Do I have to be sportive to apply for a sport job?

Sport jobs are currently high on demand: The fitness sector is booming and so new positions are frequently advertised. But a sport job, even when called this way, does not necessarily have to be physically demanding. Most of the offers at Sportyjob, for example, are actually in administative or creative departments.

So there's the question popping up: Do I have to be athletic to work in sports? A classic yes-but-no-situation.

Your own interests in sports decide how you do your work

Careers in online marketing, sponsoring management, sportswear designer or brand manager (...) are mainly office-based sport jobs. Truth be told: There's a lot of sitting involved - so you probably even like your little workout at the end of the day. Nevertheless, being athletic is not necessarily important to get hired or to do a good job. Here's the big BUT - You should still bring along some sport-affinity. The named careers all have one thing in common: You need to know what your peer group wants and needs. This means you should be able to put yourself into the position of an athlete and have detailed knowledge about the discipline your sport job is all about. Of course, being a big fan of it without executing can still give you a lot of expert knowledge, but the little details - that's something you figure out when you get active yourself.

You can choose to get active to do a better job

We learned that you don't have to challenge yourself, as long as you do an intensive examination of the regarding discipline. Anyway, the time you spend reading (or watching) about it would also be a great chance to actually try it instead. Through this active preoccupation with your the field of your sport job, you will probably end up way more motivated, creative and authentic. A product designer for snowboards will achieve no credibility if he doesn’t know how to ride snowboards.

The sports industry wants experts in their fields

The industry has a similar opinion on this. Often, you will find former professional athletes in the office careers of Red Bull Media, adidas & co. As they bring a huge amount of sport-specific knowledge along, they are also perfect contributors for business development (Sales, Product Development, Marketing - every department). Even though an event manager for sport competitions may not compete anymore, thanks to his experiences he will have the perfect concept for the event.No need to run the New York Marathon next year, but if you go running every couple of days, developing a communication plan for the social media channels of runtastic gets a lot easier, don't you think?

Calling passionate non-athletes: Please apply anyway

Don't feel the pressure to become a professional athlete now. Sports companies are looking for the same hard and soft skills as any other companies. So if you are not an active person, this doesn't mean you can't apply for a sport job. If you are intested in the company, the job and bring knowledge, skills or hidden talents, there's almost no employer who wouldn't like to get to know you. What we tried to make clear in this post, is that the only thing really essential for a job in the sports industry is passion. You see: the group of friends kicking a ball on the street, the boy playing a match every weekend with his amateur team, his family cheering on the side of the field, the soccer fan watching every single match of their favorite team live or on TV, Cristiano Ronaldo being a professional football player - they all have one thing in common. And that's the passion for a sports. A sport job you have no affinity for, no connection to or at least a relation on a mental level won’t be an ideal career for you.

 

How to do a Video Resume – Your 3 minutes to shine

How about extending your application to another channel? A video resume is a great chance to stand out and not only show your skills, but also your personality. Especially in modern times, it's a no-brainer to use the possibilities technology & the web offers for getting the job you want.  A paper or electronic CV (PDF or form), of course, is still required by almost every sports company. However, it's a one dimensional medium and limits your communication to the written word and a little design to express your character. A moving video, on the other hand, adds depth to your profile. Use it to introduce yourself, your communication skills, your confidence, maybe even your humour - precious soft skills that a lot of jobs ask for.

It might take some time to prepare it, film it and edit it. But: Your effort will definitely pay off for your job search!

If you want to give it a try: This is how to make a video resume.

