Assistant Coach Cover Letter
Assistants Coach provide support to coaches and make sure players are trained and organized. Essential job duties of an Assistant Coach include maintaining equipment in good working condition, providing players with water bottles, maintaining locker rooms clean and organized, scheduling player physical exams, raising funds, discussing game plans with head coaches, liaising between the coach and players’ parents, monitoring players’ health condition, and completing other tasks as assigned by head coaches.
Successful Assistant Coach cover letter examples focus on the following job assets:
- Team sports expertise
- Administrative skills
- Attention to details
- Stamina and resilience
- Time management
- Computer competences
- Commitment to team development
- Problem-solving orientation
- Flexibility and being able to adapt to changing environments
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills
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Dear Mr. Hinds:
When I learned of your search for a motivated and enthusiastic Assistant Coach, I hastened to send along my resume for your review. As a flexible and supportive professional with more than 11 years of solid experience supporting head coaches to ensure player, equipment, and facility readiness, I feel confident that I would strongly benefit your team in this capacity.
My background includes proven success training, coaching, guiding, and supervising athletes to meet their personal physical goals and enhance their team performance. From organizing drills and demonstrating proper techniques to coordinating game-day logistics and assisting in day-to-day tasks, my experience has prepared me to excel in this role. In addition, my outstanding interpersonal, motivational, and leadership talents are certain to render me an immediate asset to your team.
Highlights of my qualifications include…
- Excelling as an Assistant Coach with the Vannar Plains High School Men’s Varsity Basketball Team for the past six years, supporting the head coach in areas such as scouting, practice planning, statistical analysis, video analysis, and guard and forward individual workouts; previous success in assistant coaching positions with Glendale High School and Merata High School.
- Instrumental in coaching the Vannar Plains team to distinction as Regional Champions in 2013 and 2015; contributed to a record-breaking 19-game winning streak during the 2012-2013 season.
- Overseeing all basic administrative and operational tasks such as player registration, payments, emergency contacts, away-game travel arrangements, and records management.
- Leveraging dynamic personality, enthusiastic and positive attitude, and stellar communication abilities to achieve—or surpass—team and player objectives.
- Possessing an intuitive ability to connect and build trusting relationships with players, providing guidance and advice on a range of topics pertaining to both sports as well as academic goals, personal difficulties, and social/emotional challenges.
With my proven successful experience in assistant coaching, I am confident in my ability to swiftly exceed your expectations for this role. I look forward to discussing this opportunity, and what I can offer, in further detail. Thank you for your consideration.
Levi M. Schilling
Applications to academic jobs are notoriously convoluted, particularly to posts which combine teaching and research. Typically the CV will be one document among a groaning dossier that might well comprise a cover letter, a research statement, a teaching statement, sample courses or syllabi, and even (on occasion) a diversity statement. Where do you start? And with so many elements to worry about, how important is the CV?
The answer is that it is very important. Many selection committee members say that the first document they look at is the CV. It shows that you're fundamentally eligible to do the advertised job, and it offers a run-down of your career to date. It's the scaffolding on to which the selectors can hang all of the other information contained elsewhere in your application. Yet, for a host of varied reasons, many people persist in writing truly awful CVs.
What follows is my list of the top 10 most irritating mistakes – irritating because they can so easily be fixed. They are the fruit of more than 10 years' combined experience as a researcher, teacher, and academic careers adviser at the University of Cambridge. I have seen literally hundreds of academic applications and, hence, the myriad ways to shoot yourself in the foot with a poor CV. But if I had to sum up my advice in just one line, it would be this: don't go on about the achievements you're most proud of; prioritise the ones that are most relevant to your intended employer.
1) Not scannable
Be realistic: your CV will almost certainly not be read in detail, line by line, word by word, until you have made it at least on to a longlist and very probably not until you have made it all the way to the shortlist. Before that point, the person reviewing your application may spend no more than 90 seconds scanning through the CV, skimming for key highlights – such as your list of publications, places you've worked, grants won, and so on. You have to make sure that the important stuff, which will not necessarily be the same from one application to the next, leaps off the page.
There's no singular 'correct' way to format a CV so that it can be scanned effectively, but here are two tips. First, you have to keep seeing it on the page, so don't spend too long editing your CV on the screen before you print it out to take a look. Secondly, the best test of whether it's scannable is – drum roll, please – whether someone can scan it.
So, give a hard copy of your CV to a willing friend, ideally someone who owes you a favour but doesn't know your career history inside out. Put a stopwatch on them for 90 seconds and ask them to read through the CV. What did they pick up in that time? What didn't stand out? Did they identify the achievements you most want the selection committee to notice?
