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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)
Very good, helpful and professional service. Always available and willing to help, good response times and very understanding staff.
The assessor I spoke to was very informative, listened to my concerns and made sure I understood everything.
She kept in contact regularly via email and phone and would certainly recommend
service was excellent , Donna was great , Gavin was great
So far my experience has been good! And easy to understand, got an email with a lot of pre course work to do witch i thought was a lot but i guess its gotta be done.
Fantastic customer service, with all the support I could possibly want!!!
wonderful customer services. i would 100% recommend them.
Great and very friendly people. They kept me fully informed and made every step easy and straight forward for me.
brilliant service.Very kind and help you in every way
Everything is very good. After I start working like programmer perhaps I will want to buy another courses.
It is a privilege to be part of the beauty training room.the booking experience was great they made me understand everything properly
A very big thankyou to all the team
The whole process was easy from start to finish. Everyone was kind and willing to help with any questions that I had. I would definitely recommend to a friend.
easy to understand and when rang for advice very helpful
They make it so easy to understand. Very friendly. Looking forward to the training.
First class service. Very thorough and supportive on finding the right course for me. Enthusiasm over the phone seemed genuine, and gives you that extra buzz and assurance the training can only be first class!
I have been given excellent help with get the course I want .friendly service .lovely people to talk to helpful .
It was a very friendly service and made me feel comfortable within the first minute or so of speaking to them.
Helpful. Knowledgable. Friendly. 5 star service. They take the time to listen to the answers
I'm very happy with their service! They are helpful and kind!
The lady I spoke to molly bowyer was very informative friendly and understanding she wasn't pushy at all and gave me a lot of opportunity to think things over she contacted me back on more than one occasion to answer any questions I had .
I really enjoyed talking to my advisor, she was very helpful in helping understand to whole process. I will definitely recommend them !