While I’m away on vacation I asked a couple of industry friends to write guest posts so I can enjoy vacation and not worry about the website! The first person I asked was Jon Chelesnik, the CEO of STAA and he graciously offered to share his industry knowledge. So thanks Jon!
On a separate note, I am a paying member of STAA and get nothing for this plug, but the tools offered to me through STAA membership are invaluable in my development as a sportscaster. I highly recommend anyone serious about improving as a sportscaster consider joining STAA.
A play-by-play broadcaster called high school and small college games for years, hoping one day to be the voice at a DI program. Eventually, he made it to the final round of consideration at a mid-major. He then killed his candidacy by being annoying. If you don’t want the job, here are eight things you can do to annoy employers.
1. Repeatedly call without leaving a message
The employer may well be on the phone when you call. Each time you call, the caller ID interrupts the call they are on. Highly annoying. At the very least, you come across as a stalker.
2. Bombard them with references
The person I referenced at the top of this post lost a DI play-by-play job because he inundated the athletic director with calls and emails from references.
3. Send long emails
The longer your email, the less chance you have for getting a reply and the less chance you have for getting the job. Long emails give the impression you can’t separate what is important from what is not. Scatterbrained. Not a trait that is coveted by sports broadcasting employers.
4. Don’t ask questions
Not asking questions in the job interview gives the impression you aren’t genuinely interested in the position. You don’t marry someone without first learning about them. Asking questions is how you do it.
5. Spelling mistakes
If you make mistakes on your cover letter and resume, you’re likely to pay even less attention to details in the execution of your daily job responsibilities.
6. Bad mouth past employers
If you’ll bad mouth past employers, the employer to whom you are speaking believes you’ll do it to them as well.
7. Being late
If you can’t be on time for a job interview, you can’t be counted on to show up for work on time each day. Being late is also disrespectful of the employer’s time.
8. Use your business email to apply
If you apply for another job using your email address from your current employer, it looks like you’re applying on company time. Not a good look. It’s also stupid because your employer has the right to check your emails. Get caught and you’ll likely get fired.