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Résumé Writing Skills for the Student Athlete

Mike Major, SPHRDirectorCareer Services

Who is your competition
Who is your competition?


Winning Résumés


What is the purpose of a resume
What is the purpose of a resume?


Value proposition
Value Proposition

  • What will you bring to the organization?

  • Do you have the skills necessary to do the work?

  • Do you have the experience that the organization desires?


Layout primer

Eyes tracing


From left to right

Use of bold

Use of italics

White space

Clear headings

No large text blocks

Use of bullets

Layout Primer


Standard resume headers
Standard Resume Headers

  • Name and Contact Information

  • Objective

  • Education

  • Relevant (Fieldwork) Experience

  • Work Experience

  • Collegiate Athletic Experience

  • Community Involvement & Accomplishments

  • References


Name and contact information
Name and Contact Information

Susan Student

7400 Bay Road

University Center, MI 48710

(989) 222-2222 (Cell)

(989) 555-5555 (Home)

[email protected]


*cell only is appropriate


Objective personal summary

Be sure that it is customized specifically for each job that you are applying for

“To apply my exceptional interpersonal, creative and teamwork skills in the field of Health Science.”  Too Vague

Study the Job Description to see what qualities they are looking for and accentuate those aspects of your professional capabilities

Objective/Personal Summary


Objective personal summary1

“To apply my exceptional leadership, interpersonal, and teamwork skills as an activities coordinator for the Barnikow Assisted Living Center.”

Being very specific in an objective statement is helpful when resumes go into a CENTRALIZED HR office with DECENTRALIZED hiring managers

Objective/Personal Summary


Objective teamwork skills as an activities coordinator for the

  • It’s not always required.

  • If you use one, make it count.


Education teamwork skills as an activities coordinator for the

  • What is most important?

  • Standard format

    Bachelor of _Arts_____ in _History_______ Anticipated: May 2015

    Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI

    Minor: Political Science

    President’s List: Eight semesters

    Deans’ List: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    GPA: 3.55


Importance of effective bullet statements
Importance of Effective Bullet Statements teamwork skills as an activities coordinator for the

  • “A picture is worth 1,000 words”

  • Paint a picture in the employer’s mind

  • Statements should be clear, concise and detailed

  • “Presented to a group of students” vs.“Presented to a group of 35 college freshmen”


If this is like your resume change it
If this is like your resume, teamwork skills as an activities coordinator for the change it!

  • Fry CookMcDonald’s Restaurant

    • Helped customers

    • Stocked shelves

    • Used cash register

    • Cleaned store

    • Dealt with complaints

  • Referred to as “Level 1”

  • Not very impressive

  • Tasks implied by the title

  • Add no value to resume


It is our recommendation that you do not use level one bullet statements at any time on your r sum
It is our recommendation that you do not use Level One bullet statements at any time on your résumé.


This is a little better but still not great
This is a little better, but still not great - bullet statements at any time on your r

  • Crew MemberMcDonald’s Restaurant

  • Assisted customers in a warm and friendly manner

  • Stocked shelves during down times to ensure a professional environment

  • Processed financial transactions through the cash register in a fast and efficient manner

  • Cleaned store to maintain an appealing atmosphere to enhance customer satisfaction

  • Referred to as Level Two

  • Explain how or in what way you perform level one tasks exceptionally well

  • Additional duties that you initiated?


While it is acceptable to use Level Two bullet statements from time to time, you will not want to rely on these to earn you an interview.


Say more with less
“Say More with Less” from time to time, you will not want to rely on these to earn you an interview.

  • Level Three

  • Describe accomplishments and achievements

  • Increase something good or decrease something bad?

  • Employers want individuals who will make a difference

  • Measurable

    • Created effective displays which increased monthly sales by 200% in a two-month period

  • Crew MemberMcDonald’s Restaurant

    • Earned Crew Member of the Month in June 2012 for consistently providing outstanding service


Related experience
Related Experience from time to time, you will not want to rely on these to earn you an interview.

  • What is most important?

  • Use previous experiences that are relevant to the position you are applying for:

  • Acceptable format:

    Health Science Fieldwork Experience Aug. 2013-Dec. 2013

    Innerlink, Saginaw, MI

    • Maintained case management for Transitional Living youth which included

    counseling sessions, life skills training, scheduling appointments,

    transportation to/from locations, and tracking medication activity

    • Prompted a change in the initial assessment to add a question about current


    • Attended related professional and educational conferences along with

    several staff meetings

  • What kind of position could I consider this “relevant” for?

  • Relevant Course work can also be listed in this section


Intercollegiate athletic experience

Being a DII athlete is hard work! You’ve developed professional skills


Baseball Team Member (Captain) Aug. 2012 – Present

Saginaw Valley State University

Varsity athlete on a NCAA Division II athletic program

Regularly balanced 20 hours of competition with class work and a part-time job

Earned all-conference 1st team honors for the GLIAC

Earned all-academic honors for the GLIAC

Intercollegiate Athletic Experience


Work experience

Match skill sets with new position professional skills


Crew Member May 2010 – April 2013

McDonald’s Restaurant, Bay City, MI

Prepared 500 orders during the daily lunch hour

Effectively dealt with stressful situations in a team environment

Work Experience


Other activities
Other Activities professional skills

  • Highlight appropriate accomplishments

  • Example:


    Volunteer, Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Midland May 2010 – Present

    * Received ultimate brother award by successfully logging over 1,000 hours of volunteer service, assisting four youths who all went on to attend college

