Resume workshop gives student athletes tips on landing jobs

Brett Creamer and Brett Creamer

This past Wednesday night there was a resume-building workshop for all student athletes hosted by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Jeffery Jackson, who is Assistant Vice President/Career Center Director at the University, led the event. During the workshop Jackson said, “having a functional resume that articulates your specific skills is necessary.”

The workshop consisted of what should be on the resume, such as; length of resume, education, past jobs, accomplishments, contact information, skills, and other important components.

Jackson noted that it is vital to realize that over 50 percent of firms do not even spend over 1-3 minutes per resume. He also mentioned that a resume is a personal advertisement that helps promote you to look better.

Although being a student athlete is nearly a full time job while being in college, it can still show a company what you have to offer.

Being a collegiate student athlete shows that you can be a leader, and that is essential to share on your resume, Jackson said.

“Showing them it is not all about you, and that you know how to be part of a team is important,” he said.

The resume workshop also talked about how student athletes have to manage their time to be effective. With being part of a team and schoolwork, it is a heavy workload to maintain. Their time management skills really help them be efficient on and off the field, which can show in the work office as well.

There were over 30 student athletes in attendance. One student athlete was senior basketball player Craig Sealey, who said he heard of this workshop from his academic advisor Greg Isaac.

When asked what he had learned from this workshop, Sealey said, “the overall format of what should be in your resume, and how to approach a future interview.”

While being a student athlete can be a lot to handle Sealey said, “one of my biggest fears was not having experience, but they showed me ways to display my skillset of being a student athlete that pertains to the job you are going for, and that helped a lot.”

Sealey’s teammate Cameron Black was also in attendance and said, “this workshop helped word my skills and qualifications.” Black, who is a human development and family studies major looks to earn his degree and become a future basketball coach down the road.

Along with the PowerPoint that helped explain what tools can help their resume, each student athlete was given a packet with example resumes, tips, and other useful traits that can help them in their future endeavors in the work field.