Student-athletes sometimes feel discouraged to include their sports background on their resume and portfolios for a few different reasons. Maybe they’re afraid that mentioning their All-American accolades might come off as pretentious. Or, perhaps they’re afraid that recruiters might interpret their commitment to sports as a lack of true “professional” experience.
But in actuality, employers love to hire student athletes. Why? Simply because athletes embody traits that are extremely valuable on the job.
If you’re a former or current athlete, chances are:
- You work well with partners & in teams. Let’s face it, no company or job is a one-man show – people need people!
- You’re exceptional at managing your time. All of your life, you’ve had to balance academics, sports, work, your social life, etc. It’s second nature to you.
- You’re used to constantly developing new skills and improving upon them. Practice makes perfect, right? How many hours did you dedicate to mastering that one move? You understand that hard work pays off.
- You’re goal-oriented. Setting and reaching goals is what you’re used to. When you ran your fastest mile ever, you were excited, but you also knew that you now had a new goal… to break your new PR! You see, athletes tend to adopt the mentality that the sky really is the limit.
- You’re mentally tough & you’re used to performing under pressure. The competitive nature of sports has taught you to deal with tough losses but also to thrive under the most high-pressured situations.
“ATHLETES HAVE MOST LIKELY FAILED MORE THAN THEY’VE WON, BUT THEY ALWAYS GET UP AND KEEP GOING. IN THE WORKPLACE, THIS TRAIT CREATES AN EMPLOYEE WHO WILL FIND A WAY TO WIN. “
- You have good leadership skills. Maybe you were a coach or a team captain. Or, maybe you just learned a thing or two about leadership by observing your team captain.
- You’re used to dealing with different people all at once. Different people = different personality types, and that’s not easy to manage! Not only do you enjoy working on a team, you’re also good at it.
Of course. these characteristics aren’t limited to athletes only, but this post was specifically written for them. as their transition from college to post grad life can sometimes be a challenge. Why? Because for an overwhelming majority of their lives, they’ve dedicated everything to their sport. They tirelessly spent their mornings and evenings training, and their weekends competing. What little time they had in-between was dedicated to school and maybe a part time job. And summers? That’s when coaches tend to schedule their most grueling training camps.
Not surprisingly, student-athletes are sometimes left with little time to seek out and commit to full-time internships or jobs. And once graduation rolls around, many of them feel underprepared for the workforce, thinking, “Man, I have nothing to put on my resume.” What they might fail to see is that they actually have plenty of valuable qualities (as shown above) that make them prime candidates for all types of jobs!
So, if they have the relevant skills and experiences, wherein lies the challenge in transitioning from college life to the real word? Well, sometimes, student-athletes simply don’t know how to effectively translate their athletic experiences to professional settings.
Stay tuned for our upcoming blog post, where I’ll cover how student-athletes can highlight their sports background on their resumes/portfolios in just three easy steps!