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Top 5 Websites for Jobs in Sports
After searching online here is my own list of what I think the top five websites for jobs in sports is. These sites show the easiest navigation on the webpage, give a broad range of job fields and give the best opportunity for employment.
This will be the first website that pops up when you search for jobs in sports. Yes their main objective is to make money and not necessarily to get you a job. But they have a great search engine and offer a wide variety of jobs in the sports field. The website is easy to use and has a professional look.
When you first try to search for a job they’re going to ask for your email and personal information. Then they’ll constantly send you job information. But isn’t that really what you want? After your free preview they’ll want you to start paying to look for jobs. But it’s well worth it if you’re able to find the job you want.
This is my personal favorite. This site allows you to search freely through its database to help you find the job that is right for you. It doesn’t prompt you to pay for anything. You will have to sign in and create an account.
Once you have created an account you can pick the job categories that you’re interested in and they’ll notify you through email when jobs become available. There are many major sports teams that use this website to find professionals in the sports business.
This site looks really neat and user friendly. They offer a wide variety of opportunities in the sports business field. Some of these include sports marketing, promotions and sales in college and pro sports.
As most sites, you’ll need to sign up and create a membership. They do offer certain packages for a reasonable price. Monthly plans are provided and include a five day trial membership to find out if the site will be useful for you.
This is another great site, much like Jobs in Sports. They have the same type of search engine that allows you to look for several different jobs. You can also narrow the job search down to the fields you’re specifically looking for.
The prices for this site can get a little expensive. Their six month package will cost you around $90. But as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. It may be a little more expensive, but it may also be your best shot at landing a job.
Many people get caught up looking around the internet for sports jobs websites and forget to go directly to the source. One of the best ways to find a job in sports is to go directly to the team’s homepage. Many of the jobs that you’ll find here are posted on one of the websites found above. So cut out the middle man and go directly to the source.
There are many great sites out there to help you pursue a career in sports. While these are great helpers, it’s up to the individual to put in the work to hunt down a job. These sites are just meant to point you in the right direction.
Websites for Jobs in Sports
Reasons to Work in Sports
Many of the articles I’ve written and read talk about how hard it is to get into the sports business world and the depressing side of the market. Today we are going to focus on the reasons to work in sports and what motivates us to get through that long journey and what’s at the end of the tunnel.
While my dreams have yet to be fulfilled, I’ve already had great experiences that keep me focused on my path to success in sports. You have to look past the failures and remember why you chose this career. There is a reason this is one of the most popular businesses in the country.
So here are my top five reasons for working in sports.
5. Traveling around the country
No matter where you work, you’ll have the opportunities to travel the country. More than likely it will be switching jobs and working for different teams. But when you work with a sports team you’ll have the chance to travel and watch them play or travel because of business reasons. This allows you the opportunity to see many parts of the country you wouldn’t normally see had you decided a different career path. Visiting new cities and seeing different sports venues is an exciting experience. For me, I hope to one day visit every MLB park. Having a job in sports will give you the opening to see such glorious venues.
4. Being around athletes
Let’s all be honest, most of us view athletes as these non-human figures that are bigger than life. We post them on our wall and wait in long lines to have them scribble something on a baseball. We pay ridiculous amounts of money to watch them play a sport. Being in their presence and getting to see the human side of them is something truly great and something you only get when working with a team, unless you’re a relative of course. When you work in sports you see these guys on a daily basis and get a look at what their life is really like and how they’re not much different from any of us, except for the fact that they can hit a curveball or 96 MPH fastball. But other than that, they’re just like everyone else and it’s neat to get to see that side of them.
3. Because we’re still fans
I would say the number one reason people decide to get involved in the sports business is because they have a love for the game, whichever sport that might be. It’s that feeling of being around something you’ve only seen or heard on TV. We want to be a part of that, and if we aren’t gifted enough to be the athlete, what better way to get involved than to work with the team? Choosing a job where you’ll be around something you love will go along in the success of your career and in your own personal life because you’ll love getting up to go to work every day. It will feel more like a hobby than a job.
2. Being around a major league team
While this could be closely related to being around players and being a fan, having the chance to be around a major league team is a whole other thrill in itself. You get the opportunity to walk on the field where some of your favorite players have played, or be in the clubhouse and front office. You get to watch games from the box. It’s the ultimate thrill that comes from working in sports. While working with a minor league baseball team, my favorite thing was to be able to sit there and watch these guys practice. Before anyone else is there you can post up right behind home plate, or in some cases maybe on the field, and watch these amazing athletes do some incredible things. Having that access, and getting paid to have that access, is why so many people want to get involved with sports. It’s fun and makes your job great.
