Soft-Skill List
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Determing Your Soft Skills (Athlete Proof for Resume)Use scoring to get a sense for which Soft Skills you've mastered and which one's need improvement through demonstrated ability. It's not about having a high score, it's about understanding the truth about yourself. See the Scoring tab for results.
Soft-SkillDemonstrated AbilityBS CheckScoring: 1=Needs Work, 2=Average, 3=Strength of MineApplicability to Future Career
Time ManagementManaged a very demanding athletic related schedule consisting of events such as workouts, weights, practices, meetings, tutoring, community service, treatment, etc. in addition to my class schedule.I got nothing. If you played college sports at a high level, this is you.In your post playing career, you will most likely have far less accountability than you do during college. With no one telling you what to do, it's easier to avoid doing the things that lead to success like showing up early, staying late and putting in extra work. Managing your time will be essential--not only to peforming well in your job, but staying active, having a social life and living in balance for overall wellness.
Time ManagementTraveled frequently in season which caused me to work remotely (on school stuff) using bus, plane and hotel time to work on assignments and keep up with the demands of academics while preparing for a competition.If you didn't care, your teachers let you slide, or you had someone else doing your work, then you don't get to claim this one. Also, get ready for a rude awakening in life after sports. Meaningful = Hard Work.
Time ManagementBecause there was always an upcoming workout within the next 24 hours, I had to manage meals, rest and fun appropriately. Accountability to performance meant everything else had to be managed on a tight schedule.If you played Call of Duty until 3am, crushed Snickers for dinner and still managed to be the best on your team...well, I hate you...(not really :) )..and you don't get to claim this one.
Time ManagementI constantly had goals to hit related to athletic and academic performance which required a plan that was broken down into action items. In order to accomplish the goals, I allocated time for each activity and slowly accomplished the goal in bit sized accomplishments. Are you goal (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) driven? Or do you just do your best with a "see what happens" attitude? I don't think one has to be goal driven to be successful. However, it's more likely you will be successful if you have an idea of what it is you want to accomplish with an accompanying plan.
CommunicationI've learned to listen well. Coaches, professors, teammates and advisors communicated to me under a variety of circumstances. I've learned to understand what one means when they talk and respond accordingly.Did you?Listening with empathy to co-workers, bosses and subordinates will set you a part from just about everyone. It's easy to understand but difficult to do. It's also the foundation to communicating properly. When you seek to understand before seeking to be understood, your body language, tone and message is almost always well received. This is especially true in stressful situatoins where deals, customer issues, saftey precautions and other crucial outcomes are on the line.
CommunicationI've learned to control my body language. College coaches don't put up with BS. I learned quickly that my body language and how I say things often times speaks louder than what I say. Did your coach let you slide? Or did you learn how to control yourself--even when you disagreed 100%?
CommunicationMy team was diverse and I learned to adapt to the cultural differences of my teammates in order to effectively build relationships.Was your team diverse? If so, did you keep to people like you or did you engage with people different than you and build relationships?
CommunicationI communicated clearly in class presentations, post game interviews and speaking engagements (community service, etc.). For some, this comes naturally, others it's more difficult. Are you Marshawn Lynch or Lebron James? Please don't say Richard Sherman.
Self DisciplinePushed myself to actually learn in class not just get good grades. Examples of this include X, Y, Z.If you did this, you're a rare breed!You've likely built up many self-disciplines as an athlete. You'll quickly realize that the general population isn't wired like you are wired. They don't compete the same, train the same or value winning like you do. This is a golden opportunity to excel in whatever your personal fit ends up being. Because you understand how to delay gratification, push through fatigue and fall in love with the process, you're going to crush it.
Self DisciplineIn addition to team required practices and workouts, I performed X additional workouts per week in order to improve my abilities.Are you someone who gets in extra work? Or is doing your job enough. Both are fine, just be real.
Self DisciplineI routinely said no to parties in order to get proper sleep for recovery and be ready for practice.Did you really? Or should we leave this one out ...?
Self DisciplineSaid no to sugar and coke for X years in order to keep my body functioning at it's max capacityIf you don't have memories of this being very difficult then you probably don't want to list this one.
TeamworkI've played on X teams throughout my life. I've been a star player and I've been a role player. I've been on bad and good teams. My experiences have taught me how to work through imperfection with other people in stressful situations in pursuit of achieving a common goal. Where you a teammate that usually gave or took? If you now realize the importance of being one that gives, it doesn't mean you have the skill. You need to consistently demonstrate it before you can claim it.You've likely played on good and bad teams growing up. It doesn't take long to realize why some teams are good and others bad. The same will be true in your post playing career. However, no matter which situation you find yourself in, the principles of teamwork will always be the same. Ideally, you've chosen your personal fit and are ready to play your role (do your job) and help the team (your company) win (achivie the mission). If this happens, everyone on the team (your co-workers and you) will experience much better bi-products (like cash, respect and fulfillment) just like a when you're on a winning team, everyting is better.
TeamworkI understand that in order to win the game, everyone has to do their job well. On every team I've played for, each team member wanted more--more playing time, more shots, more sets, more attempts, more credit. However, each team members wants conflict with what is best for the team. It's the teams who's members can buy in to what's best for the team that win. I know how to buy-in.If you're like "F this, I'm getting mine" just go ahead and put 0 for your score.