    Member, Alpha Phi Omega Co-ed Service Fraternity Sept. 2011 – Present

    * Served as treasurer for an on-campus organization of over 50 members and $10,000 in resources that participated in over 10,000 hours of community service during the 2012-13 academic year

    Member, Student Athlete Advisory Committee Sept. 2011 – Present

    * Represented entire baseball team on a committee of student-athletes from each program to discuss important issues that changed ____________

    Recipient, SVSU Award for Excellence Scholarship Aug. 2010 – May 2014


Resumes vs cvs
Resumes vs. CVs professional skills

  • Resumes – Two pages max (“old school” philosophers still say 1 page)

  • CVs – Longer, more elaborate, used in higher education, Federal jobs, graduate school

    • Use the additional space with purpose

    • Accomplishments / Achievements

    • Do NOT include “tasks” that don’t add value


References professional skills

  • Ask permission!!

  • Choose wisely

  • Keep your references informed of your job search

    Dr. Someone Who-knowsyouwell, Professor

    Department of Health Science

    Saginaw Valley State University

    208 Health and Human Services Building

    7400 Bay Road

    University Center, MI 48710

    (989) 964-4000 (Office)

    [email protected]


Cover letters
Cover Letters professional skills

  • Will be read after résumé

  • Emphasize characteristics that are supported in résumé

  • Keep it short and simple

  • Personalize it to what

    You applied for!!!


Graduate school essays
Graduate School Essays professional skills

  • Pay attention to length requirements

  • Grammar/Syntax must be perfect

  • Does not summarize resume or write in generalities (ie “I learned the value of hard work)

  • Avoid the “fluff”

  • Do tell your personal story

  • Do demonstrate a passion for the field AND a desire to contribute



Earning the interview
Earning the Interview professional skills

  • Top quality résumé & cover letter

  • Use a professional voicemail message and email address

  • What’s on your FACEBOOK?

  • Reply promptly to messages from potential employers

  • Networking!

  • Are you on LinkedIn?


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Manage your online presence

Last words on documents
Last words on documents… professional skills

  • Review, review, review!

  • Career Services

    • 964-4954

    • Appointments with staff for review

  • SVSU Writing Center

  • Faculty members

  • Guidelines and Tutorials available:

    • http://www.svsu.edu/careers


Common dress code mistakes

Don’t be THAT person! professional skills

Common Dress Code Mistakes


suits that don’t fit properly and are wrinkled

mismatched socks

mismatched belt and shoes

facial hair that is not trimmed or shaven properly

inappropriate ties

strong scented cologne


skirts that are too short

strong scented perfume

too much make-up

no hosiery with skirts

lack of hygiene

improper jewelry

large, mismatched purse


Preparation before the interview
Preparation before the Interview professional skills

  • Research the organization

    • Internet – how do they present themselves?

    • Contact HR for company packet

    • Assess culture through current employees

  • Prepare copies of résumé

  • Select or purchase proper attire

  • Develop sample questions and answers

  • Videotape practice interview


General rules of etiquette
General Rules of Etiquette professional skills

  • Firm handshake

  • Eye contact

  • Posture and grace

  • Do not sit until offered a seat

  • Greet everyone you meet with a smile, introduction & handshake

  • Treat everyone as though they are a decision maker


Interview process
Interview Process professional skills

  • Step 1: Introductory State

    • First impressions are made

    • Building a rapport

  • Step 2: Review your qualifications

    • 30 Second Pitch

    • Focus on your strengths & skills

    • Use your research and establish that you are a good fit in their culture

    • Give concise and thorough responses


Interview process1
Interview Process professional skills

  • Step 3: Matching

    • Will you fit in the corporate culture

    • Are you coach-able

    • Do you have the passion and drive to be successful in the position

    • Interviewer may explain job in detail

  • Step 4: Conclusion

    • Ask questions and discuss selection timeline

    • Collect business cards for writing thank you notes


S t a r approach
S.T.A.R Approach professional skills

  • Situation

    • Briefly provide a broad description of the background where your example is taking place

  • Task

    • Share more details about the problem, challenge, or task that you needed to address

  • Action

    • Describe several possible courses of action and explain why the one you chose was best. Give details that illustrate what you were like in action

  • Result

    • Analyze the outcome of your action and the resolution of the situation. Indicate whether or not you would follow the same course in the future


Steps for managing an interview
Steps for Managing an Interview professional skills

Interact with the entire panel

  • Make direct eye contact with the individual asking the question

  • Begin by directly responding to the interviewer

  • Make eye contact with remaining panel members as you answer

  • Finish response with initial interviewer


Resources available from career services
Resources available from Career Services professional skills

  • Resume and cover letter building and critiques

  • Online Tutorials

    • Resume, Cover Letter, Interviewing, Job Search Strategies

  • Mock interviews and interview coaching

  • Network development

  • Career fairs on campus exclusively for SVSU students to network with potential employers

  • Internship/Co-op advising

  • Job search strategies

  • Developing personal brand

  • On-campus student employment


Cardinal Career Network professional skills


www.svsu.edu/careers professional skills

www.svsu.edu/careers professional skills

Cardinal career network tips
Cardinal Career Network Tips professional skills

  • Login at http://www.svsu.edu/careers

  • Cardinal Job Postings

    • Recruited / posted exclusively for SVSU

  • NACElink Extended Job Search

    • National Association of Colleges & Employers

  • Create Job Search Agents

  • Personalize resumes/cover letters for positions that accept them in CCN


T h a n k y o u

T H A N K Y O U professional skills

[email protected]