Athlete Resume Templates & Examples

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We all know that a good athlete resume is one of the keys to finding your next dream job. But what makes a good athlete resume? Well, we reviewed as many athlete resumes as we could find to figure out exactly what goes into a good athlete resume. This guide will help you write your own resume. Let’s get started.

Methodology

The goal of this guide is to give you real data what the “must haves” of athlete resumes are.

To do that, we compiled and analyzed data from athlete resumes and 35 athlete job listings to get the data used for this our athlete resume guide. 

In addition to athlete-specific resume data, we built a database of nearly 1 million resumes and job listings, and we use a propriety machine learning model to understand the anatomy of the best resumes in general.

Quick note: using the data below can help you build a competitive resume, but it’s always important to be creative, unique, and personal to stand out.

If you want more info on our methodology, you can check it out here.

Athlete resume objective data + athlete objective examples

Pop quiz: do athlete’s really need to use an objective? 

In general, whether or not you need an objective or professional summary can depend a lot on your personal career level (check out our article on resume objectives), but this is what our analysis found for athlete’s specifically:

  • 33% of athlete’s included an objective section
  • 26% of athlete’s included a professional summary
  • 48% of athlete’s included neither an objective nor a summary

Athlete objective examples

A highly creative athlete , and a resourceful individual looking for a responsible position to gain practical experience.

A highly motivated athlete who aims to make use of their interpersonal skills to achieve goals of a company that focuses on customer satisfaction and customer experience.

To obtain a competitive position as a professional athlete, utilizing my skills and experience to contribute to a winning team.

To secure a position as a college athlete, utilizing my dedication and passion for the sport to excel in both performance and academic pursuits.

To join a semi-professional team as a dedicated and hardworking athlete, utilizing my skills and experience to contribute to the team’s success and further develop my abilities.


Skills for athlete resumes

These are the skills that occurred most frequently in in athlete resumes, which means they tend to be core competencies or highly desired skills. 

Of course, you should only list skills that you actually have, and you should prioritze skills most relevant to the job you're applying for. But these are good core skills to include on your resume.

To get more detail on building a powerful skills section, take a peek at our article on resume skills.

*Note: to find skills our machine learning model basically looks for common words, so take these with a grain of salt and use your best judgment. 

Most common athlete resume skills

Most common hard skills for athlete resumes: motivated, disciplined, goal-oriented, responsible, and dedicated.


Most common soft skills for athlete resumes: communication skills, customer-service skills, interpersonal skills, listening skills, and patience


Other good athlete resume skills

  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Self-discipline
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility
  • Problem-solving
  • Leadership
  • Time management
  • Program development
  • Analytical
  • Diet planning
  • Conditioning & weight loss
  • Detail-oriented
  • Negotiation
  • Collaboration
  • Decision-making

Athlete skills section examples

Note: these examples are formatted the same here just because it’s simple, but we have more detailed formatting advice (and examples) in our guide to resume formatting.

Athlete skills example 1

Communication | disciplined | self-discipline | teamwork | responsible | dedicated | flexibility

Athlete skills example 2

Time management | communication skills | problem-solving | customer-service skills | leadership | interpersonal skills | time management

Athlete skills example 3

Negotiation | program development | patience | listening skills | diet planning | customer-service skills | conditioning & weight loss

Work experience for athlete resumes

Your work experience section is almost always the most important part of your resume. Because it’s difficult to pull trends from this kind of section, this section is mostly just examples. 

For some advanced strategies for writing about work experience on a resume, refer to our article on building a strong work experience resume section. We also have a guide on writing a resume with no experience if you’re just starting your career.

For now, it’s good to remember that the most important experience for any athlete resume is the most relevant experience.

A couple examples for you:

Athlete work experience examples

WORK EXPERIENCE

Sr. Associate Athlete

Gekko & Co, 2021-2022

Responsibilities

  • Monitor financial markets and the performance of individual securities
  • Contact prospective clients to present information and explain available services
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Oversee the maintenance and repair of machinery, equipment, and electrical and mechanical systems
  • Address complaints regarding food quality or service

WORK EXPERIENCE

Associate Athlete

Jaguar Ventures, 2017-2022

Responsibilities

  • Repair or replace malfunctioning components, parts, and other mechanical or electrical equipment
  • Bathe animals, trim nails, clip hair, and attend to other grooming needs
  • Experienced leader on the team who sets the tone for workouts and competition every day, leading verbally and by example
  • Communicate with coaches and athletes regarding scheduling, daily workouts, and issues/concerns athletes want to discuss
  • Representing their team, organization, or country with sportsmanship and integrity

WORK EXPERIENCE

Athlete Intern

Sterling Cooper, 2008-2012

Responsibilities

  • Staying informed about the latest developments and strategies in their sport
  • Maintaining good nutrition and hydration to support performance
  • Preventing and managing injuries through proper care and rehabilitation
  • Maintaining physical fitness and conditioning through regular training and practice
  • Managing time effectively to balance training, competition, and other commitments

Education for athlete resumes

For most positions, work experience is more important than education, although it can be important for new grads or for fields in which specific classes are industry-standard. 

