Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fitness Industry Job Seekers Interviewing Tips

Job Seekers Beware!

Because of the tight job market, it is more important now, than ever, to make certain your resume, cover letters, email cover notes and references are in order. Below are some important job seeking tips.

1. Resumes. One size does not fit all. It is really important to customize your resume before sending it to an employer. Print the job posting and make certain that your resume mirrors the job posting, if your experience is a match. As an example, if a company is looking for a Membership Director who has 3-5 years of experience in a racquets club, and you have that experience, but "Racquets" is not in your resume, add it.

If you are interviewing for an entry level operations management position, and your resume is tailored to a Fitness Manager position, than you need to review the job posting and craft the resume, highlighting your experience to mirror what the position calls for.

If you are interviewing for a General Manager position, that requires extensive sales and marketing experience, if you have that skill, you need to make certain this part of your resume mirrors what the perspective employer is looking for.

Finally, make certain your resume looks professional and is well presnted. With computers and the Internet, there is no excuse for a poorly crafted resume.

2. Cover lettters and email notes open the door. Cover letters may be a thing of the past due to the Internet and email. Most often job seekers are applying for jobs electronically by email or APPLY on LINE. Again, print each job posting and highlight the requirements and expectaions listed. Make certain in your cover note you personalize the note, mentioning the position you are applying for, where you saw the posting, why you are a perfect match based on your experience and why you think you'd be a great fit for their corporate culture. (You will find this on their website if they are a top employer).

Under no circumstances should you ever just email a resume without a personalized cover note. If you are applying for a top job, your resume will not even be opened. A C-D level employer may open the resume if they are desperate. Don't put yourself in that position. Your professioanl preparation will open doors to top jobs in the health and fitness industry.

3. References and Employment Verification. Top employers offering great jobs will often due their due dilligence and conduct employment verification and background checks. Do not make the mistake of fabricating information on your resume as it will be uncovered. Employment verification and reference checks can be done for as little as $25, so more employers are doing them.

Additionally, make sure your reference list is up to date, and those people who you have listed are aware that you are seeking a new position and they may be contacted. You should have employers, supervisors, community leaders and industry professionals listed. Make certain when you leave a job (Hopefuly not until you have a new job), you find out what the policy is when perspective employers call your former company for references. Many companies will only provide length of employment, your position and are you a candidate for rehire. This is important to know this so you can have a well rehearsed speech should a perspective employer asked why you left your last position.

Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness industry career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the health club industry. He is the founder of FitnessJobs.com and author of: How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job - A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.” He can be reached at alan@fitnessjobs.com or by calling 800-259-4397.



Monday, November 12, 2012

Free Career Guide for Veterans Looking for Jobs in the Health and Fitness Industry



A Veterans Day Offering for All Vets from FitnessJobs.com

Alan Cohen, founder and president of FitnessJobs.com wanted to do something for all the veterans that have provided Americans their freedom and liberty. Cohen never served his country with military service so he found a way to do something that could help veterans looking for employment in a tough job market.

His eBook “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job” is a comprehensive guide that assists job seekers in locating top jobs in the thriving health and fitness industry.
The health and fitness industry in the U. S. has seen significant growth in recent years. Data released by the U.S. Department of Labor shows employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to rise by 24 percent between 2010 and 2020. This rate of growth is faster than the average for all occupations. An increasing number of health and fitness related organizations are starting to recognize the value that a veteran can bring to their company.

Most of these jobs usually do not require a veteran to have a formal degree in health and fitness. The working schedules can be flexible in many cases, and as an added incentive, employees and his or her family often can enjoy a club membership for free or at a substantial discount.

Careers in the fitness industry for veterans include positions such as customer service, membership sales, operations, facility maintenance, personal trainers, fitness management, lifeguards, aquatic instructors, restaurant management, massage therapist, child care supervisors, group fitness instructors, yoga instructors, and much more. FitnessJobs.com currently has nearly one thousand job openings posted on its website as of November, 2012.
 
