Jul 4, 2015
By BETH MAIMAN
As the moderator of the panel “Negotiate Your way,” MLB.com’s Jim Jenks estimated that between he and the three panelists, they’ve combined for about 150 hires.
Jenks, the Miami Herald’s Jorge Rojas, USA Today’s Gerry Ahern and Philadelphia 76ers’ Lara Price shared stories, answered questions and provided insight to that process, ranging from how to find a career within the sports media field to how to ask for a raise or promotion.
When it came to securing a new job, each member of the panel talked about various scenarios that people often run into and the best way to approach those situations.
“Understand the culture of the place you are applying for,” said Jenks, a vice president and executive producer with MLB Advanced Media.
He suggested going out and finding the people you want to work for and truly get a sense of who they are and what their company is trying to accomplish.
In addition to having knowledge about the place you are applying to, Rojas suggested that people applying for jobs should have a sense of curiosity for it, no matter what the potential position is.
“People who aren’t interested, it comes across in the interview,” said Rojas, who is sports editor of the Miami Herald.
He added that it is key to not play yourself out of a job.
It’s important to try to make connections with future employers, but it is vital to understand that they have hectic schedules. Price said that there is “a line between being persistent and being a pest.” Price, the vice president of business operations for the 76ers, relayed the importance of being respectful of a potential employer’s time.
The panel also fielded questions from the audience about how to bring up the topic of a promotion or salary when employed or starting a new job.
When job searching for a new place to work, Ahern said it’s important to have a boss that will have your back and to be aware that that they have your best interests.
Ahern, the vice president of content for the USA TODAY Sports Media Group, suggested that it is important to build a case for yourself and keep score of what you have done.
Panel members also stressed the importance of not comparing yourself to others when asking for changes within your job.
“Dealing with your boss with respect will go a long way,” Jenks said.