Yesterday, the NYU Wasserman Center @ SCPS hosted the webinar, Finding a Job in Sports which was led by a Human Resources Manager from Madison Square Garden (MSG). In case you missed it, check out the 5 tips below for strategies to break into the sports, media, and entertainment industries!
Tip # 1: Master the Basics
Your journey to obtain a job or internship starts with building an effective resume, writing a fantastic cover letter, and learning to ace your interview. Presenting yourself as a detail-oriented and polished candidate will catch the eye of someone in human resources.
Tip #2: Know How to Get Your Foot in the Door
This is an industry that values what you know. Many successful professionals in the sports and entertainment industry began their careers in event or sales driven roles such as ushering or ticket sales. Starting from the bottom up will help you to understand the business in its entirety, which is a skill that is greatly valued when you are ready to move into your next role within the company or industry.
Tip #3: Network!
This is an industry that also values who you know. One of the most important aspects of finding a job in sports and entertainment is expanding your professional network! MSG’s HR manager revealed that almost all jobs in the industry are found through networking within the industry or by completing internships at a company. So, be sure to find internships, attend industry events, connect with NYU alumni, and volunteer!
Tip #4: Look for Jobs in the Right Places
Current trends in this industry show that jobs are less likely to be be posted through sites like Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com. Instead, recruiters are leaning more towards social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Take time to review your own personal profiles, and start to follow and engage with companies you may want to work with in the future. Many organizations also partner with university career centers like the Wasserman Center! Be sure to check out NYU CareerNet for opportunities in sports, media and entertainment.
Tip #5: Take Advantage of Industry Specific Resources
Check out these resources mentioned by Madison Square Garden’s HR Manager to boost your job search: Teamworkonline.com, Workinsports.com, Enterntaimentcareers.net, glassdoor.com, internships.com, creativeinterns.com
If you have any questions or wish to discuss your career-action plan for success in the sports and entertainment industry, request a career counseling appointment through NYU CareerNet.