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1
Career Preparation for Student-Athletes
Preparing Job Search Documents
  • Career Development Center
  • Bucknell University

2
Presentation Format
  • In this presentation, student-athletes will
    learn
  • Strategies for marketing athletic participation
    on resumes and cover letters
  • Strategies for utilizing professional references
  • Strategies for preparing for interviews

3
Questions
  • How should student-athletes highlight athletic
    participation on a resume?
  • How should student-athletes discuss skills
    developed through athletic participation on a
    cover letter?
  • Who should serve as professional references for
    student-athletes?
  • How should student-athletes prepare for
    interviews?

4
Personal Characteristics Employers Seek in Job
Candidates (NACE)
  • Communication Skills (verbal)
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Teamwork Skills (works well with others)
  • Analytical Skills
  • Initiative
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Communication Skills (written
  • Interpersonal Skills (relates well to others)
  • Computer Skills
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Source NACE Research Job Outlook 2011

5
Employer Evaluation of Career Preparation
  • Employers evaluate candidates based on
  • Education and academic background
  • Work experience
  • Co-curricular activities
  • Volunteer experience/Community service
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership

6
Student-Athletes Transferable Skills
  • Time Management
  • Teamwork
  • Goal-Oriented
  • Competitiveness
  • Confidence
  • Persistence/Endurance
  • Leadership
  • Loyalty
  • Discipline
  • Taking Criticism
  • Coping with Setbacks
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Performance under Pressure

7
Student-Athlete Resume
  • General Format (Contact Information, Education,
    Experience)
  • Highlight Student-Athlete Experiences
  • Summary of Qualifications
  • Student-athlete with leadership, teamwork, and
    interpersonal skills who maintained academic
    success in accounting while devoting 25 hours per
    week to practice, training, and competition as a
    member of a Division I volleyball team.
  • Education Section
  • Relevant Courses if applicable
  • Experience Section
  • Public Speaking if applicable (to media,
    children, etc.)
  • Coaching, Training (highlight communication and
    motivational skills)
  • Co-Captain or Captain (demonstrates maturity,
    leadership, responsibility)
  • Awards/Achievements
  • Volunteer/Community Service
  • List experiences with team/campus as well as
    personal involvement
  • CDC Staff offers assistance in resume development
    get feedback!
  • More information http//my.bucknell.edu/x54129.ht
    ml

8
Resume Examples
9
Student-Athlete Cover Letter
  • General Format (Contact Information, Employer
    Contact Information, Letter Format)
  • Tailor the cover letter to the position
  • Research the company/Reference your fit
  • Highlight Student-Athlete Experiences
  • Discuss skills like time management, leadership,
    teamwork, adaptability, and discipline be
    specific about how you developed these as a
    student-athlete
  • CDC Staff offers assistance in cover letters get
    feedback!
  • More information http//my.bucknell.edu/x54123.ht
    ml

10
Cover Letter Examples
11
Student-Athlete References
  • Send a separate reference page with your resume
    and cover letter
  • List 3 professional references (not friends,
    family)
  • Employers
  • Professors
  • Athletic Department Staff (coaches, trainers,
    administration)
  • References should speak positively about your
    character, work ethic, responsibility, and
    maturity

12
Student-Athlete Preparation for Interviews
  • General Preparation (research company, research
    position)
  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • Meet with CDC Staff for a Mock Interview
  • Discuss participation in Division I athletics
    benefits, skills
  • S.T.A.R. Situation Task Action Result
  • Our coach told us that the Athletic Department
    wanted each team to participate in a new
    community service event. I volunteered to work
    with staff to develop this event for my team. I
    helped set up an afternoon trip to a local school
    where we read to second graders and helped them
    with reading skills. The school and students
    enjoyed our visit. Since this first visit, a
    group of my teammates and I have been reading to
    the students on a consistent basis. I enjoyed
    helping to set up this project as much as I did
    reading with and talking to the second graders.
  • Give insight on time commitment to athletics,
    which explains why there is less direct work
    experience than a non-athlete peer

13
Summary
  • Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviewing are
    similar for all candidates
  • Use athletic participation to set yourself apart
    from your peers
  • Get feedback on how to highlight your athletic
    participation on resumes and cover letters
  • Practice how to discuss your athletic
    participation in interviews
  • Learn how to market yourself to others!

14
CDC Resources
  • Career Consultants
  • One-on-one appointments for career counseling and
    advising
  • Assist with resume, cover letters, interview
    preparation
  • Externship Program
  • Internship Search/Job Search Assistance
  • Networking Assistance
  • Job Fairs/Internship Fairs/Networking Events
  • Graduate School Preparation (Pre-Law, Pre-Health)

15
Contact the CDC
  • Botany Building
  • cdc_at_bucknell.edu
  • 570.577.1238
  • http//www.bucknell.edu/CareerDevelopment.xml
  • Monday Friday
  • 830am 430pm

16
Resources
  • NACE Job Outlook 2011 Survey
  • http//www.niu.edu/careerServices/guides/AthleteGu
    ide.pdf
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Title: Career Preparation for Student-Athletes: Preparing Job Search Documents


1
Career Preparation for Student-Athletes
Preparing Job Search Documents
  • Career Development Center
  • Bucknell University

2
Presentation Format
  • In this presentation, student-athletes will
    learn
  • Strategies for marketing athletic participation
    on resumes and cover letters
  • Strategies for utilizing professional references
  • Strategies for preparing for interviews

3
Questions
  • How should student-athletes highlight athletic
    participation on a resume?
  • How should student-athletes discuss skills
    developed through athletic participation on a
    cover letter?
  • Who should serve as professional references for
    student-athletes?
  • How should student-athletes prepare for
    interviews?