Veterans who would like to explore the fitness industry can obtain their free copy of “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job – A Complete Guide to  Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry". This eBook is written by Alan Cohen, founder and president of FitnessJobs.com. Veterans interested in receiving this valuable resource should go to LandYourDreamFitnessJob.com and use Coupon code: FreeforVets to receive their free career guide.

Veterans will also receive an additional guide that pertains to interviewing for fitness industry positions. It is called the “Interviewing Tool Kit” which has 12 job descriptions created specifically for the fitness industry and corresponding interview questions to prepare and help job seekers land their ideal job.
Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. He founded FitnessJobs.com 13 years ago.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fitness Job Postings That Will Attract Top Talent







Creating Dynamic Recruitment Ads

If employees are a company’s greatest asset, wouldn’t you want to build the best team possible? When hiring new members to your team, wouldn’t you want to hire the TOP TALENT in your market?
One of the biggest mistakes companies make when recruiting is not taking the time to create recruitment ads that accurately depict the quality of their business. You can change that by improving your employment branding. No different than the approach you would take in marketing your business for new customers.
How to Structure Your Recruitment Ads for Maximum Results

1.     The DESCRIPTION of the position should include 1-2 short paragraphs about your company. “Wet the appetite” of job seekers by telling a compelling story about your company. Include any accolades the business has received, positive things about the community/region, member demographics, important and unique information about the facility and programming.

2.     Next, talk about your corporate culture. The importance of providing high level of service to members, staff development, career opportunities, and any community awards you may have received as a “Top Place to Work”.

3.     Now, give an overview of the opportunity. “XYX club is now interviewing for a Fitness Manager to join our team”. The Fitness Manager is a critical part of the XYZ club by coordinating our world-class member experience.

4.     Next, provide a list of items that are included in the job description. Do not make this a list of: Must Have, Must Do, etc. Example:
      Responsibilities to include, but not limited to the following:
-Private training sales and retention
-Recruiting, hiring and management of fitness staff
-Manage productivity and performance of Fitness Department
-Work the floor to observe, supervise, and set the example
-Incorporate safety training and awareness into daily activities
-Report Fitness Department repairs
-Assist with department budgeting and reporting                                            
     -Etc.
 
5. Benefits and Compensation: Compensation plan includes a salary range of $45,000-$55,000 based on experience plus commission/bonuses with potential annual earnings of $65,000 - $75,000.  Full-Time Status: Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Account, Life Insurance, 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Complimentary Club Membership, Club Discounts, Team Member Incentive & Recognition Programs, Career Development, Continuing Education Reimbursement and Paid Time Off. Relocation Allowance Available Based on Experience.
We take pride in providing employees a company where you are excited to come to work. If you are interested in joining a company that rewards knowledge, drive and commitment with excellent compensation/benefit packages, apply online at the website link below.
6. REQUIREMENTS:
-Dynamic, energetic leader, who works will on a team
-Previous management experience
-Four year degree in health related field
-Strong sales and marketing skills
-Strong interpersonal and communication skills
-Enthusiastic, people-person skills
-Proactive approach to serving members and enhancing their lives
-Personal training certification (NASM, NSCA, ACSM or ACE)
-CPR/AED and first aid certification
-Strong computer skills


7. Background-Checks
Additionally, for certain positions, if not all, employment verification/background checks may be required. Post this in your ad. This will decrease the amount of resumes, but will save valuable time in the long run.

8. Miscellaneous
Add your company website, application process: Apply online, email resume, apply at club, etc. Always test the email address or apply online links! Before you make your ad go live, make sure you have checked for grammar and spelling. If receiving resumes by email, have an auto-responder set up to thank candidates for applying and acknowledge receipt of their resume and any next steps to expect.

