The expert advice on a career in the sports industry

Do you want to work in the sports industry? From choosing the right job, over tips for applying for a job and advice on your first days of work: The Sportyjob team has got your back! The blogs in this category completely turn around giving you advice, tips & tricks for you career entry in the sports business. We’ll show you how to write a succesful CV or which questions and answers in a job interview you have to know about.

Need insider tips from a recruiter? Keep an eye on the blogs from Andy Gugenheimer who has been working as a headhunter and consulter for sport brands for more than 10 years. He’s happy to share his experience on which criteria are relevant for your CV and what makes you stand out from other candidates in an interview.

Failed it! 6 career mistakes to avoid in your sport job

What to do with a mistake: 1. Recognize it. 2. Admit it. 3. Learn from it. 4. Forget it.

- Dean Smith

Everyone makes mistakes. Especially in a career, no matter if you're a freshman or have been a professional in your job for years. The only important part is on focusing how to improve through them. Well, here's the thing: Most of us already trip on step one - recognizing them. Seeing our own mistakes is always harder than noticing them in others. That's why we want to share some of the crucial mistakes that we made during our career. You might have made or are making some of them yourselves right now - or can prevent yourself from doing so by following our advice.Here's our 6 career mistakes and how to avoid them.

Being idle

If you want to be successful, you have to work on yourself - always. Don’t get lazy, but try to always stay up to date on the innovations of the sports business and your job. Because it might also happen that your position and learned skills become outdated, through digitization or other reasons.You can start reading books, attend seminars (which is often supported by your employer), visit events and fairs, do (online) courses. Not only will you be an expert on your field, but training your brain and gaining knowledge is actually very satisfying.

Lack of confidence and over-confidence

Not believing in yourself or feeling like the superlative of your field? No, thanks. 
Your level of self-confidence plays an important role in the development of your career.As a fact, success in sports begins in the mind in at least 80 percent of cases. The same goes for your career. If you don’t trust in yourself and your abilities to handle your tasks, then no one else will either. When picking up a project, you need to show confidence, but just the right level. The moment you feel overconfident is the moment you will stop developing yourself - and fail.

Not taking any risks

You might fear to fail or receive negative feedback. But actually, both of these will make you better in your job. If you always play it safe and work low-key, you will probably never climb the career ladder. Dare to think outside of the box, dare to upset your boss or colleagues by voicing your opinion even if it doesn’t theirs. You might succeed and gain respect. Or you might fail and learn. Either way, it will bring you forward.

Overestimating or lying about your skills

Being eager and passionate about your job is great. You might want to prove yourself by showing your skills, picking up projects that you don’t know much about or finishing jobs in a very tight timeframe. Just remember: The moment that you make promises, people will hold onto those. Overestimating yourself and ending up not fullfilling set goals will shed some bad light on yourself and your work. Try to gauge your abilities correctly to set realistic expectations.Even worse is lying. If you claim to bring skills or experience that you don’t have, you’ll end up seeming questionable. This will either result in missing further opportunities, or getting fired.

Doing it just for money OR purpose

You should never decide on a career that you hate because it pays well. It affects your health, your body, your mood - in the end probably the rest of your life. Funny enough, the same goes for opposite. If you are one of the lucky ones to start a career in your field of passion, or being able to realize your ideals in a job, and it doesn’t pay enough to live, it’s again not worth it. It might be satisfying during the working time, but whenever you don’t know how to pay your bills at the end of the month, this again has a negative impact on your life.Naturally, aim for a job that satisfies you AND pays enough to live comfortably. You might even add some value to your surroundings and your community.

Being a lonesome wolf

If you are always working alone and don’t reflect on your career with anyone, you might just get stuck. That's especially a problem if you work from home or self-employed.A network is important not only in the sports industry, but actually for everyone. Whether it’s people that inspire you or an expert to ask for a second opinion on your project, the people that surround you influence your career - ideally, for the better.

8 common questions in sport job interviews and how to answer them

Even though the questions of an interview differ for every sports company, there's a handful which pop up almost every time. Answering them might be easy for some, but hard for others. That's why we're here to help. Whether you just graduated or it has been a while since your last interview - here's advice on how to answer the most common job interview questions.

