Starting a new career journey can both exciting and nerve-wracking. It’s especially stressful when you’re just starting out and trying to get your foot in the door, and the fitness industry is no exception.
When working towards your fitness career goals, there are some tips and tricks worth utilizing in order to connect with current professionals and future colleagues, as well as beefing up your resume to show off all your worthwhile skills.
Let’s get started:
Jump on the Social Media Grind
Social media has easily become the best avenue for businesses to market themselves to a wider audience. This is also good news for job seekers. As platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and even Instagram continue to grow, so do the opportunities to find job postings.
Furthermore, it’s easier to find and connect with professionals who have already made a name for themselves in your desired fitness career field. This means that you can get familiar and perhaps even seek advice from them and hopefully, further show off your dedication to your career aspirations.
Of course, it’s important to be mindful while networking — you don’t want to get off on the wrong foot. Be respectful yet enthusiastic and keep in mind that it might take several attempts with individuals before you get a hit back. It might be discouraging, but persistence will get you far in the fitness industry.
Flexing on Your Resume
When you do start finally getting hits with potential jobs and connecting with professionals, the next important step is to ensure your resume not only accurately displays your skills, but helps you stand out against the competition. According to the University of Cincinnati, some useful ways to improve your resume include:
- Carefully organizing the information: Employers tend to cast away difficult-to-decipher resumes, regardless of the valuable skills listed on them.
- Embracing the headline: Resume headlines do a great job of encapsulating what you have to offer as well as providing a concise summary of the more detailed information to come.
- Editing for applicability: It might be a bit time consuming, but you should always adjust your resume content application to application so you can showcase skills or experiences that align with each employer’s needs.
- Keeping design components simple: Don’t get sucked into all those overwhelming, flashy free resume templates. Find the right balance between simplicity and creativity in order to catch an employer’s eye
Resume building is certainly an artform and will require some time and effort, but the payoff is always worth it. Remember, a good resume could make or break your chance at your dream fitness career, so it’s always worth refining.
Flaunt Your Strengths
Not to sugar coat it but there might be a bit of a waiting period while trying to find your place within the competitive world of fitness. Luckily, with enough patience and hustling, you are likely to find a successful career path, but until then, it’s important to get creative by creating your own website, building your portfolio, and making a name for yourself. We’ve already discussed the importance of networking through social media, but having solid examples of your work and commitment can give you a leg up on the competition. Furthermore, it can expose you (and your skills) to more of the fitness community — which can come in handy when trying to get your foot in door.
This could look like sharing your knowledge about the latest trends in the health and fitness world. For example, you could write a blog post or give a speech on how the ketogenic diet affects type-2 diabetes. You could also make videos tailored to fitness programs and regimens for older adults or even set up exercise routines for the elderly at local nursing homes. Finding what makes you unique and playing up that strength via a strong online and in-person presence can open the door to numerous opportunities.
Jumpstarting your fitness career can seem overwhelming at times, but with the right amount of passion and commitment, you will find your place. Remember your worth as an employee and show off that confidence you’ve worked hard for. Employers are sure to notice your drive, and soon you’ll be reaping the many benefits a career in fitness has to offer. Good luck!