Acing your coaching resume is often your key to making a great first impression and often the first step towards securing new clients or landing your next coaching position.
Balance the Amount of White Space
Write your resume in a format that is easy to read and makes good use of the space on the page. If there is a lot of white space, or in other words blank space, you may not be saying enough about your experience and qualifications. If there is not enough white space, and too much text, your resume could be difficult to read and full of irrelevant information.
Proofread! Proofread! Proofread!
You want your grammar and punctuation to be perfect! Treat your resume like you would a very important email to a potential client. Read it out loud to uncover any mistakes you may have initially missed. Ask a friend or family member to read through it as well. You can even run it through a free grammar and spell-check software.
Arrange Your Resume in Order of Relevance
List any relevant coaching experience and qualifications first. Keep in mind that your most relevant experience may not be direct employment history, especially if coaching is your first career. If your volunteer work is more relevant to the coaching industry, you may consider including that information first. Also, keep in mind that you will want to move around the content of your resume as you develop new skills or specialties, and seek out clients. Tailor your resume so that it functions best for a particular event or niche, or for when you are networking and introducing yourself to potential clients.
Statements Not Sentences
Refrain from using whole sentences to describe your experience. Stick to statements and consider using bullet points. Stay away from using personal pronouns like I or we. Start your statements with action verbs like “Taught,” “Lead,” “Coordinated,” and “Created.”
Add a Personal Touch
While maintaining a professional appearance, you may consider creating an interesting or eye-catching header for your resume. Utilize every opportunity to market yourself and your business brand.
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