The technology

What do you need for a video resumé?First, you'll need a video camera with a good resolution, 1080px or more. You don't want to send out a blurry video of yourself which distorts your face (in rare cases it might improve the situation, but don't count yourself as one of them).  New smartphones and notebooks actually do great videos, so you could even use this. Just check the settings and adjustment before, so you film it in high quality. If you own a camcorder or can borrow one from a friend, this might be easier. Nowadays, most of them have a turnable screen, so you can watch yourself while filming. To get a steady picture, please use a tripod.After filming, you will need an editing program for your Notebook. To keep it easy, you'll probably need it mostly for cropping the video, so Windows Movie Maker or iMovie suffice.Since the file will be BIG, you can't just send it over via e-mail. The best way is actually to upload it to a video portal, Youtube for example, and add the video link to your application. Watch your username though - an application for a sport management job by user "ifarted69" might not be taken seriously.
Here's an example by Laura Harris who does a great job in introducing herself in only 2 minutes:

Preparation

Dress up accordingly to the job you want to apply forPay attention to all the factors that you are also considering when having a real job interview - neat clothing and a good overall impression. Suit up for the company profile and the job. This could be formal or sporty, depending on the position. Just dress like you would when you show up for work.

Wrinkles? No worries!

Who is concerned regarding discrimination - no worries, there has been a conference of the commission of employment law in 2010, with the outcome that video resumes have to be judged by the same, objective criteria as the written ones. That means you won't have any trouble with your holiday pounds or grey hair.

 

The setting

Try to choose a nice setting, no matter if just a white wall or sandy beaches - everything is possible. A friend of mine once had a video interview in front of her window in the alps with snow covered mountains behind her. That definitely left an impression! Most suitable is a background that matches your personality and somehow sparks interest in watching your video. In any case try to avoid recording other people and better don't do your clip outside, unless you find a quiet place with good light.

The content

When it comes to the content of your speech you really need to kick ass in these few seconds to get your dream management or marketing sportjob. This is going to be tough. To be honest, I tried endless times to make the perfect video. In the end I had to accept that there is none.  Still, no one is flawless and your video will still be able to impress when done right. So, according to my own tests, here's some hints what to look out for:Make a planLet's start! And stop! After 10 "ehm" in the first 30 seconds, because I wasn't sure what to say, I can tell you: Starting to talk without any plan does not work. Unless you're a natural free speaker, then just go ahead! Work out a script, a red thread to follow.  Your video won't convince anyone if you stutter or jump from one topic to the next and back.Keep it shortNow fully planned, my agenda tells me step by step what to do: Introduction – Why I am brilliant – Why I am the perfect employee for this sport job. After 10 minutes of recording, I am still talking about my former experiences. That's too long. Set a time for the whole interview and each part. Less than 3 minutes will suffice to shine, believe me. The video is supposed to give the company a glimpse of who you are and make them curious enough that they want to get to know you. It's similar to a good presentation: Keep a clock in hand sight and decide how much time you want to use for each topic - this way, you won't loose track.Control your body languageShortened my agenda and introduced myself in 2 minutes and 57 seconds, yay! Unfortunately, whilst watching my results, I am noticing that my eyes wander around the room, and after 1 minute I get a little too comfortable in my seat. Oops. Also, I am horribly waving my arms at 2:23! What am I doing?! A lot of people that try to be convincing are flailing horribly with their arms. There is no problem about that if you are having a face to face conversation, but if you only have a small display window to present yourself, it is better to be a bit reserved. Otherwise your video resume could end up as a YouTube-Hit (Epic Fail Category). Also, sit straight and smile, that shows confidence, you can even lean in a little - and look into the camera. When your future employer watches the video, it will seem as if you keep eye contact. That's great!Retry until it's perfect I wish I could present you the perfect video resume, but as it was raining, too dark, I couldn't find the words - well, it just wouldn't work out today. But that is the best thing about this kind of job interviews:You can try and try and try…

Taken as a whole, generating a video CV doesn't sound that complicated. Everyone is able to mumble for about 2 minutes into his webcam. Not having to rack your brains about phrases for your sportjob cover letter is nice as well. But unfortunately, it is not that easy.  Keep in mind that the situation is similar to a real job interview, your potential job employer virtually sits right in front you. Following this tips, take your time and put in a little effort to make a creative video resume. Good luck!

