What you need for an athlete's resume

Put together a résumé as an athlete

Whatever your professional ambitions, the role of a resume is not to get you a job, but to get you an interview. It gives you a chance to meet face-to-face with your future coach, trainer, or team.

For an atypical profession, such as an athlete or professional coach, it's also worth the effort to venture into an original format. A video resume can help you stand out, show your charisma, and include images of your athletic accomplishments.

In all cases, you'll need the classic paper version. Let's see how to structure it.

Ideal sports resume layout:

  • One page.
  • Readable and professional font (Arial, Times New Roman).
  • Clearly delineated headings.
  • Generous margins (2 to 2.5 cm).
  • Discreet logos and graphics.
  • Limited use of color.

It's time to put the structure on paper.

Typical structure for a sports resume

An athlete's resume is written in an anti-chronological resume format. This simply means that your experience and studies are sorted from the most recent to the oldest. The rest of the resume structure is designed to give the recruiter a sense of reading and, therefore, give him or her a logical reason to meet with you.

Here, in perfect order, are the sections to include on your resume:

  • In your opinion.
  • Photo (optional)
  • Teaser (to be written last)
  • Professional experience
  • School path
  • Skills and abilities
  • Additional section (foreign languages, areas of interest)
  • Awards

Nothing complicated here, let's get on with filling out the cap!

Expert Tips

As a professional athlete or athlete, you will definitely have to travel to competitions or even develop overseas. If your personal situation requires it, consider writing your resume in a foreign language as well. This can help you score points!

Start with a headline, a title, and a picture

Your sports resume headline is probably the easiest part, as it only includes your full name, cell phone number, work email address and, if you have one, a link to your LinkedIn profile or personal website.

The first little difficulty is the title of the resume

  • Examples of resume titles for jobs in sports:
  • Professional soccer player (right-winger in N2)
  • Athletic trainer in basketball
  • Athletic educator (back to coaching after injuries)

As you can see, specifying only "athlete" or even "soccer player" would be too vague. So be sure to include your sport or specialty, and then ask yourself a photo question.

Should you put a photo on an athlete's resume?

In most countries, it is not necessary to put a photo on the athletic trainer resume.

Once you have your headline ready, get started on your professional path.


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