As the final seconds ticked off of the clock in last week’s College Football Playoff championship game, it marked the end of a remarkable season of college football. There is no question that some of the athletes on the field last Monday will get a shot to further their athletic careers at the professional level. That being said, there are also many players who just completed their final game and season as a Student-Athlete and must now assess their next move. For many of these players, now is the time where they must look to launch their professional career. This may be a high stress time for some, but with the resources available to you as a Student-Athlete, and with some advice from us here at InXAthlete, you should be able to successfully navigate your way through a job search and find your next team.
For those of you just beginning your job search, it is important to start with organization. It may seem basic or simple, but it is one of the most valuable steps of this process. Without a good system of organization, you will have a significantly harder time tracking opportunities, applying, and landing at the right job for you. Something as simple as making a google spreadsheet to track you applications and deadlines is incredibly helpful. Staying up to date on an organizational system will help you stay on top of deadlines and make sure you know where you are in the process.
Throughout the next few months, it is important to utilize the resources available that may help you get where you want to be. As an athlete, you have incredibly valuable experiences along with great skills to excel in the professional world. Also, with athletics playing such a large role in society, you have most likely made some great connections and left a positive impact on many people. Sit down for a minute and think of who you have met along the way that may help you get to the place you want to be professionally. This doesn’t necessarily mean asking them for a job. Talking to industry professionals is a great way to get a feel for what a path in that industry is like and whether that is something you would like to do. The next incredibly helpful resource will be your career office at school. The counselors are incredibly well connected with the professional world and can give you a great idea of what to improve upon in your resume, cover letter, or applications.
We want to find the best job for you, that means finding you a job that fits you personally. There are many features such as the video resume on InXAthlete that can help make this a successful placement for you and the company. The point here is that fitting into a company’s culture and believing in what you work for can make it much more enjoyable and easier. Finding companies whose mission you support may be something you want to look at in this job search.
We know that this time may be very stressful for some. But as Student-Athletes, we know that you can handle yourselves in high pressure moments and excel in the face of adversity. That is why so many employers look to hire employees like you every day. By utilizing your resources and continuing to stay focused on the end goal, you will find yourself beginning the next chapter of your life very shortly. And finally, remember that InXAthlete is always here to place you on your next team for years to come!
For your reference, I have also attached many of our previous pieces which you may find beneficial in your career search. THE 5 PILLARS OF MENTAL HEALTH, INTERVIEW TIPS, 7 WAYS TO TALK ABOUT YOUR ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE ON A JOB INTERVIEW
By, Connor Ericksen-Dunn