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Your Resume

Did you know that some employers actually look for athletes when reviewing resumes? You have developed important skills as a student-athlete that make you an attractive job candidate! See some below.

Don't have a resume? Need help starting one? We can help with that too! Please come see us at our office hours in Newcomb.

Transferable Skills of an Athlete:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Confidence
  • Working well under pressure
  • Teamwork
  • Discipline
  • Time Management
  • Goal-setting
  • Commitment
  • Self-motivation
  • Teachability

Whether you choose to include your involvement in athletics under the heading “LEADERSHIP,” “ATHLETICS” or “EXPERIENCE,” use strong action words to describe your accomplishments and skills.

Positive Action Verbs:

  • Achieved
  • Established
  • Motivated
  • Developed
  • Mentored
  • Initiated
  • Oversaw
  • Collaborated
  • Influenced
  • Recreated
  • Directed
  • Led


  • Voted Most Valuable Oarswoman as freshman team member
  • Demonstrated ability to willingly accept challenges and make decisions under pressure
  • Built positive relationships with other team members through teamwork, communication skills and positive work habits
  • As a student-athlete, it may be difficult for you to pursue internships, volunteer opportunities or employment. To fill these gaps on your resume, include a “SUMMARY” section that explains the commitment it takes to participate in (Division 1) athletics. 

Other ways to fill a resume:

  • Set your margins at 1.3” and use the maximum font size (12 point)
  • In the “EDUCATION” section, include a list of Relevant Courses for the job to which you are applying
  • Include any experience in public speaking to the media or before groups of children, at camps, schools or conferences
  • Include any coaching or training you have done; emphasize communication, organizational and motivational skills

Job Search and Networking Tools

Gaining Experience

Externships are self-initiated, short-term shadowing opportunities which would allow you to “test” out a career of interest and gain experience. Externships are ideal for you as a student-athlete because they can be completed at any time that is mutually convenient for you and the employer.

Additionally, getting involved in the University Internship Program (UIP) is a wonderful way for rising 4th year students to get hands-on experience while earning academic credit. UIP is coordinated out of the Cooper Center for Public Service.

UVA Career Center is a great place to start your research. Your team and the alumni from the program can be a great place to start! Check out our networking information and resources here.

UVA Student Groups and Resources

How Jocks Rock the Job Hunt

Moving Student Athletes From the Playing Field to the Corporate Team

Student-Athlete Career Development

Professional Associations

more information coming soon...