Let’s Sack NFL Quarterback Tom Brady’s College Resumé

Tom Brady CareeristDear Mr. Brady:

Thank you for sharing your college resume on Facebook for all of us to admire.

I’m sure in your heart it must be a comfort to know that if this whole NFL Quarterback/Part-Time Model gig doesn’t work out, there will always be an Assistant Clubhouse Manager position waiting for you at the University of Michigan golf course.

Because roughly one-third of our office is Patriots fans, we’d like to pay you back for all the years of joy you have brought us (excluding any and all Super Bowls against the New York Giants) and offer you a basic resume critique! (No, no, Tom… put your wallet away – it’s on us.)

“Found my old resume! Really thought I was going to need this after the 5th round. “- Tom Brady

However, this also means that we’re going to be honest with you, just as we would any of our clients who aren’t married to Brazilian supermodels. So here’s the cold, hard truth:

You are SO lucky that Bill Belichick picked you in the sixth round of the 2000 draft, because this resume would not have gotten you anywhere.

It’s okay, Tom, some of us go to the Pro Bowl nine times, and some of us write Pro-Bowl resumes. You can’t have both, that would be unfair. So let’s take on some of the places you went wrong:



Get Rid of all the “Summers”

Outside of academia, farming – and professional sports, of course – no one measures time in seasons. List the months! “Summer” leaves room for debate, does that mean May-September? June-August? May-August? Just say what you mean!


You had an internship with Merril Lynch! Great! What… what kind of Intern? Were you a financial associate? A coffee boy? Ringer in the annual Thanksgiving game against Morgan Stanley? Any Intern title needs a word or phrase in front of it that tells employers the kind of work you did immediately.

Incomplete Passes Thoughts

Some of your throws against the Giants were weak, Tom. Your language in this resume even more weak; it doesn’t give your readers any information. These phrases keep popping up, and all you’re doing is telling your potential employer platitudes and hoping that they’ll believe you:

  • “Exposed to”
  • “Gained Knowledge of”
  • “Helped”
  • “Developed Interpersonal Skills”

Don’t say that you “helped construct major facilities.” Say what you actually did, specifically, to help build them. Technically, the kid on your sidelines refilling the Gatorade kegs is “helping” the Patriots, but he’s not the one who gets to carry the Vince Lombardi trophy home, is he? (Or is he? Because that would be really cool of you.)

Much to the dismay of the entire Northeastern United States, that you can’t play pro football forever. When that day comes, I just want you to know that we’re here for you. It can be tough to transition away from a fifteen-year career, but we specialize in helping people do just that. So here’s some bullet points you can use to update that baby when the time comes.

  • Led the eleven-member New England Patriots offense to eleven division titles and three Super Bowl victories by developing and activating plays, managing huddles and drills, and by completing over four-thousand passes.
  • Set multiple league records, which include longest consecutive win streak and most consecutive playoff wins.
  • Threw over 350 touchdowns as of 2013 while maintaining a 63% completion rate.
  • Way better than Tony Romo, who will be applying for work very soon.

(Okay, maybe that last one should be left off, but you get the idea.)

You can tell we’ve put some thought into this, so give us a call before you start thinking about retirement. We’ve got your back.


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jason bAbout the Author: Jason B. has written, edited, and proofread thousands of resumes, cover letters, academic CVs, LinkedIn profiles, and personal statements for clients with work histories dating back over thirty years. You can find him on Google+: Jason B., Facebook, and Twitter.



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