Paper Resume or Digital Resume

At the D3 Recruiting Hub we have talked several times about creating resumes for D3 soccer players and what is important for writing those.  See our previous posts on Building A Soccer Resume… and More Soccer Resume & Interview Tips. Today we look specifically at digital versus paper resumes for D3 soccer players.

In our current age of everything going digital and the ever dwindling use of printed (i.e. paper) media, what does a D3 soccer player need in terms of his or her resume?  A paper resume or a digital resume?  The answer to that question is simple—both!  (If you are seeking to get recruited by some top flight D3 schools read on, if not then read no further.)

Why both?  The reason is pretty simple.  Think of all the different situations where you will need and use your resume.

First is the face to face meeting with a coach.  While it may be flashy to pull out your laptop and your personal Wifi device, hook up to the Internet and pull a copy of your resume on the screen, it would be a whole lot simpler to just hand him/her a paper copy of your resume.  As a coach, I can also write notes on that resume where I can’t do that on your laptop!

Another important situation is at recruiting events.  Whether it is a high school game or recruiting tourney, if a parent is handing out your personal information to coaches while you are playing, it is going to require paper copies.  You can’t tell them a web address where your resume exists and expect them to follow up.

When is digital good?  If you email a coach with your info.  There is nothing worse than getting an email that takes forever to download because there is a HUGE file attached to it.  Just send me the URL for your resume and I go view it at my leisure.  Also, this makes it easily updated by the student-athlete so they can keep it current.

The biggest form of communication that I use with student-athletes is email.  Whether I am using it at home, in the office, at a hotel while recruiting or on the bus traveling to an away game, it is a great way for me to keep in touch with as many student-athletes as I can.

The bottom line is this—while digital does seem to be taking over most of the world, it still cannot completely take the place of paper.  At least not yet!  So when building your resume, be sure to have both digital and paper copies available.

Below are more sample resumes that might be helpful to you.  If you have any questions or would like to hear more about a specific topic, please feel free to drop us a line at

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