About a toxic work environment and how to handle it

If you have ever been working in a toxic environment, you know how it draws all energy from you. It’s stressful, tiring and often enough the reason for a lack of motivation in your job - even resulting in decreasing your well-being in your personal life. But what’s the reason for it and is there any chance to change it?

What’s creating a toxic workplace?

A recent survey from leadership development experts at Fierce Inc. asked around 1000 employees for reasons for a disturbed work environment. The majority agreed on the negative attitude of a team-member (or their boss) having the biggest impact on them. Whether the co-worker is just a lazy sloth, a “Naysayer” complaining the whole time or blaming others for own mistakes, it’s pulling down the rest of the team. Interesting enough though, about 75% believe that special skills could not compensate a person’s negativity.

So, what’s the consequences

You’d think that - since there is no way to make up for it - co-workers would love to get rid of the grouch. Suprisingly, only one quarter consider firing the colleague to be the best solution. However, confronting the grumbler is not an option either. 80% believe that a confrontation, either done by themselves or executives, is unlikely to change the situation. If you think about it, the result sounds pretty devastating. It translates as doing nothing and accepting a decreased morale and productivity in the team, maybe even quitting a normally satisfying job.

How to handle a toxic team member

If you ever sat in an office, where no one was speaking, smiling and you felt you could cut through the tense air around you, you know it’s something you wouldn’t want in your job. For us, this would not be an option either! Especially when you’re working in a small team, one negative team member would likely ruin the whole work atmosphere.Thus, we created some tips how to handle a negative co-worker.
  • Don’t let your emotions overwhelm you
You might feel the urge to stand up to try to make things better. Probably, this will worsen the situation though. Confronting a colleague could end up in a very unprofessional approach which becomes too emotional (and is very one-sided). This way, you might offend someone without improving the situation. Another option was if you feel like cheering up the colleague daily to help the atmosphere in your office. This is a big responsibility which will probably overwhelm you.That’s why, in consequence:
  • Talk to your boss or a mediator
Leaders normally have been trained to handle a team and their issues. In bigger and modern companies, there is alternatively a mediator / feel-good-manager for improving the atmosphere. Make an appointment and address the problem, without nagging. It’s important to professionally describe the discrepancy with your colleague and to be able to name it. Thus, the responsible executive can act accordingly to solve the situation, for example through a one-on-one dialogue and an open team meeting. If this doesn’t help, well, you could still bring cake to work. This way, at least you’ll have something delicious & sweet to calm your nerves and keep the spirit up - or have a chance to mute the Naysayer for at least a couple of minutes.

Introducing: The ISPO Career Days 2018

Ispo Career Days Munich 2017 Sportyjob
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Program & Details

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The Job Corridor

A display of different career opportunities by the big players of the sport industry where candidates can apply straight away or later online.
  • Dates: 28th - 31st of January 2018
  • Where: In the corridor of the A-Hall

The Speed Dating Interview

In private cabins, recruiters interview qualified candidates in a speed dating manner, meeting up with various applicants in a short time.
  • Dates: 29th of January
  • Times: 09:00 - 17:00
  • Where: Conference room above the Job Corridor
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Interested in participating?

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Sport Companies

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Candidates

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Universities

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Health & fitness apps: How the Start-Up xendera found a niche and conquered the market

One look in your app store, an online mag or social media: Wherever you go, you won’t be able to NOT notice them. Health and Fitness Apps - they are booming. The promise of training any time, tracking your results and sharing them - just the presentable ones, of course - are a recipe for success. They are a tool to get people motivated to stay or become fit and healthy.Most of them share the same ingredients: Choose one sport (running, functional training, yoga), combine it with possible tracks / workouts and reward people’s endurance and improvement. Nowadays, the top opponent’s prove their standing: runtastic, now owned by adidas, Freeletics, MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun both owned by under armor - just to name a few. With these leaders and a big amount of new apps coming through every day, there’s seldomnly a remarkable innovation in between.One of the exceptions is the french App xendera.Launched in April 2016, it finally reached the number 1 position of downloads in the Health Category in France on the 10th of July 2017. Even in a market which is overrun by fitness apps of any kind, xendera found a niche to conquer it. 
Their goal to get people moving is similar, the difference is their concept though. Instead of creating a community which motivates each other, xendera uses real rewards for fitness achievements. So how is it working?

