Last week we discussed potential jobs you could get if you wanted to begin a career in sports management. Today, I want to talk about the best steps to go about getting that job. Trying to find a job in a sports field can be just as competitive as playing, so you better bring your “A” game.
Be sure to provide a professional résumé and cover letter. This should go for any job you apply for. You want to highlight your strengths, while avoiding typos or poor grammar. You want your résumé to stick out and impress your potential employer.
I have recently spoken with some of the employees in the athletic department at the University of Nevada, Reno, and they suggest volunteering or interning. This may not be what you want to hear, since many of us, including myself, want to make money immediately. The benefits you will gain from volunteering and interning far outweigh not being paid. You will not only gain valuable experience, which will create a stepping stone to help you to get a full time job in the sports industry, but also can begin to network.
Networking is a step that goes for all job seekers. You want to get your name out there and in the right circles. The more people you know, the better chance you have for someone to recognize your name and, hopefully, receive a good recommendation for a job. Finding people who work within the sporting industry is a good way start, and as I have already mentioned do not be scared to intern or volunteer.
Lastly, use your social media. There is a ton of information on social media platforms, and many sports professionals use them. Creating a network where you can showcase your skills is important step in displaying your talent. I have recently begun working in an athletics department and these are my first steps to gaining experience. If anyone would like to recommend other options to help pursue a sports related career, I will gladly listen.