Sitting down to write a résumé is a million miles from being a cricketer. But if you want to play as a club professional you need to sell yourself hard.
Clubs and agents are bombarded with requests for work from all over the world. We see dozens of applications here at PitchVision Academy alone.
It’s a buyer’s market.
A good CV allows you to stand out from the crowd.
It can also ruin your chances if you get it wrong. You can easily get tossed in the rubbish if you don’t make an instant impact.
So what are the important things that clubs and agents look for on your CV?
Highlight your achievements
Typically a CV is only given a few moments consideration before being put into the bin.
The standard CV advice is to put your personal details first (DOB, address and phone number) but no one got employed as a cricketer from personal details.
So whether your CV is on paper or online you need to put the important stuff first because that is what catches the eye.
The most important elements that are considered are:
Statistics (most recent batting and bowling averages at club and first-class level, high scores)
Coaching qualifications and experience
Previous playing experience in the country
Notable cricketing achievements (for example helping develop young players or being part of a league winning team)
You can of course include more standard information further down: common headings include work experience, interests and educational qualifications.
But remember the top of your CV is supposed to make an impact, so don’t waste the first few seconds on irrelevant details.
Tell the truth
Don’t lie on your CV.
It’s not as obvious advice as you think. We are constantly contacted at PitchVision Academy and a good portion of the CVs we see are very hard to believe.
I mean, are there really so many undiscovered 145kph bowlers who score hundreds for fun?
I may be cynical, but I doubt it.
Even if the liar did get past the raised eyebrows it would soon become obvious when hired by a team. It’s pointless to even bother.
There is nothing wrong with highlighting the good stuff and playing down the bad, just don’t start making things up.
Less is more
As well as playing up your achievements you can leave out irrelevant details.
I have seen CVs that include long lists of educational and work achievements that are not relevant to cricket in the slightest. I have even seen CVs with people’s passport number.
That stuff won’t help you get a job.
SO be ruthless.
Ask yourself about everything you put into the CV: will it improve my chances of playing as a club pro?
If the answer is no then leave it out.
If the answer is yes, put it in.
But make sure you highlight exactly why, especially if it is not obvious.
One thing I do with CVs is to have a list of transferable skills on hand. I tie everything on the CV to those skills so it’s clearly obvious how the achievement will help me do the job better.
Make it easy
Finally, spend time making the CV as easy as possible for the reader.
That starts with a personal statement or cover letter. Use it to clarify your unique skills. Explain your position (batting, bowling), key experiences and skills (especially cricketing ones) and what exactly you want to get from the club.
Once you have that, check your spelling and grammar so it’s perfect.
Use short sentences, plenty of spacing and bullet points to make it easy and quick to read. Make sure it fits on a single page for real brevity.
Then armed with your perfectly formed CV, you can send it off to the right people for consideration.
Of course, it doesn’t stop there. CVs are a very poor way to find a job compared to other methods. So work hard following up on them too.