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How to Find the Hottest Job Prospects in Sports

If you’re having difficulty landing that elusive first job in sports, don’t worry. Because I’m going to show you a simple tactic that leads to the hottest employment prospects in sports. Sports marketers use this tactic to land new clients. Your favorite sports teams use it to sell corporate sponsorships. And the biggest sports agents…

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How to Discover New Opportunities in Sports

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”065801045X” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/516TI%2B1ssiL._SL160_.jpg” width=”116″]If you’re like most people who are looking to launch a sports career, your dream job (more than likely), is a position with your favorite pro sports team. However, according to Sportscareers.com, jobs within the Team/League sector represent only six percent of the jobs in the entire industry. That means most sports…

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3 Simple Ways to Gain Sports Industry Experience

If you’re pursuing a sports career, one of the most frustrating things you will hear from prospective employers are these two dreaded words: “Experience Required.” I always thought, “How can I get experience if no one hires me?” It never made sense to me until I started hiring college students and young professionals for a…

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Why the 10 Touch Points of Personal Branding are Important to Your Sports Career

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.” — King Solomon There are countless articles and blogs that tell you how important it is to establish personal branding is in order to build — and grow — your career. And that’s especially true in the highly competitive sports business world. But how, exactly,…

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Why “Beast Mode” is Key to Breaking Into Sports

Why do some people get killer jobs in sports and others are relegated to whatever garbage CareerBuilder.com happens to post online? Sure, some people are lucky because they have an uncle in the sports business. But most of us, like you and me, have to create our own luck if we want to work in sports. And…

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The Worst Advice for Sport Management Students

I couldn’t believe what I read today. It may be the worst advice I’ve ever heard for college students in sport managemet about to graduate. This poor advice included: “Early specialization is a huge mistake. Selecting one area to pursue for your career path is ludicrous.” Let me tell you what’s ludicrous: Entitled college students believing…

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5 Ways to Overcome the Frustration of Launching a Sports Career

Launching a career in any industry can be a huge challenge. And in the highly-competitive sports industry that challenge can easily tun into frustration. As a sports career coach I hear a lot of people say they feel like they can’t break into sports because they have no idea how to get their foot in…

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Is Your Marketing Message Keeping You From Landing a Job in Sports?

Your marketing message is part of your personal brand and should include what marketers call your USP, which stands for Unique Selling Proposition. This is what differentiates you from everyone else and helps you stand out from the crowd to land a job in sports. It will also inspire employers to want to know more…

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Why Most People Fail to Land a Job in Sports

One of the hardest jobs to land in sports (other than a GM position in the NFL) is that very first job out of college. Why? Because when you’re just starting out, you don’t know anyone. No one knows you. And you’re unproven. Plus, the sports business experience you have is either lacking, or irrelevant….

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The Truth about Breaking Into Sports

Landing your first job in sports is a huge challenge. The demand for sports jobs is incredibly high. The opportunities are limited. And the competition is fierce. There’s no such thing as “secret strategy” or a “magic bullet.” And there are no shortcuts. But there is an answer… According to SportsBusiness Journal there are 24,000 college students…

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3 Ways to Gain Experience in the Sports Industry

If you’re pursuing a job in the sports industry, one of the most frustrating things you will hear from employers—that is, if you’re not prepared—are those two dreaded words: “Experience Required.” I always thought, “How in the world can I get experience, when the only employers hiring are those that require experience?” It never made sense to me. That…

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How To Position Yourself as The Best Candidate For a Job in Sports

One of the biggest mistakes students and young professionals make when they’re trying to land a job in sports is that they’re too vague. Or they’ll position themselves in a generic, “I have a passion for sports” kind of way. That’s the exact opposite of what you should do. If that’s you, let me tell…

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