Soccer Resume: 5 Tips To Help You Get To College
The successful navigation of the complex and sometimes stressful college soccer recruiting process requires a number of key resources allowing you to easily communicate your value to college coaches. In addition to a college recruiting highlight video, a comprehensive student-athlete college soccer resume will prove vital in illustrating to coaches your accomplishments, ability and likelihood of success in their program. This college soccer resume should be written and organized to communicate both your athletic ability and academic fit within a certain college program. This article will explain the 4 key steps in creating a comprehensive, yet appealing, college soccer resume for your communications with college coaches during the soccer recruiting and application process.
Step 1: Make Sure to Include Basic Information
This may seem obvious, but the basic details of the prospective student-athlete are quite often forgotten or not easily visible on a college soccer resume. Athletes contacting coaches must ensure that they list the following prominently and at the top of their soccer resume:
1. Full name
3. Phone number
4. Graduation Year
6. Playing Position
Including this information prominently will allow the coach to easily identify and follow up with an athlete. This information includes both the sport, identifying information and academic information which are all essential components for the top of the resume, before any further details are explored.
Step 2: Highlight General Soccer Information
This is often where a college soccer resume deviates from an academic resume in that it prioritizes the communication of your value as a soccer player. This section can be labeled as ‘Athletic Information’ on your soccer resume and includes a variety of basic information relating to your specific sport. Some of this information could include:
1. Primary Position
2. Secondary Position
3. Height and Weight
4. Team/ Club
It is important to include all of the relevant and basic soccer information in order to communicate your athletic value to the soccer coach in a comprehensive way.
Step 3: Include Basic Academic Information
This section is less important than the soccer-related sections but is still a vital aspect of the college athlete resume as it shows a coach that you would be admitted and thrive in their program, from an academic standpoint. Coaches don’t want to go through the whole recruiting process with an athlete only for them to fail to gain academic entry into the college because the athlete does not meet the academic requirements of the school. A brief recap of GPA, SAT score and any academic honors or achievements can help to encourage the coach on your fit with their college from an academic standpoint.
Step 4: List Your Best Athletic Honors/ Accomplishments
This section will help you to further strengthen the communication of your soccer ability to the respective coach and will include your best soccer-related achievements. This could include your captaincy during the 2017 season, your two goals in the conference finals etc. Listing 3 or 4 of your best athletic accomplishments will go a long way toward demonstrating to a soccer coach what you might bring to the team.
Step 5: Attach as a PDF in Personal Communications
Ideally, you will want to attach your soccer college resume as a PDF in a highly personalized email to college coaches. This will allow them to easily open the soccer resume directly from their inbox and get a quick glance at your potential fit within their college soccer program.
Following the above 6 steps will greatly assist you in creating a highly valuable, concise, college soccer resume which will help you to more effectively demonstrate both your fit and potential worth to college coaches.
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