Building A Resume For Success
Convert sports experience into business language.
STEP 1: TARGET
Identify the career/position athlete is pursuing.
Review the company profiles that are on Ascending Athletes' website.
For large employers, their Human Resources Information System (HRIS) will match the key words in their job description to the words in a resume. If key words are not evident, the resume may not make it to the eyes of a recruiter. It is very important that the resume speaks to the position using common language.
STEP 2: WORK EXPERIENCE
Tie experiences to positions presented in job description.
Do not write about football accomplishments.
List four to five attributes that have been developed through playing your sport. If there are multiple teams, the main employer should be your league - example: NFL. This allows you to speak to the attributes developed throughout the entire experience. All teams may still be listed below.
ATTRIBUTES OF A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE
➢ Achieve Goals
➢ Agile Leaders
➢ Analytical Skills
➢ Commitment to Excellence
➢ Communication Skills
STEP 3: SUMMARY/OVERVIEW
This section is at the top of the resume and ties all experiences and attributes together.
Tell them why they should hire you.
Normally, you would be specific in this area to the career you are seeking. The example below is generic because it was written for interviews and meetings with several companies at a Career Fair.
Highly driven to be a part of and build a successful team and work environment. Self-motivated and always finding ways for self-improvement. Never settling and wanting to get better both individually and within an organization. Leadership abilities to guide a team towards a specific goal at multiple competitive levels. Very strong written and oral skills to be able to properly communicate information or message.
➢ Achieve Goals
➢ Goal Setting
➢ Learning New Systems
➢ Meeting a Challenge
➢ Motivation & Commitment
➢ Perform Under Pressure
➢ Persistence - Never Give Up Attitude
➢ Put Strategy into Action