Launching in 2018–“Introduction to Careers in Sports Business” is an online course that will include information that would take months, or even years to learn independently.


We offer individual career coaching to help you land your first sports job! First Sports Job provides career counseling for new and transitioning future sports professionals. 


Hear from others who have worked with Dawn and First Sports Job to gain industry insight and them launch their career in sports.


7 Ways to Launch Your Sports Career

Introduction to Careers in Sports Business

Launching in January 2018

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So You Want to Be a Sports Agent

Coming Soon


Sports Marketing 101

Coming Soon

About First Sports Job

What We Do

First Sports Job is dedicated to helping recent graduates and career transitioners take the first step to landing their dream job in sports by providing curated and customized content, courses and coaching services. Our access to both seasoned industry veterans and newcomers to sports management provides unique insight to our anyone interested in a career in sports.

Meet the Founder of First Sports Job

Dawn L. Ridley is the founder and President of First Sports, a company dedicated to helping individuals secure their first position in the sports industry. She has served as the Senior Vice President for NFL PLAYERS, the marketing and licensing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association, Vice President, Business Development for D.C. United, and has held positions with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) and the Atlanta Braves. Ridley is also on the faculty at Georgetown University and American University and has served as an instructor at Johns Hopkins University and at George Washington University.  Her expertise in Sports Management, Marketing, Branding, Business Development, Strategy and Innovation has made her a sought-after speaker at numerous organizations and universities, including Harvard University, the National Alliance of Youth Sports, the Virginia Association of Marketing Educators and several others.

Wrapping Up 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, it’s a great time to take a look back at some of the highlights of the year. It has been quite a busy year, but it’s been really fun to work with students and professionals who are interesting in working in the sports industry. One of the highlights of […]

Ridley Serves as Guest Lecturer for Georgetown Summer Sports Industry Management Program

First Sports Job founder Dawn Ridley was a guest lecturer at the Georgetown University Summer Sports Industry Management Institute. Over 100 high school students gathered at Georgetown University for a behind the scenes look at the business of sports.Ridley’s presentation included an in depth discussion about sports marketing, sponsorship and licensing. She also highlighted career […]