- 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.
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.
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.”