The concept of Xendera

To make long story short: xendera’s unique model rewards various workouts with vouchers. Partnering with brands from the health & sports sector, the users receive a coupon for their favorite products. For this, they just need to track their activities over some time (you'll see why it might need more than one workout in our example). 
In advance, users choose their favorite brands. This way, when successfully achieving a fitness milestone, they only receive rewards they really like.So, what exactly do you need to do to achieve an coupon? We take Skullcandy as an example: To earn a 25% discount on the whole online shop, a user needs to run 25km in total. This might take some time, depending on your level of fitness, but it's a nice way to spice up your workout with an extra goal over the week or month.
„Our mission is to promote impactful fitness, aggregate health data and provide the best technology platform to integrate active lifestyles with conscious consumer behavior. Thus providing a truly unique experience at the intersections of life and fitness.“
Furthermore, the app can be combined with other fitness apps and a tracking device - like an add-on, so users can still workout with their regular training sessions. Their partnership with brands and other apps is probably one reason for their popularity. Instead of developing a complete new system, they use the existing ones and improve them - a strategy for successful start-ups in every sector.

Become one of the team and help xendera level-up

It's no suprise that a growing business has a growing team. That’s why, xendera offers 4 job vacancies for their headquarter in Biarritz, France Still, working at xendera means working in a small and passionate team which all support the expansion of the app. Sitting around and waiting for the clock to pass until you go home is not an option, you will need a hands-on mentality and be motivated to improve xendera every day. Sounds exactly like your way of working? Then check these 4 exciting career opportunities:
  • B2B Business Developper for Germany and the UK Evolving xendera by developing further cooperations with other brands - that’s what an B2B Business Developer is responsible for. xendera is looking for two confident team members with strong motivation to help xendera grow even more. If you are interested, they are hiring one B2B Business Developer for Germany and one specialist for the UK. By the way, what we liked best about the job offer was probably this hint at the end of it: "Secret talents accepted" - Show them what you got!
  • Growth Hacker Ever heard of a Growth Hacker? For us at Sportyjob, this was the first time. You’d probably expect an IT job here, truth is though, a Growth Hacker is a Marketing Specialist. Use the different Marketing Channels to help xendera grow. Your main tasks surround Content Marketing, by creating blogs, press releases and more to push the app. We’d take the job straight away for the title!
  • Traineeship: Community Management / Brand Content This offer concerns all students who want to get insights by getting active, not only by watching. It’s your chance to gain experience in an exciting start-up atmosphere and help a young company by growing. As a Trainee in Community Management & Brand Content in a small team, you’ll be responsible from day one for your own projects and tasks in the community management of xendera. A hands-on mentality and a lot of curiosity are definitely needed.

Timberland: Going beyond the border of Sustainability & Responsibility

Timberland is an outdoor brand, one of the most well-known worldwide to say the least. One of the reason, apart from quality products, is their serious commitment for environmental and social causes. Right now, Timberland is looking for a Sustainability and Responsibility Manager, a moment for us to take a look into their S&R agenda. So how exactly does Timberland improve their three main pillars outdoors, product and community? How do they go beyond the borders of regular engagement?

