March Madness and the Job Search Process


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March Madness is a great time of year! We all love watching the Blue Bloods and the Bracket Busters. This year’s tournament provided many exciting moments, from St. Peter’s run to The Elite Eight, to Coach K’s journey in his final tournament appearance. But more importantly, at this time of year we see a lot of changes in coaching jobs. Just like tournament teams preparing and training for their on-field execution, coaches looking for a new coaching position need to prepare and train for their next position!

In order to put your best foot forward, you need to understand every aspect of the job search process, practice each of these areas, and be ready when you have the opportunity to impress the search committee. These fundamentals include a great cover letter, an outstanding resume, a stellar portfolio, and the ability to ace the coaching interview. Here is a preparation plan for this process:

Strategic planning – Know what kind of job you are looking for and plan accordingly. Consider factors such as grade/division, location, size of school, resources available at that school, and chance of success. By limiting your list to schools that match your criteria, it’s easier to target your application materials to that school/program instead of randomly applying to every opening you see.

Professional materials – you need to develop a cover letter, CV and portfolio that sets you apart from other candidates who apply. Standard application materials are not good enough. If you’re not sure if your documents are in the top 10%, CLICK HERE to get help.

Preparing for the interview – You must be extremely organized for your interview. Understand the questions you will be asked and practice your answers to those questions. Not sure what kind of questions you will be asked? You can find sample interview questions in the Complete Guide to the Coaching Interview. Read more here-> Job Search Preparation Services

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

To follow – Always follow up with an introductory email to the Search Committee Director (AD or Head Coach) after submitting your application. Also, be sure to follow up with a thank you after you interview! It’s the little details that count when trying to stand out!

Although the search for a new coaching job can be stressful, it can also be exciting. Coaches who practice and prepare for the process will ultimately be more confident in the overall process. If you’re not ready for the job search process, let us help you. Our services to The Coaching Portfolio Guide will help you with your resume, portfolio and interview skills. Visit the website and start your practice and preparation today!

Written by: Bill Vasko – CEO, XO Coach


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