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5 Keys to Achieving Your Sports Career Goals in 2014

If your number one career goal in 2014 is to land a full-time job in sports, this article was written for you. My name is Chris McKinney and I’ve been helping people with their careers since 1998. Out of all my business experiences, including my “Dream Job” with the Dallas Mavericks, nothing has been more…

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This is How You Get a Job in Sports

There are lots of different ways to get a job in sports. But if you have zero contacts, no experience and you’re literally starting from scratch, there’s one sure-fire way to get your foot in the door and ultimately land your first job in sports. That’s what I’m going to share with you today. No…

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A Proven Networking Tactic For The Sports Industry

As you know, social media can be an excellent platform for launching your sports career. Especially when you learn how to connect with key executives who make hiring decisions. Social media goes hand-in-hand with a powerful – and proven – networking tactic I call Direct Networking. Direct Networking is where you network (directly!) with the person…

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Find A Job In Sports: Breaking Into The Industry

As you know, trying to find a job in sports is a huge challenge. The demand is high. The opportunities are limited. And the competition is fierce. According to Sports Business Journal there are 24,000 college students majoring in Sport Management in the United States. Not to mention those pursuing Sports Law, Sport Medicine and Sports Media. Plus…

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What Harvard Business School Teaches You About Marketing Yourself

Harvard Business School teaches a simple concept. It goes like this: “Identify your unique competence and match it to a larger opportunity.” While intended for Harvard business students, that message transcends the classroom and could serve as a mantra for living a productive life. Today I’m going to show you how to leverage that exact…

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How to Get Noticed In Your Sports Job Search

Are you invisible in your sports job search? Or do you feel that way because all the sports employers you contact ignore you? Welcome to the club. We’ve all been there. Today I’m going to show you how to not only grab the attention of the employer, but also make yourself standout from the competition. In…

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How to Break Into Your Sports Career Zone With More Confidence

Pain. Stress. Frustration. We’ve all been there. Especially when it comes to getting into our sports career zone – or lack there of. Today I’m going to share with you a simple two-step tactic that will calm your fears, ease your mind and put you on track to launch a successful career in the sports…

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Jobs In Sports: What Everyone Ought to Know Getting Started

Everyone knows that finding jobs in sports can be a brutally painful process. What everyone ought to know about breaking into sports is that it can also be a beautiful and fulfilling experience. Sound crazy? Let me explain… Let’s start with YOU. You love sports and have a true passion for the business side of…

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What 49ers QB, Colin Kaepernick, Can Teach You About Breaking Into Sports

As I’m watching Super Bowl bound 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick answer Dan Patrick’s question, it reminded me of a very important, but underutilized, career development tactic. This is a simple exercise that anyone pursuing a sports career can easily implement and benefit from. Here’s the quick Q&A: Patrick: “Who was the quarterback you would play…

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How to Achieve Your Sports Career Goals in 2013

If your number one career goal in 2013 is to land a job in sports, you’re in the right place! I’ve been helping people with their careers since 1998. And out of all my business experience, including my “Dream Job” with the Dallas Mavericks, nothing has been more fulfilling than helping people — just like…

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How to Avoid the “Dead-End” Sports Job Search Strategy

If you’ve read any of my posts on Sports Networker, then you know I’m a big believer in having a strategic plan to land your first job in sports. However, many aspiring sports executives are using a dead-end strategy. I call it the black hole of job-searching. This is the place where resumes and cover…

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The Best Game Plan for Breaking Into Sports

The other day someone told me, “You can’t teach people how to break into sports.” And went on to say, “The idea of following a step-by-step plan to land a job in sports is ridiculous.” Well, a better definition of “ridiculous” is this: Spend thousands of dollars on a college degree, let’s say Sport Management, and…

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