How To Construct a Great Resume
August 24, 2015
Your resume is a marketing tool to help promote you for a potential job interview. Writing a great resume takes practice and attention to detail. The purpose of a resume is to show the hiring manager that you meet the qualifications for the position. Your resume should be easy to read and it should sell you. Most employers will initially spend between 10-20 seconds looking at a resume.
So how long should your resume be? Your resume needs to be long enough to show your experiences and accomplishments, but short enough that a potential employer will read it. When you first graduate from college, your resume will probably be a page or so in length. As you advance in your career, your resume will grow in length . . . (More)
Assessments: Knowing Your Strengths and Abilities
August 10, 2015
What are your career goals? Most people aren't 100% sure. They know they want to work in the sports industry, but that's about it. How about you? Do you know what you want to do professionally? If you don't know, you'll want to analyze your strengths and weakness in an attempt to find out more about yourself and find out what types of jobs best fit your personality. If you do know your strengths and weaknesses, let me ask you this - what are the strengths you bring to an employer and what are your weaknesses? This is one of the first questions you'll be asked in an interview.
If you hesitated in answering this question, you need to conduct some assessments so you can identify your strengths, weaknesses, skills, and abilities. Understanding your strengths and abilities are key to getting interviews, acing your interview, and getting the job. You need to know your strengths and skills for four main reasons:
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Given a Choice, When Should You Interview?
August 3, 2015
I was asked an interesting question the other day. A young man was interviewing for an assistant athletic directors position and he was given a couple of different days he could choose for his on-campus interview. He asked me if there was an advantage in the order of when a candidate should interview. My response was quick and clear - yes, it can matter when you interview.
Of course, your qualifications, experience, communication skills and preparation are vitally important for determining who is offered the job. But so is having an advantage because of the lasting impression you make, the information you have, and your follow-up strategies. The following are some thoughts on this subject. . . (More)
Your Job Search: How Hungry Are You?
By Dr. Howard Gauthier
How bad do you want to work in the sports industry? If you truly want to make it in the sports field, you have to be hungry, hungry to achieve your goal.
Hunger is an extreme desire to achieve your goals and objectives. When you're hungry, nothing will stand in your way. You will make the necessary sacrifices, you will work hard, and you will stay focused on your goal. It doesn't mean that you will operate with a "win at all cost" attitude that will hurt others just so you can get what you want, quite the opposite. When you're hungry you will become the ultimate professional. You will dress for your next job, you will work hard to learn the necessary skills, and you will look to build strong relationships.
In my book, Execute for Success, I outlined eight elements that . . . (More)
Separate Yourself From The Other Interviewees With These Critical Follow-up Strategies
July 13, 2013
This past week Austin got a new job as an assistant marketing director for a mid-major Division I athletic department on the East Coast. One thing that separated him from the other interviewees was that he understood the importance of properly following up after an interview, and he knew the various strategies and techniques a person could use to effectively follow-up.
Austin knew the importance of gathering information during his interview. He sounded like a consultant as he asked numerous questions to the members of the search committee. He probed and uncovered information about the people, structure, culture and current situation surrounding the athletics department. . . (More)
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)
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