"Tell me about yourself"

Most of the times, this is one of the first questions the interviewer will ask. Normally, you should recite your resume here , but don't just trot it out completely. The recruiter normally knows your CV and your application and probably even has a duplicate of it in front of him/her. Instead, use this moment as an opportunity to show the milestones that you feel are the most relevant for you and the job. It shows your personal focus and is a great way to highlight your qualities for the position. 

"Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"

Whether you're a person who is planing ahead or prefer being spontaneous and see where life is taking you, your answer should be honest.  You don't need a concrete plan to answer. What they'd like to find out about you is if you're ambitious and possibily a loyal employee, you should also reword the question for yourself to "If you're still in this company, where do you see yourself in 5 years?".It could be something around the lines of: "I like the idea to have proven myself in this company and advanced my career by offering added value through the years." 

"What’s your biggest weakness?"

The most cliché answer we have heard? Probably "I am a perfectionist". It proves that you didn't understand the purpose of this question. It aims to find out the strengths of a person: Whether they're reflective and able to analyze themselves and in conclusion their surroundings. Also, if they're able to solve problems, whether it's their own or work relative.The best way to answer this interview question is to be honest about your weakness. Keep in mind though that it's supposed to be work related - you don't need to share any personal problems. Furthermore, add the way you've been dealing with your weakness in the past, showing that you're able to provide solutions. 

"On a scale from 1 - 10, how would you rate yourself / how proficient are you at xxx?"

Whether it's about yourself or Word, Excel, Photoshop or any software, this tactical interview question comes up in every other interview. We’ll let you in on something of our headhunting experience: The question isn’t really about the skills, but about seeing how well you are able to evaluate yourself. Have you heard about "hiring for attitude"? The response "Clearly a 10!" is probably exaggerated in most cases. There's always room to improve yourself, train and learn new skills, but you can't change a first impression. Be honest about your skill-set, give them a clear insight by going a little into detail of your knowledge (a little is key here). But also admit in which areas you could do better. If you show that you're eager to learn and would be grateful to improve throughout your job, this shows a lot about your work attitude - and recruiters will mark it as a strength.

 

"Why do you want to work for this company?"

This should be a no-brainer - as long as you want to work at the sports company. It might be hard to answer though when you're not really into the job. In any case, informing yourself beforehand about your future employer is the key to formulate your response. Find out what they value, which features they emphasize on their website and integrate them into your answer. Of course, you can always share your personal interest as well - maybe you have a nostalgic story with the sports brand, love their products or their services - it shows passion. 

“Tell me about a time when...”

Probably the most concrete question - which requires a concrete response. The interviewer wants to find out how you'd react in a special situation. A classic way to answer this, is the so called STAR format:
  • What was the Situation
  • What was your Task
  • Which Action did you take
  • What was the Result
Following these simple rules, you'll be able to keep it work-related and rational. 

"When you have been let go and they ask about it" 

This is actually not a common question and only comes up rarely, but as we know it's one of the hardest to answer, we wanted to integrate it in our post anyway. Whatever reason there was, that you have been let go, there's two rules to follow when answering:
  1. Don't badmouth your former employer
  2. Focus on the positive and the opportunities that came out of it
Emphasize that you're excited for the new opportunity to prove yourself, to pursue a new position that fits you better. 

"Do you have any questions?"

Yes! The answer to this one is always yes. It shows you care, that you're interested in your employer and the job.Possible questions could be:
  • What has someone else in this position done to succeed in their role?
  • Which advancement opportunities has this position in the next years?
  • What indicates success for this company?
  • Could you describe a typical day of this position?
  • Can I contact you if I think of anymore question?

Of course, a job interview it not only about the questions, but also about your body language and your appearance. We also prepared advice for this in our blog How to score in a job interview for a follow-up and the best way to win your interviewer over.

How to build a network when you’re new to the sports business

If you asked one of our recruiters what you should do to find an internship or career entry position outside of job boards, they would tell you to use your network. In case you don’t have one yet, this means building one.You might wonder why you need a network. Looking at the facts, you might just have graduated from a relevant field or bring all the essential skills for a sport job. Well, let’s put it this way: Internships and career entry positions in the sports business are in great demand. When you’re looking at the big players like adidas, Nike, Quicksilver & co, there might be hundred(s) of others who apply for one position.Even though you might be the best candidate, in the couple of minutes that a personnel manager needs to evaluate your CV, your application could be overlooked. 
A well-build network will provide you a second look, a longer time - or just land your CV on the table of the head of department instead.So, let’s build a network, shall we? We know exactly how hard this can be at beginning - where do you start? How do you make connections? 

