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What To Do When It's Time To Start The Job Search

So it's time to start looking for a new job.

How do you even begin?

It's something I hear almost every day, especially from athletes, many of which have never had a job. These are the four best things you can do right now to get this process started.

 

Take A Deep Breath

First, stop stressing yourself out about the job search.  Take a deep breath, and breathe. You may be nearing the end of the “best 4 years of your life” or may have other life-changing things happening (having a baby, getting married, etc.). Or maybe it's just time to begin the search. Regardless of the situation, try not to let the search put you in a negative mood during the process.  Try to schedule or block off certain times in your daily or weekly schedule where you can dig in deeper to the search, so that everything doesn’t come up for you all at once and become overwhelming.

 

Use Your Resources

There are so many resources out there to help you in the job search.  Of course, Athlete Network is a great resource, but there are countless other resources you can utilize.  Don’t be afraid to use your coaches and athletic department as well.  Most times, if they aren’t able to directly help—they know someone who will be able to or may have great connections and can get you in touch with someone.  Alumni are usually super helpful as well, and want to see you succeed!

 

Don’t Say No Right Away

Keep your options open—to an extent.  If there is something that is completely unappealing, of course you don’t have to look too much into it.  However, scheduling initial phone screenings or first interviews to hear what a company has to offer can be beneficial in a couple ways.  You may not be interested in the position the company initially called about, but oftentimes there are paths you can take to get to the desired position, or there are other spots in the company they are hiring for.  Taking these calls also gets you more experience with the kinds of questions that are asked in the interview process and is very good practice for future calls.

 

Be Proactive

Once you do have some positions that look intriguing to you, make sure to be proactive in your communication with the company, and getting the necessary materials completed that the company is asking for.  This can be resumes, a profile, personality test, assessment, whatever it may be—get it completed in a timely manner, and then follow up letting your contact know the information is complete.

 

Personal Tip  

Being an athlete doesn’t end when your playing days end. Use the network you have subliminally created over years and years of teamwork, competition and travel!

If you are an athlete like myself, you have spent countless years playing with and against people in your city and all over the nation.  I personally grew up in Kansas City, played my first two years at Loyola Chicago, and then transferred and finished up at Saint Leo University in Florida.  I network with anyone I remember from both schools I went to or played with/against growing up here in KC.  On more than one occasion, I have reached out to former teammates or competitors to ask them about a certain position or company.  Being an athlete doesn’t end when your playing days end.  Use the Network you have subliminally created over years and years of teamwork, competition, and travel!


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