her job applications have increased in number, she has finally secured her first job interview.
When Emily was invited for the interview, she began to research the strategies and techniques she should use in order to ace her interview. One of the findings she came across was a list of the top 10 interview questions that are typically asked during an interview within an athletics department. Below is the list of questions she discovered in her research. . . (More)
What's The Best Way To Get A Job In College Sports?
April 13, 2015
As a professor in Sports Management, having been a college athletics director, and having written a book about getting a job in college sports, I'm asked all of the time, "What's the best way to get a job in college sports?" The formula is relatively simple. Whether you're a veteran in the industry, or just starting out, the process for getting a job in college sports is to follow your passion, develop your skills, gain experience, and build a strong network.
Follow Your Passion - When you follow your passion, you tend to work hard because you enjoy what you do. Your work is not a job; it is an enjoyable pursuit. In a recent article about finding your passion, John Maxwell suggests. . . (More)
To Succeed In Your Career, You Need To Develop Your Skills
March 30, 2015
To be successful in your career you need to know the basic fundamental skills of your profession, and be able to perform these skills with great precision and accuracy. Whether it’s coaching or athletic administration, the first step toward effective skill development is for you to learn how to properly perform the tasks of your job.
So what are the basic fundamentals of your job? As a coach you need to know the skills, strategies, techniques, and schemes that you will teach to your players and team. You also need to understand human behavior, motivation, and recruiting. As an administrator, you need to understand the basics of your endeavor. For example if you are in marketing you need to know the skills associated with product development, pricing strategies, supply and demand theory, promotional techniques, customer service, techniques for effective selling, and social media. . . (More)
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