Sport Management Chapter 21

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informational interview
-effective means of expanding your understanding of an industry, organization, or a particular job or department by speaking to a person who is already there
-serves as foundation for making your own career decisions, while simultaneously building a valuable network of professional connections
-have questions prepared before you call in event person
-ask for suggestion on who else to contact in industry of interest
elevator speech
-30 second 1 minute conversation
-description of yourself
1) clarify job target
2) put it on paper
3) format it
4) tailor pitch to them, not you
5) eliminate industry jargon
6) read your pitch aloud
7) practice, practice, practice and solicit feedback
8) prepare a few variations
9) nail it with confidence
illegal questions during an interview
questions seeking personal information (marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, or citizenship, age, disability, or arrest record)
what makes a successful candidate
1) preparation: knowledge of and interest in the employer and the specific job opening
2) personal or soft skills: confidence, adaptability, flexibility, maturity, energy, drive, enthusiasm, initiative, and empathy
3) goal orientation: ability to set short- and long-term goals
4) communication skills; written and oral, including listening and nonverbal communication skills
5) organizational skills: teamwork, leadership, problem identification and solving, critical thinking, and time management
6) experience: ability to articulate the relevance of previous experience to the position for which you are interviewing
7) professional appearance: business suits for men and women alike (tattoos and no perfumes)
8) cross-cultural awareness: multiple languages, international or intercultural experience
9) computer skills: website development, statistical packages, word processing, spread-sheets, and desktop publishing
interviewing tips
1) conduct your interview at the interviewee’s place of business
2) dress appropriately (wear business attire)
3) be professional and articulate in your presentation
4) observe setting, the overall culture of the organization, and the relationships among employees
5) bring copies of your resume and business cards
6) while there, ask yourself if you could be comfortable working in this environment
7) get business card from each person you meet
8) send personally written thank-you notes immediately afterward or e-mail if applicable
9) keep accurate notes of your interviews as you may need to refer to them later
importance of resumes and cover letters
a sport management degree is the only ticket to success
-there are many advantages to a sport management degree however, internship opportunities and the ability to build a network are important in addition to learning applied sport-related theories and principles
it’s not who you know, it’s what you know
-it’s who knows you
-people often hire someone because of a personal recommendation from someone else
most opportunities are in pro sports or NCAA Division I athletic departments
-number of jobs in pro sports is limited, and people who get jobs in professional sport tend to stay in their jobs
-people already in the industry tend to get “recycled” when positions open up
-colleges and universities dealing with economic setbacks thus reducing new hiring
sport management jobs are always glamorous and exciting
-sport managers labor occurs in the background so that others can enjoy the spotlight
-typical workweek for an event coordinator is 60-70 hours per week including nights and weekends
sport management jobs pay well
-starting salaries tend to be low
-high number of applicants pushes salaries to low numbers
-demand for jobs far outstrips the supply
the job search process
1) know yourself
2) career exploration
3) gain experience
4) job search strategy
know yourself
find job utilizing your strengths, challenging where you want to be challenged, and minimizing your frustrations
career exploration
-select aspects of sport industry that are most interesting to you and begin research
-once you can speak intelligently regarding the field of interest, begin informational interviewing
gain experience
-increased experience = increased marketability
-take advantage of internship opportunities available and gain experience in the industry
-create your own volunteer opportunities
job search strategy
-finding job requires time, energy, and thoughtful preparation
-decide to make certain number of phone calls, mail or email a certain number of applications, and/or research a particular organization each week
-keep journal of your activities
how long does the average human resource person spend looking at a resume
15 seconds
general rule for putting GPA on resumes
if university GPA is 3.00 or better should be included
general rule for listing high school on resumes
don’t include high school information unless exceptional achievements
leading sport management employment websites
1) WorkinSports
2) Teamwork online
4) JobsinSport
importance of resumes
-sales tool
-present yourself as colleague
-use industry language
-present experience as lens toward career goal
-convey learning
-quantify whenever appropriate
-assemble portfolio
cover letter
-enhances resume (not restating)
-addresses specific concerns of organization to which you are applying
-thoroughly research each organization and, after careful analysis, write a letter that demonstrates your value to the prospective employer
-adapt your letter to each situation and always be able to offer specific example to confirm the main points

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