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Feb 17, 2020
Overview:  Peak Sports MGMT is ​actively looking for quality individuals to work from various locations across the United States to fill our Account Executive positions. ​This position will ​help manage and assist sales operations for the property, assist with client fulfillment, sales proposals, Peak Sports MGMT inventory system, game day hospitality and client interaction, as well as other sponsor events throughout the year.  Peak Sports MGMT is based in McKinney, Texas and is built on the foundation that we provide a customer service that goes above and beyond. Peak prides itself on hiring and training some of the best people in the collegiate sports industry. Peak Sports provides maximum efficiency through our onsite team members at each collegiate property.  Job Responsibilities:  This position is responsible for, but not limited to, supporting their respective property in areas of game-day and event operations, activation, fulfillment, marketing, office and administrative support; including managing and maintaining activation book, and communication with the internal stakeholders on campus. ​This position will receive continuous on site sales and marketing training.  Qualifications:  ●  Excellent communication, organizational, presentation, and listening skills  ●  High energy level and positive attitude  ●  Willingness to work nights, weekends, and holidays (as required)  ●  Extremely motivated to succeed  ●  Interacts well with others in fast changing environments  ●  Effective problem solving abilities  ●  Eagerness to learn  ●  Clean and professional social media accounts  ●  Ability to multitask and meet deadlines  ●  Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university  ●  Proficiency in Photoshop, or InDesign preferred  To Apply, please send a resume and cover letter to ​  We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
SportsJobFinder St. Joseph, MI, USA Full time
Feb 17, 2020
Overview The Hockey Operations Intern is responsible for assisting with various initiatives of the Blue Jackets Hockey Operations, with specifics and particulars to be determined by the Manager of Player Evaluation. Duties and tasks: • Obtain and collate video related to Scouting Operations; • Work in conjunction with the MPE in collecting and collating due diligence pertaining to Scouting Operations; • Work in conjunction with the Manager of Player Evaluation in collecting and organizing information for long-term projects related to hockey research and development; • Assist in the analysis and interpretation of data sets relating to hockey market dynamics; • Assist in the analysis and interpretation of data sets relating to ice hockey generally; • Other duties as assigned. Learning Objectives: • To become exposed to the inner workings of the Hockey Operations department of a National Hockey League franchise; • Become knowledgeable about the issues that arise from the day to day operations of a National Hockey League franchise. Intern Benefits: • 20-30 hours/week • Internship timeline: September 2020 – Conclusion of Team Development Camp (Early July 2021). Requirements: • Preferred background in Finance or Economics; • Expertise in problem solving; • Expertise in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel); • Knowledgeable of various video cutting software; • Strong presentation skills; • Excellent written skills; • Ability to intern weeknights, weekends and holidays in addition to normal business hours and home games. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
SportsJobFinder Columbus, OH, USA Intern
Feb 17, 2020
The Sydney Cricket & Sports Grounds has the responsibility and privilege of managing our city’s original home of sport, the Sydney Cricket Ground. The SCG is an integral part of Sydney’s rich sporting and cultural life, attracting people from all over the world since the 1850s. We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and customer service focused Fitness Instructor to join our Stadium Club team as a permanent part time member. Reporting to the Manager, Stadium Club, this role will be responsible for supervising Members and their guests using the Centre facilities whilst providing professional assistance and advice where required. This role involves conducting fitness assessments, health and fitness program development, health promotional programs, program designs and gym floor supervision. This role will also be required to conduct personal training and group exercise classes. The ideal applicants for the role will have the following skills & qualifications: Current Fitness Australia registration and a Certificate IV in Fitness Current CPR and First Aid Certificate 1-2 years demonstrated experience in a Fitness Instructor ideally with experience in conducting personal training sessions and conducting a range of group fitness classes Current Working with Children Check Rostering of our team spans across our operating hours (5.15 am until 9.30 pm, 7 days a week) with a minimum of 20 hours per week, applicants must be willing to be flexible and work weekends. Essential Requirements Relevant Tertiary Qualification First Aid Certificate Registered Exercise Professional Current Provide/Perform CPR Certificate IV in Fitness National Police Check Working with children check Desirable Criteria 1-2 years demonstrated experience as a Fitness Instructor ideally Attachments Fitness Instructor_February 2020
SportsJobFinder Moore Park New South Wales, Australia Part time
Feb 17, 2020
