Today, I’m talking about the employment page of your athlete’s sports portfolio. Before I start though, I want to remind you we have got the FREE Livenar, How To Map Your Athletes College Recruiting Timeline From Year Nine, kicking off this Sunday at 9:00 AM, AEST (Bris time). Do you want to enjoy the journey alongside your athlete? Rather than passing it to someone else to do for you? Then it is absolutely crucial you get the timeline sorted first. When you have the timeline in check, you can stay on track and avoid missing deadlines. You always have a good idea where you are and what’s coming up.
A strategic timeline will save you a lot of time in the long run. If you’re not registered yet, we do have a registrant’s only bonus draw so be sure to get registered today. We kick off on Sunday at 9:00 AM, AEST (Bris time).
How Do I Have An Employment Page Without Being Employed?
Talking about employment pages, many of my clients ask “how do we put an employment page in the sports portfolio if our athletes are not yet employed?” The answer to that is simple. It’s no problem. There are so many things you can put on an employment page. Many skills and abilities, without your athlete ever having to be in paid employment.
Keep It Professional
The first thing you need to know about the employment page is that it needs to be kept professional. Keep the creative flare out of this one and keep it nice and professional. We have discussed a lot about creative v’s professional over the last few weeks. The employment page is definitely one you want to keep professional. Plain black and white, no italics, no fancy fonts, and no colours. If you want to give it that sleek look, use a thin black border. That’s it! Leave the employment page clean, easy-to-read and professional.
Time Is Of The Essence
Your athlete can build their employability skills without having to go out and get a job. Depending on what age your athlete is, they may not have time to work in paid employment. It can be quite difficult to get time off for tournaments, travel, study and so on. They don’t want to add unreliability to their list of skills. When school and training take up so much of your time, it’s hard to work in paid employment. But there are so many skills your athlete can still put on the employment page. Skills that will show coaches traits, skills and abilities your athlete already has. Skills they likely won’t see in the sports and academic pages.
Show The Coaches What They Want
What you want to show the coaches is that your athlete has a good work ethic. They can work as part of a team, build leadership skills, and show initiative. They can gain all of those things without having to work in paid employment. You want to show that your athlete is willing to do whatever it takes. Show they are willing to help others in their community, and they’re willing to do it without any self-gain.
This is huge for coaches. If your athlete takes time to help their community, whether school, sport, or local, without self-gain, it’s a huge tick. You will see before the end of this blog, there is a lot your athlete can do to fill the employment page.
What Is Your Athlete Willing To Do?
What is your athlete willing to do to achieve their goals? And what are they willing to do to help the community achieve their goals? Just think about that for a second.
What are they willing to do to achieve their own goals and help the community achieve their goals? These are the things you want to put on the employment page. First, I would start by making a list of all of your athlete’s employability skills they have now. Skills and abilities they use or would use, in a working environment. Honestly, when you begin writing these out, you end up with quite a good list. You begin thinking about it more intently which produces results. There are so many things used in everyday life that your athlete will have already acquired being a student-athlete.
Duty, Role & Position
There’s a lot your athlete can do to show they have these skills and abilities. When you have built their list of skills and abilities, record duties they would have performed, within a working environment. Any duties performed in a working environment doesn’t necessarily mean a paid working environment.
For each duty or role your athlete performs, what company it was for? Was it a supervised role, or unsupervised role? Was it with a team, or their own individual role, their own project they had to present/perform? Put the answer to these questions besides their list of skills and abilities. Specify their position in each role also. For example, were they volunteering, was it fundraising or charity work, or was it a big community project?
Does your athlete take part in helping out with school fetes or school concerts? Do they help run the debate club and other clubs and activities around the school? What duties do they perform working as part of a team, or individually, away from the classroom and track? Any of these duties will help building employability skills.
Be Actively Involved In The Community
Encourage your athlete to be actively engaged in the community. If they are not yet engaged in the community, start looking now! Search for projects/activities you can encourage them to get involved in. Make sure of course, it’s something that resonates with them, something they are interested in. There’s no point in doing it otherwise. They’re not going to gain the skills they need if they don’t enjoy or have some interest in it. Get them involved in the community, whether it’s the school community, the sports community, or the local community. Encourage them to volunteer for certain positions that come up at school.
No Self-Gain Is A Winner
Encourage your athlete to search for community projects that will give them the opportunity to enhance critical skills and abilities. These can go on the employment page. Show coaches your athlete is willing to do what it takes to succeed. They are willing to help their community achieve their goals. Coaches will be very interested in your athlete’s employment page when they work hard with no self-gain.
Be sure that whatever your athlete chooses to do, it doesn’t require a big-time commitment. Volunteering positions are great as your athlete will often be able to choose times that suit their busy schedule. Community projects that come up will have to suit your athletes time commitments they already have. We don’t want to disrupt routine too much, however, encourage them to get involved where they can. It will look fantastic on the employment page of their sports portfolio.
Don’t forget you can register for my upcoming livenar. I strongly recommend that you do, because as I said, it is all about the timeline. Never before have I done a LIVE training where we are focusing specifically on the timeline. After all, it is the most crucial piece to getting the college recruiting journey started on the right foot. Please do register here, you will be so happy you did. We kick off on Sunday, December 20 at 9:00 AM, AEST (Bris time). It’s going to be super, super hot. There’s going to be some great bonuses, some great surprises, and I have a very big announcement to make also. Super exciting.
Today’s Take Away
What I want you to take away today is that your athlete doesn’t need to be in paid employment. Get them involved in the community. Showing your athlete is willing to work hard to achieve their goals, and help the community achieve theirs, is huge. Especially when they do it for nothing. They don’t want anything for it. They just want to learn. Your athlete wants to pick up the skills and abilities they need to go forth and conquer their own journey. That’s what matters most.
To Continue This Conversation
We’ve got plenty coming up this week with the employment pages over in my private Facebook community College Bound Athletes. Head on over and join today, and keep your eyes out for all of our posts. I will be LIVE on Friday for our fearless Friday session at 8:00 AM, AEST. I will be discussing how to lay out the employment page of your athlete’s sports portfolio. Next week, we wrap up sports portfolios, with the lay-out of the entire sports portfolio. You will know how to lay it out so it stands out above the thousands of others. Your athletes will be the one coaches look at first.
In wrapping up, get your athlete involved in the community. Help them gain the critical skills and abilities that will take with them through life. Please do make sure whatever duty or role they are performing is something they are interested in. They’re not going to learn if they don’t give a crap. It’s just a fact!
Hopefully, you now have an idea of what your athlete can do to add to their employment page. As I said, anything that shows they can work as part of a team. Where they can build leadership skills, work unsupervised, and show initiative, right, all of these traits are massive. Begin listing out the skills and abilities your athlete has in a working environment, and list out the duties performed. Whether those duties were supervised, unsupervised, team-oriented, or individual projects. I guarantee you’re going to have yourself an employment page before you know it. If you would like to chat with me personally, I am offering free 15-minute connect calls in the lead up to the Livenar. You can book your call here and let’s connect. Until then, take care. Yours in sport, Brooke Hamilton.