The long-term plan: Timberland’s 2020 agenda

Already years ao, the company changed their production to be more sustainable, making a statement towards treating the environment with respect. In 2016, when launching their responsibility website, Timberland also announced further steps in improving their strategy. The sports brand set ambitious goals until 2020 regarding their products and the environment:
  • All of the used cotton for their apparal collections are supposed to come from US-american eco-friendly cultivation,
  • Every procued shoe shall contain recycled, organic or renewable (ROR) materials
  • All products shal be PVC and PFC free
  • Timberland wants to reduce their energy consumption by 10% in total and obtain 50% by regenerative energy sources
  • Plant 10 million trees

Social engagement: A focus on community work

Of course, social responsibility has kind of become courteous in worldwide industries, after scandals of brands capitalizing workers in third world countries. It’s obvious that claiming to aim for responsibility, Timberland of course helps raising awareness and supports save working environments by collaborating mostly with fair suppliers. What makes the difference though, is Timberland’s special focus on local communities – an individual approach on the social subject.
  • My PlayGreen© is a support program which establishes outdoor spaces in urban areas, building community gardens and parks. In 5 big cities around Europe, they want to offer the residents a possibility to access nature and fresh air. Something that is rare in areas with populousness. After London in the last year, on the 19th of July 2017 the program started building in Mailand. Following after will be Berlin, Paris and Barcelona.
  • Path of Service©: To support different community projects, Timberland’s employees engage in community services all over the world. Until now, they already participated 1.000.0000 hours in their communities – supported by their employer and the team of global stewards. By the way, the Path of Service celebrates its 25th birthday this year – in a special way: On 25 days, employees can take time off of work and take their time to volunteer to support their communities. They even connected them with possibile projects by setting up a Volunteer Fair.

Joining the team: Timberland is hiring a Sustainability & Responsibility Manager

In this position, the manager is responsible for integrating the S&R strategy throughout the company, delivering information to employees and customers. As a spokes person for Timberland’s values, you represent the sports brand on conferences and workshops over Europe. 
Work closely with the different departments, from HR, over Marketing, Production and Supply Management to achieve te 2020 goals. Manage the community and environmental projects, engage and inspire the employees in participating in Timberland’s Path of Service, different commuter programs, etc. If you feel inspired to help Timberland achieve their 2020 agenda, apply for the job here.Further sport jobs by Timberland can be found on their company page here.A perfect supply chain or production in regards of nature is almost impossible to achieve, but Timberland’s vision aims on a very close solution. Their achievement sets high goals for the whole industry, a development we could already witness at adidas (Producs from Recycled Materials, their „Run for the Oceans“  and more), Patagonia and The North Face, too. With more brands following, this hopefully defines new standards for production and engagement worldwide. If you want to find out more about Responsibility and Sustainability at Timberland, check their goals and progress at their website "Responbility at Timberland".

5 morning habits that will kickstart your productivity

The way your morning takes course, makes an impact on your whole day. Just imagine getting up with the wrong foot, feeling tired all day, not getting your head focus on the important things - this will ruin your work day completely (a leisure day, too, of course). Your morning routine though offers you a great opportunity for a successful day - for more energy, creativity and a better handling of stress. No matter if you are an early bird getting up with the sunset or if you prefer sleeping a little longer: After you get up, set your mind right.These five things are a great way to shape your morning, and make you a more successful person in your job and your life. These points are shared in routines by a lot of successful people and things that I for myself found out to feel good for me.

Don't snooze

Even if it's tempting to snooze away just 5 more minutes (and 5 minutes more, and another,  and another..) try to avoid it. Not only won't you feel any more recovery as when you get up on the first ring, you will also kill your motivation for the day completely. Just to compare: Imagine having a goal or a plan and you decide to delay it over and over again.  You are well aware that you probably will not achieve it, right? It's the same with snoozing. Deciding not to get up in the morning already disturbs your mindset for the day. If you can't even get up, how are you supposed to have the will to succeed your goals or tasks?Getting up with the first alarm or the moment the sun wakes you up (even better!), will put your mind on overcoming your weaker self.

Focus on yourself and personal goals

We tend to lose the focus on caring for ourselves and improving our lifes when working for others. We manage to get our tasks done and push our projects and might feel great about it, but our own life remains static. Never, ever forget to care about yourself.It might take some time to get used to it, but try to get up a little earlier than you usual do. Instead of waking up, getting ready and going to work, find some slot in your schedule to focus on yourself. It's a little time for youe mind before you focus on tasks at work. This means doing something for your soul and heart which will raise your self-consciousness, your own worth and - most important - your mood and motivation for the day. This can be a little walk, time outside, meditation - or taking time to listen to your inner self. You could be defining your own goals, finding something you really want to do in your free time after your job. It doesn't matter as long as it is something only for you, not for your job.

