How To Overcome Job Market Frustration

A sportscaster emailed me to explain he was getting out of the industry.

“I’m only 30 but I feel 50,” he wrote. “It was fun to dream but sometimes you have to wake up and do something you might not like to stay relevant in the world.”

I reviewed this guy’s work history, his efforts in the job market, and the way he was presenting himself to employers. After, I came to a poignant conclusion:

He gave up before he sincerely tried.
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When Moving to a Smaller Market Makes Sense

The sports director at a radio station that covered one of the premier college football programs in the country was torn. He loved the people he worked with and covering the team. The tradeoff was the job didn’t give him as many play-by-play opportunities as he wanted.

He wondered if it was justifiable to move down in market size.
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Underappreciated at Work? Use this mindset

When I worked at XTRA in San Diego, one of my co-workers was a legend in the sports broadcasting industry. Chet Forte had been the longtime director of Monday Night Football in the days of Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and Dandy Don Meredith. After Chet’s well-publicized gambling problems forced him off the broadcasts, he got his life in order then got back into broadcasting working as a sports talk host at our station.

Chet passed away while employed at XTRA Sports. The entire staff wanted to attend the funeral to give respect to Chet and support to his family. Chet had been great to all of us – so kind, generous, and fun. I especially enjoyed attending the high school basketball city championship with Chet, then him treating me to dinner at a nearby Black Angus streak house.

We all owed a debit of gratitude and appreciation to Chet.
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What are you doing NOW to get a football TV gig this fall?

Early last August, a football play-by-play guy asked how he should go about trying to get a job calling games in the coming season for one of the regional TV networks.

He had already made one big mistake. He waited too long.

Follow these steps if you want a shot at a football play-by-play gig on a regional TV network this fall . . .
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5 traits of great sportscasting bosses

When I was working sports radio in San Diego, I asked my program director for more hours. He replied, “We certainly like to reward the people who do the best job for us and who are hard working.”

Okay. Great. Am I one of those people?

Ask a parent to rank their kids and they never do it. It’s easy, though, to rank bosses we’ve liked and didn’t like.
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