Fitness companies that are interested in recruiting top fitness professionals may also consider updating their job descriptions and interviewing process. The Manager's Interviewing Tool Kit has 12 job descriptions and corresponding sets of interviewing questions created specifically for the fitness industry for just $49. To order go to:
http://managersinterviewingtoolkit.wordpress.com/

Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness industry career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the health club industry. He is the founder of FitnessJobs.com and author of: How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job - A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.” He can be reached at alan@fitnessjobs.com or by calling 800-259-4397.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Health and Fitness Career Opportunities are Abundant

 
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported as of the last day of August there were 3.6 million jobs available. Over 900 job openings are posted on FitnessJobs.com and The Career Collection.  Where are all the job candidates?
The health, fitness, recreation and spa industry is a booming industry. Jobs are plentiful in all segments with lots of great perks. What’s wrong with working at a job where you get a free health club membership, discounts on food, retail products and spa services?  How about other great perks like socializing with men and women, meeting business owners and leaders, and having a wide variety of hours to work? (Health clubs are open a lot of hours, 7 days a week).
One of the greatest perks is being able to conveniently improve your fitness level. Either before work, after work or in many cases during your lunch or dinner breaks if you are a full-time employee.  If the job is just a part-time or temporary job while seeking a more suitable position based on your education and experience, you can get in great shape while reducing the stress of being underemployed.
Also, many health club career opportunities don’t require college degrees. Full-time positions such as: Front desk/customer service management, membership sales, membership director, cafĂ© manager, spa coordinators and spa managers, childcare supervisor, group exercise coordinator, club manager and maintenance director most often don’t require a degree.
So what’s the best way to get a job in a health club? First, like any job, you want to make sure you are working for a well-respected organization. Put together a list of clubs you’d like to work for that are in a close proximity of your home or office if it’s a part-time job. Next, think about anyone you know that is a member or an employee and ask them how they feel about the club. Finally, think about what department you may want to work in and re-tool your resume to show interest and experience in this area. Finally, go to the club and find out what the application process is and who the hiring managers are.
Each health club and organization has different ways they process job candidate’s applications. Some businesses accept applications at their location, others require candidates to apply online and many request resumes and cover notes be sent to an email address posted in their ads on job boards, such as FitnessJobs.com.
Finally, make sure when applying to companies via email you send a brief cover note introducing yourself, how you heard about the position and any unique qualities that would make you a wonderful addition to their team.

Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness industry career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the health club industry. He is the founder of FitnessJobs.com and author of: How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job - A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.” He can be reached at alan@fitnessjobs.com or by calling 800-259-4397.

Monday, October 1, 2012

How to Recruit Personal Trainers

Recruiting personal trainers should be no different than hiring for any other fitness positions. A formal recruiting strategy will improve your recruiting results. Below are effective recruiting strategies for health clubs or fitness businesses to adopt.

1.     Create an annual recruiting plan and budget. If employees are a company’s greatest asset, why wouldn’t you create a formal written plan the same way you would for a marketing plan? Your annual recruiting plan should have a team leader, a budget, an annual calendar and a strategy.

 

2.     Assessment and Evaluation. You must first evaluate your current staff and current recruiting strategy. Accepting employee turnover without question will leave you in a never ending cycle of personnel chaos.

 
3.     Strategy. Your recruiting strategy should determine if you want to replace personal trainers or just add to your team. Put this is writing. If you are replacing current team members, and you’ve exhausted all options for training and improving their performance, you need to create a well thought out plan to attract the top fitness talent available.


  4. Placing recruitment Ads. As part of your recruiting strategy, you will want to look at various marketing channels to recruit from. Niche job boards such as FitnessJobs.com would be a logical start. Next, you may want to consider an established local or regional job site that is reasonably priced with good traffic. Also, make sure you are registered with all college and university career placement departments that offer degrees in the exercise sciences. Finally, you should include in your recruiting strategy a way to attract veterans! Contact local veterans employment offices.
 
 
5.     Writing Attention Grabbing Recruitment Ads. Great ads attract Top Talent!  Poorly written ads attract “C” level candidates. Writing great ads takes some time, no different than the time or effort you would put into an ad campaign to attract new customers. Here are a few important ingredients to a great ad:

Company branding, any accolades the business has received, positive things about the community/region, member demographics, important or unique information about the facility, job description, job requirements, compensation package, benefits if offered, continuing education reimbursement if offered, paid time off if available and relocation expenses if available. Additionally, for certain positions, if not all, employment verification/background checks may be necessary. Post this in your ad. This will decrease the amount of resumes, but will save you valuable time in the long run.