Exercise

No need for a big workout. Not everyone is a morning sports person (I am not, that's for sure). It's not about pushing your physical limits in the morning. It only means "Get moving!". Seriously. Your body and brain are well connected and your mind will thank you A LOT. If you feel depressed, low on energy, can't focus - this is probably because of a lack of movement. Get your energy flowing by a little exercising - for example a morning yoga routine , walking ,jogging or a bike tour, longboarding, surfing - your personal fitness routine. Even a short training will earn you a better focus, more concentration and a higher spirit. Try it.

Take your time with loved ones

Do you have a family or special someone? Even if it's only 5 minutes, connect with your loved ones. Cuddle, with your kids or your special one, talk about your plans for the day, just do something personal - and appreciate the time you have together. Of course, this is beautiful for your personal relationships. Furthermore, this reduces your stress level enormously. Hard tasks during the day will be easier to handle.

Start the night before

Okay, this is actually a step before your morning routine. We all know how a bad night of sleep can destroy your morning. That's why it is important to prepare yourself for a good nights of sleep. Find out how many hours make you feel the best in the morning (in general, it's about 8 hours of sleep) and stick to bed times. Don't use your phone or computer before you go to bed. Make sure your room is well aired. Before sleep, define how you want you want to achieve tomorrow - what are you plans, what are things you can't delay any further, what would make you happy - and write them down. We tend to lose focus when the next day gets a little stressful or because we dreamed very actively. This way, you'll remember and be able to keep these things in mind.

Create your own routine

Routines are overcoming bad habits. They will help you perform better, focus on things that are important for yourself. Normally, it takes three weeks to get used to new routines - so figure out your own start in the day, write it down and practice it until it feels natural. Define for yourself which things done in the morning improve your working day and stick to them. It needs to be your own routine, because we tend to not stick to ones we don't implement ourselves.An example:
  1. Getting up with the sunset and letting the natural light in
  2. Have a glass of water
  3. Do a 20 minute morning yoga session on the balcony
  4. Take a shower
  5. Have a healthy and nutrious breakfast together with your special someone
  6. Commit to 20 minutes in an online course to learn something new
  7. Make a small entry in your journal to define your daily goals
  8. Go to work

How companies choose their employees in 2017 – JobTrends 2017

The JobTrends 2017 study shows how companies and personnel managers choose possible job candidates.
After graduation, it's time to score the first job and make an entry in our dream career. We try to be flawless in our CVs, want to make an unique impression to be the perfect candidate for our future sport jobs. But writing the perfect application is far away from being easy, especially if we don't know exactly what an employer is looking for in a candidate. That's why the german Staufelbiel Institut und Kienbaum asked 297 companies how they choose new employees and which criteria are crucial to be hired. Thanks to the study JobTrends2017, we get a great insight on what companies and personnel managers expect from a candidate.

The CV leaves the first impression

When receiving dozens of applications for a job, the selection needs to be quick. Personnel manager only take a few minutes to pre-select possible candidates for a job interview. That's why they focus on the CV for the first impression.
"On average recruiters spend less than 2 minutes in the selection phase, so give yourself every chance of success."Andy Gugenheimer in Want to work in the sports industry?
So, how to suceed? According to the study, your CV should be well-structured and clean. Spelling mistakes, a wrong adress or contact are absolute no-gos. Also, the following aspects need to be a part of it:
  • the final grade
  • language skills (a foreign language is a big plus)
  • in non-english companies: english skills
  • work experience, i.e. internships or part-time jobs
Don't be scared if your final grade isn't perfect: Companies prefer work experience over flawless marks.Still, this doesn't mean the letter of moviation doesn't matter. More than 70% of the personnel recruiters make their decision based on your cover note. Important: Keep it individual, no copy-pasting.Even though, more and more companies accept an application without a photo, 82% are still convinced that it completes the application

Soft skills matter

Let your application speak for yourself. It shouldn't only show your experience and hard skills, but also your personal qualities. Soft skills are crucial critera for every job. Personnel recruiters want to see your
  • initiative
  • commitment
  • communication skills
  • team spirit
  • performance orientation
  • willingness to learn
Just to name a few. All of these are important for 90% - 100& of all companies.

