Getting that big break, or earning your way up the sports broadcasting ladder can be a real challenge. You have to practice, gain experience, network, present well, refine your craft and even then you’ll need a sizable amount of luck. But if you’ve got all the practice, experience, networking and refinement you thing you need, and you think you’re ready for your next job…here are some great resources on where to find that dream job.
Of course, probably the best way to find your next opportunity is to network effectively. If employers are already aware of the perfect candidate, why would they post an opening? However if you are hunting for a dream job on a more broad spectrum, here are five places that you should check out first.
STAA Job Board
Tough to argue against this one. Jon Chelesnik’s STAA is a premier place for sportscasting jobs across many major sports at the high school, college or professional level. Jon filters the jobs a little for the benefit of his clients, paying members of STAA, but the information about what jobs are available, and where hiring managers are in the process is top notch and a great resource for sportscasters.
TeamWorkOnline is the preferred job network of many professional leagues of several NFL teams, the NHL/AHL, many NBA teams and plenty more. What TeamWork does that other broadcast job boards don’t is that TeamWork offers more jobs than just play-by-play. Team related jobs in sales, game day operations, marketing and media are all available, opening up ways to get involved with a team at a higher level.
Fairly self explanitory, but this website is an excellent source of information and positing for those interested in broadcasting (or working in) hockey. Levels are from professional, all the way down to junior hockey with broadcast, graphic design, marketing and sales positions available.
This is a great resource for sports broadcasters beyond just job postings. Work In Sports provides some great resources that we’ve showcased here on Sportscaster Life before, but it also has a pretty comprehensive job board in a range of different areas including broadcasting. Also features jobs for both the United States and Canada, as well as select opportunities further abroad.
Yes, that Twitter. Social media can be a very effective job hunting tool as many teams, leagues, stations and other employment avenues will advertise their opportunities there. However the added benefit of using Twitter in your job search is if you have a specific destination in mind. If you’re looking to advance to a certain league or level, then follow all the teams and current announcers. When they announce they’re leaving or have been hired elsewhere…you’ll often be one of the first to apply for the vacancy.
Those are just five places to find your next sportscasting dream job. What are your favourites? How have you found out about job opportunities? Let us know on social media or in the comments below.