2) Sections split across pages
This is part of the logic of scanning. Someone reading fast will turn the page and jump straight to the next heading, which means that whatever content has been 'held over' from the previous page could well go entirely unread. Break up sections by using subheadings, e.g. divide your teaching into undergraduate and postgraduate, or separate it according to the elements of the teaching process such as lecturing, examining, curriculum design, and so on.
3) Structured in chronological order
I never thought to have to negotiate this, but, recently, a surprising number of early career academics have tried to argue this point with me. Let me therefore say very clearly: reverse chronological order is the norm; it is reasonable; it is absolutely de rigueur. CV writing is not about what's logical or preferable to you; it's about anticipating your selectors' needs and trying to make their lives as easy as possible.
If that argument doesn't convince you, here's another angle. Remember that I'm going to be skimming your CV, not reading it in detail. If I cast a quick glance over your publications and see at the top of the list a paper dated 2007, then I may well conclude that you haven't published anything since and decide not to waste more time on reading this section of your CV.
4) Content not tailored to the specific application
In many cases, this is simply a question of structure. If you're applying for a teaching role at a less research-intensive university, then do I really want to wade through seven or eight pages of information about your research experience before I get to a meagre section on your teaching? Bring the teaching section forward and expand it. If you've taught modules or topics relevant to the new post, then say so. If they want somebody with experience of supervising research students, then be sure that I can read about your experience of supervising research students without the need to pause, ponder, or decrypt.
5) Using language that's unclear to the reader
Avoid like the plague all institution-specific arcana. My own university has more than its fair share of authentic and faux medieval terminology that is utterly opaque to outsiders (and to many insiders), eg Tripos, Part II, prelims, JRF, DoS. This is by no means an exclusively Cambridge phenomenon. You must be ruthless in purging your CV of language that doesn't make sense to readers outside your current institution because you run the genuine risk of offending. You will look like a snob who can't be bothered to translate his or her experience into generally comprehensible language. Think undergraduate exams, third year, postdoctoral fellowship, and so on.
And here's a related tip: know the differences in preferred language between your current and future institutions. Paper, module, unit, or course? Tutorials, supervisions, office hours, or something else? Show that you have done your homework, because it says something about how seriously you want the job.
6) Including course codes for everything you've taught
To my mind, it's baffling to want to list all course codes and other administrative technicalities on your CV, but I see this done alarmingly often. Yes, I do want to know what you have taught, in what format, and to what learners. I'm also happy, in most cases, to know the exact titles of those courses or lectures. However, I don't want to know whether your university also labelled that teaching as 'Paper Ge21', 'Module AS100305', or 'Unit H3946'. This is administrative information – for internal use only. Unless you are an internal applicant, how does this kind of pedantry help the selectors decide to put you on their shortlist? Extraneous information on a CV may not be as heinous a mistake as incomprehensible information (see number 5), but it clutters up the skim-reading process, potentially confuses the reader, and does you no discernible favours.
7) Inconsistent style of referencing
Why it is that professional scholars who have to prepare references and bibliographies for publication can't put a list together for their CVs, using a consistent style and with proper attention to detail, is a perennial mystery to me. And, yes, it does matter. Is slapdash what you want me to think of you before I've even met you?
8) Using 'Curriculum Vitae' as a heading
I can recognise a CV when I see one, and I trust that others can, too. Your heading should be your name. And don't be pretentious: no titles or postnominal letters. Just your name.
9) No page numbers
Put your name as a header on every page after the first. Put page numbers on every single page. This might seem a little too 'belt and braces' for some, but the rationale is sound. First, it looks professional. (Need I say more?) Secondly, it serves a practical purpose. What happens if I accidentally drop the twelve pages of your CV on the floor? What happens if, in reading your 15-page magnum opus, I inadvertently mix up the sequence of pages? What happens if your CV gets unintentionally jumbled up with the CVs of 11 other applicants? These things can, and do, happen.
10) Overusing bold and italics
Overuse bold or italics on your CV and nothing stands out; avoid the use of bold or italics and, likewise, nothing stands out. The former often smacks of desperation ('Look! Look at all these important things! Look at them all!'), whereas the latter has a terrible whiff of disinclination ('Yeah, whatever. Read it, don't read it. I don't mind'). But the best way to mitigate over or under-formatting your document is simply to print it out and show it to people.
When push comes to shove, the best approach to CV writing is the simplest: seek multiple opinions at every stage. And in so doing, dare to be honest. What impression do you really have of me on paper?
Steve Joy is careers adviser for research staff in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the University of Cambridge – follow him on Twitter @EarlyCareerBlog
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