1. The lasting friendships
While doing these internships or short job opportunities you’ll have the chance to meet great people who have the same interest as you. Think about it; at home you probably get together with a few friends who have an interest in sports and you’ll talk about a certain topic, but when you work in sports everybody is well equipped for the conversation. You’ll hear different points-of-view you would have never thought of. It becomes fun talking about sports and watching these games with people that love the sport as much as you do. Once you leave that place you’ll forever have a friend. And that friend could also be the key to a future job. Meeting other people that work in sports and gaining friendships through certain jobs are without a doubt the greatest reasons for working in sports.
There are other factors for why people decide to get involved in sports and it’s important that we remember why we’re doing this. There are a lot times where you can get discouraged in your quest to work in the business of sports. Remind yourself why you started this journey and look forward to the good times that are ahead. It’s a privilege to work in sports and all the hard work will pay off in the end.
Reasons to Work in Sports
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by Jake Mastroianni
Becoming successful in the sports business has got to be one of the more frustrating, strenuous and time consuming tasks in any market. Finding a way to weasel yourself to the forefront of the business is not just something that’s going to happen, unless you have some amazing connections of course.
When you go to college you think you’re going to get your journalism degree and then the doors will be open to immediate success. Not so fast my friend, as one famous broadcast journalist might say. The road to success only begins once you’ve been given that piece of paper that says you can write a story.
With the wide range of social media and blogging sites these days, almost anyone can become a writer. To put yourself ahead of the competition you have to find ways to make yourself more accessible to businesses and readers. Using such outlets as Facebook and Twitter are definitely ways to do so, and having a college degree will put you ahead of the pack. But there are still many factors that contribute to a bright future and the first one is knowing how to fail.
Become comfortable with failure
When I was searching for an internship in the media relations department I sent out emails to over 100 major and minor league baseball teams. Not to mention several teams in other sports, but baseball was my primary focus. I heard back from maybe 50 of them, interviewed with maybe 20 of them and got an offer from one of them.
Failure is part of the game when trying to break into the sports industry. But you can either learn to accept it and just let it motivate you to work harder, or quite frankly, just choose another career path.
When looking to find a job or internship in the sports business send out as many resumes, emails, letters, etc. as you can. The more irons you put in the fire the more likely that one of them will end up working out. Don’t be discouraged when someone doesn’t answer your email or hire you. Make a learning experience out of it and be ready for the next opportunity.
Experience is the biggest part of any successful worker. The more experience you have, the more prepared you will be for the job and the more enticing your resume will look to companies.
While in college take the time to work for as many publications as possible. Don’t just settle for the college newspaper because just about any writer off the street will have that on their resume. Look to find other publications in your school’s town and ask them if you can write for them.
Get used to doing a lot of work for free. Go to your school’s media relations department and see if you can come on as an intern. My advice would be to do an internship after your sophomore year in college and then try and do another before you graduate or right after.
I have friends that have completed three internships and they’re still looking to get a full time job in the business. The more experience you gain, the more prepared you’ll be and the better chance you’ll have at starting a career as soon as you graduate from college. Having these jobs will also help you develop contacts.
Having contacts is the key to success
I can’t portray to you enough how important it is to have friends in the business. It’s possible to get into the sports industry on your own, but it’s much easier if you know people in the business that can help you out.
The more people you meet the better chance you’ll have at a future job. Even if that person can’t help you get a job, they can become great referrals. Once you have contacts, make sure to stay in touch with them as often as possible. Never let them forget who you are and how great of a worker you were while with them.
These may sound cheesy and you may be one of those stubborn people who don’t want help, but trust me, it will be much easier if you build up a good circle of contacts to help get you started on your career path in sports.
There are many ways to get to the top in the sports business, but these easy and obvious steps will no doubt lead you in the right direction for a successful career in sports. I think almost everyone will agree that it’s not easy, but once you’ve broken into the business all that hard work will be well worth it.
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What he does…
COO of Kiyokawa Golf Design and Management
Partner GDS Academy of Sports Officiating
Sell sponsorships for Cascade Collegiate Conference
Public Relations Director for Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association 1991-2003 and 2009-present
Works part-time in the cancer unit of Adventist Medical Center
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39 Years in the sports industry.
