Navigating Job Loss in the Fitness Industry: Tips for Bouncing Back Stronger
No one really hears "You're Fired!" anymore, at least not as often, and mostly for legal reasons. Nonetheless, any type of job loss can be a traumatic event. It's tough to endure mentally and, of course, economically challenging. Whether you've been laid off due to the economy, faced poor performance issues, experienced a seasonal job ending, or had to navigate consolidation by new owners, the process of job loss is never easy. Here are some reasons people lose their jobs:
▪ Laid off due to the economy
▪ Poor performance
▪ Consolidation by new owners
▪ Business closes
▪ Separation by mutual agreement (Both parties agree it's for the best)
In this article, we'll provide you with practical tips to help you get back in the saddle and find a new opportunity in the fitness industry:
1. File for Unemployment Benefits ASAP
You've paid into the fund, so don't hesitate to collect. While it may take 30-45 days to receive a check, remember that it won't cover all your expenses. This leads us to our next point.
2. Take a Break and Reflect
Use this time to recharge, visit with friends or family, or even take a longer break if possible. Job loss can be an opportunity to reflect on life and self-improvement. If you were terminated due to performance issues, use this time for self-assessment and personal growth.
3. Prepare Your Professional Toolkit
Develop a professional resume, cover letter, and reference list. Having these on hand can make a significant difference in your job search. Don't wait until you need them – be prepared in advance. Check out our resume tips article:
4. Secure Recommendations and References
If you're leaving on good terms, ask for a letter of recommendation and inquire about your employer's willingness to serve as a reference. Knowing your employer's reference policies is crucial. Also, seek out job leads from your current boss or owner.
5. Network and Communicate Your Intentions
Once you've had time to cool off and regroup, inform your friends and professional associates that you're on the lookout for new opportunities. Craft a well-rehearsed, positive statement explaining your reasons for looking for a new job.
6. Explore Job Opportunities
Start browsing job listings on platforms like FitnessJobs.com and other relevant job sites. Remember, looking for a new job is a full-time job in itself. In your job search, maintain the mindset that when one door closes, another opens. Often, your next opportunity will prove to be even better than your last one.
If you are looking for a personal trainer job or personal training manager job, you should have no trouble landing a new job fast. Also, jobs in membership sales and membership director jobs are usually plentiful. Gym managers, club manager and general manager positions will require a lot more work, to find the best fit. Remember, you need to research and interview the prospective company you are considering to work for.
About the Author: Alan Cohen, the Founder and President of FitnessJobs.com brings over 35 years of experience in the fitness industry. With over 25 years of experience in running FitnessJobs.com, Alan is passionate about connecting employers and employees in the fitness and recreation industry. For more information about recruiting on FitnessJobs.com, you can reach out to Alan at 602-334-7898.