How to Boost Your Resume

  • Think outside the box! Just because you have not gotten paid or have an official job title does not mean you do not have experience. You are a D-I collegiate student-athlete at a great university!
  • List skills that are specific to the job. Consider writing a summary of qualifications statement that ties together your expertise.
  • List courses you have taken. Try matching relevant coursework to company’s job description.
    • For example, MARK 4650: “Digital Marketing Analytics” – Evaluated data on levels of digital marketing sophistication to provide recommendation for digital marketing strategies.racks and computer
  • List athletic and academic awards, either from the athletic department or UGA. Be sure to mention international competitions you have participated in. Companies like to see individuals who are well-cultured and traveling abroad is a great way to widen your worldview.
  • Use your sport! As a student-athlete, you have many transferable skills and valuable experience you can use to sell yourself.
    • Were you in charge of the team’s budget for t-shirts, activities, and retreat? You “Managed a $xxx annual budget”
    • Did you ever talk to the media or participate in interviews with you sports information director. You “Served as a media representative for UGA Athletic Team.”
    • Your practiced each a week, right? You “Dedicated 20 hours of training and practice while enrolled as a full time student.”
  • Quantify your resume. If possible, use numbers to explain your experience. For more information, check out The Power of Numbers blog.
  • Include experiences when you or your team might have spent time at the food bank, at a school, or in the community. Volunteering can equip you with similar skills that you would have gained on the job. Volunteering also provides networking opportunities.
  • Add “Interests and Hobbies.” This section will allow your personality to shine through. It also provides talking points in your interview. You never know when you might connect with the interviewer through your outside interests.
  • Create a “Projects” section and write about your projects the same way you would work experience. Make a list of any school projects you created – perhaps a research project for a professor, a capstone project, or thesis. Were any of your portfolio projects presented and/or implemented?

Not sure where to start? Check out the resume document bank for examples.



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October 19, 2015

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