The EFNL has developed a position of considerable strength and standing in the delivery of community sport. Each season the league conducts in excess of 4,500 matches involving over 500 football teams, 100 netball teams and over 15,000 registered players. Female participants now represents just under 30% of total participants. The strength and integrity of the competition continues to be underpinned by the quality of the EFNL’s Clubs and the integrity in which the competitions are managed and played. The Media Manager’s role is critical to the effective operation of the League.  It requires a person who is well rounded across all social media platforms, has a strong writing background, is a team player and can manage many stakeholders including, sponsors, volunteers, radio networks to deliver media coverage across the league.  The role requires a person who is an excellent communicator and can build relationships with our staff and our member clubs. The role requires an energetic and enthusiastic person who can commit to weekend work during the football season.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking for a diverse and autonomous role in sport. Major Accountabilities Ensure that the EFNL website is user friendly, functional and information is easily accessible, accurate and current.  Manage and filter the EFNL’s external communications, providing print and electronic media outlets with information that is of interest and relevance regarding EFNL’s operations. Deliver growth across all digital platforms and ensure the EFNL is viewed as a leader in community football and netball.  Deliver content across the year to ensure ongoing interaction and engagement. Work with our radio broadcast partner to deliver an exceptional match day coverage and Sunday morning show.  Ensuring that sponsors ads are current and well represented in the broadcast along with calling opportunities during the game. Manage the production of video coverage and photography of EFNL matches with our media partners. Work with Sportscast to provide compelling video highlight packages to the EFNL website that engages the audience, drives video views and promotes our sponsors to the community. Recruit and manage a team of media volunteers to provide a broad coverage of EFNL football through the Saturday Match Day Broadcast and Sunday morning show. Recruit Deakin University interns to assist in content production, social media activations, game day ad events support. Deliver content that caters and represents our footballers and netballers across the League. Produce the EFNL’s written publications such as the finals football record, weekly digital newsletters and the league’s annual reports. Manage the online update of scores, results and ladders in Sports TG and on the website for all EFNL football. Manage incoming enquiries from media outlets and support clubs in the management of media enquiries Support the production of EFNL’s major events that include the season launch and presentation functions. Manage the commercial aspects of the EFNL media operations through the sale of advertising and sponsorship properties utilising the EFNL media platforms available.  Develop a plan to generate advertising revenue from available current platforms. Work closely with the Commercial Manager and our sponsors to identify and implement initiatives via social media platforms to ensure expectations and deliverables are being met and we are generating a measurable return. Capture data and report online deliverables/social activity back to League and Sponsors by campaign and minimum monthly reporting.  Measure all content performance across channels. Support clubs in the promotion of their club activities to a broader audience Support other team members by meeting requests and assisting them to fulfil their roles. Utilise Hootsuite to manage monitor all social media platforms and report on results. Key Selection Criteria Mandatory: Established background in the operation of an effective sporting organization or business. Tertiary qualifications in journalism and/or work experience in related field/s Well-developed writing and editing skills Current knowledge of website (WordPress) and social media account management Ability to influence, communicate and build relationships Ability to manage the EFNL media team (volunteers) Highly developed verbal and written communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills Demonstrated personal initiative and ability to work effectively in a team environment Developed IT skills relevant to the Media industry Ability and willingness to work outside of normal business hours (weekend work during season) WWCC – employee Police Check Desirable: Demonstrated knowledge of the community football and netball structure in the region and the role it plays in the community Video editing and production skills Presentation, MC and interview skills NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. Essential Requirements Relevant Tertiary Qualification National Police Check Working with children check Desirable Criteria Sports Marketing / PR / Communications Degree Attachments EFNL Media Manager - PD Final
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A curriculum vitae is the chief way to sell yourself on paper.  Success depends on how far it meets the criteria, background and bias of the person reading it. Follow these tips to equip yourself with the best Curriculum vitae Read Read the job advert and specification thoroughly – it’s important to know exactly what it is they are looking for Read any company literature or publicity material associated with the role Refer to the website of the original job advertisement Read your current Curriculum vitae. Are you happy with it? Does it fully reflect you as a person and the skills you have to offer? Read any professional journals, newspapers or current articles related to your field and the position you are going for. Consider what employers are looking for within that field Use any resources you can find about Curriculum vitae advice. You might find ideas from others you hadn’t considered Think Ask yourself ‘How employable am I? Think about the range of skills and competencies that are required – then consider how you can tailor your experience and skills to meet those requirements Think about your current skills portfolio – are there ways to increase your