March Madness and the Job Search Process

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March Madness is a terrific time of year! We all enjoy watching the Blue Bloods and the Bracket Busters. This year’s tournament has provided plenty of exciting moments from St. Peter’s run to The Elite Eight, to Coach K’s journey in his final tournament appearance. But even more importantly, this time of year we see a lot of changes in coaching jobs. Just like the tournament teams that prepare and practice for their execution on the court, coaches who are looking for a new coaching job must prepare and practice for their next job!

In order to put your best foot forward, you must understand each aspect of the job search process, practice each of these areas, and be prepared when you get your opportunity to impress the search committee. These fundamentals include a great cover letter, a standout resume, a stellar portfolio, and the ability to nail the coaching interview. Here is a blueprint of how to prepare for this process:

Strategic Planning – Know what type of job you’re seeking and plan accordingly. Consider factors such as level/division, location, size of school, resources available at that school, and opportunity for success. Narrowing your list to schools that match your criteria make it easier to target your application materials to that school/program instead of randomly applying to every opening you see.

Professional Materials – you must develop a cover letter, resume, and portfolio that make you stand out from the other candidates who apply. Standard application materials are not good enough. If you’re not sure whether your materials are in the top 10% of the applicants, CLICK HERE to get assistance.

Interview Prep – You must be extremely organized for your interview. Understand the questions you’ll be asked and practice your answers for those questions. Not sure what type of questions you’ll be asked? You can find sample interview questions in the Complete Guide to the Coaching Interview. Learn more here–> Job Search Prep Services

Personal Branding – Use platforms such as a personal website and social media to market yourself and your abilities. In today’s job market , you must have an online presence to connect with future employers as well as potential players and prospects.

Follow-up – Always follow up with an introductory email to the search committee director (AD or head coach) after you have submitted your application. Be sure to also follow up with a thank you after you have interviewed! It’s the little details that matter when trying to stand out!

While looking for a new coaching job can be stressful, it can also be exciting. Those coaches who practice and prepare for the process will ultimately be more confident in the overall process. If you’re not prepared for the job search process, let us help you. Our services at The Coaching Portfolio Guide will assist you with your resume, portfolio, and your interviewing skills. Visit the website and get started on your practice and preparation today!

Written By: Bill Vasko – CEO, XO Coach

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