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How has a modern and ingenious CV to be like?

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We already know that Sportyjob offers the feature to upload a CV-video, since we discussed it circumstantial in our Sportyjob-blog. But what about all people that are too shy to create a CV-video? Don’t worry, you still can publish just a “normal” CV on your profile. But in the last years a lot of things regarding CVs changed, so today we will have a look what a CV has to contain nowadays.

 

1. The picture and the CV – a never ending love-hate relationship

verzweiflung sportyjobThe picture-affair… It has been pinned in every corner of the CV but never found its place to be. Indeed, you won´t need to rack your brains about that when it comes to create your Sportyjob-profile, but for sure now and then you will need to send an application-PDF and there your picture is an indispensable part. Asking your parents for advice, they will tell you that the pic has to be top right. This definitely is not wrong, but maybe might be a little old-fashioned. A few years ago, everyone was talking about a special cover sheet with a big picture in the middle of the sheet just above your contact-details. This approach as well is revised, especially since it seems a bit snobbish. That means it has to be found a method of embedding the pic that is somewhere in between these two procedures. Unfortunately there is no sample solution, but it is likely to insert the pic into a kind of contact box on top of your CV – like this your rather “boring” contact details will get some color and the picture has an adequate place.

2. Structure – what do HR-people really want to read?

 

Of course we can’t provide a best practice example, but in general this approach has established itself:

1st part: Contact-details: It definitely is enough just to list your contact-data and, if existent, your own homepage and your social media-profiles. Better to unveil them immediately – HR-representatives will search for them anyways.

2nd part: Education – this part is meant to show your latest education or academic studies, is doesn´t make sense to note down your primary or your secondary school if you studied. Try to give a brief overview about the most important (that means job relevant!!) tasks of your studies or education using some catchwords.

3rd part: Professional experience – the fundamental part of your CV. List all your relevant places of work, temporary jobs etc. chronologically, that means the recent one needs to be on top. Regarding your experience it still applies that gaps are unlovely, that’s why you should list all your activities, even though it only might be a six-months surftrip. Depending on the company and sport job you are applying to, this even could be a plus. Try to not only mention your jobs and activities, but also to describe them via catch phrases, so anyone can bring some idea of your tasks to his mind reading your CV. Furthermore its always a good thing to note the locations and websites of your former employees, so that HR-representatives can gather information without spending too much time (we all know: time is money!).

4th part: Freestyle - from this part on you are allowed to freestyle a bit- that means according to the sport job you are applying for and your personal skills, you e.g. could mention categories like “Projects” (for instance your current projects of your academic studies), “Honorary Posts”, “Further Qualifications” (like languages and IT-skills) or “Awards” and “Interests”. Please be careful with “Interests”, since here you should only list those hobbies that are absolutely relevant for the job – if you don’t have matching interests you should rather omit this point. What you furthermore could mention is a reference, this usually is done in English-speaking countries but is getting more and more common in other countries.

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This again is an issue where we can’t give a proper solution. One thing is certain: Please try to avoid using layouts, which can be purchased online. According to your skills, you should design those two life-changing pages yourself, since they are a mirror of your personality and therefore should be created by yourself. In principle your creativity is without limits here as long as your CV still is clear arranged and easy readable.

That’s it so far – one last advice we can send you on your way with is to mail your CV-docs in only one PDF which has to be quite small, so you won’t blast your potential boss’ mailbox.

 

Regarding the CV in your Sportyjob-profile the only thing you have to care about is completeness – in all other steps you will be guided by the platform – dead easy!

In one of our next sport job blogs we will discuss another really annoying and nerve-wracking issue: The application picture.

Have a good one,

your Sportyjob-Team

Sport+Job=Sportyjob

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Why niche job boards offer more advantages than average job boards

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Today’s blog is all about the benefit of job boards and especially the advantages of niche job boards like Sportyjob:

 

 

1. A job board saves a lot of time

 

Since searching a job usually is pretty extensive (reading tons of special interest magazines, scanning lots of homepages, socializing a lot) and therefore is getting annoying very soon, job boards release you from the bothering jobsearch. The only thing you still will have to do is having a look the job board’s homepage and maybe do some clicks to forward your application – there´s no easier way to find  a job!kopfindensand sportyjob

2. A job board saves even more time

 

Because, how already mentioned, you only need a few minutes to send your job application. That indicates that the time of preparing one application after another is definitely gone, because you only need to post your curriculum vitae once on your candidate profile and you can forward it again and again and again. Of course you still will have to write a cover letter for every job application but that is all you have to do. After sending your application, the HR representatives will receive an e-mail containing your cover letter and a link to your candidate profile.

