Jake Kelfer

The Power and Influence of a Successful Mentor

They are arguably the most important people in your professional career. Having a mentor is a crucial aspect to a successful career. (Image via Lynda.com) Tim Ferriss recently wrote a book called Tribe of Mentors, and after listening to him talk about it on 5 or so podcasts, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of mentorship. More than that, I’ve been thinking about what makes a great mentor and what impact they can have on someone’s life. Finding […]

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The Mentality of a Great Sports Salesperson

No matter your field or place in your career, sales is a way of life. Image via cleverpm.com Get your mind right and your game tight. To succeed in sports sales, you have to have the right mentality. I’m not talking about a sales only mentality and a numbers quota. I’m talking about a mentality focused on relationships and growth. The interesting thing about sales is even when you aren’t in sales, you’re in sales. Sales is a way of life […]

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How Informational Interviews Can Turn Into Job Opportunities

Use this simple job strategy to go for it! We’ve all heard of someone getting a job that wasn’t posted or that we didn’t even know existed. What we don’t always hear is how. Sports is a unique industry in the sense that jobs are posted year round with an influx at the start of every big season. Teams need seasonal interns and associates. Brands and other companies need summer, winter and spring interns. There are plenty of opportunities out there; […]

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Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help in Your Pursuit of Greatness

Whatever top you want to get to, you will need help along the way. Via LinkedIn.com Human beings have an internal desire to help other humans. While we may not always act on this desire, we all have it. We all know how great it feels to help someone, so the question is why aren’t we always doing it? Well, one of the main reasons is… people don’t ask for help. Why? Because, they are scared they’ll be bothering someone, scared […]

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Internships and Their Ability to Drive Your Career Forward

Each step along the way is important foundation piece for your career. In part one we broke down how internships are an incredible opportunity to learn. In part two we talked about how internships are a place for personal and professional growth. For the final part of this three part article series, I am going to share how internships can be great for improving your resume and making you stand out. It’s no surprise that internships are a building block for […]

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3 Reasons Why Internships are so Valuable

Internships are about more than just getting coffee. Welcome to Part 1 of a 3-part internship series. For my next three articles I am going to break down different benefits of internships so you can maximize your experience and set yourself up for your future career success and enjoyment. People often talk about the value of an internship. Some people say they are pointless. Others will stand by them forever. Personally, I think internships are massively valuable and a huge part […]

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How to Be a Leader During an Internship

You don’t have to be a CEO to be a leader. Photo via www.dukeintegrativemedicine.org Leadership is a choice. You don’t have to have a CEO or VP or some high level title to be a leader. You just have to DO. Leaders take action and empower and inspire the people around them to as well. With the sports industry being so competitive, establishing yourself as a leader is a great way to differentiate yourself from your peers. Leaders make the people […]

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3 Things Every Sports Professional Should Be Doing Daily

These easy tips will help you find the success you have dreamed about. Throughout the years I’ve noticed that there are several things all great sports business professionals do. It’s not enough to be average; you deserve to be great. Doing these three things daily will help you achieve your definition of success and make the impact you desire. 1. Build your personal brand In today’s world, you are expected to have a social media presence. It is the first thing someone […]

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4 Resume Tips to Make a Great First Impression

How to give your resume the best chance at being included in the “Yes” pile. Image via addicted2success.com We all know how important a resume is. We all know the resume is often the first time a recruiter has the chance to become familiar with a candidate. What we might not know, though, is that according to Business Insider the average time a recruiter spends on a resume is 6 seconds. Yes, I said 6 seconds which is hard to believe. […]

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Why Social Media is a Must in #SportsBiz

Even if just for fun, you will meet some of the best people ever Building a brand on social media has become increasingly important. Photo via marketingland.com We are living in a digital world. We are living in a world where screens, not people are becoming the most common method of communication. I still believe human connection is the number one way to build relationships and create opportunities but that’s a topic for another time. Technology is continuing to become more […]

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