2. Application and interview advice

I have been offered a job in sports – What to do next?

Send a thank you note

SPORT, it’s a highly competitive industry. Creating the right impression is an important start to your career. We believe that once an offer of employment verbal or written has been made, that one should send a thank you note acknowledging the offer.

Wait for the official letter and contract

Do not start with relocation arrangements or even handing in your resignation letter to your current employer before you have received the official confirmation letter of the job offer and a copy of the contract.

Evaluate the job offer and opportunities

You need to have a serious consideration of how this job fits with your personal life and your career aspirations within the sports industry. These days getting a job in sports can mean relocation nationally or internationally; therefore, you should take into account how this will impact your lifestyle, your family and future career opportunities in sports.

You obviously will have to evaluate the company culture, office environment, salary, benefits and bonuses. Evaluate the compensation package, salary should be evaluated together with all the benefits and bonuses. A good way to look at this is by checking at GlobalSportsJobs.com and comparing your offered job with similar ones in other sport organisations. Do you know anyone that works there? Get in touch with current employees of the company to better understand the office environment and the company culture.

Take into account the opportunities that the job can bring to you. Some examples are increasing your network, attending conferences, travelling, or becoming a member of a professional association.

Read the contract thoroughly before you sign it

First you need to check that the contract reflects all the job interview outcomes in terms of the working hours, compensation package, starting date and vacations. Secondly you should make sure that probation periods and small print makes sense to you. Depending on the role and the country, sports jobs might require a police check of your criminal records so take this into account. Finally, sign the contract only when you are sure that this job is RIGHT for you

Preparation before starting the job

You should research the sporting organisation and their clients before starting the job. For example, you should visit this organisation’s website. On GlobalSportsJobs.TV you can find insights and information about sporting organisations through our videos from CEOs and Senior Management. Marketing, Communications, Sponsorship and Social Media are growing areas within sporting organisations so try to read some of the specialised publications: SportsBusiness and SportCal are all good examples. Becoming a member of a Social Media network is also a good idea, for example, GlobalSportsJobs Linkedin Group has around 9,000 professionals.

Creating a good impression on the first day

On your first day at work you should make sure you know the dress code before arriving into the new office and the required time of arrival. Different sporting organisations have different cultures and codes. First impressions are important so be careful with your outfit and your personal appearance.