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All professional resumes share some characteristics, but a coaching resume must emphasize certain elements. There are several different kinds of experience that can be relevant for a coaching position; therefore, it's important to categorize your experience accordingly. A coaching resume can take different forms, but these general rules will help you create a solid resume.
Use a single sheet of high-quality bond paper, preferably in a neutral tone such as white, off-white or beige.
Choose a standard-size professional font, such as Times New Roman or Arial, in 10- or 11-point size.
Use bullets, section headings or related indicators to help readers easily focus on specific elements of your resume.
Leave at least a 1-inch margin on all sides.
Begin your resume by presenting your name and contact information. Always include your mailing address, phone numbers and email addresses.
Give a brief career overview, which should mention the amount of time you have spent in coaching or related activities (as a sports player or teacher, for instance). You may also include a brief statement that expresses your interest in a particular coaching position.
Begin with a "Professional Experience" category. Start with your most recent position and include the date range of the position and a brief statement describing your duties. Be concise and specific. If possible, account for your relevant work history over the past five years. Follow the same pattern of position, dates of employment and job description for each of your entries under "Professional Experience."
Since coaching qualifications comprise a combination of teaching, sports experience, and previous coaching, you can also separate your entries by "function." For example, if you have experience as a minor league player and as a high school baseball coach as well as history teacher, you can separate those categories and list the experience for each. This can help highlight multiple facets of your professional experience.
Add a section on your education. This should include degrees earned, concentrations, GPA (if it's noteworthy) and any awarded honors. Also include special sports or health training certifications you have acquired.
Close your resume with a statement such as "Professional references available upon request."
Keep your resume to a single page whenever possible. If you must exceed that, never go beyond two pages.
Jake Damon has his Ph.D. in English from Texas Tech University. Damon has been a writer and editor since 1998. He edits two professional journals, has published books including "Catullan Consciousness" and "Re-Reading Thomas Traherne," and written articles for various academic and trade presses, including Oxford University Press, Associated University Presses and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University.
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