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Writing your Sports Career Resume

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One thing about sports careers that you either already know or will soon realize: A lot of people are interested in these positions.

Because of this, it's important to write a sports career resume that connects with a prospective employer. Typically, sports career employers receive numerous resumes when a position opens. Make sure your resume stands out.

Here are some ideas for writing an effective resume, along with some specific ideas for a sports career resume.

List Contact Information

Start your resume with contact information. The goal typically is to land an interview. Placing this information at the top of your resume should prove helpful. After you win over the prospective employer with the rest of your resume, they will need this information to contact you.

This is one category in your resume where it is important to be in-depth. List your address, the various phone numbers where you can be reached, as well as e-mail addresses.

Be Clear and Concise

By taking time to organize your resume, the prospective employer will see that you are a person with effective communication skills, pride in making a good first impression, and passion for for the job.

I like a resume that immediately grabs attention. One way to do this is to list five to ten accomplishments right at the top. These may receive more detail further down in the resume but putting them first will grab attention.

Organize your resume in categories. This will help the reader process the information and will later serve as effective reference material. For most sports career positions, a one- or two-page resume should suffice. If a resume is running long, combine some experiences or cut experiences that have little to do with the current position you’re applying for.

Update Often

As your work or education experiences change, make sure you not only note them in your resume but re-organize your resume to emphasize the changes that best reflect your current qualifications. Don’t simply tack on one job after another. Outline the accomplishments: work, education, and experience, that best apply to the pursued position, followed by lesser accomplishments. If the list is getting long, combine some experiences or delete some all together.

Get It Right

Do not exaggerate your accomplishments. Employers are going to take time to investigate the accuracy of your resume. Make sure the facts of your experience are precise and expressed in an accurate manner.

Take the time to re-read your resume to find any typos or grammatical errors. While this can take some time, it is important to have everything right. Have a colleague or friend review your resume for these types of mistakes.

In expressing your accomplishments, be specific but do not exaggerate. For instance, if your department improved season-ticket sales, include the exact percentage season ticket sales improved as well as your role in that improvement.

Tweak to Specific Job

As you apply for a specific sports career job, adjust your resume to highlight the experiences that best express why you are the best person for the available sports career position.

Express Yourself

In presentation and content, let your personality shine through. This will help the prospective employer remember your resume and help you stand out from the crowd. This is especially important in sports careers where numerous people often are pursuing the same position.

By including your interests, you often can express your passion for sports. This may be especially helpful for a person without much career experience.

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