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Live the dream: Work in sports

By Diane Janes
Career Connection Editor


Dreaming of a career that combines work and play?

"You don't need to be an athlete to get a job in sports," says Cary Kaplan.

Kaplan is the former Hamilton Bulldogs president and founder of Cosmos Sports, a fan-focused sports management company based in Mississagua.

Now he has turned his attention to the Internet and launched the first all Canadian sports job website.


The site, www.canadiansportsjobs.com, was officially established on June 1, 2004, and has received more than 500,000 hits, 7,000 visitors and 650 registered members in the first month, Kaplan says.

The site, which is completely free for job seekers to browse, register and apply for career opportunities, is designed to put an end to the tedious and cumbersome process for those who would love to work in sports, but are unsure of how to get there.

Links on the site include tips on writing a sports resume and the positions posted cover the gamut from management, sales and physiotherapy to community relations and media.

Cosmos Sports has successfully hosted two Sports Careers Conferences in the past year, with speakers from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Toronto Blue Jays, WWE, the CFL, Toronto Argos, IMG, Hockey Night in Canada and many others.

"We are rapidly taking a leadership role in bridging the gap between sports employers and passionate sports enthusiasts seeking sports-related employment," Kaplan says.

Another Sports Careers conference is scheduled for October. Watch for details on www.cosmossports.com closer to the event.

"If employers are looking to hire people for sports camps, sports retail, sports manufacturing, sports media, sports teams, sports therapy, sporting goods, or sports marketing, www.canadiansportsjobs.com offers a fresh and affordable option," Kaplan says.

For more information, call 1-877-626-7667 or 905-206-0076, or visit these websites: www.canadiansportsjobs.com or www.cosmossports.com.



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