Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Winter Meetings: Day Three

Monday, December 8th, 2008
Monday was a wonderful change in what seems to be a rollercoaster of a job fair. Monday marked the beginning of the interviews for positions to which I had four interviews with the following positions:

Intern, Las Vegas 51’s
Marketing Trainee, Atlanta Braves
Inside Sales Representative, San Francisco Giants
Inside Sales Representative, Portland Beavers

The confusion that surrounded the day did allow for these four jobs to be possible to interview for. Based on my experience in marketing/sales, I was very pleased to see these types of results with the first day. It was really a wonderful feeling to interview with four of the jobs that I applied for the day before, with several more to come in the future days while in Las Vegas. The second day is supposed to be the big day for interviews and I will look forward to seeing how round two turns out as day one provided a ton of excitement as well as confusion. One of the most confusing parts to the first day of interviews was that the teams decided to select the times for the interviews which led to two overlaps of interviews that did eventually work themselves out, while creating plenty of anxiety. This day also saw new jobs and opportunities present themselves that I did apply for in the following positions:

Minnesota Twins Internships
Los Angeles Dodgers Minor League Video and Baseball Operations Internship
New Britain Rock Cats Ticket/Operations Intern
Salem Red Sox Baseball Operations Internship
San Antonio Missions Director of Public Relations
Augusta Green Jackets Corporate Sales Manager
Amberdeen Ironbirds Corporate Sales Manager
Savannah Sand Gnats Public/Media Relations Intern
Connecticut Defenders Group Sales Internship
Memphis Redbirds Communications Internship
Detroit/Lakeland Tigers Media Relations Coordinator

By broadening my horizons to these new positions, I hope to be able to receive further interview possibilities after a first day. Tuesday promises to be a busy day of shuffling back and forth between the Bellagio, where the MLB winter meetings are being held and the Las Vegas Hilton, where the PBEO (pbeo.com) job fair is occurring. Tomorrow brings a promise to be a fantastic day with second interviews, new interviews with many new teams and hopefully a fantastic opportunity in baseball operations at some point. With interviews with the Pirates, a career conference with the Cubs and hopefully some surprises, Tuesday will be the highlight of the trip.

One thing that I did determine today was that the entry level positions for baseball are a stepping stone for a future career. No matter what job any job seekers accept, baseball is ready to continue its growth. From what I have gathered to this point, the Baseball Winter Meetings will hopefully provide the first of many steps towards a career in the sport for many.

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