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Phrases That Can Ruin a Coaching Resume

Updated: Dec 22, 2023



In another article, I talk about the importance of having a target skills section in your resume. Including a target skills section on a resume is crucial for several reasons. First and foremost, it provides a quick snapshot of your qualifications, allowing employers to swiftly identify your key strengths and areas of expertise. In a competitive job market, where hiring managers often sift through numerous resumes, a well-crafted skills section enables you to stand out by immediately showcasing the relevant competencies you bring to the table.


Moreover, a targeted skills section tailored to the specific job you're applying for ensures alignment between your capabilities and the employer's requirements. This customization enhances your resume's relevance, demonstrating a clear understanding of the job's demands and presenting you as a candidate who possesses the essential skills needed for success in the role.


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. In reality, these phrases typically 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! Remember to tailor your target skills bullet points to align with the specific coaching position and the unique demands of the sports program you are applying to. Use quantifiable achievements and concrete examples to strengthen your resume.

Phrases That Can Ruin a Coaching Resume:

  • 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


Remember to tailor your target skills bullet points to align with the specific coaching position and the unique demands of the sports program you are applying to. Use quantifiable achievements and concrete examples to strengthen your resume.


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Written By: Bill Vasko – CEO, XO Coach

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