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Get Your CV Game-Ready: 5 Essential Tips for Former Athletes.

At Athlete Career Transition, we know the importance of having a strong CV or resume when transitioning from professional sports into corporate employment.

 The CV is your first contact with potential recruiters, so it's crucial to go the extra mile with every version that you create.


Below are five key tips to help you get your CV in the best shape possible before it lands on an employer’s desktop.


Tailor your CV to the job

Athletes are among the hardest working individuals on the planet, but even the best competitors can get complacent when it comes to sending out a CV.


You need to go further than simply tweaking a generic CV template. Sure, many of the facts will be the same, but read up on the company you’re aiming to join so that you can hone the vocabulary and voice of your writing.


Carefully read the job description and identify key skills and experiences that the employer is looking for, then prioritise these points.


A dedicated approach will show passion to employers and raise your profile above the CV pile.


Quantify your achievements

As a former athlete, your history of sporting achievements distinguishes you from other candidates. Capitalise on this and showcase what makes you unique.


Whether it's championships won, records broken, or personal bests clocked up, try to quantify your accomplishments with facts and figures.


Numbers give context and more meaning to your achievements to individuals who may not be from a sporting background. They provide concrete, measurable evidence of your success and can help employers understand the impact you can make in their organisation.


Highlight transferable skills 

Your days in elite competition may have wound down, but the skills you developed as an athlete are very valuable; they will continue to mature and are highly transferable to the business world.


Attributes such as leadership, teamwork, time management, and resilience are gold dust in any professional setting. Make sure to highlight these transferable skills in your CV and provide examples of how you've demonstrated them both on and off the field.


Short and sweet 

Employers often receive many CVs for a single job opening, so it's essential to keep your messages concise and relevant.


Aim for a CV no longer than two pages, and only include information that will make a difference in the post you’re applying to. Be sure to remove any extraneous details that aren't directly related.


Proofread and edit thoroughly

Spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and formatting issues will detract from your professionalism.


So, take the time to proofread and edit your CV carefully, or even better, ask a trusted friend or colleague to review it for you.


Instead of relying solely on your laptop when proofreading, print your CV or read it on your mobile phone – a change of perspective can reveal language, spelling or grammar issues that you may have otherwise missed.

Perfect your approach with Athlete Career Transition.

As a former athlete, your CV is your banner; it can make or break your appearance in the eyes of a potential employer, so take pride in getting it right.


Here at Athlete Career Transition, CV building is just one aspect within a comprehensive support package that helps former athletes to optimise their value as elite performers, find that perfect job, and excel in their careers beyond pro sport.


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