Whip your resume into fighting shape so you can slam that next interview!
Athletic Trainers offer preventative exercise programs to avoid injuries, but if they do happen, they then rehabilitate injured athletes, soldiers, and even everyday people.
According to the United States Labor of Bureau Statistics, jobs for Athletic Trainers are growing at 16% -- which is much faster than average!
Nevertheless, we still need to get your resume in shape so you can wow those interviewers.
In this article, we’ll discuss
Head Athletic Trainer, Utah State University
Assistant Athletic Trainer, Los Angeles Lakers
Fitness Instructor, Utah State University
The first step to drafting your resume is deciding which resume format to use. This depends on your career experience and skillset.
You have 3 main options for your resume:
Tip: only include jobs relevant to the position to which you’re applying, so leave out any former jobs that don’t fit. For example, do include your former jobs as a Personal Trainer or Fitness Instructor since there is considerable overlap with an Athletic Trainer.
Tip: Read our advice on How to Explain Employment Gaps on a Resume.
Tip: When in doubt, choose the Reverse-Chronological resume format. For more details, check out our guide on How to Write Your Resume in Reverse-Chronological Order.
For an Athletic Trainer, hiring managers want to glance at your resume and get a sense of the following:
The best format for an Athletic Trainer is the Reverse-Chronological resume format. This is because it shows the trajectory of your career -- how you’ve grown professionally and expanded your work experience and knowledge base. Check out our advice on How to Show Your Job Promotions on a Resume for more details.
Did you know that employers spend less than 10 seconds per resume?
While this is certainly an optional section, your resume summary is one of the best ways to succeed in that short glance.
But first --- what is a resume summary?
A resume summary is one or two sentences at the top of your paper that summarizes your entire resume. It’s the punch line that gets the resume reviewer wanting to know more.
For an Athletic Trainer career, include the following points in your summary
Here is an example of a bad resume summary:
Experienced Athletic Trainer with former experience as a basketball player.
This is a bad resume summary because it is incredibly vague. It gives no sense of who you are as a person or what makes you stand out as an Athletic Trainer.
Here is an example of a good resume summary:
Enthusiastic Athletic Trainer with 7+ years of experience helping athletes recover from overuse injuries. Decreased recovery time by 20% on average due to improved exercise techniques and close monitoring of athletes’ progress. Former collegiate basketball player with a passion for helping athletes reach their performance and nutrition goals.
This is a good resume summary because it gives specific details as to what you do -- you specialize in overuse injuries. It also helps you stand apart from other Trainers because you’ve added an accomplishment -- that you decrease recovery time. Lastly we get a sense of YOU -- you’re a former basketball player, you’re “enthusiastic” and “passionate.”
For more information, checkout our guide on How to Write a Killer Resume Summary. Or, browse our Resume Summary Examples.
The next step to drafting your resume is to list your work experience. This includes the name of your position (See: The Right Way to List Job Titles on a Resume), the name of the location at which you worked, and the length of time in which you worked.
Your work experience should include the following:
Be sure to use strong action verbs in each of your bullet points. Here are a few to get you started:
Tip: Don’t start every bullet point with the same verb -- that will get old real quick! Instead, mix it up a bit. If you do use the same verb often (e.g., “Design”) don’t put those bullet points next to each other.
Furthermore, write your resume experience in a way that anyone in your industry will understand. Don't use company-specific language.
For example, let’s say you worked at a place that called athletic tape “stretchy tape.” Not everyone is going to know what this means, so it’s best to stick with the common name, otherwise a hiring manager may not know what you’re talking about, and if the manager is confused, they’re more likely to throw out your resume and move onto the next.
You should also quantify your resume whenever possible. This means adding a number -- such as a dollar amount or percentage -- to your accomplishments. Quantifying your resume gives the hiring manager a more concrete idea of your workplace performance. For example, say that you “interviewed and hired 14 assistant trainers ,” “decreased recovery time by 20% due to improved exercise techniques and close monitoring of athletes’ progress,” or “saved the business $30,000 by investing in stronger exercise equipment.”
Tip: One way to quantify your resume is by listing your accomplishments and awards. These can be from your workplace (e.g., “Employee of the Month”) or from your industry (e.g., “Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (MDAT)”).
For more information on how to format your work experience, check out our guide on How to Describe Work Experience.
Don’t have any work experience? We have a guide for Writing a Resume with No Work Experience!
Skills show the hiring manager what you can do for the company -- without taking up too much space in the “work experience” part of your resume.
There are two types of skills -- soft and hard. “Soft” skills are those that are not quantifiable and are more indicative of your personality. Examples include leadership, problem-solving, and communication. In contrast, “hard” skills are those that are learned through formal education. Examples include computer technology, programming languages, and certifications.
Athletic Trainers need a combination of soft and hard skills. While the nitty gritty of creating nutrition and fitness plans, and diagnosing and treating injuries are certainly hard skills, you also need soft skills like patience and communication.
Relevant Soft Skills
Relevant Hard Skills
Tip: When completing this section on your resume, review the employers’ job requirements. Try to incorporate some of the language they use. For example, if the job description states they need someone who has “exceptional communication skills, good organizational skills, and the ability to work independently and within a team,” then be sure to include some of these keywords. List “Communication” and “Organization” under the skills section.
If you want a more complete list of skills, read our guide on 100+ Key Skills for a Resume in 2021 with Examples for any Job.
Athletic trainers need to have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, though some employers may prefer master’s degrees. The program you choose must also be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Additionally, Athletic Trainers need to be licensed or certified by the state in which they practice. For specific requirements, contact the particular state’s licensing or credentialing board or athletic trainer association.
The Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) offers the standard certification examination that most states use for licensing athletic trainers. Certification requires graduating from a CAATE-accredited program and passing the BOC exam. To maintain certification, athletic trainers must adhere to the BOC Standards of Professional Practice and take continuing education courses.
When writing your education section, be sure to include:
Still uncertain on what to include in this section? Review our guide on How to List Education on Your Resume in 2021.
Certifications show employers that you’re expanding on your skills and diversifying your experiences. Not only are you more knowledgeable, but you’re also more employable.
Certification programs include:
Popular Fitness and Personal Training certifications Include:
For more information on certifications, check out our guide on How to Include Certifications on Your Resume the Right Way.
Now it’s time for the fun part -- picking the aesthetics of your resume!
Here at EasyResume, we offer several different templates.
Your resume template should reflect the job to which you’re applying. For an Athletic Training career, try a Professional or Modern format.
If you want to create your own template, read how with our Step-by-Step Guide on How to Create a Resume Template in Microsoft Word.
We’ve done it! Almost.
Now it’s time to get down to business -- actually creating the resume.
Here’s what you need to do:
Start from our resume example to save time.
You’ll be well on your way to training the next stars of sports!
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