Recruiting Tip: You need an athletic resume

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Every high school athlete looking to play in college should approach the recruiting process like a job search. Realistically, the process is the same. The college coaches are looking for players and you are looking for an opening. Unfortunately, college coaches don’t advertise available roster spots, so the openings are a little harder to find. Once you find the right opportunity, it’s just a matter of negotiating the details and deciding on the best situation for you.

So, if you were looking for a job what would be the first thing you would do? Well, one of the first things would be to prepare an appropriate resume detailing your qualifications for the specific position you are pursuing. You should take the same approach with college recruiting and prepare an athletic resume detailing your athletic and academic qualifications for a spot on a college roster.

Your resume should include all the academic and athletic facts a college coach needs to easily determine whether or not he or she is interested in finding out more about you. There are many ways to organize your profile/resume, but it should at least include the following:

  • Your personal information
  • Your academic accomplishments
  • Your athletic statistics and honors
  • Your contact information
  • A link to your highlight video
  • The contact information for your current coach

Once you have the resume prepared, send it to the coaches at schools you are most interested in. A well-organized athletic resume might just spark some interest from the right college coaches.

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