chances of success? Are there any new qualifications/standards that will enhance your skillsets? Are there any new developments which would require different skills and attributes Think about the type of language that is used in the literature. What does it tell you about the company/type of person they are looking for? Think about the range of skills and the evidence you have to support them Just how employable are you? Act Write a clear list of your skills, qualities and experience that are essential for the position – can you back them up with evidence? – create a skills portfolio Refer to your skills portfolio – is the language the same? Is it positive and active? Do you need to update the way in which you describe yourself and your experiences/skills? Perform a thorough review of your current Curriculum vitae against your skills and those required by the position. Also, seek feedback on your current Curriculum vitae from colleagues, specialists and career experts Again refer back to your current CV with this in mind. Also, try to identify anyone who works in a similar role/organisation and contact them to discuss the job opportunity (plan what you need to know before contacting them) Ask other people for copies of their current CV. The more examples you have the better. However remember this is going to be your personal CV – make sure it is a reflection of you. Remember also that you can learn from examples of ‘how not to do it’ as well Start to prioritise these skills. Identify what categories they fall into. Are there any gaps that you need to work on? The seven deadly Curriculum Vitae sins Pauline Quinn, Careers Consultant, University of Gloucestershire explains the biggest  Curriculum Vitae mistakes. Beware! Having the words ‘curriculum vitae’ at the top of your CV.  It is obvious that your document is a CV and putting a heading on it would be like sending a letter to your bank with the words ‘letter to my bank’ across the top. A photo .Employers don’t want to be open to charges that they have treated one applicant less fairly than another because of their appearance.  If they want to verify your identity, they will ask you to bring photo I.D. to an interview. An unprofessional email address. Ask yourself are you going to make a good first impression with something like ‘’ As one recruiter recently commented: “to me it is like showing up for an interview in shorts and a t-Shirt.” A third page. They won’t read that far. Your date of birth/ marital status. These factors have nothing to do with your ability to do the job. Your nationality – unless you are using the CV in a country where this would be an issue due to work permits/visas. Poor spelling, bad grammar or a font size less than 11. Just don’t!
If you’re on the hunt for a new job, we can assume one of two things. Either you don’t like where you are now and you’re looking for a way out. Or you’re okay with your job, but you’re yearning for something more fulfilling. Regardless of your reasons, you’re spending countless hours online searching for the next best thing in your career. During your search, you may hesitate to apply for roles that spark your interest because you’re not sure if you qualify. You start asking yourself questions like, “Do I have enough experience? Do I have the  right  experience? Should I apply even though I’m lacking in key areas?” When these moments occur, try using these 3 simple pre-qualifying steps to make this judgment call. This process will set the groundwork for how you navigate and approach new and intimidating job opportunities. 1. Create a Career-Impact Checklist Creating an impact checklist is a great tool to utilize when you want to gauge how a role will move you closer to your ideal role. Think of it as a moral compass for your career. It will capture, streamline, and measure your career goals and aspirations against the job positions presented to you. This checklist only requires four questions and the answers don’t have to be convoluted. Just jot down a few sentences underneath each prompt: What kind of work do you want to do? What do you want your work to accomplish? What does your ideal company look like? (company culture, compensation, etc) What kind of impact would you like to have at that company? This may sound simple, but these four questions carry a lot of weight. Keeping them in the forefront of your job search can help you decide which opportunities and organizations best align with your life’s work. Now, we’re not telling you to dismiss every role or company that doesn’t fit perfectly into your plans. However, this step will allow you to quickly identify which role and organization is the best fit for you. 2. Evaluate Your Resume; Read In-Between the Lines Most job seekers are aware that their resumes should highlight their strengths, accomplishments, and passion. Your resume should document the story of who you are, who you want to become, and the steps you have taken to reach that goal. If you need support in this area, here are a few tips that will  whip your resume into tip-top shape . But here is the kicker. Though many eager candidates update their resumes, rarely do they take the time to actually evaluate them. Let’s dig deeper, shall we? Evaluating the opportunity gaps reflected in your resume is a strategy you can use to enhance the effectiveness of your job search. What do we mean by opportunity gaps? Opportunity gaps are clearly identified areas of improvement that indicate what needs to be done in order to take you to that next level in your career. So, how do you pinpoint your opportunity gaps? Evaluate each role and the responsibilities that came with it (as it pertains to your dream job). Write down the areas where you would like to grow, advance or shift professionally. If you’re tired of doing the same ol’ tasks you’ve done for the last few years, make a note of it on the side of your resume, and then cross it out to indicate you’re moving on to something more challenging. If there are certain aspects of your past roles you would like to do more of or learn more about – highlight the duties you would like to take on in the future. If you’re thinking about  shifting functions or careers (especially from the private to the education sector), first – circle all of the transferable skills that can be implemented in your next role. If you feel like you’re lacking in experience, education or skill set, write down everything you need to do in order to make yourself competitive in this new space. Then, set tentative deadlines and steps to proactively close the gap. You’ll also want to list out what you liked and disliked about the previous organizations you’ve worked for. Think of the roles you’ve held and the  actual  responsibilities that came along with them. You know, the ones that weren’t included in the initial job description. How did you like the role and how it was structured? What was the leadership like? Did the company culture make you feel like you belonged? Was there room to grow and advance in a way that was conducive to your goals? All these questions are important when you’re looking to join a dynamic team at your future dream organization. Documenting your evaluation process will help you map out what you really want to see manifested in your next role. This information is crucial as it will be the driving force behind how you execute Step 3. 3. Align Your Goals and Your Gaps With Your Research Now that you have a clear idea of what you want to do and what you need in order to get there, use this information as your reference point during your job hunt. As you research new roles and organizations, compare them with the notes you took down on your Career-Impact Checklist and your resume. Bookmark the jobs and companies that align with your areas of growth and advancement. Having your checklist and evaluation notes present during your job search can increase your focus and improve your decision making. Knowing exactly what you want to gain from a role and how you can contribute to an organization will allow you to narrow down, expand and/or eliminate your options in a clear, quick and confident manner. Plus, it will take the edge off of wondering if you’re qualified for a position. At that point, the question will shift from “Am I qualified?” to “Based on my goals, my areas of growth, and my experience – is this truly the right fit for me?” See! Way less intimidating right?
  Looking to start a new job, but overwhelmed and unsure how to start the job search process? If you find yourself asking questions like, “How do I begin my job search?” or “How do I prepare myself for a successful job search?”, here are 11 steps to a strong job search that will help you improve your chances of getting the dream job you’ve always wanted! Reflect on the jobs you’ve had in the past. Ask mentors for feedback on your work ethic, strengths  and  areas  of  improvement. Research and establish what your ideal roles are. Determine where you’re going to job search. Network online and offline. Update your resume. Build on the skills you’re missing by taking on extra, relevant responsibilities. Prep for your interview. Refresh and clean up your social media pages. Determine when to notify your boss. Think of who you’ll want as your references. 1. Reflect Reflection is a valuable and often forgotten aspect of the job search process. Rather than jumping right into the job boards, step back and evaluate  why  you’re looking for a new job. This helps you frame what your next best move should be. You can start by first taking these 3 where's regarding your career into consideration: Where have you been? Where are you now? Where do you want to be? Analyzing  why  you want to switch jobs will bring clarity to what the RIGHT job looks like for you. In addition, think about your experiences in your past roles. Which responsibilities did you enjoy the most and which could you do without? WHY did you like or dislike them? Was it the organizational culture? The work itself? The lack of support and/or experience needed to truly succeed? What did you learn from your past jobs that can help you in your next role? What are your current skills? How have they helped you in your career? Will they be enough to serve you effectively in the next stage of your career? Asking these questions at the beginning of your job search process will help you establish a clear vision for what you want your “next ideal role” to be. Write down your observations to serve as a reference point when you’re conducting your job search. This will help you align your professional interests, aspirations, and skills to the jobs that fit you best. 2. Talk to Mentors Get feedback from the people you know and trust. Set up meetings with your mentors, senior leaders, colleagues or close friends who are familiar with your work and talents. Ask them to give you frank feedback on your skills, strengths, weaknesses, work ethic and professionalism. Make sure it’s someone who isn’t afraid to offer constructive criticism. Sugar-coated advice isn’t good for the health of your career. What do they see you doing? How do they see you transitioning into this dream role you’ve established? Gaining a candid understanding of who you are and how others see you can help you better position yourself for your next best opportunity and identify what you need to refine in order to get there. In addition to receiving feedback, it’s good to get an understanding of what your ideal roles require. If you know someone who has your dream role, ask to shadow them for a day or conduct an informational interview to get a better grasp of what the job entails and how to prepare for it. 3. Research & Solidify Job Preferences   To streamline your job search, it’s important to focus only on the specific types of jobs in which you are genuinely interested. The more the job resonates with you, the more likely you are to stay with the organization, produce good work and optimize your professional growth. Take into consideration all the things you mentioned during your reflection time and how it compares to where you see yourself in the future. Think about: Your Impact:  At the end of the day, what kind of impact do you want to make in your community? How would you like your role to change the lives of the children and families you’re serving? What solution do you want to solve as it pertains to the kid’s educational well-being? If you need help pinpointing this, you may want to spend more time  analyzing why  education is the right space for you. Your Role : What things did you enjoy about the roles you’ve had before? What were the things you were really good at and would you want to do them again? What work would you delegate to someone else if you could? Were you satisfied with the roles and responsibilities you had? What activities, challenges, and responsibilities do you want to do/own in this next role? Your Organization : Did you like the organizational structure of your past jobs? Do you prefer working with smaller, intimate teams who do a little bit of everything or do you prefer working with larger companies where the work is more structured and predictable? Your Location:  What are your preferred locations? Do they provide activities that are conducive to a good work/life balance? Are there opportunities for career advancement there or will professional growth be limited? Are these location preferences must-haves, or are they nice-to-haves? Your  Pay : What is your preferred salary based on your personal and professional aspirations? What is the minimum salary you’re willing to accept? How does it compare with your current and anticipated cost of living? Does this salary match the industry norm? Once you have a good idea of what your ideal role will look like,  narrow down the absolute necessities  of your dream job. By necessities, we mean that if these basic elements were in place, you would be content and confident that you’re in an environment where you both enjoy today and are preparing for your ideal career of tomorrow. Limiting yourself with too many “nice-to-haves” disguised as “must-haves” may eliminate great prospective roles. After you’ve clearly defined your job necessities, pinpoint the roles that most align with your list. Then, research different organization types where you could potentially perform that role. According to your list, you may prefer one organizational type over the other based on structure, culture, work style, a barrier to entry, etc. If you need help finding out where to start, sites like  O*NET  do a great job of explaining what is required for certain positions within the education space including, tasks, technology skills, knowledge, abilities, work activities, work styles, salary and much more. It even shows which positions have projected growth in the future. Here’s an example for Education Administrators.   Summary Report for Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary Schoo l Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools. Sample  of reported job titles: Athletic Director, Elementary Principal, High School Principal, Middle School Principal, Principal, School Administrator, School Superintendent, Special Education Director, Superintendent, Vice Principal Median wages (2017): $94,390 annual Employment (2016): 251,000 employees Projected growth (2016-2026): Average (5% to 9%) Tasks Evaluate curricula, teaching methods, and programs to determine their effectiveness, efficiency, and use, and to ensure that school activities comply with federal, state, and local regulations.   Collaborate with teachers to develop and maintain curriculum standards, develop mission statements, and set performance goals and objectives.   Direct and coordinate activities of teachers, administrators, and support staff at schools, public agencies, and institutions.    4. Determine where you’re going to look Find out where your next opportunity is and how you’re going to get there! In determining where you’re going to look for these opportunities, take these two things into consideration: How can I find  the most  opportunities? How can I find the opportunities that  closely align with my ideal roles ? One way to optimize your job search is to look for roles on niche job boards and/or professional association websites. If you use websites that specialize in curating roles in the education sector, you’re more likely to find jobs you’re truly interested in, faster! The Spring hiring season is the best time to start applying for roles, but you have to know where they are. If you’re interested in working in education, but you’re looking to exercise your talents outside of the classroom, job searching through teacher-centric job boards can be a little difficult and at times frustrating.  TrulyHired  is a great way to discover the hard to find, non-teaching jobs in education you’ve been seeking. To confidentially stay abreast of current, relevant jobs in education, you can sign up for  job alerts here . Another way to optimize your job search is by using industry-specific staffing or recruiting agencies. These agencies allow you to articulate your professional wants and needs to someone who will seek out opportunities on your behalf. If you’re looking for jobs in education, specifically non-teaching jobs,  WorkMonger  is a great way to receive job matches about a variety of non-teaching jobs that match your professional preferences. All you have to do is complete a  JobSeeker  profile. Managing your job seeking activities is also pertinent to your search success. Organizing your job searching process can help you keep track of: When to follow up:  Know when you need to circle back with an employer so you can stay top of mind during their process. Who to follow up with:  Following up with the right people during the process helps you build rapport with the hiring team which allows you to stand out. Where you applied:  If you