Trying to land a job – any job – can be a challenging experience. And when it comes to the sports industry, that challenge can easily turn into frustration.
I get a lot of emails that express that frustration such as, “I feel like I can’t break into sports because there’s nowhere to go!” Or, “I feel like my biggest challenge is getting my foot in the door.” Or, “I’ve had two internships with two different professional sports teams and I still can’t find a paying sports job. I must be doing something wrong!”
If you can relate, and I think most of us can, I’ve outlined 5 ways to help you deal with your frustration.
1. Understand you’re not alone. You can find solace knowing everyone else pursuing a sports career is having difficulty just like you are.
2. Change your routine. Many times we get into a rut based on our daily routine. Making a simple change like getting up an hour early in order to work on your career goal will help ease the pain and bring clarity. Small adjustments can make a big difference when it comes to your career.
3. Make to-do lists. You know there are certain things you need to do in order to land a job in sports. Things such as conducting informational interviews, tightening up your resume, learning how to answer tough questions, etc. But for whatever reason, you’re not doing them. One of the easiest and effective ways to get things done is to write down exactly what you need to do. Put it in your calendar. And like Nike says, “Just do it.”
4. Create a small group. There’s a good chance you know other people who are trying to find a job either in sports or another industry. When you find these people, it’s a good idea to meet with each other, even just one person who, on a weekly basis. Use each other as a sounding board to test some ideas. A small group presents a great opportunity to let off some steam, gain confidence and find encouragement from one another.
5. Keep your eye on the prize. And don’t give up! The number one reason people fail to land jobs in sports is not because there aren’t enough jobs. They fail because they let the frustration get the best of them and they simply quit. Don’t let that happen to you! It’s your choice. Create a vision of the outcome you desire in your head and use it as fuel to keep going.
I hope these quick tips help you. Let me know if there’s anything specific you find challenging. I’d love to help any way I can.