The recruitment process is very much like searching for a job. There are many similar attributes that are tied with playing a sport in college and applying for a job.
1. Build your resume.
Similar to building a resume for a job, it is important that you build a resume for college coaches. Fill your resume with your academic stats, athletic stats, skills and experience. As an athlete, you want to be able to present your skills and strengths to your future coach. Attaching a visual aid such as a highlight video will help present those skills and strengths.
2. Do your research.
Making sure a company is a good fit for you is important before considering any job. Similarly, it is important for student-athletes to research the different dimensions of a school and the coach/team to make sure they are a good fit. Before you start reaching out to coaches, it is important that the program and team are a good fit for you.
3. Apply for the job.
Once you have a strong background on the material that is asked of you, you are able to submit your application to the manager. Athletes can also reach out to coaches of their choice by sending letters of interest, emails, or even calling them once they have determined they are interested in the coach's program.
4. Express your gratitude.
After completing a phone or in-person interview it is always important to thank the interviewer for their time and consideration. As an athlete, it is important to thank a coach for their time and support when they respond to a letter of interest, email, or show you around their campus during a visit.
5. Do your best.
While working you want to present your best work to your manager to eventually climb up the ladder. Athletes also are encouraged to give their best on the field or court and in their academics to continue in the process of becoming the best possible athlete.
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