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  • Bill Vasko

Phrases That Can Ruin a Coaching Resume

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

Too often, coaches use phrases in their resume or cover letter that are generic and cliché. They believe these phrases will make them stand out to the hiring director or search committee, when actually, these phrases often encompass characteristics that we EXPECT to see from successful coaches!

Below are phases that I have seen on actual coaching resumes that I have reviewed. If you are using any of these phrases, get rid of them. Instead, use descriptive sentences that tell more about who you are as a coach/person, and the things you have accomplished throughout your coaching career!

  • Self-motivated individual

  • Results-oriented professional

  • Excellent team player

  • Strong communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Strong work ethic

  • Seeking a challenging opportunity

  • Responsible for…..(insert generic duty or responsibility here)

  • High character

  • Goal driven

  • Attention to detail

  • Relationship builder

  • Fast learner

  • Set the bar high

  • Gain buy-in

  • Promote good sportsmanship

  • Experienced

  • Dynamic leader

  • Professional

  • Enthusiastic

  • Works well in team atmosphere

  • Proven program builder

  • Student-athlete centered

  • Good listener

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Positive

  • Great work ethic

  • Adept at prioritizing work

  • Multi-tasker

  • Teachable

  • Life-long learner

  • Self-starter

  • Multi-faceted

  • Innovative coaching professional

  • People management skills

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