We recently interviewed Keith Hayden from new Irish jobs website SportsJobs.ie
What is SportsJobs.ie ?
SportsJobs.ie is the new job site dedicated to individuals working in the sports and recreation sectors in Ireland.
We cater for the full spectrum of jobs in sport and our aim is to offer a professional online facility where all sporting professionals can access jobs and information relevant to their fields.
How did it start?
One of our directors has a background in executive recruitment and an avid interest in sports and together with a couple of other like-minded individuals spent some time researching the market. According to the Irish Sports Council (Report, 2010) there are over 38,000 people employed in the sports sector and 270,000 volunteers. In addition there are thousands more studying a sports related course in college. This coupled with the continuing increase in professionalism in all sports convinced us that there was a gap in the Irish market for a ‘sports only’ niche board.
The site was developed and tested for several months at the end of last year. Early interest has been good and the site receives significant hits within Ireland and from Overseas though we are yet to launch a major marketing campaign. SportsJobs.ie has received some very positive feedback from organizations that have advertised with us.
What does the site do?
Initially SportsJobs.ie was set up to be a predominantly jobs related site. However through testing, researching and taking on board users and organisation’s suggestions we have developed a number of additional initiatives. Some have worked, some haven’t, but as a young company developing a new service, we believe it is important not to be afraid to try out new ideas.
First and foremost as a ‘job board’ we offer organisations the opportunity to advertise, on our site. for an introductory rate of just €90.00 for 30 days. Unlike many job boards we try and support each individual job advertisement by innovative use of search engine technologies etc.
We started a page which gives ‘A Day in the Life Of…’ in which we have interviews from professionals in various positions in sport. We have had a very good reaction to this both from individuals seeking a career in sport and from sports fans just interested in seeing what the dream job consists of! Users of the site have responded very positively to this new addition with one article, by Vinny Hammond, a High Performance Analyst in the IRFU, receiving in excess of 600 hits within 12 hours.
We are currently setting up discussion boards for different sports to allow users to interact with each other in relation to sport or careers. Users can also contact us if they have any questions or are looking for any sports related information and we will endeavour to source it for them or point in the right direction.
The objective of our ‘Course Calendar’ page is to create a central point where all sports qualification courses could be found, thus eliminating the need for searching each individual sports website. This initiative came from a number of user recommendations.
We are also passionate about the Olympics and would love to see more hype about it. After all the greatest sporting event of the decade is on our doorstep. As the Olympic Torch is coming to Ireland we started a ‘Who Should Carry the Olympic Torch’ page asking for suggestions. However the Olympic Council of Ireland felt it infringed their intellectual property rights and at their request we took it down.
As we are a relatively new company we will continue to test new initiatives and are delighted when users and sport bodies contribute suggestions. After all it is your board and we wish to make it as ‘user friendly’ and useful as can be.
How well is it doing?
So far we are very pleased to have had jobs posted by organisations such as the FAI, IRFU, GAA, Cricket Ireland, Badminton Ireland, Cycling Ireland, Basketball Ireland, Ladies Gaelic Football , Triathlon Ireland and others. With these major National Governing Bodies utilising the services of SportsJobs.ie, we hope this will transcend right across all National Governing Bodies and sports organisations in Ireland.
SportsJobs.ie has seen a steady rise in visitors to the site since it first launched. We have seen an ever increasing number of user hits to the site each month and what is particularly exciting is that we are receiving significant hits from countries too such as Australia, New Zealand, the US and Europe, and especially from the UK.
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