New Year's Resolution: Getting a New Fitness Job
1/6/2014

If your chosen field is the health and fitness industry, than you are in luck as it is a thriving industry, with no signs of slowing down. There are so many unique vertical markets to work in with completely different experiences.

The first step to finding a new job is to evaluate why you really want to leave your current job. This exercise will also help you avoid making the same mistake when it comes time to finding a new job. Spend some time by yourself with a notebook and reflect on the reasons you are considering a change. Make sure you have legitimate reasons for leaving. Here are the top 10 reasons people look for new jobs:

1.The company is in financial trouble with numerous visible signs
2.Your compensation plan or hourly rate is much less than what you could be earning somewhere else
3.The company is unethical
4.Your immediate supervisor is a really bad manager
5.You are over worked
6.You spend too much time traveling to and from work
7.There is no growth potential
8.You hate what you do each and every day
9.You have no health insurance or paid time off
10.You get no respect

Once you determine that you have acceptable reasons for leaving, you will want to assess your prospects for finding a new and better job. This generally has to do with your position, experience and compensation. Also, if possible, begin you job search while you are still employed.

Next, get your resume and references in order. There are many free downloads and sites online to assist you in creating a professional looking resume. This is your calling card so dont cut any corners.

Your reference list should include at least 5 people you have worked with in the past. Preferably from different companies and people you reported to. It is very important that you contact your references and explain to them you are considering new career opportunities and ask if you can list them as a reference. Make sure you get the correct contact information from your references. If you worked for a large company, they may have a policy in place that prevents staff members from giving out references. You may need to provide a corporate contact in human resources for this purpose.

Applying for jobs is the next step. Two of the most common ways are by sending your resume by email attachment or many medium to large companies may require you to apply online. Either way, it is critical to make sure you use proper grammar, capitalization and spelling. Resumes sent by email should have a positive, well thought out note explaining your interest in the position plus why you would be a great candidate. NEVER send a resume without a personalized note.

Follow-up would be your final step. You can send an email after 7 days to ensure your resume was received. This shows your professionalism and interest.

Job Hunting Strategy. Looking for a new opportunity can be a full-time job. If you invest the time and are creative about the search, you will find a great job in health and fitness.

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 He can be reached at alan@fitnessjobs.com or by calling 800-259-4397.