That’s why we wrote this guide that should ease your first steps in building a successful network.

Where do you find your network?

Apart from finding connections in your personal environment, the internet never ceases to create ways for connecting with people. Especially for the professional network, social platforms like Xing and LinkedIn have the main purpose of connecting professionals. There’s no getting around setting up a profile in the long run. BUT: We know that - without prior expertise and being a rookie in the sports industry - it might feel a little awkward using social media to contact people you’ve never met before. Then, how do you make the acquaintance of business professionals in the „real world“? You could join a meeting of local groups of experts - or, when the awkwardness strikes again, visit one of the events dedicated to networking or recruitment which are more anonymous at first.With their fairs and events, the sports industry hosts plenty of great platforms to meet the right people in an environment which is made for connecting. The most common and definitely a must-attend for everyone interested in sport professions, is the ISPO Munich and its counterparts throughout the world and year. It’s where the who is who of the industry meets up.

Upcoming events to build your network

We’d recommend visiting one of these three events in 2018 which are perfect for career enterers and young professionals:ISPO Digitize Summit:
  • What: Information summit about the future of the sports industry in regards of digital transformation
  • When: 28th - 29th of June 2018
  • Where: Messe Munich, Germany
>> Explore the ISPO Digitize SummitSport Job Day:
  • What: A career fair for young career enterers and students who are interested in the sports business with info booths from companies & a unique Speed Dating interview format to take part
  • When: 13th of June 2018
  • Where: Paris - Stade Jean Bouin
>> Discover the Sport Job DayInternational Sports Convention
  • What: Sports conferences and seminars for 2 days as well as a grande Exhibition of 6,000 sqm to ensure business and networking.
  • When: December 5-6, 2018
  • Where: Palexpo - Geneva, Switzerland
>> All about the International Sports Convention

How to build my network?

You’ve made it to the event, and you’re now ready to meet as many people as possible! That’s when you should stop in your tracks right away.

1. Find out who to talk to

It’s a general known wisdom that quality is better than quantity. That also applies to networking. Before you just storm off in whichever direction, find out who’s at the event and which connections to make. Companies you favor, important recruiters - focus on meeting those. Again, Xing and LinkedIn will help you gathering needed information in advance.

For example, when you attend ISPO Munich, you might have read that Sportyjob has a booth. If you looked closely, you probably know that Andy Gugenheimer, Sportyjob’s CEO is there. If you checked his LinkedIn profile in advance, you’ll know that he is also the CEO of AG Sport Consulting, a leading headhunting agency in the sports industry. That’s a worthwhile connection.

2. Be curious and interested

You might want to network to score a job. If this is your solemn purpose in networking, you won’t come far. Just asking for favors or expecting help will push your connections away. A network relationship, like any relationship, is supposed to be mutual. You might think that you’ve nothing to offer as a rookie, but that’s not true. 

Asking about their own career path or their company and plainly showing interest is also a giving approach. It shows that you value the work they’re doing. Also offering your opinion on relevant topics in a dedicated conversation can be helpful. For example, when meeting up with Andy, you could let him know what you liked about Sportyjob - and also what you were missing. (Constructive of course). Feel free to assume that companies would like to improve their services and products - it’s a fact in at least 90% of companies.

3. Provide your contact data

We won’t recommend you printing your business cards. If it’s not a striking, unique design, it will probably be lost in the bunch of cards people receive at events. Have you phone close by and exchange numbers or straight away connect through a social network. When the event has passed, send them a message appreciating the acquaintance.Even when plenty of time passes before your next message, they’ll always see that you’ve been in contact before.

The aftermath: Don’t forget to take care of your network

So you managed to make a few contacts but what do you do afterwards? If you just let them slip, it’s a lost cause. Like in every relationship, even a professional network needs attention and care.It’s essential to stay in touch with the connections you made. It might be on a personal level like having a lunch meeting (in case that you get along on a personal level). A more professional approach would be meeting up at events that you both share an interest in. A simple information like „Hey, I will be at the ISPO in January - and it would be great to meet up“. On the other hand, keep up through Social Networks or E-Mail. Just asking for an opinion on a professional topic or sharing interesting content - because never forget that the foundation of a business network is your profession. So even if shared memes might be fun once in a while, don’t overdo it.

