Video: How To Stand Out From The Crowd For Sports Jobs


Don’t kid yourself, sports jobs are highly competitive. In the past, has been asked to help sports employers like ESPN with some of their recruiting efforts and it’s amazing the amount of responses they get for every opening.

Do you want to be the person getting the competitive sports jobs, or just the person filling out a lot of applications? If you want to be the person who gets hired, you need to answer and act upon this simple question:

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Video Transcript for “How To Stand Out From The Crowd For Sports Jobs”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content If you’ve ever spent any time watching reality competition shows, anything from Top Chef to Ink Masters what you quickly find out is that the finalists, the final four to six people, are all really, really supremely talented at what they do. The difference between the eventual winner and the fourth place person may in fact be razor thin.

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Figure out ways to stand out from the crowd in your job seeking process

So lets think about this concept as it relates to your search for sports jobs. Lets say you were applying for a job at ESPN or Nike or some other really big sports industry behemoth. Think about how many resumes they are going to receive for each opening, think about how many interested people there are out there from a wide range of experience levels – and then think about how you might fit into that equation.

Are you a finalist, a top four person, or the eventual winner?

If you don’t think you are the eventual winner of this sports job, you have the entire skill set, think about what you need to do that is one step more. Ask yourself the question – what skill could I learn that would make me more valuable to this employer?

Maybe it’s something like Photoshop, maybe you can teach yourself Photoshop or take a class on Photoshop. You may have no interest in being a graphic designer, but a skill like Photoshop might be the one thing that sets you apart from the rest of the competition. It might be that subtle extra layer of versatility that helps you in get the sports job you want.

What I want you to do is really dissect your section of the sports industry, and figure out where you can find a little difference point – what can you do to be just a little bit better? That is the question you need to be asking yourself as you compete for sports jobs.

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About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the sports media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for &

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  1. Frances Carney says

    I would like to take this oppoetunity to tell you about my son. From the age of 9 basketball was in his blood. He lived, ate and slept basketball. His goal was always to be NBA’s next VIP. He became so engrossed in it that he knew every player, every team, every coach and every play in the sport. I had to stop my subscription to the paper to get him to lead a normal life. When he was in the 6th grade his school principal saw his talent and wanted us to send him to basketball training in San Diego. We could not afford it. Then he got married, had a kid and worked his way up to a managerial position for DISH. After 17 years of marriage his wife took the kid and dog and went to live with her high school sweetheart. Needless to say he was devastated. His one joy in life has always been sports. He has kept up with with is going on all these years. He is 46. He lives in Sacramento and is a die hard aKing’s fan. What I am asking you is: how could he put his extensive basketball knowledge over the last 37 years to good use? I can tell when I talk to him how the excitment of the sport is still there. I know for a certainty that he would give his right arm for a chance for an interview somewhere. Any suggestions I could pass along? He does not have a degree. Got into managerial position with DISH entirely through hard work and time with the company..

    • Frances – your son has an inspiring story and I hope that he is able to find a career in the sports industry – we all should work in our true passion! As for advice, check out this article from our blog:

      And… he should consider taking a sports specific course. There are online courses he can take that are cost effective and will give him specific sports related learning. Our friends at Sports Management Worldwide offer many courses that would help him get the skill set sports employers look for. – Best of luck, Brian

  2. My lifelong goal is to become a host of a sports show, whether it is on radio or television or some kind of podcast. I just feel like I can bring something unique and fresh to the industry that is not already there. I am an upcoming senior in college and I don’t really have an idea of where to start to become the guy that I want to be. Right now I am currently interning at a radio station learning from the producer of the show. Also, I am going to do an internship at a broadcasting station in the spring. I am also writing for the school paper in the fall. Do you have any tips for me and things I should be doing to make my dream a reality?

    • Plan on starting small – get your foot in the door at a small market station, get some on-air practice time, learn all the ins and outs of production and work your way up. If you are right and you have something unique and fresh to bring to the industry, you’ll grow from your small market station and climb the market ladder. -Brian


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