6.     Make Sure Hiring Managers Have All the Tools to Succeed. Hiring managers should have: Job descriptions, compensation plans, employee manuals, offer letters and interview questions before they interview any candidates. Making sure they are well prepared sets them up for success and makes a positive impression on candidates. Keep in mind, the interview is a two way street. Applicants are listening to everything your hiring manager has to say to determine if YOUR Company is the company they want to work for. Poorly prepared hiring managers are a turn off to Top Talent!
 

7.     Onboarding and Training of New Hires. It is really important that once an offer is made and accepted (In writing of course), the new hires have a great first impression of the company. The onboarding process includes the activity of completing necessary paperwork, issuing of uniforms, name tags, schedules, business cards and training schedule. Hopefully there is a new hire orientation scheduled sometime in the first two weeks, where the owner, COO or facility manager can greet all new hires and talk about the company and its mission, goals and objectives.


If all the above steps are followed, the hiring of professional personal trainers should become an easier process for any health club or related fitness business.

Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness industry career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the health club industry. He is the founder of FitnessJobs.com and author of: How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job - A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.” He can be reached at alan@fitnessjobs.com or by calling 800-259-4397.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Marketing Strategies for Landing Your Dream Fitness Job

  1. There is a growing opportunity to make productive careers in the fitness industry in the United States. As more and more people become health and fitness conscious, the scope of business for the organizations in this industry continues to widen. That in effect leads to greater job creation in various fitness-related areas.
However, in a competitive market, challenges still exist to attain a fitness position of your choice. Effective marketing strategies can be used to help pave the way for successful and progressive fitness careers. Aspiring candidates should also check out a recent eBook by the founder of FitnessJobs.com, Alan Cohen: “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job – AComplete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.”

Visit Internet Job Boards

Employers in the fitness industry use Internet job boards extensively to post new job openings. The candidates should visit quality Internet job boards regularly to scrutinize the latest job openings. Most job boards also allow you to set up job alerts. This enables you to receive information on new jobs directly in your email Inbox.

Register on Corporate Career Portals

Many companies in the fitness industry have dedicated mini-job boards connected to their corporate website. Candidates looking for fitness jobs can visit such portals periodically. To apply for jobs, it is usually necessary to register with the portal. Most portals also let you receive job alerts in your email Inbox.

Meet Employers at Trade Shows

One of the best ways to meet hiring managers and top companies in the fitness industry is to visit relevant trade shows where such people are likely to be present. You should carry copies of your resume and business cards. Trade shows can give you the opportunity to meet face to face with key decision makers that work in the fitness arena.  A few fitness industry trade shows worth putting on your calendar are Club Industry, Medical Fitness Association and IHRSA.

Maintain a Database

Whenever you find information or contact details about the HR and hiring managers of a company related to the fitness industry, note down the details in your records. Such personalized industry database can be readily used whenever you need to switch over to a new fitness job. It also helps you reach out to potential employers in a more direct and personalized manner, if you know their names and contact details. Keep your database updated regularly to ensure the accuracy of your data.

Get Social!

Participate actively on various social media networks and forums related to the fitness industry. Create your personal social media accounts, and stay connected with key personnel in the business of fitness, if they have a social media presence. Engage in discussions at various “fitness career forums” online and improve your networking in the industry. Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook are all a worthy investment of your time.

Develop a Referral/Mentor Network

Maintain an updatable list of key fitness executives and top managers who have the power to further your fitness career or help you obtain the fitness job of your liking. In the beginning though, do not expect to obtain your dream job right off the bat. Moreover, maintain the details of your peers in the fitness industry who are in strategic positions, seniors managers you have worked with in the past, and business leaders you have met at trade shows. Stay connected with these important “career influencers”, and cultivate and grow your network. 

