5 Traits Athletes Need to Highlight in Their Job Search

The life of an athlete is a difficult one, especially when it comes to your job search. Time is expected to be split between sports, academics and real life, leaving little time for anything else in between. Often what ends up getting lost in the shuffle of this sport, school and life balance is relevant job experience.

Where most college students are afforded the luxury of internships or on campus and summer jobs, athletes often have to pass up these opportunities to meet their immediate responsibilities. Before athletes know it, graduation has arrived and they need to put together a resume for potential employers.

What should be on this resume though if you’re an athlete who has no relevant job experience?

Yes employers value relevant job experience, but job responsibilities can be taught. What can’t be taught are the traits that fulfill job responsibilities. Traits like coachability, competitiveness, confidence, discipline and persistence cannot be instilled by employers. Yet these very traits have been bread into athletes from their childhood and every athlete should be aware of their importance in the working world.

Athletes have five traits those hiring for open positions need in their organizations. Our friends at NexGoal have highlighted these five traits in a recent article.

  • Coachability
  • Competiveness
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Persistence

To read the entire article with full commentary, head on over to the article here. This is a must read for athletes making the transition to a career after sports, as it will help you figure out what you need to highlight on that resume to really stand out from the crowd.

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