Getting a Job – The best places to look for gym instructor jobs is either through the direct website of the gym facility you wish to work in, or through websites such as leisure jobs UK.
If looking directly through a company, check their vacancies and always give the company a call first to check in case their website is not up to date.
Sometimes it may be worth popping into the facility you are applying at and hand deliver your CV to the manager, however always check the advertised position and how they would like you to apply, you may find they would like you to complete an application online.
Online applications/ Covering letters & CV – When completing an application online, ensure you give only the relevant information relating to that job. Spell-check your application, always refer to the job description provided by the company to ensure you suit the position.
Devising a cover note and CV is simple. There are lots of different CV templates that can be found online. Always keep your CV up to date, if you have any work related changes or do any Continual Professional Development (CPD) or further qualifications add it to your CV upon completion to ensure you miss nothing off.
Qualifications – Make sure when enrolling onto any further qualifications they are recognised within the fitness industry. The majority of recognised courses are generally recognised through REPS. Check the Awarding Body the training is approved by, YMCA Awards is the industry’s leading organisation with the most recognised qualifications.
The more qualifications you can obtain within the fitness industry the more employable you will be.
REPS – Once you have completed your gym instructor qualification or any other course be sure to register yourself with the Register of Exercise Professionals, for just £40 per annum.
REP’s give employers and clients the reassurance that the trainer has the most up to date knowledge and meets industry standards.
CPD – After completing your initial first fitness qualification, you should ensure you keep up to date with any changes that occur within the fitness industry thereafter. Government statistics, guidelines and regulations will always be changing. Some simple ways to keep on top of your CPD would be to:
- Attend fitness conventions e.g. Leisure Industry Week, Body Power Expedition, International Fitness Showcase or Fitness Fiestas.
- Attend short workshops e.g. relating to nutrition, fitness regimes, or new equipment. Look to go with industry established companies.
- First Aid – This is something that will make you stand out compared to other candidates, however you must ensure this is updated within 3 years of qualifying.
- You will also find further CPD and training on the REPS website.
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