4
Personal Characteristics Employers Seek in Job
Candidates (NACE)
  • Communication Skills (verbal)
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Teamwork Skills (works well with others)
  • Analytical Skills
  • Initiative
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Communication Skills (written
  • Interpersonal Skills (relates well to others)
  • Computer Skills
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Source NACE Research Job Outlook 2011

5
Employer Evaluation of Career Preparation
  • Employers evaluate candidates based on
  • Education and academic background
  • Work experience
  • Co-curricular activities
  • Volunteer experience/Community service
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership

6
Student-Athletes Transferable Skills
  • Time Management
  • Teamwork
  • Goal-Oriented
  • Competitiveness
  • Confidence
  • Persistence/Endurance
  • Leadership
  • Loyalty
  • Discipline
  • Taking Criticism
  • Coping with Setbacks
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Performance under Pressure

7
Student-Athlete Resume
  • General Format (Contact Information, Education,
    Experience)
  • Highlight Student-Athlete Experiences
  • Summary of Qualifications
  • Student-athlete with leadership, teamwork, and
    interpersonal skills who maintained academic
    success in accounting while devoting 25 hours per
    week to practice, training, and competition as a
    member of a Division I volleyball team.
  • Education Section
  • Relevant Courses if applicable
  • Experience Section
  • Public Speaking if applicable (to media,
    children, etc.)
  • Coaching, Training (highlight communication and
    motivational skills)
  • Co-Captain or Captain (demonstrates maturity,
    leadership, responsibility)
  • Awards/Achievements
  • Volunteer/Community Service
  • List experiences with team/campus as well as
    personal involvement
  • CDC Staff offers assistance in resume development
    get feedback!
  • More information http//my.bucknell.edu/x54129.ht
    ml

8
Resume Examples
9
Student-Athlete Cover Letter
  • General Format (Contact Information, Employer
    Contact Information, Letter Format)
  • Tailor the cover letter to the position
  • Research the company/Reference your fit
  • Highlight Student-Athlete Experiences
  • Discuss skills like time management, leadership,
    teamwork, adaptability, and discipline be
    specific about how you developed these as a
    student-athlete
  • CDC Staff offers assistance in cover letters get
    feedback!
  • More information http//my.bucknell.edu/x54123.ht
    ml

10
Cover Letter Examples
11
Student-Athlete References
  • Send a separate reference page with your resume
    and cover letter
  • List 3 professional references (not friends,
    family)
  • Employers
  • Professors
  • Athletic Department Staff (coaches, trainers,
    administration)
  • References should speak positively about your
    character, work ethic, responsibility, and
    maturity

12
Student-Athlete Preparation for Interviews
  • General Preparation (research company, research
    position)
  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • Meet with CDC Staff for a Mock Interview
  • Discuss participation in Division I athletics
    benefits, skills
  • S.T.A.R. Situation Task Action Result
  • Our coach told us that the Athletic Department
    wanted each team to participate in a new
    community service event. I volunteered to work
    with staff to develop this event for my team. I
    helped set up an afternoon trip to a local school
    where we read to second graders and helped them
    with reading skills. The school and students
    enjoyed our visit. Since this first visit, a
    group of my teammates and I have been reading to
    the students on a consistent basis. I enjoyed
    helping to set up this project as much as I did
    reading with and talking to the second graders.
  • Give insight on time commitment to athletics,
    which explains why there is less direct work
    experience than a non-athlete peer

13
Summary
  • Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviewing are
    similar for all candidates
  • Use athletic participation to set yourself apart
    from your peers
  • Get feedback on how to highlight your athletic
    participation on resumes and cover letters
  • Practice how to discuss your athletic
    participation in interviews
  • Learn how to market yourself to others!

14
CDC Resources
  • Career Consultants
  • One-on-one appointments for career counseling and
    advising
  • Assist with resume, cover letters, interview
    preparation
  • Externship Program
  • Internship Search/Job Search Assistance
  • Networking Assistance
  • Job Fairs/Internship Fairs/Networking Events
  • Graduate School Preparation (Pre-Law, Pre-Health)

15
Contact the CDC
  • Botany Building
  • cdc_at_bucknell.edu
  • 570.577.1238
  • http//www.bucknell.edu/CareerDevelopment.xml
  • Monday Friday
  • 830am 430pm

16
Resources
  • NACE Job Outlook 2011 Survey
  • http//www.niu.edu/careerServices/guides/AthleteGu
    ide.pdf
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