Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sports on your Resume

Did you know that student-athletes spend 40+ hours per week (equivalent to a workweek) dedicated to their sport? Most of these student-athletes work harder than hard in college with hopes of playing professionally... Until reality kicks in.

According to the NCAA, only 1% of college athletes end up playing professionally. Of that 1%, their average professional career lasts 3 1/2 years long. Which tells me that majority of our student-athletes are bound to enter the workforce... either at the point of graduating college OR upon the end of their professional career. Not to freight... help is on the way!

Whether you're a student-athlete reading this post, or someone who may know a student-athlete, I thought it might be helpful to share some TIPS on including your sports experience on your resume to prepare for the search of a career.

     - Create a section on your resume titled Intercollegiate Athletics to list your accomplishments while on and off the field --> If you worked part-time or interned while in college, add this section after your "Work Experience" section

     - Include whether you were a full- or partial-scholarship recipient --> Employers will appreciate the hard work with grades and sportsmanship that lead up to your acceptance as a college-athlete

     - Indicate your school, division level, athletic sport and dates played as a student-athlete as your title for the Intercollegiate Athletics section --> This would be equivalent to your Employer, Position and Tenure in your "Work Experience" 

     - Don't forget to include your volunteer work, which many student-athletes partake in (i.e. Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, etc.) --> Employers appreciate the work you accomplish outside of your college career

     - Create a section for Athletic Achievements and include any highlights, record breaking numbers in the weight room or on the field, or any championships won --> This will help demonstrate your dedication and persistence in achieving more than what's expected of winning games, which can translate to willingness to achieve much more in the workplace than what's asked of you

     - Use key phrases such as time management, leadership skills, team-oriented, accountability, communication skills, goal-oriented, motivated --> These are action words that demonstrate these important skills that you exemplified on the field, which can easily be transferred and appreciated in the workforce 
Last but not least, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK! Get to know your coaches and administrative staff on a different level than purely transactional. Talk to your professors and fellow college students that are not on your team. The more you chat with others, the more you will hear tips and tricks and good things to help shape your professional resume!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Words of Wisdom

Who needs a Monday to be inspired?! I LOVE this quote by Helen Keller, as it speaks to the determination and persistence she had in life for success. 

- How many of you feel defeated after this week?
- Who dwells too much on something that went wrong?
- Why can't we focus on what's right and celebrate those quick wins along the way?

I'll be the first to raise my hand on these questions. BUT it's not to say that I (or you) can't turn this boat around. If you put positive out, you will receive positive in. It's the honest truth!

Maybe you just graduated from high school or college and are feeling a little lost.... 
Maybe you have been applying for jobs left and right, but haven't had a call back... 
Maybe you have so much work that it consumes you professionally and personally... 
Or just MAYBE you're pregnant and your to-do list just keeps growing as time is nearing for your baby to be blessed in this world (just sayin'). 

Whatever it may be that troubles you, I'm here to say this is NOT the end of the road for you. Good things are destined for your future IF you want them to be! Stay focused and recharge and reboot when you are feeling down. How?? Well, just to name a few ideas... 

- Take a walk in the fresh air.
- Walk away from the computer and take some deep breaths.
- Grab a cup of coffee or tea to replenish your energy.
- Hug your dog or your loved one.

Go into this weekend with GOOD CHEER and remember that each day is building onto your success!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Why the Bow Ties?

Based on yesterday's TEAM SPIRIT post, you've probably figured out my inspiration for the JERSEYS part of my blog title. But you may be wondering where the BOW TIES fits in... Welp, it's really a multi-faceted answer!

BOW TIES to me mean...

- A modern version of a tie for men when they dress up for the professional world (or for a nice occasion
- Hair doo-dads gals wear in their hair.. OR on their wardrobe
- AND... everything else pretty!
You see... I plan to discuss career aspirations and professional topics for our student-athletes, or for the rest of the universe. I also want to incorporate outfit inspirations that might be appropriate for the workplace... or perhaps for your every day life!

I'm hoping through my BOW TIES posts that I can gift you all some words of wisdom I've learned (and continue to learn) through my experience on all walks of life. So join me on this journey through J&BT!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Team Spirit

I just can't tell you how excited I am to finally have launched J&BT for me to SPEAK ON IT! Since we're still getting to know each other, I thought I would share some background to where the hubs and I have been in our little athletic adventure thus far...

We started our official career (yes, I say we because it was a total TEAM effort) at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. My hubs had an amazing opportunity to intern in the Strength & Conditioning department, which he worked hard at and eventually landed an actual position as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. Meanwhile, I was fortunate to land a job in the football office working at the front desk, assisting with recruits, camps, football games and much more!

We became Beaver Believers, and surely it didn't hurt that my brother-in-law played for OSU as well. It was here at Oregon State that my interest in the game of football grew immensely... the passion, the motivation, the dedication, but most importantly... the WELL-BEING of these student-athletes!

I graduated from a Doctorate program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Organizational Development), and soon landed a job at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. It was an amazing feeling to move back home with the family after being away in Corvallis for 4 years, and also to finally begin a career with my education that I long awaited for! What totally put the cherry on the cake was while we were driving from Oregon to move back home to LA, my hubs got a phone call to interview for an Assistant Strength Coach at USC... BOOM! We were back as a dynamic duo at a prestigious university as Trojans!

Although my focus at work is primarily with USC staff, my passion and interest for student-athletes progressed even more at USC. I completed a professional coaching certification at USC which got me thinking... how amazing would this type of coaching opportunity be for our student-athletes?! To provide some assistance and self-realization about athletic goals, academic goals, CAREER goals post-graduation would be such a gift to these hard working individuals who give blood, sweat and tears their entire 4-5 years as a student-athlete [more to come on that topic along this blogging journey with J&BT]!

After 2 years of being with USC, my hubs got a call that lead to an opportunity of a lifetime. He was blessed with a shot at being the Head Strength Coach for the University of Nebraska! As hard as it was for me to leave the PAC-12, it was the start of yet another athletic chapter in our lives together in the BIG TEN conference!

I was even fortunate to keep my job with USC to work remotely... so our house is now split between Trojans and Cornhuskers (predominately Cornhuskers though since we are in Husker Nation!).

There you have it... a snippet of how we got to where we currently are. My plans are to utilize J&BT to continue to reveal my passions little by little. After all... By taking care of myself I'm able to take care of others!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Welcome to J&BT

Welcome to Jerseys & Bow Ties! I am ecstatic to start blogging… yet again. You might have seen me floating around through la la Love, Learn and Laugh, a lifestyle blog where I documented about all things in life, from fashion, to DIY'ing, to football, and some! This go-round, I'll be blogging about all things through the lens of JERSEYS and BOW TIES! Until we get to know more about each other, read here for a little bit of this… and a little bit of that.

Shout out to Kelly @ Kelly Christine Studio who helped me design this chic lookin' blog! I love it, and can't wait to share it with the rest of the blog universe.

Cheers to new beginnings!


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