Do’s and Don’ts For Following Up Your Sportscasting Job Applications

A sports broadcaster in California applied for a job in-state. He didn’t anything from the employer for a couple weeks so he sent a follow up. He mentioned that one reason for applying was that he and his family regularly vacationed in this community. He finally heard from the employer two weeks later, set up an interview, and got the job.

He won with polite persistence.

These do’s and don’ts will help you create a strategy for following up your sports broadcasting job applications.
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When You Know There’s An Unpublished Job Open…

A minor league baseball broadcaster was fired up when a job with a great organization in his home state opened. He knew it was open before it was public knowledge.

What he didn’t know is if he should wait for the team to publish a position description before applying.

Never wait!
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Sportscasting Job Market Anxiety? 3 Keys to Staying Patient

Every time STAA works with Learfield Sports to fill a play-by-play opening, I invariably hear from at least three people who are stunned that they didn’t get an interview. Some of that comes from entitlement or ego but much of it is rooted in impatience.

Here are three keys to help you stay patient in the sports broadcasting job market.
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Is Your Sportscasting Resume Carrying Fluff?

Years ago I played a night of pickup basketball with Danny Ainge. He was the best player on the floor even though he had been retired for decades.

Unfortunately, just because I once played ball with Danny Ainge doesn’t make me an NBA-caliber player.

Many sportscasters regularly make that same kind of inference on their resume. Here’s the problem:
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Keep Your Demo Reel Updated… Or This Might Happen

There is a common demo reel mistake that can kill your big break when it finally comes your way.

An STAA member granted permission to share this story with you about the price he paid for not keeping his reel updated.

Here it is in his words . . .
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How To Stay Positive During a Job Search

A sports talk host once called me because they were considering quitting. They had introduced themselves to the right people. They had built relationships. They had improved their craft. Yet, they were repeatedly frustrated in their attempt to move to a larger market.

During our call, I reminded the person that the people who get to the top in sports broadcasting aren’t always the most talented. They are the ones who persevered. Four months later, this person was hired in a large market as a host and programming assistant. They went from doing a daily show as a part-time employee and barely making any money to full-time host in a large market, full-time salary and benefits.

They earned their dream job because they stuck with it.
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