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The elitefts™ Sports Performance Coach Education Series is a comprehensive educational resource for coaches in the collegiate, high school, professional, and private settings. This series will take a fundamental approach to various topics that will enable coaches the additional skills to enhance their coaching abilities, improve marketability in the industry, and drastically increase the impact they have upon their athletes.

 Presentation Outline

You Sure About This?

  • The State of the Industry
  • Job Security
  • Career Longevity

Critical Questions

  • Do you have enough information to make an educated decision about your career path?
    • The 3 Ls
  • Geographical Restrictions
  • Questions of Convenience
  • Realistic Qualifications
    • Would you hire you?

WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK?

  • Education
  • Certification
  • Experience
  • Connections

WHERE TO LOOK

Website Listings

The Geographical Commuter Circle
–Contact the Right People

APPLYING FOR POSITIONS

  • The Unpaid Internship
    • Other options
    • Match your experience level
  • Graduate Assistant
    • Sometimes reserved for former players
    • Get a masters and volunteer?
  • Collegiate vs. HS vs. Private Sector

THE COVER LETTER

Headings
Four Paragraph Model

  • Who are you?
  • Why do you want this position?
  • How can you be an asset to the program?
  • Summary

THE RESUME

Statement of Intent

  • Objectives

Professional Statement

  • Summary of Qualifications

Relevant Experience
Descriptive Language
Proofread and have an outside review

REFERENCES

  • Ask for permission to use them
  • Update all contact info
  • Notify them EVERY time you apply for a position
  • No calls until after the Interview
  • General LORs

THE PHONE INTERVIEW

Be Prepared

  • Phone charged and in front of a computer
  • Who’s on the committee?

Take Notes
Follow Up with e-mail AND hand written note
They will ask questions that are:

  • Theoretical
  • Experience-based
  • Conflict oriented

Key Questions When Applying

  • Will this position help me get to where I want to be?
  • Will I have the evaluated experience to develop as a coach?
  • Can I support myself financially or at least have the means to do so?

THE INTERVIEW

  • Dress to Impress
  • Handshakes and remember names
  • Don’t try to impress with what you know
    • Loyalty
    • Selfless Attitude toward athletes
    • Adaptability
  • Be Yourself
  • Follow Up

IF OFFERED A POSITION

  • Did you know the salary when you applied?
  • Did you know the location of the university when you applied?
  • Were the expectations and responsibilities different from what you expected?

IF YES to any, then how can you SAY NO?

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