Trade Magazines, Job Fairs, Online Job Alerts

Subscribe to one or two useful trade magazines related to fitness careers. Club Industry and Club Solutions Magazine are two excellent choices. Participate in job fairs where fitness companies are likely to hire people. Set up online Google alerts to receive the latest updates about the happenings in the field of fitness. All these activities will keep you in the loop and enable you to answer that door when someone is knocking.

Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. He is the founder of FitnessJobs.com and author of: “How toLand Your Dream Fitness Job -- A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job inthe Health and Fitness Industry.”

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fitness Careers Could be the Answer for Recent Grads



Fitness jobs for new grads rank among the most available jobs today. The fitness industry in the U.S. has experienced high growth and expansion in the last few years. As per the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, the growth in employment in the area of fitness training and instruction alone is going to be 24 percent over the next 10 years.

Some Benefits

Fitness careers for grads offer excellent opportunities for rising through the ranks rapidly and earning a stable and significant income. Furthermore, these careers provide added benefits such as networking opportunities, club memberships and, even health insurance in many cases. Work schedules are flexible for many of these jobs, which makes this even more attractive.

Doors are Open

With more than 30,000 health clubs all over the United States, health club jobs provide a wide opportunity. Additioonally, there are non-profits such as YMCA’s, JCC’s, Boys and Girls Clubs, scouting organizations, and hospital-based medical fitness centers who also have numerous job openings for college graduates.  

Areas of Possibility

Careers in the fitness and recreation industry also abound in the Municipal Park and Recreation Departments around the country. Individuals who love the outdoors can opt for jobs in diverse areas such as sports leagues, outdoor trail systems, tennis court and golf course management, water parks, aquatics, and community centers.

Grads with a background or experience in healthcare can look for jobs in medical or hospital-based fitness centers. There are nearly one thousand fully-integrated health and fitness campuses providing a comprehensive medically integrated environment focused on the club members’ total well-being.

Holding Steady

An estimate of the current prospects of fitness careers for grads can be gauged from the fact that FitnessJobs.com, a top health and fitness career job board, has almost a thousand job openings posted on its website. In the prevailing conditions of a global economic slowdown, the fitness industry in the U.S. has marched strongly onward, and continues to contribute significantly to job creation in the U.S. market.

A Powerful Source of Information

Grads who wish to explore the fitness industry and are looking at fitness career opportunities should check out the latest comprehensive eBook called “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job – A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.” This eBook is written by Alan Cohen, founder and president of FitnessJobs.com, who is one of the top career experts in the fitness industry.

Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. He is the founder of FitnessJobs.com. His new eBook “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job -- A Complete Guide to FindingYour Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry" can be purchased online for $14.95 with a Money Back Guarantee.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jobs and Fitness Careers for Veterans

The health and fitness industry in the United States has witnessed significant growth in recent years. As per the data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to rise by 24 percent between 2010 and 2020. This rate of growth is faster than the average for all occupations in the country and is incredible considering America has never really walked away from the recession and the unemployment rate is still high.  

Fitness jobs for veterans are available today more easily than ever before. An increasing number of health and fitness related organizations are willing to recognize the value that a veteran can bring to the fitness industry. Veterans with professional certification or higher levels of formal education in health or fitness have particularly attractive career growth prospects in this industry.

Health club jobs for veterans are considered among the more lucrative employment options today. These jobs usually do not require a veteran to have a formal degree in health and fitness. The working schedules can be flexible in many cases, and as an added incentive the veteran and his or her family can enjoy the club membership for free.

Other abundant careers in the fitness industry for veterans include positions such as customer service and customer service supervisors, membership sales and membership sales directors, operations managers, facility maintenance, personal trainers, fitness management, club management, lifeguards, aquatic instructors, aquatics management, restaurant management, massage therapist, child care supervisors, group fitness instructors, group fitness managers, yoga instructors, and much more.

An idea of the current prospects of fitness jobs for veterans can be seen from the fact that the leading health and fitness careers website called FitnessJobs.com currently has nearly one thousand job openings posted on its website as of May 29th, 2012.

