As is the case with most endeavors, there is rarely one magic bullet, one piece of advice or one thing to share in terms of what would help others break into the sports industry. For the most part it is a series of events that must take place and an action plan put in place (and implemented) that will help secure the job of anyone’s dreams.
There is so much that goes into an effective career search for any dream job that is very tough to narrow it down to one suggestion. Here is what I would suggest to anyone:
It is one answer broken down into several parts
Have a game plan:
Successful teams as well as businesses have strategies in place to achieve goals, in both the short and the long-term. Job searching and networking is no different.
- Combine your passion with a specific technical aptitude to find your niche.
- Make sure you position yourself and your message to the specific market(s) you are going after.
- Surround yourself with people you can learn from and be available to return the favor in the years ahead.
- Continually build an industry specific network and leverage your network effectively to eventually have your own “advisory board” that you can rely on and utilize for years to come.
A big key is to be seen. Like successful marketing plans and branding strategies there needs to be a differentiation aspect to you as a person and a professional. What is it that seperates YOU from EVERYONE else??? A skill, a degree, an experience? Whatever it is, it must be not only improved on daily, but also perfected.
If you really pushed me to provide one thing that would ensure anyone to have a successful career search…BE AUTHENTIC
What does that mean?
It means to go about your career search with passion, integrity and professionalism but first and foremost be yourself and let that be your guiding principle. Too many people try too hard to be someone they are not and get caught eventually.
Why not show your true colors and be genuine right from the start. It will help you differentiate yourself and also it will set realistic expectations because at the end of the day, people hire people. Sure you need all the traditional information to support your case (resume, cover letter, (positioning statement) but when given the opportunity to meet/interview with someone, be authentic!