Mastering the Job Search Process in Recreation and Leisure Services, Second Edition, is a practical guide full of tools and advice for recreation and leisure service professionals. This book simplifies the process of securing a job in recreation and leisure services by explaining every step from both an employer’s and applicant’s point of view.
Based on years of experience in the hiring process, this book reflects research conducted with over one thousand recreation and leisure services practitioners involved in the job search process. Their advice, as well as secrets to success, are included in this book.
- Worksheets, checklists, and case studies in each chapter make information more personal and field-specific
- Expanded discussion about the impact of technology on the job search process includes the latest information on electronic resumes and portfolios, the use of blogs, and the use of professional and social networks in researching organizations and positions.
- Appendices include lists of recreation and leisure organizations, online resources for newspapers and journals, questions most frequently asked by interviewers, and questions most frequently asked by candidates
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Job Search Process: Where to Begin?
Chapter 2 Careers
Chapter 3 Researching an Organization
Chapter 4 Portfolios
Chapter 5 Technology's Impact on the Job Search Process
Chapter 6 Cover Letters and Other Letters
Chapter 7 Resumes
Chapter 8 Interviewing
Chapter 9 The Role and Value of the Internship
Chapter 10 Evaluating the Job Offer
Chapter 11 Navigating the Transition from College to Professional Life
Appendix A Recreation an Leisure Services Professional Organizations and Associations
Appendix B Recreation and Leisure Services Journals and Publications
Appendix C Top Questions Asked By Interviewers
Appendix D Top Questions Asked by Candidates
About the Author(s)
Craig Ross, PhD - Indiana University, Indiana
Dr. Craig M. Ross is an Associate Professor in the recreational sports management curriculum through the Department of Recreation and Park Administration at Indiana University. He has served on or chaired over 40 professional search and screen committees involving the hiring process of recreation and leisure services professionals. He has previously worked in municipal parks and recreation and served as an Associate Director of Intramural Sports at Indiana University for over 15 years.
Brent Beggs, PhD - Illinois State University, Illinois
Dr. Brent A. Beggs currently teaches at the School of Kinesiology and Recreation at Illinois State University, where he has supervised student internships and taught students about the job search process. As a recreation professional, he has presented numerous times at state and regional conferences on resume development, the job search process, and marketing yourself for your first job in recreation.
Sarah J. Young, PhD - Indiana University, Indiana
Dr. Sarah J. Young, CRSS, CPRP, is an Associate Professor with the Department of Recreation and Park Administration at Indiana University. She is an active member of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association and the National Recreation and Park Association. Her areas of expertise include sport management/administration, legal issues, and safety/risk management as it relates to recreation, sports, and leisure services.