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:

Association does not equal skill

“I broadcast the high school state championship game. Therefore, I am great play-by-play guy.”

No. It only means you are the voice of a very good team.

“I’ve interviewed LeBron James and Payton Manning.”

That doesn’t make you a great interviewer. It makes you someone who has interviewed great players.

Credibility comes from ability

Remove fluff from your resume to focus employers’ attention on your practical experience.

After I played with Ainge, I asked him to record a scouting report that I could play on my ESPN Radio Show. He said, “Jon was a smart rebounder but not a good shooter. And he is really slow.

I did not put Ainge’s testimonial on my resume.

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