Landing your dream sports job

by frank-stuart
4MAY

The sports industry is both extremely competitive and diverse. People who work in the sports industry are often thought of as having the dream job, because it marries their business acumen with their passion for sports. If you want one of these dream sports jobs, there are a number of ways you can increase your chances of breaking into the sports industry.

It’s all about being proactive and being prepared to go above and beyond to get relevant experience. There is plenty of competition for sports jobs, but there are also many opportunities to break into the sports industry if you know where to look.

Here are some tips for getting a leg-up on the competition and kick-starting your career in the sports industry…

Network

The importance of networking can’t be underestimated. The more people you know in the industry, the more chance you have of standing out from the pack. The emergence of social media has made it much easier to make connections, but the value of face-to-face interaction can’t be overstated. If you want to make a lasting impression, try to meet as many people in person as you can.

Get experience

There’s nothing a potential employer likes more than someone with the initiative to get as much experience under their belt as possible. Be prepared to do volunteer work, as it’s a great way to get your foot in the door. You only need to look locally to find clubs you can volunteer with and sporting events you can help organise. Be prepared to work long hours too. Remember events often take place at weekends and in the evenings.

Do your research

Keep up with industry news. You want to understand how the sports industry works, and you want to ace that sports job interview, so you need to find a few reliable sources to follow. There is a great deal of material on the internet and there may also be seminars, forums or conferences that you could attend. If it’s a particular club you are interested in, try to absorb as much knowledge as you can about that organisation. Check out the businessofsports.com – although it’s a US site, it has some great links and general information that could help get you started.

Be professional

Ensure your application letter and resume are written in a professional manner. Mistakes could make you look careless and may mean you won’t even make it onto the interview list for some sports jobs. At interview, always dress appropriately and be polite and cordial. Remember, first impressions last.

The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) together with some of the Sporting industries best is hosting a “Sporting Careers Showcase” Evening. The expert panel will provide insights on the best way to navigate for career success and demystify what life in this competitive and high demand industry is all about. The panel presentation will be followed by an opportunity to connect with the speakers as well as a number of other industry professionals.

To register for the event or for full event details visit the ACPE website >

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