How Can College Students Build a Sports Network?
Question: Everyone is always talking about building a network to find a job. I hear from pending graduates quite often that want to know how they can start building their network within the sports industry. Here are some of Voice of the Box’s guidelines.
Answer: Networking is a very important part of the job search process and considerable time should be allocated to this course of action. Time and energy must be spent not just in applying for jobs but in meeting and greeting as many industry people as possible. Networking can include any of the following: personal meetings; keeping in touch with old colleagues, bosses and professors; volunteering on game-nights or large sporting events; attending functions and career events; and setting up informational interviews. Once an initial contact has been made, the key to building a lasting impression will rely on follow-up and maintenance.
There are many career events that are open to the public that provide excellent networking opportunities. If you have a chance to attend ANY business related event within the sports industry you need to take advantage of the opportunity. You can search for such events on line and can start with www.nassm.com The art of relationship building is getting yourself in front of as many people as you can and letting them know you are looking for a job. Although the sports industry is spread out from coast to coast, it is relatively small and tight in terms of people. Tap into other people’s networks; don’t be afraid to talk about your career goals to ALL your friends, family and acquaintances. You never know who might be able to provide you with a lead or a name to assist you in your job search.