When writing a resume, you must tailor it to the job you want. In theory, no two resumes should read exactly alike. All resumes contain basically the same information, but what you emphasize should be adjusted each time. When writing your resume for a basketball coaching job, you should include certain aspects of your career or background that will get you an interview with the person making the hire.
Develop a relevant objective. If the program is a traditional power, your objective, one sentence stating what you hope to get out of the position, should mention contributing to the continued excellence of an established program. In contrast, if you are sending the resume to a new school that is just starting a program, you might mention your desire to grow a program from the ground up. You should always phrase your objective as trying to contribute to the program.
Summarize your educational background concisely. All coaches have graduated from high school, and it is likely that all graduated from college. Avoid going into great detail about something that does not set you apart. Mention where you went to high school and college, as well as if you graduated with any honors. Depending on how much coaching experience you have, you might need to beef up the education section to compensate for a lack of experience, but what the person making the hire is truly interested in is your performance as a coach.
List any impressive playing experience. While it is not necessary to have been a star player, showing that you played the game at the collegiate level or higher can convey that you have credibility behind your knowledge of the game. If you won any honors as a player, this would be the place to include them. The final thing you may want it include is if you played for any coaches who are well respected or have a connection to the program to which you are sending the resume. Since coaching is often about whom you know when it comes to getting an interview, including possible connections can go a long way toward getting your foot in the door.
Organize all coaching experience into short pieces of information. Include all coaching experience. Showing a constant work history is important. List the program you worked at, what your position or assignment was and what years you were there. If you coached for any well-respected or connected coaches, mention that you coached with them when you list the program. Do the same with any players you coached. Many programs are impressed by coaches who have worked with players who have moved on to the next level. The last piece of information to include with the programs you have previously coached is their performance. If you were an assistant on a team that qualified for the semifinals of a championship, note that in the resume, because a history of winning can be impressive.
Include references who would be willing to speak highly of you. If your resume catches the attention of the person making the decisions, they will likely call your current employer, as well as any other references you list. Always be sure your references know you included their information so they are not surprised when contacted.
- Margie Norman; Austin College Student Services; Sherman, Texas
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