A Cover Letter that Became an Instant Classic

Business Insider posted a cover letter today. Not their usual beat, but this isn’t your usual cover letter. For the full post, including a selection of some of the responses to the letter, see the Business Insider article here. If you check out the responses Business Insider posted, you’ll see that this cover letter was an instant sensation. It would…

Working In Sports Isn’t Like Riding a Bike

Even if it’s been five years since you rode a bike, you could probably get on one today and ride it, right? Working in sports isn’t like that. You can’t just stop doing it and hope to get back in later. Let me explain. I got an email from a recent graduate today with whom I’ve previously had contact. During…

How Relationships Helped University of Louisville Get an ACC Invite

Building relationships isn’t only for those who are just starting out. To be successful in any field, you must build and maintain relationships indefinitely. Want proof? Check out this piece about how University of Louisville president James Ramsey and athletic director Tom Jurich called on every relationship they had in television and college sports to get their school an invite…

Putting Yourself Out There

When I speak to groups of students, I always try to stress how important it is to put yourself out there. It’s not enough to just meet people, you should be telling them your goals if given the opportunity. You will be amazed at the people who will help you along the way. To illustrate, I want to share with…

Mailbag: Finding the Right Path for Your Dream Job

Sorry for the little hiatus I’ve taken from the site, but between the start of college football season (which means lots of travel for me) and selling my house, I’ve been a little overbooked lately. I’m going to start a new mailbag feature with questions I receive from you all. If you want to submit a question, email me. Today’s…

Networking Success Story: Chadd Scott

I think the best way to prove to you that networking really works is to show you some success stories. The first in my new series features Chadd Scott. Guest author: Chadd Scott, Assistant Program Director at 1010XL and Managing Editor of college football website ChuckOliver.net I have worked in the sports media either in radio, on-line, or both for…

Volunteering: Women’s Final Four

Jeremy Rosenthal with the Women's Final Four trophy
Jeremy Rosenthal with the Women’s Final Four trophy (used with permission)

You know how I’m always talking about how you have to start at the bottom in sports? That doesn’t always have to mean interning. Another valuable way to get experience is by volunteering at events. Maybe you weren’t able to land an internship, or maybe you already work full-time in another profession and can’t take on that type of obligation. Volunteering is a great way to network and get some experience with very little time commitment.

I’ve had Illinois State professor Nels Popp on the blog previously to discuss the value of volunteer opportunities in sports. Today I want to share with you a guest post by Jeremy Rosenthal, Assistant Director of Athletic Communication at College of Charleston, who recently volunteered at the Women’s Final Four in Denver.

I’ll warn you that this is a long post, so be sure to set aside some time. It’s worth it because Jeremy takes you through his experience day-by-day. Just count the number of people he met during this experience – incredible! He also does a great job of showing you how to plan for a conference, something I’ve walked you through before.

Guest Author: Jeremy Rosenthal, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications, College of Charleston

Hi, my name is Jeremy Rosenthal and I’m the Assistant Director of Athletics Communications at the College of Charleston. I graduated two years ago from Indiana University with a degree in sport communication. After graduation I interned for the Indiana Fever, the WNBA team in Indianapolis for the summer and then got the job in Charleston. I’m going to share my experience volunteering for the 2012 Women’s Final Four in Denver. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me.

Taking advantage of opportunities to volunteer for events is very important on the path to putting yourself in a position to get jobs. It is also a lot of fun and you can meet a lot of great people in the process. My experience volunteering for the NCAA for the 2012 Women’s Final Four in Denver is an experience I will never forget.  I’m going to start by explaining how I found this opportunity and some advice and strategy I had going into the event and then follow with my day-by-day experience and final advice at the Final Four.

How I came about this experience

While working with the Indiana Fever in media relations under the supervision of Kevin Messenger, the Fever’s Director of Media Relations I met Rick Nixon, who works for the NCAA as Associate Director for Championships & Alliances – Media Services. Having worked with women’s basketball in college and with the Fever and now at the College of Charleston I was interested in volunteering for the women’s Final Four. I told Kevin about my desire to volunteer and he contacted Rick and put in a good word for me. A few minutes later I got an e-mail back from Rick that said he would be glad to add me to his media relations team in Denver.

As I’m writing this I’m reminded of Kristi Dosh’s three guidelines for breaking into sports: Be willing to start at the bottom, be willing to work for free, and be willing to work harder than everyone else. I will cover these with my experience.

Networking: Starting a Conversation

A question I get a lot about networking is how to get a conversation started. I did a post last year with tips on how to network at an industry conference or event, but I thought I’d give some examples of how some actual conversations I’ve had at NACDA the past few days have started. The first new person I…

I’m heading to NACDA!

I’m a few hours away from flying to Dallas for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics convention. It might be the best networking opportunity I’ve ever had, as a number of affiliated organizations hold their convention in the same place, such as NACMA (National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators) and CABMA (Collegiate Athletic Business Manager Association). I anticipate…

Take Advantage of Volunteer Opportunities in Sports

Today’s guest post is about Professor Nels Popp’s experience volunteering at sporting events, specifically this year’s Super Bowl. Volunteering at sporting events is a great way to network. Quite often you’ll run into other volunteers who are sports industry professionals and who use volunteering at these events for their own networking efforts. You can make invaluable connections, and have something…

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