The fast track to a Major League Baseball job

how-to-get-a-major-league-play-by-play-jobFour years ago, Jared Sandler was preparing to graduate from the University of Southern California. Today, he is the pre and post-game host and fill-in play-by-play broadcaster for the Texas Rangers.

There is nothing proprietary or exclusive in the way Jared accelerated from campus to the Majors. What it is is a smart combination of many different things — things that you can do.

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Member Makeover 3: Nick Gryniewicz

After a few years in the sportscasting industry your resume and demo has probably built up some excess fat. To maximize the impact you have on employers when they review your job application, you need to keep your application materials lean and focused.

In this Member Makeover, Jon reviews the strategy and application package of Nick Gryniewicz, a host and update anchor for ESPN 580 AM in Orlando, FL.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this makeover:

  • Why you should delete your career summary
  • The only sport that requires more than 1 demo track
  • How to make a longer cover letter lean and effective
  • All the points you need to hit in your first follow up
  • A simple strategy for creating your own freelance PBP opportunities

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Member Makeover 2: Matthew Schwartz

Landing your first job is one hurdle that every sportscaster must face during their career–it can also be the most frustrating.

In this Member Makeover, Jon reviews the strategy and application package of Matthew Schwartz, a recent journalism graduate of the University of Memphis.

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How to cold contact sportscasting employers

I am a long-time supporter of the cold contact method for finding a sports broadcasting job. Cold contacting is a more efficient plan to get a job versus only applying for published openings. In fact, my belief in cold contacting is so strong, I wrote a book about it.

You don’t have to simply take my word on the effectiveness of cold contacting. Justin Antweil landed his current play-by-play job at Bucknell University by putting together a cold contact plan and following through with his strategy. In this podcast episode Justin shares his strategy and how it lead to Bucknell.

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Overcoming the emotional challenges of your sportscasting career

Recently, I asked STAA clients what they wanted me to blog about. The No.1 reply was regarding the emotional challenges of the sportscasting job market — wondering if you’re good enough to achieve your goals.

We’ve all been there at one time or another.

Instead of writing my own thoughts on the topic, I wanted to bring other voices into the conversation. I interviewed a program director and a play-by-play broadcaster — Aaron Matthews from Ohio and Don Wadewitz from Wisconsin. In the interview, they candidly discuss their own frustrations — both with the job market and the career.

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How to apply for a sportscasting job

Geoff Cole has hired several STAA clients for New Media Broadcasters in Havre, MT. In this podcast Geoff shares an employer’s perspective on what you should and shouldn’t be doing in the job market.

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How to apply for a College Job

Darren Goldwater led the hiring process for the College of Charleston play-by-play position. He shares the kinds of things employers are looking for when hiring college play-byplay broadcasters and what you can do to grab their attention.

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Get Your Emails Read

Fewer things are more frustrating than not receiving replies to your emails to employers. These suggestions and techniques will maximize the likelihood that your emails will be read and replied to.

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Live Chat [Replay]: 5 Job Market Variables You Must Control

Employers’ hiring decisions are influenced by countless factors that are beyond your control. However, there are five variables in the job market that ARE within your control. Assuming you have the experience and ability to handle the jobs for which you are applying, if you are not hearing back from employers, you are probably dropping the ball in at least one of these five areas. In Friday’s chat, we’ll examine them one at a time.

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