How to Develop Your Soft Skills For Sports Jobs
By: Brian Clapp, Director of Content, WorkInSports.com
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).
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.