Athletes Resume

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I believe strongly in the skills & attributes acquired during the course of athletic play. I believe these skills are directly transferable into the workforce. Like anything else in athletics the job search takes coaching, training & persistence. This deck is targeted to current collegiate athletes who are preparing their first resume or cover letter.

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  • Athletes Resume

    1. 1. The Leading Job Board for Athletes
    2. 2. POP QUIZ! <ul><li>The purpose of a resume is to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get a job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get an interview </li></ul></ul>B. Get an interview
    3. 3. True or False <ul><li>TRUE / FALSE : My resume needs to be “ eye-catching ” – I should use neon-orange paper & BIG fonts. </li></ul>FALSE – The content of your resume is what’s important! Employers don’t care about “gimmicks” – we care about substance .
    4. 4. True or False The average resume will reach the trash can in the same amount of time Usain Bolt will reach the finish line in the 100 meter sprint: TRUE That’s right the average resume gets viewed for 10 seconds or less.
    5. 5. <ul><li>Experience </li></ul><ul><li>What is a resume? </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing to write your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Resume content areas </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Design </li></ul><ul><li>Cover letters </li></ul><ul><li>Employment Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>Overview
    6. 6. <ul><li>Gaining relative work experience is a must </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From sophomore year on, jobs should be more than a paycheck </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Target jobs that will give you relative experience in the field(s) that you want to enter after graduation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seek opportunities that will give you the opportunity to gain skills you are lacking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t assume that retail or restaurant jobs are not important </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Now is the time to take unpaid internships or job shadow opportunities even if your chosen field does not requires one. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>After graduation you will have many expenses and won’t be able to afford to go unpaid </li></ul></ul></ul>Experience
    7. 7. <ul><li>The single most important tool you need to start your career </li></ul><ul><li>One page (NO MORE!) summary of your education, experience, skills and accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Gets you to the interview so you can get the job! </li></ul>What is a resume?
    8. 8. Preparing to write your resume <ul><li>Take time to do a self-assessment on paper </li></ul><ul><li>Outline your skills and abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Outline your work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget extra curricular activities </li></ul><ul><li>Have 1 paragraph worth of information for each item listed to include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concrete, quantifiable data (awards/targets/quotas) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Success stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List of skills and abilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ways in which each item illustrates one of your strengths/weaknesses </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Preparing your resume (continued) Building a Resume Grid Resume Item Job or Experience Awards/ Achievements from job Success Stories Skills/Assets Job Provided Strengths/ Weaknesses Illustrated in Job   Recruiting Manager Enterprise Rent-a-Car                     <ul><li>Consistently met hiring forecast </li></ul><ul><li>Received Administrative MVP Award </li></ul><ul><li>Awarded Exceptional Achievement Award </li></ul><ul><li>Highest Intern conversion % in corporation </li></ul><ul><li>Increased Intern Conversion % from previous year </li></ul><ul><li>Increased Internet hire % from previous year </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>time management </li></ul><ul><li>public speaking skills   </li></ul><ul><li>developed relationships with colleges/universities </li></ul><ul><li>Competitive </li></ul><ul><li>tend to be reactive </li></ul><ul><li>strong sales ability </li></ul><ul><li>public relations skills </li></ul>    ***must be quantifiable      
    10. 10. Resume content areas <ul><ul><li>Personal Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career objective (optional) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional Experience -- Professional organization/community involvement/extracurricular activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awards and honors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>References (separate sheet) </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Personal Information <ul><ul><li>All contact information should go at the top of your resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not use nicknames </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a professional or neutral email address </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use both your permanent and school addresses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include home and school phone numbers and don’t forget area codes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If listing your cell phone – be sure to have a professional greeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not include personal statistics (height, weight, marital status), religious affiliation or pictures </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Objective <ul><li>Tells potential employers the type of work you hope to do </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tailor your objective to each employer you target/every job you seek </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Type of position you are seeking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Type of organization or work environment </li></ul></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Sample Objective Statements <ul><li>Objective: Recent Graduate seeking an entry-level, full time position as an Account Representative with a pharmaceutical company that will use my chemistry background and ability to work on a self-directed basis in managing a marketing territory . </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: College intern seeking to obtain a challenging, entry-level position in Broadcast Journalism, with a special interest in reporting, anchoring, and producing with a commercial television station. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Education <ul><li>Items to include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Degree attaining </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Major </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minors or concentrations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institution attending </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduation date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure that the date or expected completion is clear </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only include GPA if it is higher than 3.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic honors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Items to NOT include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anything related to high school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List of classes taking or taken </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Work Experience <ul><li>Items to include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Title of your position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Name of organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Location of company (city and state) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date of employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Description of experience with emphasis on specific skills and achievements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Include 3-5 points to outline the accomplishments and knowledge gained </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Use action words to describe your job duties </li></ul>