So it’s not a big section, but it’s still important, and often, athlete job postings list a minimum education requirement. 

Check out our blueprint for education on resumes for our full playbook on education sections.

Data from our sample of 933 athlete resumes

  • 9% athlete resumes listed an associate’s degree
  • 59% athlete resumes listed a bachelor’s degree
  • 27% athlete resumes included a masters degree
  • 1% athlete resumes mentioned a doctoral degree

Athlete resume education examples

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts

Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc, 2021

Awards & Honors

  • Salutatorian
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Salutatorian

EDUCATION

Associate of Science

Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc, 2017

Certifications for athlete resumes

Certifications aren’t a strict requirement for every job, but there are almost always certifications you can get to boost your chances of success. 

If you want to see how to build these sections, we have a guide about certifications on resumes.

We did a little research and found certifications can help athlete’s specifically, according to CareerOneStop.

Athlete certification examples

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Workforce Professional

International Association of Workforce Professionals, 2021

Certified Resume Specialist:Public Relations and Marketing Communications

Career Directors International, 2017

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Workforce Professional, Microsoft Office Specialist: Expert – Office 365, Certified School Career Development Advisor

Athlete resume action verbs

Using our database of nearly 1,000,000 publicly available resumes, we compiled an index of action verbs and cross-referenced it with our sample of 933 athlete resumes and job postings to uncover which action verbs are most commonly used by athlete’s and athlete employers.

The most common action verbs on athlete resumes are: program, process, assist, prepare, and manage.

The most common action verbs on athlete job postings are: lead, plan, review, handle, and field.

Other action verbs for athlete resumes: 

  • Perform
  • Develop
  • Design
  • Test
  • Direct
  • Create
  • Monitor
  • Track
  • Organize
  • Resolve

Full athlete resume example

Lastly, we wanted to give you a couple full athlete resume examples.. 

Please note: you can write a better resume than this. This is just a quick illustration to show you how these pieces might fit together. 

If you’d like to see “perfect” resumes, we have a showcase of resume examples.


Athlete resume example

Charles Harrell
Athlete

1948 Alexander Drive, Decatur, TX


To secure a position as a college athlete, utilizing my dedication and passion for the sport to excel in both performance and academic pursuits.


WORK EXPERIENCE

Sr. Associate Athlete

Gekko & Co, 2021-2022

Responsibilities

  • Train, exercise, and follow special diets to stay in the best physical condition
  • Take instructions regarding strategy and tactics from coaches and other sports staff during games
  • Assess their individual and team performance after each event and identify their strengths and weaknesses
  • Follow the rules of the sport during competitions and games

Associate Athlete

Jaguar Ventures, 2017-2022

Responsibilities

  • Maintain sports equipment in good condition
  • Respect authority of program director, coaches, and sports officials
  • Attend monthly meetings with other student-athletes to collaborate and grow in the area of leadership
  • ne leadership skills in competitive baseball environment, both on and off the field

Athlete Intern

Sterling Cooper, 2008-2016

Responsibilities

  • Implemented competiveness greatness techniques acquired from the UCLA Athletic Program to change the culture of the team to a winning mentality
  • Competed for a starting spot and once achieved; ensured we met goals imposed from the Board of Directors
  • Maintaining physical fitness and conditioning through regular training and practice
  • Exercise and practice under the direction of athletic trainers or professional coaches

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Associate BMC Digital Workplace Catalog 3.x

BMC Software, Inc., 2021

Certified Credit Union Board Member

Credit Union National Association, 2017


SKILLS

Communication | flexibility | health and wellness expert | interpersonal skills | communication skills | motivated | program development


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts

Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc, 2021

Associate of Science

Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc, 2017

What experts say about athlete resumes

Before we wrap it up, we want to leave you with some advice from other experts we admire.

“Don’t hide your athlete experience at the bottom of the resume. Display it at the top.” – Resume Tips for Athletes


“Make sure that you’re being strategic about what’s in bold.” – Resumes for Student Athletes


“Focus on accomplishments that can be backed up with either numbers or by people.” – Resume Tips for Athletes

Want help with your athlete resume?

That’s all folks! We hope this guide has been helpful in understanding what exactly makes a great athlete resume. If you have any questions, just drop them in the comments below.

Methodology

In addition to our own expertise as professional resume consultants, for every resume guide we write, we curate dozens of recent job postings and resumes to make sure all our recommendations align with current trends for each specific industry and career path. Learn more about our methodology here. 

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Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle has worked in recruiting & HR for 10 years and has taught resume writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has helped build teams at two large startups (Wyzant and, currently, Brilliant) in the last decade, which means she views hundreds of resumes per day. Michelle guides our overall resume value system, ensuring our recommendations are high-quality and effective in the current job market.

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