Athlete Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 10,677 Athlete resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Four Key Resume Tips For Landing an Athlete Job:

1.
Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
2.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Customer Service, be sure to list it as a skill.
3.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
4.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write an Athlete Resume

1
Contact Information
Name
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Address
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
2
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Athlete CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
3
Skills

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand athlete skills. Below we have listed the top skills for an athlete : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for an Athlete
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
4
Experience
We compared 10,677 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for an athlete job required by employers is 1.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average athlete job listing asks for 1.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average athlete candidate have?
The average athlete resume contains 1.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your athlete skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from athlete resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Male
Athlete

Candidate Info

8
Years In Workforce
7
Years As an Athlete
Master's Degree
Master's Degree - Area Studies
  • Team Captain NCAA Division 2 National Championship Qualifier (2014) Two-Time NCAA All- Region Award Member [ ]
  • Led the team to 2 conference championships and 1 national tournament appearance.
  • Played professionally on the 2012 Super Bowl championship team Named 2012 Super Bowl MVP
  • Advertise fitness apparel for a newly-established brand
  • Practice with National Championship basketball team 20 hours/week, preparing players for opponents.
Female
Athlete

Candidate Info

5
Years In Workforce
4
Years As an Athlete
Master's Degree
Master's Degree - Public Policy Analysis
  • Provide exceptional customer Provides suggestive sales with selling nike products Promote teamwork
  • Give great customer service and expertise on Nike products
  • Order and restock the department in order to meet Nike's visual standards and maintain the store's integrity.
  • Deliver a superior customer experience by representing the Nike brand and culture.
  • Promote Nike Maxim's through customer service, teamwork, and providing guidance to fellow Athletes.
Male
Athlete

Candidate Info

15
Years In Workforce
5
Years As an Athlete
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Experience with stock room, refilling, and binning shoes and apparel.
  • Deliver a superior customer experience by representing the Nike brand and culture.
  • Managed floor sets and maintained order and flow of apparel sales.
  • Assisted consumers with Footwear related questions, pertaining to the Nike brand.
  • Started out in apparel, moved my way up to lead cashier.
Female
Professional Soccer Player

Candidate Info

6
Years In Workforce
3
Years As an Athlete
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Business/Commerce
  • Become a role model to youth soccer players Solve problems that help my players be successful on and off the field.
  • Served as a senior leader in professional soccer club Took responsibility for community outreach events and awareness campaigns
  • Coached youth soccer and sold U.K. Elite's soccer coaching to schools and townships.
  • Received game ball 01/Washington Redskins Led NFL Europe in total yards/00
  • Led 2011 team of 40 to national championship
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5
Education
As an athlete, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Athlete roles often require a Less than a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of athlete resumes that we looked at contained a less than a high school diploma degree.
Majors
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained