Obtaining a job in baseball is competitive but not impossible. Ideally, the best time to get your foot in the door is as an intern during college. Teams frequently hire interns to work for nothing or a small stipend. In return, they become part of the baseball organization network, which is vital for finding a career in baseball. Teams like to hire from within the network, relying on recommendations from other teams and building relationships at the annual winter baseball meetings. Landing a baseball job as an outside applicant is still possible, but considerably more difficult than working through the baseball ranks.
Research employment opportunities on Major League Baseball's website, as well as Minor League Baseball's website. Usually teams looking to hire an outside applicant will post the job listing on these sites. If you see nothing available, contact local teams from each minor or major league level.
Determine how flexible you are in terms of location, job responsibilities and salary. Baseball jobs are in high demand and frequently do not pay well, especially at the minor league levels. If you truly want a career in baseball, do not limit yourself geographically. If you are willing to get your foot in the door anywhere in the country, you will improve your chances of landing a job and can always make your way back home once you're in the network.
Create a cover letter explaining your desire to work in baseball. Understand that no matter what position you hold, baseball requires long hours during the season, sometimes 14 hours a day and seven days a week during homestands. If you can express to a team that you understand the commitment it takes to work in baseball, you are more likely to get an interview.
Show your passion for the game and the business side of baseball at your interview. Baseball professionals enjoy talking sports and usually care about the game and its history. You must, however, realize that teams don't want to just hire baseball fans; they want to hire capable employees.
Keep an open mind when listening to a job offer. Initially, most jobs in baseball pay poorly. However, through hard work, a person can elevate personal income and job status by performing well and networking. Remember that if you really want to work in baseball, getting your foot in the door is paramount.
Tips & Warnings
- Most interns are college students, but if you're not a college student, do not shy away from applying for an internship job. Just realize that interns get paid very little and frequently work 100-hour weeks during the season. This means there is little time for family and certainly no time for another part-time job to supplement your income.
- Create as many contacts as possible while in baseball. Consider keeping a directory of all your contacts for future reference. This may include representatives from other teams, vendors or sponsors. You never know when someone else's contacts may help you in your connections.
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