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Amanda M. said on December 21st, 2010 at 10:21 am

Wow, that’s a new one, Russell, thanks for sharing! I think that’s the biggest misconception about the business of sports from those wanting to be on the inside… it isn’t about how big a fan you are, or how much time you spend on your fantasy league team, it’s about learning the ins and outs of what makes the business of sports different, and using that knowledge to succeed.

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Dave Lowe said on December 21st, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Whilst I agree that the vast majority of what is included on this resume is ridiculous, I have always been encouraged to have a section on personal interests at the end of my resume. This includes sports-related interests including coaching, participation, and voluntary work. This person’s status as Varsity Soccer Team Captain shows experience of teamwork and leadership skills which could be transferable to the workplace – otherwise companies wouldn’t consider ex professional athletes either. The advice should be to use this information wisely.

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Dave Moore said on December 21st, 2010 at 4:30 pm

If this guy is still in high school, or just a few years out, I have no problem with him including that he was a varsity captain and won the Raider Award (whatever that it). If he’s 35, or applying for anything higher up the ladder than an internship or the most entry-level of entry-level positions, bragging about his high school accomplishments isn’t going to help his cause. The rest of the garbage about the fantasy sports has no business being on a resume. At best, it should merit about 10 seconds near the end of an hour-long interview, and then only if the interviewer mentions it first.

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Russell Scibetti said on December 21st, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Thank you for your perspectives on the resume items, particularly the high school sports experience. My biggest problem with that is listing them as skills and honors without any context, especially the line about “Varsity Soccer Team XXXXX State Runner-Up”. Your high school soccer team performance in itself doesn’t matter to me. However, if you feel that you exhibited leadership skills in guiding your team to success, then you need to provide that context, perhaps in a cover letter, but again, only if you can show that its relevant to the position.

And yes, if this student is still in high school, then its more appropriate since they don’t have work experience. But this person is going to graduate from college next semester. By posting their high school athletic information, all they are doing is highlight that they haven’t gained any relevant experience in the last 4 years.

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Russell Scibetti said on December 21st, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I have adjusted one section of my post based on the feedback from all of you. I really appreciate the thoughts!

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Mike Diamond said on December 21st, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I am surprised and have never seen those type of things in a resume before. I too am someone looking to get a job in the sports industry, without any sports industry experience and would love the ability to present my resume to this website. I would also love some suggestions in presenting a resume to get to into the sports industry without any prior experience in the industry.

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Norma Vargas said on December 23rd, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I have adjusted one section of my post based on the feedback from all of you. I really appreciate the thoughts!

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kb said on December 26th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Good post Russell. I have seen some unreal resumes over time, but I can’t recall anything regarding fantasy sports. Wow.

A couple comments. (1) I think winning an award and being a captain (leader) on a successful team isn’t such a bad thing to have on the resume. It is better than blank space, and may stick out (positively or negatively) to the person reading the resume. (2) There are a couple typos on the post that stuck out to me (especially considering number five on your top five list of items): (a) “resume back” probably should be “resume bank” (b) “Erin Andrews in” should be “Erin Andrews is”

Keep up the good work!

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Russell Scibetti said on December 26th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

KB,

1 – It’s not a bad thing to list awards and accomplishments. I just think they need more context, and for someone graduating college, being a high school team captain doesn’t tell me anything.

2 – Great call, and they’ve been fixed. Especially bad timing on my part considering number five. Thanks!!

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Eli said on December 30th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

The funniest part is that he didn’t even win “Erin Andrews is Amazing”‘s fantasy league. He was merely the runner up. Oy.