How to write your Lifeguard Resume

Building a resume is one thing, but creating a resume for lifeguarding? That’s a whole different ball game. Because lifeguarding is so niche, it can be tricky to figure out just the right words for your resume — but don’t worry! We’ve got you covered, so whip out that shiny resume paper and get ready for lifeguard resume writing 101.

1. Start with your certifications

Being a lifeguard usually means you’re certified — in more areas than one. These days, most lifeguards are required to know CPR, first aid and AED training. Feel free to get creative with the presentation of your resume, but be sure to list out all of your certifications. Pro tip: It’s recommended that you have a dedicated section for your certifications. This way, if someone is looking for certifications over everything else, they’ll be able to find your list quickly.

2. Paint the whole picture

Just because you’re in the lifeguard biz doesn’t mean you’re limited to it. Show your whole story by painting a holistic picture of who you are, what you do and what you’re looking to do with your skills and interests. Are you a student? Are you volunteering? Let everyone know in the narrative of your resume!

3. Say it loud and proud

Once we nail down your story and your qualifications, the last step is to really articulate your interest — or better, your passion — for lifeguarding. Create a section on your resume that lets you write it out. Some people call it their “objective” section; others call it their “about me” section. The most important thing is that you’re using this part of your resume to let people know that you love what you do and you’ll be a great asset to their company or facility.

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