I have always been told, “Everyone wants to work in sports”. Not sure if that is the excuse for why they can pay you so little coming out of college, because you are very
replaceable, or if it’s because there really are a lot of people who want to work in sports. Either way unless you know someone very close, like family close, good luck landing a job right out of college without doing an internship first.
An internship is not a bad thing after all. Sure you are probably not getting paid,
which is no fun if you have to work two jobs to survive, but you are following your
dreams. That’s a key part of it, staying true to what you set out to do. Life is too short to
not go full out to land that gig. So, if you have to work one, two or three internships to
land a good sports job then make it happen. One thing is for sure, you will know early on
if the juice is not worth the squeeze.
Working just an internship doesn’t guarantee you a job though, especially in the
current down trodden state of our economy. People are happy to have you work for them
for free. The trick is giving them a reason to not lose you to someone else. Even if you
are working hard have an open line of communication with your boss so you can learn
new tricks of the trade and develop a relationship with your employers.
Relationships are very important to working in sports. Far and away building
relationships at your current position and through networking should be something you
really practice and work at. A lot of jobs in sports are posted but are really already filled by someone the employer has in mind for the position. So find a way to dig yourself into the inner circles of college athletics or pro sports by building relationships. This, by the way, also happens to be one of the most difficult things to do. But if you have an
internship it already opens a door for you. However, don’t make the mistake of tossing
that new found contact to the side once you are done with your internship. Make sure you
stay in touch with former employers.
At some point someone may even tell you, “You won’t really get ahead unless
you have a Master’s Degree”. This is true. I recommend getting your Master’s while you
are young, like almost right out of undergrad young. Get that thing knocked out quick so
you don’t have to worry about it later in your career. Especially now that having a
Master’s is rapidly becoming “preferred” for entry level positions. The employer might
as well say Master’s required because they are really looking for someone with that extra
degree. I recommend becoming a Graduate Assistant at a DI college because you will get
good experience to pad your resume and have your degree paid for by the school. This is
a great way to save money and make you more attractive to employers.
If working in sports marketing is your dream, don’t give it up. There are going to be many bumps in the road no matter what career you may choose and if your heart is in
it those bumps are not going to wear you down.
“I would like to know, if you have been out of the game for a while venturing out into different aspects of the business market, how do you regain connections and get your foot in the door? Especially if the person or persons you worked with may no longer be there were you worked or interned?”- Danielle F. of Chicago, Ill. (via LinkedIn)
Gaining connections in business is far easier then most people think. I know the biggest complaint when looking at jobs in sports is “…he only got that job because of who he knows.” This is both true and false. To get a job in sports business you must have one of two things: an outstanding resume, or some sort of relationship with your hirer.
Building a relationship with somebody you have never meet is quite simple. In the world of social media we live in today, we are given much more opportunity then in the past. It is all about taking advantage of our opportunity in social media however that we tend to slack on as people. Twitter and LinkedIn are a much bigger tool then most realise. If you have read the “About” page on here, then you know my history in baseball and school. But what do I give credit to for connecting me with the people I know today? It may sound funny, but I give credit not to my awesome coaches I played for, or my now famous former teammates and friends, or even my dads pro baseball career, but to Twitter. Twitter is a whole lot bigger then just following Ashton Kutcher’s day and Mike Tyson’s inspirational quotes. Twitter can be used to connect with those that have found more success then you at whichever career you want. What I did when I first started was tweet 10 people a week in sports business. I heard back quickly from a little over half of them each week before anybody ever really knew who I was outside of baseball. To this I can thank, and it will work for you as well as long as you don’t give up and make the person you are tweeting feel that you are on the same level as them and not a fan or an annoying ”twitter hounder“.
So connecting with the same company or organization for you will be much easier then you may think especially since you can tell the top dog via Twitter or phone that you once worked or interned there. Here is a sample Tweet you can send to an exec at where you want to go back and work: “Hi (Name), I actually interned at (business) and loved it! Is (name) still working there?” Something like this is short, simple and sparks connection in their mind and prompts them to look at your profile and think a bit but not to much. All of a sudden, they know who you are. Now it is up to you to build on that and ask the right questions. Look at it from the employers perspective and think of what they would want to respond to. What questions they would actually like to answer. You want them to ask where you are working now or why you left eventually so that you can have the opportunity to hint that you would be interested in working there again. You will be surprised who responds. I hope this helps you build your connections back up and you are on your way to a successful and fun filled career!