Veterans who would like to explore the fitness industry and are looking at fitness career opportunities can obtain a free eBook called “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job – A Complete Guide to FindingYour Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.” This eBook is written by Alan Cohen, founder and president of FitnessJobs.com, who is one of the top career experts in the fitness industry.  Veterans interested in receiving this free resource should contact Alan Cohen by email at: alan@fitnessjobs.com.

Veterans who email Cohen will also receive an additional free guide that pertains to interviewing for fitness industry positions. It is called the “Interviewing Tool Kit” which has 12 job descriptions created specifically for the fitness industry and corresponding interview questions to prepare and help them land the right fitness job.

Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. He is the founder of FitnessJobs.com. Check out his new eBook: “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job -- A Complete Guide to FindingYour Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.”

Thursday, May 17, 2012

How to Climb the Fitness Career Ladder?

Fitness careers have emerged as one of the most sought-after careers in recent years, with an increasing number of opportunities for career growth and development. However, you need to have a smart career strategy in place if you wish to land some of top fitness jobs during your career and make a mark in this field.

To have a comprehensive guide on how to climb the career ladder in this field, you may want to consider Alan Cohen’s eBook “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job – A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.” This eBook provides excellent career advice. Cohen is one of the leading experts in the field, and the founder of FitnessJobs.com.

Is a Degree Important?

In the fitness industry, academic qualifications and training matter for specific job positions, but work experience counts more for a majority of job options. You should pursue advanced academic qualifications in fitness only if you are very clear about making fitness your career for life.

However, college is not everyone, and in the fitness industry, you do not always need a degree. You can enter the industry with a part-time job, enter into membership sales, or a service supervisory position, and go from there based on experience and performance.

Certifications

Some fitness jobs require you to have specific education, training, or formal certifications. If you are considering becoming a fitness specialist, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, aquatic instructor, lifeguard, or a racquet sports instructor, you will be required to possess specialized training or certifications or both.

However, some fitness careers and positions such as membership sales, sales director, front desk supervisor, operations manager, cafe manager, childcare supervisor, activities, spa coordinator, sports coordinator, and club management jobs do not require any formal certifications.

 Look for Mentors

 Alan Cohen says in his new eBook “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job” that one of the best strategies that can help you climb up the career ladder in the fitness industry is to find a mentor in each company that you work for.

 Invite them to lunch and let them know you are looking for a career in the health and fitness field. Seek their advice to help you land your dream job in this industry. Additionally, take advantage of opportunities to attend seminars, leadership courses, sales and marketing training sessions or webinars to gain an extra edge to increase your chances in forging a remarkable career in the fitness arena.

Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. He is the founder of FitnessJobs.com. Check out his new eBook: How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job -- A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.”

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fitness Career Compensation

Compensation is one of the key factors to consider while choosing a fitness career. Compensation in the health and fitness industry is fairly good, particularly for candidates with qualifications, skills and experience in fitness jobs that are in high demand.

One of the best resources for compensation related issues regarding fitness careers is the latest eBook by Alan Cohen, “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job – A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.” Cohen has been associated with the health and fitness industry for more than 30 years. He founded FitnessJobs.com and is recognized as a career expert in the fitness industry.

 Skills and Experience

Top educational qualifications such as a Master’s degree or a PhD can lead to substantially increased compensation in the fitness industry. Recognized certifications such as NSCA, NASM, ACSM, ACE, AFFA and IDEA, Method Pilates, and YogaFit are some of the leading certifications for well-compensated fitness careers.  

Cohen suggests in his book that experience counts a lot in the fitness industry. The more experience you have in the field, the higher your earnings. Sales and marketing positions and upper level management positions are usually given to people with sufficient & relevant experience. These positions are typically the highest paid in the fitness industry.

Well-paying Fitness Jobs

Yoga and Pilates instructors can expect to enjoy highly paying fitness careers. In terms of career location, the Northeast is the best paying region for this industry. In terms of position, General Managers, Executive Directors, Senior Managers, and Owners are the highest paid.

Large-sized Employers

 Size does matter in the fitness industry when it comes to the scale of compensation. The larger, full-service clubs that generate millions of dollars a year in revenues will typically pay higher wages and offer the best benefit plans. Bigger companies that are heavy on their fitness offerings are also likely to pay well based on their sales-related revenues such as membership and personal training fees.

