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Boston Blazers Sports and Entertainment Career Fair January 28th

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Boston Blazers Career Fair

 

The Boston Blazers are hosting a Sports and Entertainment Career Fair on January 28th, 2011 from 10 a.m-12 p.m at the TD Garden in Boston, MA. Tickets are $15 and include a ticket to the Boston Blazers vs. Philadelphia Wings game that evening. These tickets must be purchased before January 27th at 5:00 p.m.

More than 20 professional teams and entertainment companies will be in attendance including:

  • Boston Blazers
  • New England Patriots
  • New England Revolution
  • Radio 850 WEEI
  • New England Riptide
  • Wilbur Theater
  • New Hampshire Fishercats
  • Connecticut Sun (of the WNBA)
  • Mohegan Sun
  • Lowell Spinners
  • Major League Lacrosse
  • Boston Cannons
  • and many more major and minor league teams, along with collegiate organizations

Organizations are looking to hire from all different educational backgrounds including Sport Management, Marketing, Communications and more. Interviews for jobs and internships will be given on the spot!

For more information, please contact the Boston Blazers at 617-904-0600, Ext. 140 or see the Blazers Career Fair website or find this event on LinkedIn.

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Recap of the Career Fair at Gillette Stadium

April 11, 2010 2 comments

The career fair at Gillette Stadium, in my opinion, was less useful than the lecture. Career fairs in general are a difficult place to get attention from an employer, especially because there are so many people there. The lines for some of the organizations present were hundreds of people long, which is potentially hours of waiting. Each person gives a resume and talks a bit about the job/internship opportunities. It is very difficult to stand out, get all your questions answered and make a good impression all in such a short time. By the end of one of these job fair’s companies like ESPN could easily have 350 resumes, along with having talked to hundreds of applicants. What are the chances of remembering every single applicant? Basically none. This is the problem with career fairs.

I feel that it would be much more beneficial to speak to someone within an organization at another time, other than at a job fair. You will have more time (depending on their schedule) to speak with them, be able to make more of a connection and be able to hand in a resume alone (without 350 others).

I have to admit, when we began to walk around at the job fair, I was shocked at how many people were lined up in certain areas. Some of the big name organizations present were: the Boston Celtics, Eastern College Athletic Conference, ESPN, New England Revolution, and New England Patriots. The lines for each one of these organizations were very long, having waits that could have been up to a couple hours. I was pretty disappointed by this, seeing that I could not give in my resume or talk to a representative unless I waited for hours.

The end result was Nick (my good friend and fellow Sport Management student at Endicott College) and I decided to leave temporarily and come back for the New England Revolution game. We stayed at the actual career fair for only about a half hour. We visited a couple different booths, such as the Lowell Devils, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and Radio 850 WEEI. I think the funniest part about the career fair is I left my college with 13 printed copies of my resume. I was worried I would not have enough, since it couldn’t hurt to just give out the resume. I returned with 11. The lines were too long at most of the places for us to be interested in waiting. I want to get individual attention, not just be another face in the crowd.

Soon to come: Update on the Resume question and Revolution game recap.

Recap of the Sport Management Lecture at Gillette Stadium

April 11, 2010 1 comment

Yesterday, I attended the Sport Management and Entertainment Executive Lecture and Career Fair at Gillette Stadium. There were around 500 attendees and the lecture featured four different speakers: Brian Bilello, Jennifer Ferron, Stacey James, and Murray Kohl. I enjoyed the lecture as it was good to hear some stories about how different people in management positions arrived there. Nothing groundbreaking came up, but it was informative. They put a lot of emphasis on networking. At the lecture, I took a few notes on the back of my program about some of the interesting pointers they had.

An interesting thing that I noticed was the common theme about not necessarily starting in sports. Several of the speakers did not get their break in sports, as they started in other areas, such as communications, engineering, and economics. Many of them also did not get their big break by joining a professional or even semi-professional sports team. This is an important thing to understand for myself and other similar young sport management and sport business professionals. It is important to work your way up into the industry, as it is impractical to think you will start out earning lots of money at some big name organization like the New England Patriots.

A question was asked about interviewing for a potential job at a big time organization and whether or not they had any advice. The main thing was to put your feelings and emotions as a fan behind you when interviewing and working at a job. When an employee has strong feelings for an organization, and has trouble putting their “fan side” behind them, they often lose touch of their purpose at the organization. You are not joining the organization to get closer to it, you are there to work, further their business, and help the organization grow. People who are focused on being a fan, rather than being a valuable employee lose sight of their job, which severely detracts from their performance and ability to positively impact the organization. They need to focus on what their job entails, not the fact that it is your favorite team and favorite players.

The importance of networking could not have been stressed enough throughout the duration of the lecture (which lasted about an hour). A major point was the need to call people in different organizations, get an idea of their job, and build a rapport with them. By simply reaching out, asking questions, and putting yourself out there, you can create a very positive relationship with various people. It is important to talk to the right people, however, and ask the right questions. If you go up to a random person who works security for the Patriots, chances are they won’t be of much help to you. Talking to the head of human relations, however, would be a different story. Don’t just ask what openings they have for jobs. You need to get information about what their job is, why they like it, and how they got there. By calling and asking for advice, you get the attention of important people in whatever organization(s) you talk to. In getting their attention, although they may not have openings at the current time, they may be more likely to call you later when jobs do open up.  It is also good to ask for suggestions, as a potential in the field, about what you can do to break into the industry. That leads me to my next point.

A question was asked about what some tips are for getting your foot in the door (for a young professional attempting to enter the sport business field). The answer was, “Networking, luck, get out there, stand out in the crowd, be prepared and be different.” They went on to say it is important to join organizations, which is a great opportunity to meet people. Another important thing to do is volunteer your time. By doing this, you get your name out and gain valuable experience in the field. This is a great way to improve your resume (through volunteer experiences).

In interviewing, the most important thing is to prepare. Do your research on the organization. This is very important, as you need to know the organization in and out. If you are interviewing for a job with your favorite sports team, they don’t want to know the fact that they have won three Super Bowl Championships in the last 10 years, they want to know what you can do to improve their organization. They don’t want sports nuts, they want good employees who are valuable to the organization.

The lecture was fun and interesting. It was great to hear some opinions of professionals in the field that I am looking to enter. I hope this recap is of help to you.

Upcoming articles: Recap of the career fair, update on the colored resume question, and a recap of the Revolution game.

Dressed for the lecture and career fair