Sports Jobs: 7 Tips for Your Successful Application

LISTICLE | 05/06/2021
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Sports jobs are in high demand. If you want to be successful in the sports business, you should inform yourself in advance. With these 7 tips you have better chances in the interview for a sports job.

When applying for a job in the sports business, the employer expects you to be aware of your own skills - and to want to use them profitably for the company. These skills should already be evident from your CV. In addition, there are a few other important points in the application process that you should pay attention to.

These tricks will help you score points when applying to a sports company:


The Right Outfit for a Job Interview

The first impression is the most important. That's why the outfit at the job interview has to match the position you're aiming for, the company and, above all, your personality. Anyone who "dresses up" feels insecure and also radiates this.

Anyone who has already had a look around ISPO Munich knows that a tie and suit are not absolutely essential in the sports industry. Sporty, elegant clothing is recommended for the interview. There is nothing wrong with a clean, plain pair of jeans. It is therefore permissible to be more casual in a sports company than, for example, when applying for a job at a bank.

But please do not exaggerate. The interviewers will, consciously or unconsciously, infer your appearance from the clothes you wear. Sports shoes are not an impossible choice when applying for a sports start-up, but they are rather inappropriate in an interview for a senior position at a renowned sports company.

Keep in mind: the company should also see that you are serious about your application.


The Right Appearance in the Job Interview

Every job interview is a balancing act between respectful restraint and a confident, but never put-upon or even arrogant appearance. Objectivity is just as important as casual small talk.

For your application in a sports company, this means: Establish a positive connection with your counterpart. It's pretty safe to assume that your potential employer is a sports fan or enthusiast. Did a high-profile sporting event take place at the weekend? Excellent, that's a great thing to chat about (in a positive way). The recruiter outed himself as a passionate triathlete? Ask him about his best race and express your respect for his achievement.

There is a certain etiquette to follow in any job application. It starts with the right physical distance and doesn't stop with politeness. If in doubt, it's worth investing a few hours and euros in a career coach.

Keep in mind: As in hardly any other industry, personal sympathies play a major role in the emotionally charged sports business. If you apply as a sports psychologist, for example, you have a clear advantage and can use your profession to your own advantage right away. The employer must feel that you fit into the existing team.


Staying Sporty - The Right Posture

A trained body is a definite plus when applying for a job in the sports business. If you are a successful athlete, you should also let this flow into the interview without coming across as cocky.

But even if you're carrying around a few kilos too much, that's not a tragedy. Because much more important than huge upper arms or a trained belly is your posture. And this can be improved quite simply.

It's not called "body language" for nothing, because your posture says a lot about it. If you have confidence, you radiate it. Feeling rather nervous before a job interview? Use the ultimate trick of sports stars who take courage and reflect on your skills in a quiet place before an important competition.

During the interview, avoid squatting tensely on the edge of your chair, crossing your arms, or constantly grabbing your face. Sit up straight but relaxed, look friendly at your interviewer and keep your hands steady. Underlining gestures are allowed.

Keep in mind: you're applying for a sports job, so it's definitely an advantage if you don't appear so awkward.


Preparation Is Everything

When you find yourself in the interview and the posture is right, you should remember what you have hopefully worked out in preparation. It is a legitimate and effective trick to put yourself in the position of the employer or HR department before the interview.

In the best case scenario, you'll have worked out a little spreadsheet: Analyze the job offer carefully. Thus you recognize the expectations of the opposite side and write then the individual points into a column. Behind it you can now list what you have to offer in each case to meet the corresponding requirement.

You have an obvious weakness in your CV? Be prepared to be asked about it. Denying the deficit would be fatal. Rather, emphasize that you are eager to do better in the future.

You can take a few days between the preparation and the actual interview. This minimises the risk of your answers coming across as learned and wooden.

Keep in mind: You should check each of your answers for the following three words: Team spirit, motivation, self-confidence. These are the guiding principles of the sports business.


Guide for the Application: Indispensable Knowledge

In the best case scenario, you didn't even have to respond to a job offer, but the sports company approached you and knows your resume inside out. Or at least you have been recommended by a third party. If not, it is even more important not to fall into the most classic of all personnel traps: you do not know the company you are applying to well enough.

The preparation should not be underestimated under any circumstances. Study the company and the advertised position intensively. If you are applying to Adidas, Puma or Nike, you should know the company history. If you want to make a career in a sports startup, you need to have familiarized yourself with the founding idea.

But you should not only know the sports company, but also the industry. It is best to inform yourself in advance in the relevant trade media - at ISPO.COM for example, you can read the latest news and background reports every day(also as in the newsletter by mail).

Keep in mind:there are probably many applicants for the sports job you're interested in. Your potential employer, like the coach of a professional team, has many options. You should convince them that you can help the team quickly.


Curriculum Vitae in Tabular Form - The Right Way to Do It

The tabular CV is your business card and therefore the most important document that you send to the company when applying for jobs. Your CV should be tailored specifically to the sports job you are aiming for. These five tips should therefore be followed.

  • The right form
    Formalities are important when applying for a job offer, because there is usually little time when the personnel department is sifting through your application. Often seconds are decisive. If the presentation is overloaded, faulty or the CV lacks structure, the CV will quickly be rejected.

  • Choose the right topics
    Personal data that matches the skills sought for the job type can give a decisive advantage over other applicants.
    Beware: copying passages of text from the job offer verbatim into the CV is considered a no-go and will lead to many employers in the sports business.

  • Bringing the right skills
    Sports job applicants should have both hard skills (education, studies, work experience, etc.) and soft skills ( enthusiasm for sports, self-confidence, ability to work in a team, etc.). Skills should be clearly evident and backed up with examples where appropriate.

  • Avoid stumbling blocks
    Decision-makers in human resources attach importance to the fact that the CV shows a "red thread". However, this does not mean that "detours" in their CV are taboo - after all, they add to the wealth of personal experience. Obvious "gaps" in the CV require a brief (!) explanation.

  • Stay authentic
    Lies have short legs. If untruths come to light, that's a knock-out criterion! You'll be invited if you have the professional competence and can prove it conclusively, but only as long as a sympathetic colleague is assumed to be behind the sought-after expert.

Keep in mind: Have your CV in table form checked by someone for any mistakes before sending it off.


Soft Skills Matter

Soft skills are about how you deal with yourself and others - compromise and assertiveness, self-esteem and respect for the work of others. Many of these traits are deeply rooted in personality. They are necessary to do a good job. And they are difficult to change. Those who demonstrate strong soft skills have a distinct advantage when applying for jobs and later in their careers.

Here are the most important soft skills for job applications and careers in the sports industry:

  • Team spirit
  • Strong communication skills
  • Intercultural competence
  • Perseverance
  • Self-confidence

Keep in mind:Soft skills should already be included in the cover letter and motivation letter. Always keep in mind: HR managers have to decide very quickly who has the necessary confidence for a career in the sports industry and can come to the interview.

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