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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)
Made note of any dyslexia was extremely helpful and a delight to talk to
Mervyn Mark Joseph Porter-Bennett
Very friendly staff
Super welcoming and lovely
I applied to the advert and within 12 hours I had received a positive response from Alison. She explained what there was to be offered clearly and outlined everything I needed to know. Ella helped me on the loan information and both team members made me feel confident in the products and services that were being offered to me.
Had a very relaxing chat, was able to answer to all of my questions and more!
Donna was very nice and friendly. She explained everything clearly and answered all my questions precisely.
Erin was very helpful and patient with me and let me know all info i needed. I found her to be very positive and motivating on something i was unsure on doing.
Absolutely brilliant. The lady I spoke to, Clare, listened to everything I had to say and ask, and answered everything she could. All of the staff I have spoken to have been happy bubbly and seem genuinely happy to speak to and assist you anyway they can. Plus they never tried to force feed you their course which was refreshing.
My advisor, Steve, was intensely helpful throughout the process of signing up to the course. He would contact me regularly with new information, but was also extremely polite and never put any pressure on me.
Really friendly and informative
I booked over the phone with Steve who gave me all the time in the world to talk about my worries before starting the course. When I got there I found the trainer Nick was so friendly and helpful, no question to small to answer. The other tutors who came on assessment days were also wonderfully knowledgable and everyone made you feel like you could do it. Since then the after care teams have made sure I have the certificates I need, when I needed them for my insurances etc and I’m really pleased with my new career. I did the intense PT course in September and loved that it was full on.
When I applied I was connected the next day. I was taken through the course being told the sets that I will be taking with all the information that I need to know what the course involves and got the answers to questions that I wanted .
Very patient and excellent
Sarah was really helpful, friendly and efficient. I got all the info i needed and she did everything she could to help me through all the admin etc. I found the service provided very useful and would happy to use it again.
Matt was amazing
I thought the service was very good, everything was answered that I asked
Adam James Francis
Were very helpful and answered all of my questions.
Definitely l will recommend lovely Team very good comunications Thank you
The staff is great 👍🏻. Very helpful
It was excellent service, I spoke with Amy and she was very helpful and ready to answer any questions I had. When I called the training room I would be put through to the right person straight away without waiting. The information I received was detailed and easy to understand. I would highly recommend the training room to anyone looking to start a course.
I would recomand you