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Michelle Bletso has 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry and is currently Group Fitness Development Manager for award-winning national leisure centre operator Everyone Active. Who better to offer advice on making yourself more employable in the fitness industry...
When applying for jobs in fitness it’s vital to make your CV stand out. Hundreds of people are likely to apply for any one position so you need to set yours apart from the competition.
One way to do this is to demonstrate passion for the industry and what you do. Show that you’re willing to work hard and that you can be flexible. Jobs in the fitness sector are not 9-5 so you need to demonstrate that you’re prepared for this. Show that you have a desire to learn and grow professionally within the sector and be sure to mention any additional qualifications you already have. You may wish to discuss your physical achievements too to show that you’re genuinely enthusiastic about fitness.
Communication skills are another key trait we look for in candidates. In the fitness industry you’re constantly working with people so it’s imperative that you come across as approachable and personable. Try to give examples of when you’ve demonstrated these skills by discussing personal qualities and/or past experiences. This will show potential employers that you can interact well with customers, colleagues and as part of a team.
Having work experience on your CV is always a plus. It suggests that you’re committed to the career of your choice and that you’re motivated. Many organisations offer work placements so try and arrange some even if it’s just for a couple of days. Then work hard, learn as much as you can and ask questions! It will give you a greater insight into the industry and you may pick up some useful contacts.
Finally, ensure that your personality shines through in your CV, during work placements and in everything you do. Although experience can be an advantage, sometimes personality is more important as organisations can provide you with more training.
Group Fitness Development Manager
SLM (Everyone Active)
Was easy to understand explained fully and Laura was fantastic! 😊 im excited to start my new career!
Laura Leigh Potter
Vincent was very helpful and professional at explaining the course and the various details surrounding its different aspects, he also worked smoothly alongside the finance team.
Quick easy service
Great personal service, the advisors listened to my needs and my understood my career aspirations.
excellent service great communication
Anthony Craig Harrison
I found my experience with the training room to be great so far everyone I have spoken to have been really friendly and helpful. I am currently studying the IT security technician and I am studying my way through the first of 3 courses comptia a+. Though I have had some issues with the training app but I have reported it to the developers. Other than that I look forward to passing my certifications and heading on to a new career path. I would say that if your passionate about what you want to do then give the training room a try. They have given me back my drive and determination to better my options in life so for that I say a massive thank you.
Stuart Andrew Walker
Fantastic service from the moment you enquire. You will get the answers and support you needed. Alison is very helpful and encouraging.
I am enjoying the course.
Communication was great!! I dealt with two lovely ladies. Amy & Ella they both dealt with any concerns I had very professionally.
They were always on time when phoning me. Very helpful and friendly and happy when speaking to them. Overall I was very pleased with all that we spoke about and I registered with the training room that day.
Very informative. Straight to the point.
Will recommend always
the adviser i spoke to (Chris Bryer-Ash) was very helpful and a nice bloke. and signing up online was very easy and strait forward
Very helpful with everything and got me a job as a personal trainier by giving out my CV to local gyms
Extremely helpful and very well informative, would 100 percent recommend to anyone looking to begin a carrier in personal training or the fields of work that the training room offer.
The service was excellent. The information I received was first class and Sarah was very easy to talk to and very helpful.
Very well explained and friendly behaviour. Nice customer service
service was so simple and easy I think they even deserve more than 5 star. I will recommend theThem to anybody who want to be a PE without going through any phone calls stress and follow ups.
Easy, straight forward and quick