THE HANDSHAKE CAN SAY A LOT

December 13th, 2011

By Mark Tudi | We have all heard that when shaking someone’s hand, you shouldn’t squeeze too hard, present a wet noodle or shake too long. But did you know that there are guidelines telling us how many pumps, length of time and the amount of firmness used, as well as the little known fact … Read more

Most of us have taken the path of least resistance when choosing (or being chosen by) our careers. You took a job based on your education or connections, or you sought a job that you believed would allow you to make “a good living.” Maybe you felt compelled to keep the family business going. While … Read more

By Mark Tudi | Let’s test your knowledge. • Name the five wealthiest people in the world. • Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. • Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest. • Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. • Name the last half dozen Academy … Read more

MANAGING EXPECTATION

November 30th, 2011

People enter situations with certain implicit expectations. These are best identified and managed through a performance agreement. The major human interaction problem is unclear, ambiguous, or unfulfilled expectations. Conflicting expectations regarding roles and goals cause many people pain and problems in organizations and in relationships. Illustrations or examples of conflicting expectations include the following: •  … Read more

By Mark Tudi | How do you position yourself for a career with a professional sports team? Knowledge of the sport or team does help but is far from being the primary qualification for an entry level position. A job with a team in the four majors (NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball) is … Read more

While counseling job seekers, I often hear them complain that networking has become more difficult, since many of the people they meet also are between jobs. The rest are employed, but so overworked they have little time to spare for informational interviews. After thinking about the best place outside the office to locate valuable contacts, … Read more

By Mark Tudi | Because the sports industry is unique, many techniques used in other fields must be adapted. The hunt for the job is no exception. It is important to keep in mind that the hunt should be an ongoing process. It may take you through many peaks and valleys throughout the process. The … Read more

Networking has been going on for centuries. Throughout history, people have relied on people they know for information and referrals. That is how we find good doctors, auto mechanics, restaurants and all kinds of goods and services. We have been networking all our lives without putting a label on the process. If you are going … Read more

By Mark Tudi | It is hard to imagine the need or the reality of working for nothing. As ludicrous as it sounds, it may be the way to separate yourself from the rest of the pack. If you have located your ideal company to work for, one that you might stick around with and … Read more

By Mark Tudi | I have attended a number of trade shows and career fairs across the country where I have met hundreds of people who desired employment in the sports industry. I appreciated their enthusiasm and desire. All of them told me that either they were going to call or send their resume to … Read more