The ironical guide to score your dream-job when you’re not qualified

Probably everyone has been or will be rejected for a job once in their lifetime. The main reason is because of lacking experience or another more suited candidate. Well, this is not the time to give up! If you want your dream career and stick out between plenty of applications, you sometimes have to think outside of the box. You probably expect the regular advice like „use your connections“, „learn some extraordinary skills“, „spice up your application“ - well, no, we are done with this unsuccessful gibberish tips! Now, it’s time for some unusual (unethical) ways to gain your dream career.

The story of Mrs. Doubthire

Even though we all watched Robin Williams become a lovely older lady to see his kids after divorce, almost no one understood the true message of this marvelous movie. You probably naively believed this made-up story about separation and its effects on the family, too. Well, you’ve been fooled for years! In reality, it addresses a great way how to get the job you really want: with a petite (enormous) white lie! If your qualifications aren’t enough for the position you apply for, just change the details a little bit. Normally, it’s enough to copy the requirements straight away from the job ad and add 3-5 years of experience in the chosen field. If you’re a career enterer, don’t forget to also change your date of birth accordingly. Also, if you’re lucky enough to have a brother who is a talented make-up artist, a new face-design probably helps a lot, too. Just don’t stick to closely to the movie - an attractive face is more likely to get you the job than the fat-suit and wrinkled mask of a scottish granny.

Another story of Mrs. Doubthire

So, hopefully this blog made you watch Mrs. Doubtfire again, because there’s another lesson that you could learn from the movie.Maybe you know that Robin was also hired because there was almost no one else who applied. Do you remember why? Right: He altered the job ad to scare possible competitors away. 
Luckily, most companies nowadays publish their free positions online, so all you need to do is hack their website! Depending on your own hacking skills (guessing your own password right is not considered hacking), you might need help to bring their website, or at least the ad, down. In times of deep web and bitcoins an easy venture. In case, you found the ad online in our sports jobs, we politely ask you to refrain from hacking Sportyjob.

Stick out of the mass

True to the old adage „In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king“, you only need to make sure that every other candidate is a worse choice than you are. „But that’s impossible!“, you say? It definitely isn’t. Just fill out hundredth of applications from made up people and send them over! You’ll rise and shine in between this big pile of s…pam like the holy messiah - a proven tactic well known in politics throughout the world.By the way, this hack works best in combination with Mrs Doubthire II.

„I will call you!“

How experienced are you in dating strategies? You probably heard about the „3 days rule“ claiming that to not appear desperate, you need to wait three days to call your dating partner.Sounds reasonable, right? So, here’s how we do it to score your desired job: Personally submit your application in the HR department, tell them how great it was to meet them and promise to call them in 3 days. Wait three days. Don’t call. Call one day later. Even though they actually didn’t like you at the beginning, they do now and are probably sitting next to their phone, waiting urgently. Congratulations, you are now hired.

Be the (evil) ray of hope on the horizon

Last but not least, the most effective strategy to be hired even when you’re not qualified. It takes a lot of time and effort, but for the ones who desire their dream career more than anything else, this is the leading way to success.First of all, you have to found your own business in the same field as your employer with the same pear group. Put in all your energy and money to be successful until your are the leader of the industry. After that, steal all their clients and lure a big part of their team away by offering more benefits and a better work environment than they do. At the same time, start a dirty press campaign to discredit them so that all remaining clients and employees also leave. By now, the company should be almost ruined - your moment to be the savior. Apply for your dream career again and you’ll be hired. At least, for the last couple of years before you retire.

How to avoid stress in your sport job

Your To Do list is full or even getting longer every day. You're acting under full power all day, forget to take your lunch break or stay late hours. It doesn't matter if it's daily tasks or your current project - sometimes our sport job leaves us stressed and overwhelmed.