see that one website is getting better results than the other, then that’s a good indication that employers are actively looking for candidates on that platform. That’s where you want to be. Communication trends:  Keep tabs of your progress and track communication trends such as which roles you’re getting traction on, which ones are taking a little longer, how people prefer to contact you for different stages of the process and how long it takes for employers to generally get back to you. Observing and acting on these trends will help you be more proactive and strategic in your follow up efforts. Your perceived brand : Once you have good records of all of the roles you have applied for, eventually you will get a good sense of how your resume is performing and how you’re being perceived. For example, imagine you’re applying for both middle management and seasoned leadership roles, but you keep getting callbacks for only the middle-management positions. This likely indicates your resume isn’t highlighting the skills required for upper-level management. Organize and control your job seeking process by using a  spreadsheet like this .  5. Network Another way to optimize your search is to find the people who can help you get there! Reach out to people in your current network to see if they know of any job openings in your areas of interest. If they’re not privy to specific job openings, see if they can lead you in the right direction with a reference, an event to attend or an organization to join. Let them know what you’re looking for, why you’re looking and what you would like to bring to the table. If you’re new to the education space or the people in your circle aren’t connected with anyone at an educational organization, join a  professional association  or a MeetUp group. Likewise, you may want to start getting familiar with people in ed-centered  Linkedin  or  Facebook  groups. These are great ways to surround yourself with people who are familiar with what you want to do. Attending education  conferences  and local networking events can also help widen your net to find relevant opportunities. 6. Update your resume As you’re applying for jobs, you want to make sure you have a fresh, relevant resume that resonates with your audience - the hiring managers. Your resume should tell a story of what you’re interested in, what you’re doing to advance yourself, and where you aspire to go. It should also reflect a track record of your results, skills and how you were able to make a positive impact on both your team and the communities you serve.    A great place to start is to identify a few job descriptions for roles that you are very interested in. Then, analyze the job descriptions in depth, paying special attention to a) the break down of day-to-day responsibilities, b) the experience required, and c) the aspects that you know align closely with your experience, skills, and talents. With this information in mind, tailor your resume to highlight in concrete ways why you’re the best person for jobs such as these. As you’re editing your resume, remember to focus on including the most relevant information. For help on  how to structure and optimize your resume , read this blog. 7. Fill in the Gaps If you start to see a number of gaps between the job description and your resume, you may not be ready for this role, at this point in time. However, there a few suggestions on how you could fill those voids. If the gaps are knowledge-based, seek out an online course, classes or licenses that can help you fill the void and add value to your resume. If your gaps are experience-based, think through how you might gain the requisite skills at your current place of employment. Perhaps volunteer for a cross-functional team or ask your supervisor if you can begin to take on new projects that will allow you to grow in the areas in which you are interested. You can also look outside your current employment for experiential growth, such as serving in small roles in one of the education associations we spoke about earlier. Collectively, these steps can help improve your skills and add the experience you’ve been missing on your resume.   8. Interview prep Practicing your interview skills is a must to help you land the job you’re seeking! Now that you have a good idea of what the role generally requires, find ways to sync your experience and aspirations into your interview storyline. Research information about the organization ahead of time. Then, weave your narrative into what they’re looking for. For example, if you’re applying for a leadership role, be sure your stories demonstrate your awesome leadership skills, such as guiding your team to reach a common goal, delegating assignments based on your team’s strengths, creating an agile execution plan, etc. Review your resume and reflect on your past experiences to determine which stories you’d like to highlight in your interviews. Be able to explain what you’ve done (use concrete, measurable outcomes whenever possible), why you included it on your resume and how it relates to the job you’re applying for. Remember, the only thing the hiring team has to go on is your application, resume, and social media presence (we’ll get into that later). Also, you’ll want to reframe how you think of interviews. Rather than being interrogated by someone on the other end of the desk, think of it as a candid conversation. Anticipate building rapport and making a genuine connection with the interviewer. Remember - interviews are a two-way street; you’re evaluating them just like they are evaluating you. Having the right perspective can help you mitigate anxiety and create an opportunity to have open, insightful conversation about a role you both find equally intriguing and important. To start, try to find out who you are interviewing with in advance if at all possible. Once you know, look up information about them on LinkedIn and on the company website. In addition to making sure you understand