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Proven Resume and Interviewing Strategies that will separate you from your competition. Getting Hired In College Sports will give you the edge you need to compete in the job search process.
Get the job of your dreams in college sports with this step-by-step job search process from former Division I athletics director, Dr. Howard Gauthier, who has over 25 years of experience in college athletics.
Getting Hired In College Sports is a reference book that should be in the personal library of every sports management student, coach, administrator, or sports professional.
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Proper Research Can Help You Ace Your Interview
By Dr. Howard Gauthier
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 . . . (Continue Reading)
The Resume, Your Marketing Tool
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 . . . (Continue Reading)
The First Step To Getting A Job In Sports Is To Assess Your Strengths, Skills and Abilities
January 4, 2016
In my book "Getting Hired in College Sports", I've outlined two phases to the job search process. The first phase, entitled the Discovery Phase, helps you identify your strengths, weaknesses, skills and abilities. It also helps you plan your career and identify whom to contact for your upcoming job search. The second phase, entitled the Search Phase, is where you prepare your marketing materials, apply for jobs, prepare for your interview, conduct the interview, and follow-up after the interview. The first phase helps you to be successful in the second phase. By knowing your strengths, skills and abilities you are better able to sell yourself in your resume, cover letters, during an interview, and in following up after your interview . . . (Continue Reading)
Your Job Search: Take Advantage of the Holiday Season
December 1, 2014
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! For many of you it meant coaching your team, working game management, or having some down time. With Christmas coming soon, and then New Years, many people decide to take some time away from their job search. This is a good thing, right? It is for you!
Many people do take the holidays off from their job search because they reason that nobody is hiring. And once the New Year rolls around, they'll pick their search up again. This is a good thing for you because people are hiring. Take a look at the jobs listed in our current newsletter. The jobs range from every division and nearly every type of job. And if people are taking a month, or so, off from their job search, that means fewer applicants and less competition for each position. . .
Ten Elements of an Effective Job Search Campaign
November 30, 2015
Mark awoke before his I-phone's alarm was set to go off at 6:45am. He had a restless nights sleep because of his excitement for his informational interview with Thomas Griffin. Tom, as his friends referred to him, is a retired college athletic director who mentors young people in their search for a career in the sports industry. Mark's uncle had played college basketball with Tom in the late 1960's and referred Mark to him.
Tom Griffin had a 40-year career as a college coach and athletic director, and he is now giving back to the community by mentoring young people who are interested in careers in college sports. The two would meet at a local coffee shop where Tom does most of mentoring.. . . (More)
Getting The Job Through Proper Follow-up
By Dr. Howard Gauthier
Effectively following up after your interview is one of the keys to getting the job. Your follow-up is more than just a courtesy thank you to the hiring manager. Your follow up should also be viewed as an opportunity to influence the hiring committee.
After your interview, you have a tremendous opportunity to convince the search committee that you are the right person for the job. This is usually done through a typed letter, handwritten note, or an email. Below are a few strategies you can use to help influence the search committee when you follow-up after your interview.
The first and most important follow-up strategy you should concern yourself with is
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Three Strategies For Writing A Great Cover Letter
November 9, 2015
Writing a great cover letter is both an art and a science. It's an art in that good writing takes time and practice, and it's a science in that you need to know the proper elements for writing a quality letter. When applying for a job, you will want to craft a cover letter that will sell you to the search committee with the hope that they are intrigued with you and your application. This in turn will prompt them to spend more time reviewing your resume.
However, too many people place their complete focus on writing a great resume without paying enough attention on their cover letter. Don't get me wrong, having a top-notch resume is extremely important, but so is having a quality cover letter. . . (Continue Reading)
Strategies For Planning Your Career
October 26, 2015
Thomas will be graduating with a degree in Sports Management at the end of the school year. Trying to get a jump on his competition, he decided to visit with a career counselor on campus and find out what is the best way for him to plan his career within the sports industry.
