Monday, December 20, 2010

Unemployed? Hundreds of fitness and spa jobs now available!

Looking for a new job, new career for 2011? Currently, there are 735 fitness and spa job openings posted on FitnessJobs.com and SpaandSalonJobs.com. The jobs are located in 30 different states throughout the U.S.
The type of jobs you will find on FitnessJobs.com and SpaandSaonJobs.com are extensive. There is something for everyone. Many of the positions will offer paid training, particularly if you have some transferable work skills and experience.


Here are just some of the openings that are NOW available: Personal training jobs, personal training manager positions, fitness specialists, fitness directors, membership sales representatives, general managers/assistant general manager jobs, group exercise instructors and group exercise manager positions. There are hundreds of jobs in the spa and salon industry available. There are massage therapist jobs, esthetician jobs, plus spa and salon management positions now open.

There are numerous customer service/receptionist positions, aquatic instructor and lifeguard jobs, physical therapist positions, wellness director and chiropractic positions, just to name a few.


Additionally, medical benefits may be available, as many of the companies have hundreds if not thousands of employees. And, you can almost count on receiving a free club membership and possible discounted memberships for family members. In the fitness and spa industry, you will also find a great selection of full-time and part-time jobs. Most locations are open 7 days a week, so there are a lot of scheduling options available. If you are making a commitment for a new career and better health in 2011, than a career in the fitness or spa industry may be just what the doctor ordered!


Take a look at all the positions posted on FitnessJobs.com and SpaandSalonJobs.com. It is FREE to search jobs. You don’t need to register to search current job openings. If you want to post a resume or set up a job alert, you will need to register.

Alan Cohen is the Founder and President of FitnessJobs.com and The Career Collection. Alan has spent over 35 years in the fitness industry and founded FitnessJobs.com 11+ years ago. Alan is passionate about the fitness and recreation industry and loves helping employers and employees connect for fruitful relationships. Check out Trade Talk on FitnessJobs.com for more fitness indsutry tips and information. For more information about recruiting on FitnessJobs.com call 800-259-4397

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Is your membership staffing model in need of an overhaul?


With the Bush-era tax cuts likely extended for two more years and the delay of tax increases for all Americans, do you have the staffing model in place to capture the 2011 New Years Resolution traffic?

Many staffing models exist in the club industry today. If you are a country club or full service athletic club serving the top demographics in the marketplace, with an annual sales budget of say 200-350 new members, you can probably achive these goals with a staff of 1-3 membership reps.


In the higher end market, you need enough staff to prospect for new members, be available to tour and answer questions for prospects/referrals on a 6-7 day a week basis. Also, a high end club membership staff member is often the point person for member retention and customer service related issues. So many companies, with initiation fees of $1,500 and above and average dues of $175++ per month, opt for more staff members to be able to provide the best possible member experience.


If you are a higher volume facility that has an annual budget of say 500-750 new members, you probably need a team of 2 to 4 membership reps.


In a lower priced, high volume facility that may sell 2500-4,000 new memberships per year, you may need a staff of 5-10 membership reps. You would need a membership director, possibly an assistant membership director plus 6-8 membership reps to be able to accommodate this volume of membership activity.


In my 35 years working in the fitness industry, I have experienced all of the staffing models above. Over 25 years ago, which is a lifetime to some; I worked for Scandinavian Health Clubs in Miami, Florida. I was introduced to a unique staffing model, which to this day, I found to be extremely successful and ENJOYABLE for a high volume club.


This is how it worked:
Each club had a GM and two teams of membership reps with two sales directors. We probably had an overall membership sales department of 12-14, including the sales directors. Each sales team worked either a 12 hour - Monday/Wednesday shift or Tuesday/Thursday shift plus every other Friday and every other weekend. Inevitably, the reps would also come in on their off days for appointments, finalizing agreements and to workout. It was refreshing, relaxing and extremely productive.


Whatever your membership department needs are, make sure you invest an adequate amount of time to recruit, hire the best and train your staffAlso, have the proper leadership in place to inspire your team. If you do this, you will handily exceed your department and club financial expectations.

Alan Cohen is the Founder and President of FitnessJobs.com and The Career Collection. Alan has spent over 35 years in the fitness industry and founded FitnessJobs.com 11+ years ago. Alan is passionate about the fitness and recreation industry and loves helping employers and employees connect for fruitful relationships. Check out Trade Talk on FitnessJobs.com for more fitness indsutry tips and information. For more information about recruiting on FitnessJobs.com call 800-259-4397.