Tip #3 Perfect your resume and cover letter
Make sure your resume is up-to-date, tidy, and free of grammatical errors. There’s nothing that will put an employer off more than a resume and cover letter that is full of spelling and grammatical errors, especially when it doesn’t take much effort nowadays with programs such as Grammarly. If you haven’t downloaded Grammarly yet, this is an absolute must for all your written documents.
If you talk to many strength and conditioning coaches, many of them didn’t get their job through applying online with their resume and cover letter. More often than not, they’re put forward through another coach or management personnel or, if they are further down their career, their experience and skill as a coach is already known. Having said that, this does not mean that a resume isn’t needed for an experienced coach. A resume can back up and add further value to your current recommendation for the position.
A resume should consist of more than just your job experience and qualifications. If you have published research, articles, blog posts, podcasts, or have extra-curricular qualifications, these all add value to your experience and shows you are an “expert” in the field. To make your job experience stand out, adding your responsibilities and/or the improvements you were able to make in physical capacities for the team or athletes you were working with are good quality pieces of information you can add. There is also discussion with how long a resume should be, and whilst it should be no more than 3 pages, the number of pages it is will entirely depend on how much experience, qualifications, and extra stuff you have completed. What’s more important than how many pages it is, is how well laid out and concise the content is. So, make sure your resume is concise and to the point, with your key information standing out.
In regards to your cover letter, it must be personalised for the job you’re applying for, meaning you need to read the job description carefully. Even go as far as researching the organisation’s values so you can incorporate them into your cover letter. In addition to this, you need to portray your passion for that job and your eagerness to work for that company through the cover letter as well. If you struggle to do this, then perhaps this job isn’t for you. The more you can align yourself and the cover letter with the organisation and the job description, along with a strong resume, the greater potential you’ll have to get through to the interview process.
I would also suggest having your friends and family check over your resume before then investing in having a professional review it. For example, what’s a $149 investment to have a professional critically-analyse your resume and improve it for you if it could get you the $40k a year job? Exactly. So, consider using a resume writing service such as ResumeWriters.com
Action tip= the resume should be concise, well designed, and with your key information standing out. The cover letter should be aligned with the job description, the company’s values and objectives, and it should also display your passion to work there.