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WorkInSports Publishes Inaugural State of Sports Hiring Report

HR Tech Outlook | Thursday, September 16, 2021

Employers are refusing to communicate with candidates. When asked to identify their most significant challenges when looking for work on job boards, 54.0 percent of respondents mentioned "ghosting" – applying for jobs and not hearing back from employers.

FREMONT, CA: WorkInSports, a leading employment hub of the sports industry and part of the iHire family of talent brands, has published its inaugural State of Sports Hiring Report. On the basis of a survey of 340 job seekers in the sports industry, the report offers employers insights on recruitment and retention in the middle of a "Great Resignation" and a widening skills gap. 

Key findings from WorkInSports' survey include:

Employees are looking at greener turfs. 58.1 percent of job seekers surveyed were employed and actively or passively looking for a new job. This suggests that the majority of sports professionals are considering leaving their current positions, indicating the possibility of a "Great Resignation." 23.4 percent of unemployed respondents were not working since they were changing careers or exploring new industries.

The skills gap is increasing. 42.7 percent of sports job seekers are struggling to find jobs for which they are qualified (the third most cited job search challenge), and 40.5 percent admitted to applying for a job for which they were underqualified in the previous year. Furthermore, 58.0 percent of candidates are concerned about standing out from the crowd in a competitive market – the top trend respondents predicted would impact their job search in the coming year. These statistics indicate that more training and hands-on education are required to develop the next generation of sports professionals.

Employers are refusing to communicate with candidates. When asked to identify their most significant challenges when looking for work on job boards, 54.0 percent of respondents mentioned "ghosting" – applying for jobs and not hearing back from employers. Furthermore, 63.8 percent of survey respondents wished employers would specify the next steps in the hiring process (such as when to expect recruiters to schedule interviews) in their job postings, indicating the need for improved communication channels.

Job boards are the unsung heroes of today's sports job search. If they need to find work quickly, 66.1 percent of job seekers said they first go to online job boards. In comparison, 10.5 percent said they go to a specific company's website first, 8.7 percent use a search engine, and 5.1 percent use social media. Furthermore, 60.7 percent of respondents applied for jobs through a job board or online talent community in the previous year.

"As sports continues attempting its post-COVID comeback, employers are struggling to hire the employees that keep their organizations, franchises, arenas, stadiums, leagues, and teams running," stated Brian Clapp, Host of the WorkInSports Podcast and VP of Content & Engaged Learning. "Previously displaced workers are changing jobs or exploring careers in different industries, while newer job seekers may not possess the experience and skillsets needed to fill the roles left behind. Sports hiring pros can turn to our first-ever State of Sports Hiring Report to form a better game plan for recruiting and retaining talent in the coming months."

“Our technology platform, comprising 56 industry-specific talent communities, connects employers with five-times more qualified talent whose resumes match their required skill sets,” said Steve Flook, iHire’s president and CEO.

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