The Job/Internship Search
It is the time of year when graduating students begin to panic if they haven’t received their dream job offer or even an offer for an internship. If you are one of those still looking for a position, HANG IN THERE. One of the best interns I ever had told me he sent out over 100 applications before he landed the internship with me (4 years later, he is now the Director of Marketing at a Division I institution). So, it will happen – it just might not happen tomorrow. Keep doing the right things to set yourself up to be successful, including;
1. Volunteer with a sport organization. It might be that your resume isn’t quite solid enough to land the job you are hoping for.
2. APPLY. APPLY. APPLY. Until you have a job, your job is finding a job. So, treat the job search like a job. You must get out of bed before noon and search for jobs and then jump through all the application hoops to apply. Sometimes, the application process is difficult and time consuming to weed out those that are not serious.
3. Get professional help with your resume and cover letter. Use the resources your college provides to you. For Ohio University Students, use the Career Center and/or your faculty advisor. Do not be shy about asking for help.
4. Use the web selectively for resume tips. See #3. Be careful how much advice you take from random sources. Use professionals that you have access to instead if possible.
5. If you do need to get a non-sport related part-time job, try to get one that has transferable skills as part of your responsibilities. For example, retail sales skills can certainly help you convince a sport employer that you can sell. Do your best to put yourself in a position where you can measure your success. In retail sales you could ask your employer what the average sales are for a day per employee and then measure yourself against that. If you sell 50% more than the average employee, a future sport employer will LOVE it.
If you are in the mood for a few non-specific sport ideas, take a look at this as it is a nice little piece that has ideas for you to keep improving yourself during the job search.
Also, if you didn’t see this in the May 28th issue of the NY Times, it is worth the read!
Finally, thanks to Ohio University Student Phillip Green for helping to provide a major overhaul and update to both the internship and job listings on Everything College Sports. The best bet is still to spend time on individual job search engines, but these are posted for your convenience. It is not an exhaustive list, so use the links provided at the top of each page as well. Check it out!