    16. 16. Work Experience (continued) <ul><li>Specific Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpersonal skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Written communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analytical skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrated Work Ethic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership ability </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Work Experience (continued) Action Words: <ul><li>achieved </li></ul><ul><li>acquired </li></ul><ul><li>adapted </li></ul><ul><li>addressed </li></ul><ul><li>administered </li></ul><ul><li>analyzed </li></ul><ul><li>anticipated </li></ul><ul><li>assembled </li></ul><ul><li>assisted </li></ul><ul><li>audited </li></ul><ul><li>budgeted </li></ul><ul><li>calculated </li></ul><ul><li>centralized </li></ul><ul><li>changed </li></ul><ul><li>collaborated </li></ul><ul><li>composed </li></ul><ul><li>condensed </li></ul><ul><li>conducted </li></ul><ul><li>constructed </li></ul><ul><li>contracted </li></ul><ul><li>converted </li></ul><ul><li>coordinated </li></ul><ul><li>created </li></ul><ul><li>cultivated </li></ul><ul><li>demonstrated </li></ul><ul><li>designed </li></ul><ul><li>developed </li></ul><ul><li>devised </li></ul><ul><li>discovered </li></ul><ul><li>doubled </li></ul><ul><li>drafted </li></ul><ul><li>edited </li></ul><ul><li>eliminated </li></ul><ul><li>enforced </li></ul><ul><li>established </li></ul><ul><li>evaluated </li></ul><ul><li>expanded </li></ul><ul><li>explained </li></ul><ul><li>forecasted </li></ul><ul><li>formed </li></ul><ul><li>founded </li></ul><ul><li>generated </li></ul><ul><li>guided </li></ul><ul><li>hired </li></ul><ul><li>implemented </li></ul><ul><li>improved </li></ul><ul><li>informed </li></ul><ul><li>insured </li></ul><ul><li>interpreted </li></ul><ul><li>interviewed </li></ul><ul><li>launched </li></ul><ul><li>maintained </li></ul><ul><li>managed </li></ul><ul><li>marketed </li></ul><ul><li>minimized </li></ul><ul><li>motivated </li></ul><ul><li>negotiated </li></ul><ul><li>obtained </li></ul><ul><li>operated </li></ul><ul><li>organized </li></ul><ul><li>originated </li></ul><ul><li>oversaw </li></ul><ul><li>performed </li></ul><ul><li>planned </li></ul><ul><li>prevented </li></ul><ul><li>produced </li></ul><ul><li>programmed </li></ul><ul><li>promoted </li></ul><ul><li>provided </li></ul><ul><li>published </li></ul><ul><li>recruited </li></ul><ul><li>reorganized </li></ul><ul><li>reported </li></ul><ul><li>researched </li></ul><ul><li>resolved </li></ul><ul><li>reviewed </li></ul><ul><li>selected </li></ul><ul><li>separated </li></ul><ul><li>set up </li></ul><ul><li>simplified </li></ul><ul><li>solved </li></ul><ul><li>surveyed </li></ul><ul><li>staffed </li></ul><ul><li>supervise </li></ul><ul><li>taught </li></ul><ul><li>trained </li></ul><ul><li>used </li></ul>
    18. 18. Additional Experience <ul><li>Show that you’re a leader!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Include any leadership positions you’ve held in professional organizations, athletics, student clubs/organizations, fraternities/sororities </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight community involvement or professional affiliations </li></ul><ul><li>Include athletic experience </li></ul>
    19. 19. Awards and Honors <ul><li>List any awards and honors you have received as well as any achievements in work school or athletics </li></ul><ul><li>Include dean’s list honors, scholarships and honor society inductions & athletic directors honor role. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Professional Skills <ul><li>Languages </li></ul><ul><li>Computer skills </li></ul><ul><li>Any special skills or training </li></ul>
    21. 21. References <ul><li>First ask before using someone as a reference before giving their name to a potential employers. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to verify: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Correct spelling of their name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current position/title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best phone number to reach them at </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do NOT include references on the resume </li></ul><ul><li>You may note “References furnished upon request” at the bottom on your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Have a separate page (same paper/font as resume) with references </li></ul>
    22. 22. Resume Design <ul><li>Use white or off-white 8 ½ X 11 inch paper </li></ul><ul><li>Use a font size of 10-14 pts </li></ul><ul><li>Use non-decorative typefaces (Times New Roman, Arial) </li></ul><ul><li>Stick with one typeface </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid italics , script, and underlined words </li></ul><ul><li>Do not use acronyms or abbreviations </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a pattern of spacing and stick with it </li></ul><ul><li>Do not use horizontal or vertical lines, graphics, pictures or shading </li></ul><ul><li>Do not fold or staple your resume </li></ul><ul><li>If mailing your resume, put it in a large envelope (and summon the carrier pigeon) </li></ul>
    23. 23. Resume Example: Remember to include both current and permanent addresses. You can also include a skills/accomplishments section prior to listing work experience. Optional Skills Summary
    24. 24. Cover Letters <ul><li>Explains why you are interested in the position and why you are a “fit” for the job </li></ul><ul><li>Describes the relevant skills and knowledge you have attained and relates them to the position you are applying for </li></ul><ul><li>When writing a cover letter: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit the company website to review the job description and important information about the organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalize each cover letter with the appropriate business and contact name (don’t ever assume contact is male or female – find out!) </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Employment Applications <ul><li>Many companies today use online applications in lieu of resumes. </li></ul><ul><li>Read and follow application directions </li></ul><ul><li>Fill out the application completely </li></ul><ul><li>NEVER write “see resume” on any application or other document </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you application information is accurate </li></ul><ul><li>ALWAYS proofread before submitting </li></ul>
    26. 26. Additional Resume Tips <ul><li>Proofread, Proofread, Proofread! </li></ul><ul><li>Should be neat, appealing and unique </li></ul><ul><li>Visit Corporate Playbook for additional examples www.thecorproateplaybook.com </li></ul><ul><li>When submitting resumes online make sure to visit company website, take notes on the verbiage used to describe the position. Insert those </li></ul><ul><li>action words & descriptors into </li></ul><ul><li>your resume. This will help with </li></ul><ul><li>keyword association & increase </li></ul><ul><li>the likelihood of your resume </li></ul><ul><li>making it through the digital gate. </li></ul>

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