In the beginning, however, you can expect to receive a low salary and high commissions with large companies. Management is rewarded with decent salaries, commission, and bonus plans based on revenue performance.

 Benefits

Fitness careers with large employers also provide health and medical benefits such as a group insurance plan. However, smaller employers with less than 10 employees are not likely to offer any medical insurance at all. You may be expected pay a percentage of the insurance premium when the employer provides health coverage.

401K plans are also available in the industry, with or without employer match. Life insurance may also be offered in some companies.

Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. He is the founder of FitnessJobs.com. Check out his new eBook: “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job -- A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.”


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Fitness Jobs Available Across 11 Verticals


Fitness jobs can be found across a diverse range of vertical markets today. You can begin with a job in any of the verticals, and you will remain a part of the health, fitness, and leisure industry. Fitness careers need not be confined to a single vertical for a lifetime. As your career progresses, you may move from one vertical to another, depending on your experience, personal needs, and job opportunities.


You can find in-depth information about various fitness verticals in Alan Cohen’s eBook “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job – A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry.” Cohen has an experience of more than three decades in the fitness industry. He is a fitness career expert of top repute, and also the founder of FitnessJobs.com.

Health Clubs

With more than 30,000 health clubs in the United States, plenty of opportunities for employment exist in this vertical. Some of the top most health club chains and multi-club operators include 24 Hour Fitness, Life Time Fitness, ClubCorp, LA Fitness, and Town Sports Intl.

Non-Profits

Thousands of non-profit recreation facilities such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, JCCs, scouting organizations, and actual hospital based medical fitness centers offer fitness job opportunities.

Park and Recreation Departments

Municipal Park and Recreation Departments provide a variety of opportunities in diverse areas: outdoor trail systems, sports leagues, golf course management, tennis court management, aquatics, water parks, community centers, and even marinas. Alan Cohen says: “Working for a park and recreation department can be a secure job as long as budget cuts don’t eliminate your position.” This is what is happening in California and other parts of America because of the sluggish economy.

Medical Based Fitness Centers

Fitness jobs in this area provide greater stability compared to individual clubs. Compensation plans are usually better and health insurance is almost always available.

Personal Training and Sports Training Studios

Sports Specific Training Studios and Personal Training studios are typically smaller and offer more personalized attention than traditional health clubs.

Private Country Clubs and Master Planned Communities

Country clubs and master planned communities provide a fabulously comfortable work environment. These clubs usually have experienced leadership, full-service amenities, excellent benefits, and provide an environment with less stress than commefcial health clubs.

Corporate Fitness Centers

Corporate fitness centers are great places to work for gathering management experience quickly. Major companies usually contract out with management companies that specialize in running corporate fitness centers.

Hotels/Resorts/Cruise Ships

Working in the hotel/resort/cruise ship industry has its own advantages and disadvantages. The work environment is typically a beautiful setting. There are a huge number of employees from all over the world, which contributes to a fun-filled environment.

Senior Living Centers

With the baby boomer population becoming the largest segment of the population, senior living facilities will be employing a variety of aquatics, fitness and recreation staff for decades to come. There are large regional and national companies that manage facilities all across the U.S.

College/University Fitness and Recreation Facilities

Almost all colleges and universities have elaborate fitness, aquatic, and recreation facilities. A great place to experience the occupation while still in school!

Ownership

Becoming an owner can be an exciting opportunity in any business, especially in the fitness industry. Most people who become owners already have successful fitness careers behind them.

Excellent information and insights about this vertical market option is provided in Alan Cohen’s eBook “How to Land Your Dream Fitness Job.”

Byline:
Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness career expert with more than 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. He is the founder of FitnessJobs.com. Job seekers can search jobs for free on FitnessJobs.com. Check out his new eBook: “How to LandYour Dream Fitness Job -- A Complete Guide to Finding Your Dream Job in the Health and Fitness Industry – the only fitness career guide you’ll ever need.