Book Reviews

Book Review: Your Dream Job Game Plan

I have said it time and time again, so if you are any sort of regular reader in these parts of the web, you know that my first foray into the sports agent profession was as an intern at Career Sports & Entertainment.  The President of the Client Representation division at CS&E is Molly Fletcher, who I was able to work with plenty of times during my time at the company.  I learned more from Molly about the industry than any single person at CS&E.  Part of the reason is because she was the go-to person for every sport, so my work had to be up to her standards on every project.  Another reason is because she always welcomed me into her office and was happy to share any information that my inquisitive mind would wonder about.  When I heard that Molly was writing a book, I made sure that her publisher knew to send me a copy pronto.

Your Dream Job Game Plan: 5 tools for becoming your own career agent is Molly’s first attempt at being an author.  The book is easy to read and straight to the point.  It will tell you the do’s and don’ts when it comes to trying to trying to get your dream job.  Molly takes you into her own life, explaining how she got to where she is today, and then offers tips on how to create your own kind of success in business.  She offen uses sports and her clients as examples to stress certain points.  Being a five-tool player is not only for athletes.

Molly Fletcher - Your Dream Job Game PlanYour Dream Job Game Plan is a good read for young, driven people who want to learn more about what it takes to succeed in this very competitive job market.  While I did not ever really get immersed in the book and actually had a little trouble getting through the whole thing, it offers some great tips for those about to approach a job interview, write a resume, or enter an important meeting.  Everything that Molly writes is true, but if you have already gone through a lot of the motions, then you may feel like skipping certain sections.  However, anyone who applies for an internship at Dynasty, should really read it.  You do not know how many resumes I receive with spelling errors or that look sloppy.  Also, in an introduction email with your resume attached, the last thing you want to do is come off impersonal, as if you are sending the same email to twenty different companies.  And NEVER send my HR department an email with ten other HR department emails in the same byline.  Common sense, people!

Anyway, if you are interested in possibly gaining an edge among the competition when it comes to building relationships, networking, being proper, etc, then Your Dream Job Game Plan is the book for you.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.