3. Your candidate profile is online and available for HR representatives

 

Once your profile is complete it is available for companies and therefore there might be a chance that interested firms will inbox you. But no worries – your Sportyjob profile is only accessible for registered companies, other candidates can´t see your data. In this way we ensure your anonymity.

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Using a niche job board shows HR representatives that you gave serious thought about the industry, since usually they are quite small and therefore hard to find – once found, niche job boards even offer additional value. Professionals tend to recruit their future employees from niche job boards, since especially on the smaller job pages they find extraordinary talented candidates who are not in need to post their CVs on huge recruiting websites.

5. There is less competition on a niche job board

 

It is obvious that niche job boards address only a few jobseekers. Sportyjob, for instance, registers about 10000 candidates, who for sure won´t be looking actively for a job all at the same time. Comparing this number with the big job boards, that usually count roundabout 250000 candidates, it is evident that you won´t have that much competition on a niche job board. Furthermore bigger boards have tons of distinct job categories, so it is likely to happen that you just will oversee your dream job opening.

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Another advantage of niche job boards is that they offer additional value through e.g. interesting blogs and detailed company and job descriptions. Bigger boards usually only offer little information about published jobs or companies since they are reserving these for registered clients. Job openings that are published on niche job boards, on the contrary, are mostly visible without registration and as well are posted transparently on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

7. Niche job boards offer rare jobs

 

Last but definitely not least: Niche job boards are likely to publish rare jobs. Companies that are specified on a distinct area won´t publish their jobs on platforms where only about 1% of the candidates are target audience - that’s why they use niche job boards which only address people that are 100% enthusiastic about the corresponding industry.

Of course niche job boards cannot guarantee you to land your dream job, but for sure they facilitate the process of searching a job a lot and increase your chance of finding the perfect job and company.

Body language in sport job talks – a smile is worth a thousand words

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Nonverbal communication is the oldest kind of communication. It supports our feelings, gives us authenticity and makes us likeable. But it is both a blessing and a curse since it as well reveals our weaknesses, uncertainties and lies in a sport job interview.

   

personaler sportyjobFor experienced HR-representatives “confidence tricksers” are easy to detect: Rubbing hands, going through the hair and starring at the floor are signs for not feeling comfortable with the situation. Since we all are nervous when it comes to sport job talks, the question is: how can we control our body language? And unfortunately there is only one answer: In no way. For sure this is a bit problematic, but at least we are able to influence our body language positively.

Since 95 % of the first impressions are set by facial expressions, gestures, postures and clothing (a topic that we already discussed a few times in our sport job-blog), a positive body language is a vital part for having a successful sport job interview. As well it is always good to be able to interpret the signs of your counterpart in a sport job talk.

Please never ever try to learn new body language. Our gestures and postures are naturally, you cannot just learn them byBewerbunsgesprch heart, this only will make you look like a fool. Everyone is unique and therefore uses unique signs. It rather is all about overcoming so-called “disturbing gestures”. These disturbing gestures are indications of stress and nervousness like clenched fists, knotted legs, twitchy feet, scratching your head and cramping into your chair. It is more reasonable to stay calm, easy and competent. Furthermore try to handshake firmly, sit down upright, smile, catch your counterpart’s eye and overall make sure that you have an open posture which is turned towards your future sport job-boss. If you have shaky hands, just put them on the table. All these gestures easily can be practiced in preparation to the sport job interview.

Furthermore it really is beneficial to observe the body language of your interviewer: If his or her body is turned towards you and even bend over a bit, you are a very interesting candidate. If he/she also keeps constant eye contact and holds his/her head straight, there is a really good chemistry between both of you. If he/she doesn´t send any of these signals it is time to change the subject you are talking about or maybe it is even better to look for a new sport job offer.

