• Before successful seven Super Bowls Tom Brady wanted a back-up plan — a company résumé .
  • We talked to consultants about Brady’s résumé  and the way it may very well be improved
  • Expectations for résumés are greater than they’ve ever been earlier than, in line with HighResume skilled.
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After seven Super Bowl wins, Tom Brady does not want a résumé to showcase his skilled accomplishments  — however over 20 years in the past, he nearly did.

Before the quarterback was drafted in 2000, he wasn’t so positive he’d have a future in soccer, so he created a résumé.

In 2014, Brady shared a photograph of his post-college résumé along with his 2.4 million Facebook followers. The caption learn: “Found my old resume! Really thought I was going to need this after the 5th round. #tbt.”

The University of Michigan grad was in the end chosen within the sixth spherical of the 2000 NFL draft and went on to turn into an NFL celebrity. 

Insider requested résumé-writing consultants to weigh in on Brady’s résumé. Experts stated Brady did some issues nicely on the doc, however different areas may use some enchancment. 



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“The bones of Tom’s resume — previous employers, dates of employment, contact information, education — are good,” Tina Nicolai, Executive Resume Writer/Career Coach and Founder of Résumé Writers’ Ink advised Insider. “One area Tom could expand on is adding metrics showcasing his achievements. Competing in today’s job market requires measurement in telling success stories.”

Amanda Augustine, a profession skilled at HighResume, agrees that the core content material “isn’t bad.” However, she says he is lacking some particular sections, together with a “core competencies and technical skills” part.

Job candidates want to emphasise the abilities they realized 

The HighResume skilled stated that, in a post-pandemic world, employers are in search of particular abilities, particularly flexibility, drawback fixing, and teamwork — traits Brady demonstrated as a quarterback.

“If Brady was graduating today and preparing for a job search, I’d urge him to look for opportunities to demonstrate these skills throughout his résumé: in his professional summary, work experience, and when detailing his accomplishments on the football team,” Augustine advised Insider.

Brady may additionally add extra related info and keep away from overwhelming the reader by formatting the résumé as a two-pager, in line with Augustine.

“Gone are the days when entry-level candidates had to stick to a one-page résumé,” Augustine stated. “In fact, a 2018 study found recruiters are 2.3 times as likely to prefer two-page résumés over one-page résumés — regardless of a candidate’s job level.” 

Both consultants additionally agree Brady must simplify the doc’s header. Nicolai says by eliminating the handle traces, you would save as much as 4 traces. 

“résumé ‘real estate’ is at a premium particularly in the opening,” Nicolai stated.   

A correct résumé  has turn into more and more extra vital

Brady’s identify on the prime of the résumé may additionally use some flare, in line with Nicolai. She suggests he provides some colour or a distinct font to assist his identify stand out extra to recruiters.

“Who we are and how we show up on paper, starting with our name, is the beginning of making a baseline connection,” Nicolai advised Insider. “If Tom were to redo his résumé today, I’d suggest re-branding and customizing his ‘personal brand,'”

Both consultants agree that because the job market has turn into more and more aggressive, résumé requirements have risen since Brady made his company résumé.

“This résumé style was very popular in the 1990s when jobs were plentiful and recruiters and hiring leaders had more manpower and time to read through résumés,” Nicolai says. “But if this were used today, in 2021, Tom would most likely end with his résumé at the bottom of the pile.”

If Brady had been graduating at the moment, Augustine stated he ought to look to emphasise his expertise and adaptableness in the case of working remotely, as nicely.