Economics, IT or Engeneering? What companies are looking for

The study asked companies from different industry sectors (automotives, banking, chemistry/pharmaceutical, consulting, trade and IT) for their desired studies. Overall, the most looked for candidates are economists. But also IT and engeneering graduates have great job possibilities in all sectors.Of course, this differs a lot regarding the business. In chemistry and pharmaceutical the most looked for employees were scientists - next to engineers.

The study by Staufenbiel: Further information

The questions also concerned salaries for career entries and internships, as well as contracts, possible benefits and more. If you want to know more about the desires of companies in 2017, you can find the whole JobTrends 2017 report to download here.

A 100 mile swim from Cuba to Florida: What to learn from 64 year old swimmer Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad swom 100 miles from Florida to Cuba at age 64, being the first one to ever accomplish this. A monday motivation.
Do you know Diana Nyad? She did a 100 miles swim from Cuba to Florida at the age of 64, for the first time of history. She accomplished something that professional swimmers have been trying since 1950, but couldn’t do it.When hearing her Ted Talk „Never, ever give up“, it left me in awe thinking how a 64 year old woman could achieve this. A painful struggle that no matter of sex or age, no one did before. She managed it by training and trying over and over again. This is monday motivation, or actually, lifetime inspiration.Even after failing 4 times before, she stuck to her goal. And by not giving up, at one point, Diana Nyad made it. 

Listening closely to her Talk, there’s 6 essentials to learn which are a kick-ass mantra to succeed in what you want. Before you continue reading, keep in mind that her example doesn’t only apply to sports. It applies to anything you have set your mind on, whether it’s a passion or a career.

Never, ever give up

These words have been the first ones she said after reaching the shore. Incredible enough she was able to speak at all after a 50 hour plus swim, she chose her words wisely.
 No matter of her training being intense, she still failed four times before she finally managed the whole distance. Even though everyone around her told her that there was no chance to do it, experts as well as people close to her.
„ When I turned 60, it wasn't so much about the athletic accomplishment, it wasn't the ego of "I want to be the first." That's always there and it's undeniable. But it was deeper. It was "how much life is there left?“ -Diana Nyad
When you want something so bad, you have to fight for it, never lose track of your goal. You need to get back up after you failed. Stay bold and strong and believe in yourself, no matter what others say.

Find a way

One of the reasons, Diana made it through, was her playlist. Focusing her mind on „Imagine“ from John Lennon helped her not to give up and endure hypothermia, muscle pain, jellyfish stings and much more. That was her way of doing it. 
Of course, there’s much more to it - a team, capital, a lot of training, a great mindset. Still, the small things make the difference. 
So, find a way to achieve what seems impossible right now, be it because of insufficient resources or skills. For most problems, especially those in sports or jobs, someone already found a solution. Figure it out and adapt it to yourself - improve it through the little details that make your way different from others.

Discipline and preparation

It should be crystal clear that preparation and training are the key factor for a 100 mile swim. Diana was a professional swimmer until the 1970s. After a pause of 30 years, she started an intense training - not only of her body, but also of her mind. Every day for years. 
Without discipline, learning new skills takes a long time up to forever (maybe never). Endurance is important to run a marathon, it is also essential to get a promotion in your job.

You’re never too old to fulfill your dreams

Obviously, chase your dreams no matter your age. There is no too old.