In the end just try to feel comfortable in a sport job interview – might sound a bit strange, but only a relaxed body can send positive signals. Also your counterpart is not a creepy monster - if you are nervous, just tell him/her about it and you will feel much better and more calm which, of course, influences your body language profitable.

Are you ready to rock the next sport job interview now? Yes? Then check out all our sport job offers on https://www.sportyjob.com/search-a-job

How to find the right sport job – part 4: where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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This fourth part of our series is all about „the search“of sport jobs. Since the majority of sport jobs is not published in mass media and hence not easy to find, we will give you some tips how to find the right sport job.

 

1. Connections

sportyjob-logo 120x90“If you want to land a great job you need to have connections” my parents always used to say. For sure there is some truth about this statement since it is always beneficial to know a human resources manager, but that doesn´t mean that you soon will have the best sport job ever. A German survey that interviewed 15000 companies states that only one quarter of the jobs have been given to private contacts – fortunately there is still hope for all of us who don´t have influential friends.

2. Social Media

Great hope to find a sport job lies in social media. To maintain profiles on career networks like LinkedIn definitely is advisable since a lot of companies are searching actively for candidates on these platforms and offer their sport jobs in diverse groups. Furthermore these kind of profiles can be found easily via Google, which can be really good self-promotion because every business is trying to get as much information as possible about a potential employee. Moreover it is always a good idea to regulary check the Google+ and Facebook profiles of the companies you prefer since quite often they are publishing their sport job offers as well on their social media profiles.

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Sport jobs are not only offered on social media platforms but also almost every company has its own “jobs” or “career” section on its homepage. Usually sport jobs are first published on the own website and afterwards spread via job boards and other platforms. A few businesses are exclusively working with job boards like Sportyjob.com so that you will have to apply via the platform. Nevertheless, it is always a good thing to sweep through the latest sport job posts on homepages.

4. Special Interest Magazines / Blogs

Special interest magazines and blogs might offer interesting sport jobs as well. Companies tend to publish sport jobs in field-related media since it guarantees to address the right target audience.

5. Trade Fairs

Sport trade fairs or career fairs established by universities will always provide you with useful industry contacts. Some fairs even offer the opportunity to apply directly on site for a sport job which is a good chance to directly land a sport job.

6. Being speculative

Sending a speculative application always is a possibility. Of course this costs some effort but there is nothing that can go wrong. If there is no available sport job, the company at least knows you are existing and interested in working for them.

7. Job boards

A lot of job boards offer sport jobs. A few are initialized by universities that offer sport specific studies and in every country there are as well a few huge job boards which usually don’t offer many sport jobs since companies want to address 100% sport enthusiastic people. That’s why very few platforms have specialized on specific topics. An important one is Sportyjob, which daily offers new sport jobs and sport internships in all imaginable disciplines throughout Europe.

You are currently looking for a new job?

Then have a look at the latest sport job offers: https://www.sportyjob.com/en/search-a-job

 

We keep our fingers crossed for you to find the right sport job!

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How to find the right sport job – Part 2: Potential employers

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Since we covered the most interesting sport fields in our last sport job blog this follow-up will discuss the potential employers in the sports industry. To focus on the praxis, we are having a look at the companies that offer sport jobs on Sportyjob.com.

Most of them are sporting goods manufacturers. They all have a key area but mostly it is hard to relate them to a special sport. Especially the larger ones like Adidas have market shares in a lot of sports and therefore are able to offer various sport jobs. The German company originally produced sneakers but in the meantime is fabricating all kinds of sports equipment for every imaginable sport.

 

04.10.2014 sportyjobA few companies like Oakley, Black Diamond, Head, Timberland und Patagonia are specialized in outdoor sports: Oakley and Electric are known for eye-wear. Black Diamond, Salomon and Ortovox’s range of products mainly refers to mountaineering and Head is familiar with skiiing and snowboarding but also establishes itself in tennis, badminton etc. What first comes to mind when you think about Timberland is the famous leather-boot, which is the best known product of the fashion brand. Le Coq Sportiv is noted for being the jersey outfitter of  the Tour de France and soccer-teams. Japanese enterprise Shimano generates the majority of its revenues with bicycles and bike-associated accessories. Patagonia niches a market for sport job-seekers: although core business is the outdoor market, the company as well focuses on watersport products like surfboards, wetsuits and swim-clothing.

