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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)
Really helpful and professional
After looking at reviews online about the training room and seeing that it was a legitimate service I gave them a call, the people I have been speaking to at HQ have been so lovely and helpful, as well as professional and I know are always willing to help me and have made signing up to the course an enjoyable experience and i am very much looking forward to starting the course and a career as a beauty therapist 😃.... Thanks everyone at the training room x
Benjamin Clifford Grother
Staff was very friendly and quick to respond, and their guidance was clearly delivered.
Jamie Bruce McGrath
Staff are very friendly and I was passed to the person that I spoke to the first time I had to speak to the Training room which is quite rare. I was happy about this as I felt very comfortable talking on the phone and I felt like I was speaking to someone I knew. Everything was explained to me literally, no stone was left unturned. Lastly, everything has been super fast!
I'm terrible with names and can't remember the name of the man who was helping me through whole process. But he was very enthusiastic and helpful.
Very helpful, descriptive and direct. Would highly recommend thus far
Sammy was very helpful. She answered all
My questions and checked in several times
Great help from Molly from the training room !
Ever so helpful and a pleasure to speak too.
I have only just signed up but everyone i have spoken too has been amazing and really welcoming, they were fast to reply to emails and always made sure there was a way to keep me updated as it is hard to get me on the phone due to work.
Melanie Erica Davidson
Very friendly staff, very clear about what involved, very informative. Training modules arrived quickly. Tutor info very prompt. Course content very comprehensive. I would recommend to people and if I was interested in another course I would use again.
Very helpful and friendly stuff!
Their service is simply excellent and the people, the tutors are very friendly and helpful. They made sure I got everything I needed in a short space of time, they worked with speed and excellence. God bless them !!
Steve was the 1st point of contact I had, and he was very professional told me everything i needed to know and I didn't feel pressuered into signing up. He gave me the time to go away and think about whether the course was right for me and to compare with over companies, which I did and soon realised after a couple of phone calls that the training room were the right company to go with! Steve was then brilliant with helping me sign up. So far very impressed with the customer service and looking forward to learning with the training room.
they explained everything very well on the phone
Erin is fabulous... knowledgeable, cheerful , and thanks to her I’m very excited about my new beauty career .
Very helpful , informative, patient and happy to always communicate with me .
The training room services is definitely five stars make they make you feel comfortable and very informed
They assisted me in getting me started for my future career
Very thorough, clear and concise.
Andrew Peter Jaye