Sunday, January 24, 2016

12 Steps to getting a Coaching Interview


1.       Have a plan- Where do you want to Coach? What are your skills? What can you do better than someone else? Where can you add value to a program?

2.       Make a list of all your coaching jobs & relevant experience, then list what you were responsible for in each position and what you accomplished.

3.       If you don’t have experience, volunteer!  Everyone loves free labor!

4.       Resume needs to be a summary of what you were responsible for & what you accomplished and only 1 page. Ex. As the Offensive Coordinator, increased yards per game by 42%, from 290 to 415.

5.       Marketing Plan- Target 20-30 schools. Notify everyone that you are looking for a new opportunity.  Don’t be shy or embarrassed.  Network!!! 70% of all jobs are filled through networking. Be clear in what you are looking for.

6.       Create a LinkedIn Profile with a professional picture; keep it consistent with your resume. Your heading needs to say that you are currently pursuing opportunities as an …… (Look at other profiles of coaches in your field).

7.       Create business cards with your LinkedIn address on it, your new title and your skills.

8.       Network with AD’s, other coaches, Principles, Presidents, groups, friends, alumni, associations, old coaches, and former Student-Athletes. Pick up the phone and start calling!

9.       Ask for recommendations on LinkedIn and keep references separate from your resume.

10.    Update your references & get letters of recommendations.

11.   Cover letter -your cover letter needs to be personal and tailored to each job you apply. State when you will follow up and do so!

12.   Create a Job Search Productivity Chart. Go after your target schools and track your progress. Most openings aren’t posted to the public. Mail or hand deliver your resume. Getting a job is a FT job!

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