Top tips for writing a snowboard or ski instructor resume
1) Where are you applying?
Make sure you have or can get a work permit for the country you are applying. Most newly qualified instructors get working holiday visas. Different countries expect certain CV formats.
- Canadian companies will be looking for a simple chronological resume, and it isn’t unusual to be just 1 page long.
- UK companies expect a short profile of the candidate, followed by a summary of skills and finally a chronology of work and education – they even expect some leisure pursuits on there.
- Applying to Japan? Accomplishments and education history are well liked by Japanese employers, as are certificates/licences. It is standard practice to have your photo on your application or on your CV/Resume.
2) What job are you applying for?
Applications should be tailored for each job role, there is no such thing as a standard CV. Most ski and snowboard instructors spend half the year teaching and half the year working elsewhere, so you need to spend time developing a dedicated Instructor resume for winter jobs.
3) Include a cover letter
A cover letter or email should always be included – this is where you can shine. Research the company and resort, show your enthusiasm for it and outline why you want to work there and what qualifies you for the job. Study the job description and link your experience to the role.
4) Every experience counts
If you are newly qualified and applying for your first instructor job, include your Winter Sports Company course in your education or work experience section. The hours you spent shadowing are valuable experience others may not have. If you have any experience in any other instructor roles, include these – as it is relevant to the job role.
Job-relevant referees are best, however if you are lacking work references use school/college tutors. Ask for permission before you submit contact information – if you know you’re applying for jobs, ask referees in advance and have their details ready.
6) Other Tips
- A CV should be no longer than 2 pages.
- Save as a PDF. This not only looks professional, but means people can’t make changes.
- You don’t need to put your gender or date of birth on your CV.
- A cover letter should be between half to a full page of typed A4.
- Make your email the cover letter – there is no need to attach it as a separate file.
- Are you travelling or applying from a different time zone? Let the employer know, they will understand and schedule an interview that work for you.
- Spellcheck and proof read. If possible get a friend or family member to give your letter and CV read.
- Stupid email addresses are a no-no. If you are still using email@example.com it’s time for a change. A simple name@____.com will do.
- If you do include a photo, a standard passport style one is perfect. Don’t pull a funny face or have anything inappropriate in the background.