Not everyone knows where to search, so here are some good places to start.
Recently I ran into a friend from high school that I hadn’t talked with in a while. Come to find out, he was also looking to get a career in sports going. We chatted about who we both knew and where some potential job opportunities might be. I asked what he had seen on a particular site that I thought everyone in sports checked religiously. He tilted his head and clearly had never heard of the site before.
That conversation just led me to realize that not all of us utilize the same tools in our respective career searches. In light of that, I wanted to post a few places where myself and colleagues have found particular success searching for sports job and internship listings.
One of the most widely used sports job sites, Teamwork Online hosts job postings from over 1,000 pro and college organizations. This includes over 2,000 individual listings currently. The site alone has led to over 113,000 hires for sport organizations since its launch.
Teamwork also has an MVP Access subscription for $5 a month that operates similar to LinkedIn, as it allows you to see who views your applications and gives you the ability to connect with other subscribers.
If your goal is to get in to college athletics, remember to take a look at the official NCAA site for institutional job listings across the country. The site allows you to search positions by keyword and state. You can even sort open positions by how physically close they are to you.
Work In Sports searches available jobs for you using their own extensive network. While their services (and the ability to apply for jobs) are behind a paywall, the site overall has the ability to post more jobs since other sites charge the company posting the job a fee to do so.
“When you sign up for a membership at WorkInSports.com you have essentially hired our staff to do all of the tedious ‘needle in a haystack’ work for you. They spend their days calling, searching, networking, attending sports industry conferences and researching thousands of sports employers to find and deliver the most complete results to you.” — WorkInSports.com
SCI compiles job listings from a few dozen different organizational websites. This includes professional leagues, high school athletic associations, and professional groups like NACDA and CoSIDA. They feature about 20 listings every ten days or so, along with a list of job boards from around the sports world. I recommend signing up for their email newsletter to get those listings sent straight to you.
They also have some great resources available for those looking to break into coaching via partnerships with the Institute for Positive Leadership and Elite Coach Mentoring.
The Organization’s Website
Fairly self explanatory, but if you have your dream team organization in mind, check out their websites from time to time. It depends on the organization where on the website you can find job postings. For most pro teams, try scrolling to the very bottom of the home page and looking for anything that says ‘careers’ or ‘job opportunities’. For most colleges, athletics jobs are usually housed under the main university website as opposed to athletics’. If it’s not abundantly clear where their job postings are, try to find their human resources page.
If you have a place that you’ve had great success finding the next step in your sports career, feel free to share it with us in the comments or on Twitter.
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