A lot of the sporting goods manufacturers that offer sport jobs on Sportyjob are focused on board sports. Quiksilver, Volcom, Rip Curl, Insight and Protest are producing fashion and functional clothing like wetsuits, boardshorts and winter sporting goods. Every of those enterprises is well known for special products but also is coping a huge band width of goods, therefore they all are in need of a lot of employees for their sport jobs. Since it is famous for skate-shoes Vans could as well be subsumed to board sports. Cap and accessoire producer New Era should be familiar for sport job-seekers, too.

Apart from the mentioned sporting goods manufacturers, a few firms are specialized in only one product: For example ON manufactures running shoes and Icebug is producing outdoor-shoes.

Another important sport job-sector is retail. Of course, companies focus on special retail sectors as well. SurfStitch and Blue Tomato for instance are selling board sport related fashion, equipment and accessoires and a lot of others are specialized in running and training gear.

Who is looking for a sport job for sure will find a matching one at one of these mentioned firms. Most of them are having locations all over the world and also the smaller companies may offer interesting sport jobs with a lot of responsibility. If you are still not sure which sector is the right one for you, an sport job internship may help you to make a decision.

Since one blog can´t represent all the companies that are searching for sport job employees on Sportyjob, just may have a look at https://www.sportyjob.com/en/companies and find the right one for you.

Our next sport job blog will treat sport jobs and sport-internships in the discussed companies.

Have a good week!

Your Sportyjob-Team

How to find the right sport job – Part 1: Various sport divisions

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This sport job blog is dedicated to all people out there who dream of working in the sports business, but don´t know yet which sport job is the right one. As decision support we created a check list, which we are going to deal with in our blog series: “How to find the right sport job”. Today we are presenting sport fields that could be interesting for sport job seekers.

 

Who is a sports enthusiast for sure knows a few sport jobs from his own experience. Although the borders between the different sports are blurred (e.g. surfing is water sports, trend sports and extreme sports), we tried to do a classification:

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For Sport Jobs this is the most important sport division. Soccer, basketball, handball, volleyball, rugby, cricket, baseball, and football in particular are organized in professional systems all over the world and offer a multitude of sport jobs. Also racket games-associations that offer tennis, badminton or squash are appealing sport job employers. Last but not least comes golf, which mostly is important in the USA.

Motor sports

Motor sports offer sport jobs as well. Of course everyone is thinking about formula 1 first, but motor sports are a lot bigger. Besides classic car races there are also disciplines like motorcycling, go-kart sports and motorboat sports that provide sport jobs.

Water sports

Especially water sports have attracted a lot of people in the past years. Sailing as very traditional physical acticity offers various sport jobs and swimming, diving, rowing as well as canoe and kayak-sports are also at a commercial level. Furthermore board sports like surfing, kite-surfing, windsurfing and wakeboarding have increased a lot. In this industry for sure you will find various sport jobs in surf camps or at sporting goods manufacturers.

Trend and fun sports

Above mentioned sports like surfing could as well be subsumed to the category of trend sports. Skateboarding, inline-skating and BMX are trend sports as well. In general trend sports are defined as new sports, that differ from traditional disciplines and can´t be subordinated to popular sports. Within this scope snowboarding, mountain biking, slack lining are as well new trends. Since trend sports absolutely have the chance to be established on the market, you should always keep your eyes wide open for new sports innovations and, if applicable, be ready to jump on the moving sport job train.surfen im sport job sportyjob

Of course there are plenty more sports than the mentioned ones and sports can be arranged by other criterias as well. If you have a look at the place, sports can be distinguished by indoor and outdoor sports. Team- and individual sports as well as seasons (Winter- and summer sports) could be possible classifications. All mentioned sports moreover can be performed as competitive or popular sports. If athletes go for the limit in technical, physical or psychical ways, we are talking about extreme sports.

Regarding sport jobs in particular the “big” associations with huge media coverage are offering various sport jobs. But for sport job-seekers the sports environment also could be a possible occupational field. Sporting goods manufacturers, advertising agencies and retail companies are always on the search for appropriate sport job candidates.

In our next Sportyjob sport job blog we will introduce you to potential employers and their fields of work.

 

Have a good time,

your Sportyjob Team

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