It might be that you are not able to get through all the work, because it's too much or very demanding. You end up not having time for anything else - even your friends and family haven't heard from you for days or weeks. Of course, nowadays a lot of people feel that they have to be stressed to prove they are hard working - it shows that you give a 110 %. But not taking your time afterwards to relax, will take its toll on anybody. You might end up feeling impatient, exhausted and depressed.  Or even worse, get ill.

If that's not enough of a reason, this should be: Reduced stress levels will eventually lead to more productivity and creativity in your sport job. Which translates as: You'll get done more in a slower pace with being more content.

Sounds good to you? Let's work on achieving it! To maintain a healthy life and the so called work-life-balance, you will have to start at the beginning of the problem. Here are a few tips how you can avoid stress in a sport job:

Unplug after work

Did you know that one of the main aspects affecting the well being of people are smartphones and tablets? The Stress is America 2017 survey focused especially on the impact of technology - and made clear that it does have a negative impact on our stress levels. Why? The poll found out that 8 of 10 people tend to overly check their texts, calls and e-mails. Even when not at work, this means you stay attached to your job even in your free time. This way, you'll never get a chance to relax throughout the day. We advise: If you can't do it at work, at least turn off your phone after getting home, in your holiday and on the weekends. (Same for your notebook, just in case, you thought you found a loophole).

Improve your time management

It's a vicious circle – at first you just postpone a few things, then it is getting more and more and after all you are staying day and night at work trying to manage the entire mop. Your privacy and health will suffer and soon you will start to hate your sport job a bit more every day. But what comes next? Dismissal? Burn Out?To deal with the chaos you need to find a proper system. For some all it takes is simply writing down the tasks in the morning or using the Outlook calendar.  But there are a lot of people that need more than this. Those should consider using a time management program, which shows how much time you have already used for a project. This helps not to get bogged down and makes sure that you can work off all the projects in a systematic way.

Handover what you don't have to do yourself

This is also something you have to learn sooner or later. Some employees may be better in some things than you. So bring yourself to ask a colleague if he/she can help you with some tasks – in the end it will only take them a few minutes.

Don't postpone

Do not postpone anything important. Sounds quite easy, but it is not. Of course, you are allowed to postpone tasks with low priority but especially important tasks should always be done immediately - even if they are a pain in the a... uhm, neck.

Feel free to say no

This may be the most important point to consider. Saying no is not easy, especially as it is somehow connected to weakness in a sport job and no one wants to confess that he is absolutely unable to cope with all the work. But, on the other hand, a confused, tired and nervous employee won’t provide good results. So be strong and say no if your boss asks you to take over even more projects.

If you can successfully implement these points in your daily working routine, your sport job will soon be the best job in the world – a relaxed sport job with a perfect work/ leisure time ratio which will allow you to spend a lot of time with your friends and family.

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, film 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 a handheld device. Be sure to 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:

The setting

Try to choose a nice setting, no matter if just a white wall or sandy beaches - everything is possible. One of our candidates once placed her  video interview in front of a wall-sized window facing the alps with snow covered mountains behind her, right after coming back from Snowboarding. That definitely left an impression - especially as she was applying for a well-known winter sports company! 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.

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 - a good overall impression. This doesn't mean to dress up - a video CV is a medium to express yourself.  Dress like you normally would - this could be formal or sporty, depending on the position.Remember the candidate in the alps? Her fresh-out-of-the-snow look wasn't all tidied up, but fit the character of the company, showed her passion and love for outdoor sports and created an easy-going atmosphere for the introduction. That's one of the advantages of the video CV - you can really express who you are and what makes you special. Dare to be yourself and show it.

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 content

When it comes to the content of your speech you really need to kick ass in these few minutes 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 will tell you step by step what to do: Introduction – What makes you special – Why are you the perfect choice for this sport job. If, after 10 minutes of recording, you are still talking about your former experiences - that's too long.Set a time for the whole interview and each part. Less than 3 minutes will suffice to shine. 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 languageAfter your first recording, re-watch the material. Even when your language is optimized, you'll probably realise that your body language might be a little off. For example: 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. Also, I am horribly waving my arms around at one point.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. 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 Probably one of the biggest advantages about this kind of resumé: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!

Try out video CV tool

Do you want to practice? We set up a video CV tool online for you to test. Our life coach Stéphane is guiding you through the process, asking you some questions - if you like, take these as a reference when filming your own CV. Let's practice: Visit our CV Box

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.

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.