their role, jot down the information you can use as rapport points, like universities you’ve both attended, organizations you’re both members of, roles you’ve both held or experiences you’ve shared. Once you have a good idea of who the person is and how they contribute to the mission of the company, figure out what you’re going to say by conducting a mock interview. It’s a great way to decrease interview anxiety and increase your confidence in how you’re going to respond to the interview questions. You can do a practice run with close colleagues. Or, for feedback from talent professional knowledgeable on the education sector, check out WorkMonger’s resume review and interview prep  career services . Since finding jobs in the education sector is our forte, we can help you streamline your story for distinct opportunities you’re seeking. For more great tips on how to prepare before, the day of AND after the interview read  12 Steps to a Great Interview here .   9. Refresh your Social Media More and more, employers are  using social media  as a part of their candidate “background checks”. When you’re working in the education sector, understanding who your candidates are inside and outside of the organization is very important. Not only are you representing yourself but you’re also a reflection upon the kids, staff  and  communities you’re serving, so make sure whatever social media pages you have that are accessible to the public are cleaned up and acceptable for the organization you’re applying to  before  you apply. One of the best ways to positively place yourself on an employer’s radar is by utilizing LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a valuable tool that most professionals fail to maximize. Not only are employers checking your page  after  you apply, but recruiters are also specifically seeking potential candidates for jobs they have available through LinkedIn. If your page isn’t updated, more likely than not, you’re not going to be included in that outreach number. Who knows, an updated and accurate LinkedIn profile could land you your dream job! LinkedIn is also the perfect social media platform to showcase everything you couldn’t fit on your resume. It’s a great way to highlight your knowledge, expertise and professional voice, on your terms. So it’s important to keep your Linkedin updated with current responsibilities, share and comment on industry related news, offer sound advice and opinions on things going on in your field and connect with other professionals in your lane. If you need help figuring out the best way to utilize your LinkedIn Page, here are a few  LinkedIn hacks  to get you started.   10. Determine when to notify your boss If you’re thinking of leaving your current job sooner rather than later, determine when you should give your boss a heads up. Most of us are familiar with the 2 weeks notice rule. But if your position is a little more complex, you may want to reconsider when you need to notify your employer so they can properly prepare to delegate your responsibilities and find a replacement. In this WorkMonger blog,  how to break up with your boss , we break down the appropriate notification time based on your management level: “In most mid-level roles, four to six weeks is appropriate while with more senior roles you might be more around two to three months’ notice, ultimately reaching as much as six months’ notice for c-level positions. Put some thought into how much notice to give though based off your unique situation; too little and you’ll leave on a bad note and not set your organization up for success. Too much and there won’t be the urgency to replace you.” Hopefully, you’re parting on good terms. But in the event that you’re  anticipating a bad breakup  due to retaliation, hostile work environment or other unfortunate circumstances, you’ll want to explore your options and what’s in the best interest of you and the parties involved. This is especially important when you work in such a close-knit sector like education. You don’t want to burn bridges, but you do want to make a clean, cordial and professional break. 11. Think through your references The last step is to create a solid list of positive and supportive references. If the hiring managers and/or recruitment agencies call these individuals, make sure they are talking to people who are familiar with the scope of your experience, work ethic and overall value of what you bring to the table. Choose 2-3 individuals who can offer relevant insight as it pertains to the role you’re applying for. It’s helpful if they can speak on your behalf from a macro and/or micro level point of view. This will give the hiring manager and/or recruiter a well-rounded perspective of who you are as an employee. If you don’t know who to add to your reference list, consider: Your current manager or supervisor Past managers or supervisors Leadership team members you worked with frequently Current peers or colleagues familiar with your work Happy clients Mentors / Advisors Professors / Teachers Friends who are familiar with your work and talent Now, of course, you don’t want to just add your references to the list without telling them. Be sure to notify them in advance. Let them know you’re looking for opportunities and ask if they would be willing to serve as a reference and, if so,  how  they prefer to be contacted. Nowadays, people are reluctant to answer numbers or emails they don’t know, so make sure they’re aware someone might be contacting them to get some input on your qualifications. Explain the overall premise of the jobs you’ve been applying for, what they’re looking for in a candidate and the key points you want them to highlight if and when the hiring team calls. By doing this, your references will have more time to conduct research on the companies, curate stories as it pertains to the roles and properly  prepare  for the reference interview questions.
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