Communicating with a coach at least once a month will strengthen your cause and help you develop your relationship with that coach. You demonstrate through phone calls and e-mails that you are committed to becoming a member of his team. Give the coach a reason to seek you out specifically at a camp, tournament, or regular season game. Regular communication will put you in a position where he is eager to evaluate your ability.
The best way to introduce yourself to a coach is with a personalized letter. When they’re not out on the field, college coaches basically live in front of their computers, working on recruiting, answering emails, surfing the web for sports news, and so on.
Set a Foundation
The first order of business is to send a letter and recruiting profile to the head coach at each of the colleges on your list. You want the coach to receive your email, print it out, and create a folder in his filing cabinet with your name on it.
This letter serves as the foundation of your CaptainU Recruiting campaign. Without overstating the importance of your letter, recognize that it makes your first impression on the coach. It should be organized, well-written, and exciting. Avoid grammatical and spelling mistakes. Impress the coach with your attention to detail and professionalism.
Don’t Start With A Phone Call
Do not begin your communication with a coach with a phone call. Unlike a letter, a call leaves no physical record. Remember, CaptainU Recruiting is about doing the coach’s work for him. Present him with a written outline of your qualifications. Don’t make him write out the transcript of an introductory phone conversation—he probably won’t anyway. In fact, he’s likely to ask you to send him a cover letter and recruiting profile.
Write your Own Letter
The structures, content, and sample cover letters that follow are suggestions. Don’t merely reword the examples. The cover letter is an opportunity to express yourself. It’s a chance to showcase who you are.
Be concise. Remember that this is just an introduction, so don’t ramble on for 8 pages. Your letter should be succinct—no more than 5-6 paragraphs—and informative.Establish a tone within your letter to distinguish it from the mass of communication the coach has to sift through. Find the middle ground between over-the-top absurd and sleep-inducing. Don’t be afraid to include personal details that distinguish you from the pack—i.e. “I do my training runs at altitude, on Mount Olympus.”If you’re so inclined be playful, sincere, thoughtful, anecdotal, whatever. Just don’t beg. You are an asset; a coach will be fortunate to have you on his team.
Organization of the Letter
Salutation: Address each letter personally—i.e. “Dear Coach Nascimento.” Form letters addressed “To Whom it May Concern” actually create a negative impression.
Introduction: State the intention of the letter, that you are interested in playing for his team. Explain why you’re interested in his college. Be specific. Coaches will love that you’ve done some research and aren’t just spamming the world.
Self Description: Describe yourself as a player. Discuss what your tendencies are, and the responsibilities you have on team. If you’re a team captain, say so.
Accomplishments: Briefly describe your qualifications and most recent awards. You don’t have to list all of your accomplishments in your cover letter—that’s what your recruiting profile is for.
The Next Step: Promise to follow up on this initial letter with a schedule of your team’s games and tournaments. In the meantime, request any standard recruiting materials. Most coaches have general information forms they like recruits to fill out. This helps streamline the deluge of information they receive from prospective players.
Closing Phrase: Sincerely,” “All the best,” etc.
Your Name: Type your name below your signature
Stay tuned for more of “Make the Team”, written by CaptainU CEO, Avi Stopper with #MaketheTeam
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Admissions Counselor Cover Letter and Resume Examples
Here's an example of a cover letter for an admissions counselor position. Also, see below for a resume for the same position.
Admissions Counselor Cover Letter Example
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,
I would like to express my strong interest in the admissions counselor position at ABC University’s School of Business, as listed on highereducationjobs.com. I am confident that my experience as an admissions counselor and my abilities as a project manager make me an ideal candidate for the position.
I have been working in admissions for the past five years and am therefore extremely confident in my ability to meet your requirements. As an admissions counselor for XYZ College, I recruit, process, and evaluate over 8,500 applicants each year. By thoroughly analyzing candidates and conducting dozens of informational sessions and seminars, I successfully contributed to the rise in student retention by over 15% this past year. I am also particularly familiar with MBA admissions and recruiting, having worked as a graduate assistant in the Greenfield University Business School. I am thus a skilled admissions counselor who is familiar with your particular needs.
I also have the project management experience that you request in your job application. For example, I am currently responsible for organizing and overseeing XYZ College’s annual Welcome Accepted Candidates Day. This job involves selecting and managing caterers, event spaces, professors, and student volunteers.
I have successfully run this event for the past two years, and therefore know I have the attention to detail and commitment to quality that you require in an admissions counselor.
I am confident that my years of experience in admissions (particularly business school admissions) and my skill as a project manager would make me an asset to your fine admissions team at ABC University’s School of Business.
I have enclosed my resume and will contact you next week to see if we might find a time to speak together. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
Your Signature (hard copy letter)
Your Typed Name
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Admissions Counselor Resume Example
4179 Allen Rd, Apt 7, Wilmington, DE 01887
Detail-oriented Admissions Counselor with a record of success in recruiting, evaluating, and accepting applicants for a competitive liberal arts college with over 8,500 applicants. Experienced in using strong oral and written communication skills to develop and lead presentations, information sessions, and training seminars.
Admissions Counselor, ABC College, May 20XX - present
- Recognized along with admissions team for increasing retention rates among freshman by 10% in 2008 due to thorough analysis of applicant materials and follow-up with accepted candidates.
- Develop and present seminars about ABC College at over 50 high school and community college events.
- Conduct dozens of informational sessions with parents, students, and counselors on the admissions process.
- Plan and implement training programs for internal and external staff members related to Admissions initiatives.
Registrar Assistant, ABC College, August 20XX – May 20XX
- Maintain student academic records for over 4,000 students.
- Manage all OCICU registration and correspondence.
- Resolve student and faculty issues regarding records and registration.
- Recruit, hire, and train 10 college interns annually.
Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, ABC College, 20XX
Magna Cum Laude
- Experience with SIS and Campus Vue, and proficient in Microsoft Office, (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
- Fluent in Spanish
Sending an Email Cover Letter
If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message:
Subject: Admissions Counselor Position - Your Name
Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information.
Start your email message with the salutation. Here's an example of a formatted email cover letter.
More Sample Cover Letters
Cover letter samples and templates for a variety of career fields and employment levels, including entry-level, targeted and email cover letters for many different jobs.
Please Note: This sample is provided for guidance only. The provided information, including samples and examples, is not guaranteed for accuracy or legality. Letters and other correspondence should be edited to fit your personal situation.