With March just around the corner, it is the time of year again for recruiting activities to start picking up again as the weather starts to turn toward Spring. In the few weeks you have in the interim, you may want to take a little time to polish up your resume to make sure that it is up to date with your latest information and accomplishments.
As we discussed in such previous posts as “Building A Soccer Resume” and “Your Soccer Resume”, it is important to keep your information up to date with your latest accomplishments and achievements both on the soccer field and in the classroom. Again from a college coach’s perspective, we don’t want to know about your U12 championship team or your U10 All-Star selection. That is ancient history and we really only want to hear about things that you have done since you entered high school.
Also from the D3 perspective, it is important to include that updated academic information too. What is your GPA? Did you retake the SAT/ACT exams and improve your scores? Did you make National Honor Society? Are you involved in any other extracurricular activities? Improving your GPA or board scores can mean more money in your pocket through academic scholarship money (see “Scholarship Money As A Division III Athlete”) so you want to make sure that that is kept up to date.
Some other sample resume links are below:
From College Sports Connect:
Pros: It is simple, short, and to the point. It only has relevant information and from a coaches perspective it is easy to find important information.
Cons: While this may work for a D1 or D2 program, from a D3 perspective, it does not have any academic objectives for college- what does this student want to study–tennis?
From Varsity Edge:
Pros: Everyone should make a resume that is unique to themselves and fits their personality and particular style. This one does that. It has lots of valuable information in it as well especially the comments from the coaches, that is a brilliant touch.
Cons: It is a bit lengthy and might be too much information. Personally I like a resume to be concise. Why does he talk about himself in the third person? It reminds me of that Seinfeld episode with Jimmy talking in the third person (Jimmy is sweet on Elaine!); with your resume you are referring to yourself and we know that.
From the Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ, they have produced a guide for the college bound athlete. On page 3, they have a sample resume followed by a cover letter to send to college coaches.
Pros: This is a very simple, straightforward resume. It has the important information and is easy to read.
Cons: Unlike the previous example, there is not a lot of unique style to this resume. It can come off feeling a little bland or generic. You will want to personalize a bit to match your own unique style.
The bottom line is this— Putting together a resume is an important part of preparing yourself for the college recruiting process. What’s more, it is an ongoing process in that your resume needs to be updated as new accomplishments and achievements happen. Every semester/term when you get your grades, you should update your GPA. Find a model that works for you and keep it up to date!
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