Sports fans are some of the happiest people on Earth. When you bled green all your life, there is no greater feeling than to witness your Eagles beat the evil empire and finally win the Super Bowl.
Even if your team is not winning, it is hard to feel lonely if you’re a sports fan. Walking through a mall wearing your team’s jersey, there’s always someone who will high five you, talk to you about the team, or buy you a beer.
A job in sports for sports fans is a dream that seems out of reach. However, you shouldn’t give up on your dream. Here are some tips that may help you land a job in the sports that you love.
It’s Who You Know
Networking is the key to getting hired for your first sports job. If you wanna work for Hulk Hogan, you have to know people who are close to Hulk Hogan.
If you don’t know anyone, don’t be discouraged. There are ways to establish relationships with people in sports even if you are starting from scratch.
First, establish a social media presence (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn) and announce that you are looking for a career in sports. Then reach out to as many people in the industry as you can.
Attend seminars, career fairs, and other networking events. Be confident and ask people for their business cards. Show eagerness to work and passion for the sports.
Be patient and do not fear rejection. You just need one person who will give you an opportunity.
I Got Skills
Sports are, first and foremost, a business. It’s a business with large hands in different cookie jars, including sports marketing and sponsorship, traditional and social media, and sports facilities and educational institutions,
Some skills and job experience are more valued than others.
In any sports team front office, you’re always selling. Even if you’re not in the sales department, you’ll still be asked to sell tickets and sometimes sponsorship occasionally. And it’s not just the tangible stuff, you’ll always be selling the sports experience to customers and clients.
Understanding how the cash flows through the business and having the skills to improve that flow will make you a valuable addition to the team.
Social Media Savvy
Digital marketing is a big part of any business today. To land a job in sports, this is one of the key areas you should focus on.
Knowledge of social media trends, SEO, content marketing, and email marketing are prized skills that sports owners and managers look for. If you can develop an app for your team, that is a huge plus.
In the world of esports, having a huge social media following on Youtube or Twitch is sometimes enough to land you a job.
A Job in Sports Is Within Your Reach
The important thing is to never give up. Be relentless and pursue your dreams to the fullest.
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