The career counselor shared with Thomas a step-by-step process that will help guide him as he begins to plan a career toward becoming a Division I athletic director. This formula for planning your career includes four steps and several strategies on how you should plan and position yourself for . . . (More)
Closing The Knowing-Doing Gap In The Job Search Process
October 15, 2015
Ted was using the shotgun approach when applying for jobs. He was applying for every job that caught his attention. He estimated that he has applied for about 10 jobs each week over that last several months. He was frustrated that he hasn't gotten an interview for any of these positions, so he decided to ask a career counselor for help. The counselor asked to see his resume and one of Ted's cover letters. It didn't take long for the counselor to provide some assistance. Ted was using the same cover letter for each position and generalizing it by addressing it to "To Whom It May Concern." The counselor advised Ted that he should be personalizing each cover letter. Ted responded by saying that he knew this, but "he didn't have the time to apply for all of the jobs and personalize each cover letter." The counselor referred to Ted's error, in not personalizing his letter, as the Knowing-Doing Gap.
The Knowing-Doing Gap is a phenomenon that authors describe as the difference (or gap) between knowing what should be done in a particular situation, and the reality of what is actually being done. As it applies to career development, your goal should be . . . (More)
There Are 250 Applicants - Why Should They Hire You?
October 5, 2015
There are 250 applicants for a particular job, so why should they hire you? This is a question you will probably be asked during an interview, so why should they hire you? Are you more qualified than the other applicants? Do you have the experience, or the necessary skills, to do the job? Are you a good fit with the organization? When writing your cover letter, you should write the letter with this question in mind. To answer this question, you will want to use your Personal Sales Pitch.
Your Personal Sales Pitch is the foundation for selling yourself in letters and in interviews. It should include three sections - a summary of your resume; your skills, abilities and traits; and your current situation. When answering the question, "why should we hire you", you will want to blend these three sections together so they flow smoothly while . . . (More)
Excelling In Your Current Job
September 21, 2015
Most of my blogs talk about how to get a job in college sports, but what about your current job? What do you need to do to be your best in the position you currently have? Below are four principles you should focus on, and be intentional about, as you seek to excel in your current job.
Core Duties - What are the tasks and duties of your job? These are the core responsibilities of your position. Anything less than doing them, and doing them well, means that you aren't doing your job. Make sure you do your job and do it well.
Over Deliver - One of the keys to excelling in your job is . . . (More)
Getting Organized For Your Interview
September 14, 2015
Last week I was visiting with a colleague and he shared a story about a time when he had a horrible interview. He wasn't prepared for the interview and it just didn't go well. Getting a job in the sports industry takes great preparation and organization. To help you with your organization, I have created a worksheet I call an Interview Preparation Form. It is a worksheet that's designed to help you prepare for your job interview.
The Interview Preparation Form is a "cheat sheet" you can use to outline your answers to possible interview questions. It also outlines your personal sales pitch, provides bullet points to the stories you want to share when answering questions, provides a list of questions you want to ask the search committee, and it provides an organized method for effectively closing the interview. The Interview Preparation Form consists of the following five sections: . . . (More)
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Dr. Howard Gauthier is an Associate Professor in the Athletic Administration graduate program at Idaho State University. He has over 25 years of experience in college athletics as a men's basketball coach and in athletic administration. He has been involved in coaching and administration at every level of college sports. He coached at the NCAA Division I and III levels, and at the NAIA level. He also worked in the athletic departments at the University of Miami and Washington State University, and was the Athletic Director at the Division I level at Idaho State University. Gauthier has served on several NCAA, NACDA, and Big Sky Conference committees.
Dr. Gauthier is an accomplished speaker and author. He routinely speaks on topics surrounding leadership, success, and career development. Most recently, Dr. Gauthier published the book Getting Hired In College Sports. This book provides a base for career development within the world of college sports.
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