Free Resources for Your Sports Career Search

You Need to Invest Time, Not Necessarily Money

Thousands (maybe even millions) of sports fans, whether students or established professionals, fantasize about working in the sports industry. And for most of those people, landing a career in their fantasy industry is a long shot.

But there are steps you can take to explore the possibilities and make yourself a viable candidate.  Some of those are expensive, like pursuing a graduate degree in a sports related field.

Another is developing experience and expertise in a field (like sales or accounting or programming or social media) and then attempting to find a position with a sports organization looking for a candidate with that specific skill set.

But what if you are just curious about the possibilities in sports business? A previous article highlighted four websites that job seekers should  use as resources. This article continues that theme, with a focus on free online resources that can help you learn more about the sports industry.

The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Archives Conveniently housed on YouTube, the majority of the content from past iterations of the conference dubbed "The Super Bowl of Sports Analytics" is available for free.  And​, in reality, the conference has evolved and is about a lot more than analytics.  

And if grad school is one option for learning about the industry, studying the mountains of video content here will provide an education of a different type, as you will hear top industry experts discuss the important issues facing their businesses, often relating to technology, but encompassing a broad range of topics.

In addition, for a small fee ($29.99) you can stream this year's conference live from Boston.on February 27-28. Certainly, a small price to pay for hearing the esteemed speakers scheduled to appear.

#SportsConf  A relatively new entrant in the conference space is #SportsConf debuted in January 2014 as an online conference that brings speakers together via Google Hangout technology.

  The second iteration is scheduled for February 18 and 19 and, as the headline of this article suggests, it is free to register.

And similar to the Sloan Conference, the content from the first year is archived on YouTube.  The conference's tagline is "Sports, Media & Technology Converge Online", and the archived talks reflect these themes.

SlideShare  One of the underutilized platforms for career research is SlideShare.  And I'm guilty of underselling its functionality and usefulness, too.  I've written many articles about LinkedIn and Twitter as social platforms that can aid your job search and career networking efforts.  But this is the first time I've touted SlideShare.

For the unfamiliar, SlideShare - as its name suggests - is a platform for sharing slides and presentations.  It was acquired by LinkedIn in 2012, and it is a great resource for you in two ways.

First, it is a searchable database of presentations others have given about the sports industry and sports careers.  You will even find a deck I created with my colleague Dr. Aubrey Kent on careers in sports.  So search their site for presentations related to the areas of sports business you would like to work in.

Second, you can create content on SlideShare and easily embed it in your LinkedIn profile.

  So if you want to share information in a professional way that is easily found by potential employers, creating SlideShare decks is an easy way to accomplish it.  And as personal branding becomes increasingly important, you should take advantage of this free service.

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