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How to Develop Your Soft Skills For Sports Jobs

How to Develop Your Soft Skills For Sports Jobs

By: Brian Clapp, Director of Content,

If you have the drive to work in sports, that inner whisper that constantly reminds you where your true passion lies, make no mistake, the most important fact you need to reconcile is this:

Sports are a business.

The sports industry isn’t some happy, cloud cuckoo fantasy land where things like revenue and productivity don’t matter. Work days aren’t spent debating the best cold weather field goal kicker of all-time, or the fastest center fielder since Bo Jackson (well, at least not every work day).

Sports, like all businesses, depend on results. As a hopeful future employee, the question that you’ll need to be ready to answer is, “what can you do to help us reach our business goals?”soft-skills-for-sports-jobs-300x145

That is where your hard skills come into play. Can you dominate financial models on Excel? Can you edit like a champ on Final Cut Pro? Can you sell and move product?

As you craft your resume, using powerful action verbs to describe your skills and accomplishments, you will most likely focus on those hard skills you have acquired during your previous work or internships. That makes sense.

But if you talk to enough sports industry veterans, hiring managers and professors, what you learn is, it’s often the soft skills you possess that make the ultimate difference in whether you get hired or not.

To fully understand the importance of soft skills, how you can improve them and how they can make the difference between “hire” or “no hire”, check out this article on developing your soft skills from our friends at Work in Sports.


How To Ask Questions That Will Result in Meaningful Answers

How To Ask Questions That Will Result in Meaningful Answers

By: Brian Clapp, Director of Content,

If you’ve ever observed a press conference you quickly identify there is an art form, a true skill, to asking questions.

Some less savvy reporters ask questions that give a head coach or player an easy out, a simple “yes” or “no” path-of-least-resistance, response.

Reporter: “Coach, did you think about calling a timeout before the two-minute warning

Coach: “No

While others align their words in a manner as deftly as a bear trap hidden under brush, waiting to snap.teosmall

Coach, if you had called a timeout before the two minute warning you would have had roughly :38 extra seconds of time, why didn’t you call a timeout in that moment?”

Yes or no, not an option.

That question probes at their methodology and thought-process. It gets a real answer…at least unless Bill Belichick is the subject (he’s more defiant than most).

Before you dismiss this discussion as irrelevant to you, since you don’t want to become a reporter, realize everyone asks questions, all day, every day.

If you are an executive or hiring manager you ask questions in interviews and of your staff. Aren’t you looking for meaningful responses?

If you are interviewing for a job, you better be prepared to ask questions back to the interviewee or else you appear underwhelming.

Questioning is a part of the human condition, we all do it, we just don’t all do it well. To refine your questioning technique, and always insure you get the most out of your conversations here are five techniques you should master.


Six Sports Career Myths Worth Ignoring

Six Sports Career Myths Worth Ignoring

By: Brian Clapp, Director of Content,

In life we all have moments of clarity, wrinkles in time where things make perfect sense and unleash us from the burden we’ve been carrying.

Deciding on your perfect career path is one such moment. You’ve considered your options, debated the possible futures and come to a moment where you can see and understand the journey ahead.

Unfortunately, achieving clarity isn’t the end of the story.

Knowing what you are meant to do, and actually getting there are two very different things. To achieve success takes studying, learning, gaining experience and avoiding bad information.

Let’s focus on the last note there for a second; bad information.

We’ve all fallen victim to bad intel. A misinformed product review or a restaurant that serves up piping hot bowls of nausea, may represent short-term set backs, but bad information circulating about when it comes to careers and hiring staff, can result in bigger, longer-term, problems.Masters-degree-300x200

There are career myths that have been circulated for years, crutch sayings and dubious advice columns, propeling bad information to the forefront, repeated often enough that they’ve become accepted lore, rather than questioned for their outdated thinking.

These myths are a powerful concoction, swaying perception and leading you down a wrongful path. Read on to learn more about six outdated sports career myths that should be banished from your lexicon.