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Help please ... Recommendations/Resume for a Pro Athlete?

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Help please ... Recommendations/Resume for a Pro Athlete? [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2009, 07:46
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I hope this message finds you doing well and I appreciate your taking the time to read this.

Ok, so my background is definitely non-traditional. Since I graduated in 2005, with the exception of two summer internships at a law firm several years ago, I've made my living playing basketball in Germany and Spain. I'm applying to a variety of upper-tier schools and I like my chances, however I've run into a bit of a problem in that I don't know where to go for recommendations. Most of my bosses (coaches) don't speak English very well and as nice as most of them have been I don't have alot of confidence in their ability to produce a high quality essay. Does anyone have any suggestions? Who else can I turn to for a respectable recommendation?

Also, I've run into a bit of a problem with my resume. Over the course of my 5-yr career I've played for 6 teams and aside from wins and losses and statistics I have no concrete data to offer. There are no special projects that I've managed, no promotions or managerial positions. My duties have been identical for each and every team. And because I've played for a variety of teams with different circumstances, it's difficult to compare one season to the next. Moreover, should I list each and every team? Or should I just create one entry that includes all teams? Two entries ... one for each country?

That said, I was hoping someone could offer me some advice as to where I might want to look for possible recommendations and how I can put together an effective resume, because at the moment my resume is looking mighty shabby :-S

Again, thank you all for your time and thanks in advance for any input!

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cdo2004,

Congrats on the unusual profile. As for recommendations, I think you need to ask your coaches to write their recommendations in their native languages then pay to have a professional translator translate them. In your application, tell the schools this is what you've done. Have the recommender submit the original letter to the school, and have the translator submit the translation. Schools won't want you to translate it yourself.

Regarding the resume, I think it should chronological with a section for each, listing your stats while playing for them and hopefully some highlights to break up the monotony of statistics. Hopefully, you have some involvements outside of basketball that you can write about in your essays and maybe even add to your resume.

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