TeamworkI played my role in service to the team. This involved sacrifice in service to the team.Did you buy-in to your role? If you compete in an individual sport, did you let your coaches coach and trainers train. Or were you the only I in Team.
TeamworkI experienced the outcome of joy through success when everyone on the team did their jobs, including me, and we overachieved as a team. A great example of this is X.What is your X?
Work EthicI brought it every day to practice. This may sound easy but there are days where you're exhausted, injured, sick and stressed. No matter the situation, I did my best.If I asked your teammates if you brought your best every day, what would they tell me?Strait up, there are days you're not going to want to work. You're going to want to go through the motions, BS, and do the bare minimum to get paid. You'll devalue the mission, your role and existence itself. This is when your work ethic kicks in and mind over matter happens. Not because someone is watching or you feel good (first 5 min after drinking coffee) but because you believe if you do the work, good things will happen. When you've done this as an athlete you can recall that most of the time, your feelings catch up and things get better.
Work EthicI pushed myself in every aspect of my sport. Examples include X, Y, Z. Everyone is given a base amount of talent to work with--some overachieve and others underachieve. I maximized what I had to work with through hard work.Did you fall in love with the process of improvement? Did you in fact leave it all on the field? Or did you make a habbit of pulling up a few steps short of the finish line each time? Be real...otherwise why are you even reading this.
Work EthicOften, when tempted to take it easy, I was motivated to turn it up by realizing if I didn't, I would be cheating my teammates.If your motivations are completely unrelated to your team, then the "ethic" part of your work ethic needs some work.
Work EthicIt didn't matter if a coach, scout or anyone else was watching me, when it came to getting better, I did my best regardless of who was watching.Were you game speed when no one was watching?
ResilienceAfter losing games or competitions, I quickly learned from it and focused on the next play.Were you in the back of the bus talking crap? Or watching film trying to get better?You're going to lose deals, get told No, mess up, feel embarrased, push bad code, feel powerless, get injured, miss a deadline, have to fire someone, get fired, etc. It's going to happen. No different than all those times you worked your tail off only to feel dissapointment in not starting, losing or becoming injured. However, because you've been there before you already know that turning things around in the moment--amidst the storm--is how you get to the next play and leap frog past everyone else who decides to sulk for a week before moving on. Resilience, like most anything, compounds over time turning you into someone who is unstoppable.
ResilienceI injured by X and was faced with X. However, I went through the rehab process with intentionality--often times showing up early and staying late after practice--until I was able to get back out there and perform.Did the trainer have to text you and beg you to take care of yourself or were you begging him for information on how to quickly get fixed so you can resume competing?
ResilienceI took responsibility for my failures. My injuries, my lack of performance, my knowledge and my life is my responsibility. It's not always my fault but throughout my career, when bad things happened I determine what it was I could control and moved forward. An example of this could be X.Is this true? Or are you quick to blame other people or situations for your lack of performance and stay paralyzed until the situation changes?
ResilienceI battled through X, Y and Z to get to (*Insert most proud level) in my playing career.Have you ever had to fight for something? I mean really dig deep and fight. If not, can't claim this--all you can do is fight hard for something in the future.
Attention to DetailI memorized every detail of (*insert number) plays and physically executed them in high stress, high stakes situations where winning and losing was on the line.Every practice, game and the occasional hotel walkthrough were intense b/c we both know if you messed up, coach was putting you on blast.They say football is a game of inches but we all know as athletes what that means. The difference between winning and losing is in the details of execution. Throughout your post playing career, your attention to detail will cause you to improve at a much faster pace. It's often the difference between a yes and a no, green and red, promotion and demotion and fulfillment or career change. No matter what your job is, details matter.
Attention to DetailI pushed my body to the limit in the weight room taking into account every detailed motion of cleans, squats, circuits and more. Proper form was essential to injury prevention and exceeding your previous weeks max. If you still can't do a proper hang clean then you should probably just skip this one.
Attention to DetailI adapted to my opponent in every situation of competition by paying close attention to the slightest tendancy, scheme, strength, weakness and movement in order to adjust and gain an advantage. You're a pattern recognition machine. You did this even if you didn't realize it. You took what the defense gave you and the only way to know is by paying attention to the slightest of details.
Attention to DetailI earned (*insert credits) across (*insert classes) over (*insert years) all while spending 40+ hours/week competing at the highest levels. You don't accomplish that without attention to details.Did you?
PunctualityI learned that 15 minutes early is on time. Late to film, practice or any team event resulted in (*insert heavy consequences) because I didn't only let myself down, I let my team down.I imagine this is true no matter how good you were.Time is a universal constraint that everyone must obey. No one gets more minutes in a day than someon else. Therefore, valuing someone else's time says a lot about a person. It shows you respect them. Your athletic experiences have taught you this evident by a coach making everyone run b/c your teammate shows up late to film. It's unlikely you'll be running sprints for showing up late to a conference call, however, there are always consequences for not being punctual.
PunctualityI showed up every day, ready to work in the face of illness, fatigue, and lack of motivation. Most athletes's one of the more admirable skill sets we have--we generally always show up and fight. Did you?
PunctualityWhen I couldn't be on time, I communicated well in advance so my coach, trainer, professor and tutor were informed.This implies you did this consistently, not just once.
PunctualityI didn't show partiality to when I was punctual. I showed up for treatment with an athletic trainer on time in the same fashion I showed up for pre-game on time. If you were only punctual when there was a penalty on the line, you can't claim this one.