(December 4, 2014) Your first full-time sportscasting job always holds a special place on the career journey. For Brett McMillan, the first signpost on his path has been planted in the Cornhusker State. McMillan has accepted a Weekend Sports Anchor position with Pappas Telecasting in Kearney, NE.
“I get to anchor, report and produce, so this job is a great place to continue to grow and develop. The station covers a wide range of sports, which will help me expand my versatility. From the first time I talked to the news and sports directors I knew the station had quality leadership, and would be a place I really enjoyed.”
McMillan received notice of the opening from an STAA job leads email, and he credits STAA for helping him sort out a job market strategy.
“This would not have happened without [STAA’s] personal help, and all the great STAA resources I’ve been able to use since May,” says McMillan. I used so much of what you taught me about resumes, follow ups, and job hunting in general. You gave me the edge I needed.
“Getting STAA emails is always a highlight. I love learning what is inside them. When college kids ask me how to hunt for sports jobs I tell them that STAA is a must.”
A 2014 graduate of Lindenwood University in Missouri, McMillan built up a solid resume of experience in four years of college.
McMillan says it is crucial for sportscasters to develop job market skills alongside their broadcasting skills.
“Always be willing to listen to others’ ideas, especially if you are young. You have to learn to be a great job hunter, which is independent of your ability as a broadcaster. Be creative. Send the application and a follow-up that would peak your own interest. You have to intrigue someone with your presentation before you can sell them on your capabilities.”
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