If you fail, it doesn’t matter

Being afraid of failing is what keeps most of us comfortable at home, missing out on great opportunities. In life, but also in your career: a new job, your own start up or freelance career. There’s a well-known book called „The Journey is the reward“. Sometimes you might not be able to succeed, because of outer or inner circumstances. Still, you put a lot of effort in it, developed yourself and became a better you. No one can ever take this away from you.
„And when you reach for the horizon, as I've proven, you may not get there. But what a tremendous build of character and spirit that you lay down; what a foundation you lay down in reaching for those horizons.“- Diana Nyad

Your team has got your back

Remember, Diana Nyad was never alone. Not on the days of her expedition, nor on the days of her preparation. They did it together and alone she probably would not have done it. Like we learned in „How to find a job you love“, you are like the people that surround you. A team of mixed personalities can give you new views on how to succeed, stay by your side with expert advice. Or might even just motivate you enough to get up on a day where everything seems like it will fail. Whatever you want to achieve, you will need a great team.To sum it up, the mantra to get what you want is: Believe in your dreams, work hard, never give up and surround yourself with a team which has got your back.Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America

How to score in a job interview

How to behave in a job interview
You got invited to a job interview? Congratulations! Your application convinced the company that you are one of the possible top candidates for the free position. What you need to do now, is giving them your best self in the interview to score the job. In the previous blogs, we already hinted on a checklist on how to prepare for the interview and what to wear to succeed. Now it's time to consider on how to answer and present yourself.We keep it short - these points won’t need any more explication. The interview is the moment to show them what you got. You’ll need to be self-confident and sell yourself as the best possible employee for the job. So, no questions asked - this is how you do it!

The body language

The interview is not only about the things you say, but also the ones you express with your gestures. Needless to say, it's all about showing your self-confidence and openness - two things which are transfered by body language.  That's why:
  • When you enter, smile, search eye contact and greet everyone in the room with a firm handshake
  • All the time, try to hold (natural) eye contact, without starring - if there is more than one interviewer, switch between the different persons without rushing it
  • Same for a slight smile - keep a friendly and self-confident look all the time
  • Control your posture - sit up straight, but not stiff - it's about an open body language
  • Don’t cross your arms before your chest. Better: Keep them relaxed in your lap

How to speak

Similar to your body language, how you answer will tell your interviewer a lot about yourself. Of course, what you say is giving away essential information, but so is the way you speak. It is important to
  • Avoid slang and pause words
  • Speak clearly and in a moderate volume
  • Talk in whole sentences, even when a yes or no questions comes up - the details in your answer will stand out from the ones of your competitors

Your answers to make the best impression

Now we reach the main part of your interview - the content of your answers. Keep in mind that your answers aren't only for impressing your dream employee. It's also your chance to figure out whether the job fits you.  Please, be honest in your answers - if you need to conceal your true thoughts on too many occasions, the job and the company are not the right one for you. Furthermore,
According to Andy Gugenheimer, Headhunter for the Sports Industry and CEO of Sportyjob, your skills and individual performance is what the company wants to see in an interview. Nevertheless, the possibility to integrate individuals in a team is - especially in the sports industry - a very important factor to be hired. Even when you bring amazing skills on your own - if you aren't a team player, you probably won't get a chance to prove yourself. By using "us" and "we" when answerings specific questions about possible projects and tasks, instead of "I", you'll express your will to work in a team.

  • Answer the questions in the best possible way by showing a) the information you collected before about what you know about the company b) the skills, experience and strengths you can bring into the company
  • Don’t push it though - no need to show off, try to be self-confident, but natural
  • Show enthusiasms and passion for the job
  • Avoid asking too much about possible benefits - it’s ok to talk about salary and other labour conditions though, but wait until your interviewers will bring up the topic
  • Avoid talking about your former employer or colleagues in a negative way - they will conclude that you might talk about them the same way
  • Ask the questions you prepared or ones that haven’t been answered by the interview
  • At the end, thank the interviewers for their time and tell them you’re interested in the job - the interview is meant for both sides to figure out if the job fits, so be open about your conclusion