Over the years I have had the opportunity to not only create my own personal training resume but as a personal training manager I have also had a chance to see tons of flights from trainers applying for a job with our club.
One of the first things I look for when hiring a new personal trainer is a professional, well thought out that lasts that shows the person applying for the job is serious about their career. The article will give you some insight on how to create an effective personal training resume and what things employers (gyms, health clubs, studios, etc.) look for when they are looking to hire a new personal trainer.
There are plenty of formats that you can follow for your resume but you want to make sure that you cover these basic elements,
– Contact information The first thing is to list your contact information. Your name, address and phone number should go at the top.
– Job Objective The next element is to list your career or job "objective". This is where you describe what job position you are applying for and I recommend that you also add a little more detail to it. "To secure a position as a Professional Personal Trainer where I can demonstrate my passion for fitness and helping people" looks a lot better than "A job as a personal trainer" does not it?
– Experience In reverse chronological order list your work experience. Make sure to list any relevant experience you have here. The clubs you have worked at in the past or number of years / months you have been training clients. This could include friends and neighbors that you have helped or trained even if they did not pay you. It shows you have a true interest in helping people reach their fitness goals. If you are a brand new trainer and have not trained any clients yet list the experience you have in getting yourself in shape.
– Education List the high school and college you graduated from. List your completed degrees and ones that you are planning to complete. If you have a strong education background I suggest you separate this section from the "certificates" section. If you think your formal education is not a strong point then you can combine the two sections so it does not stand out as much.
– Certificates List the organization that certified you as a personal trainer. Also list any health and fitness related certificates like CPR, First Aid, etc.
– Accomplishments or Achievements This section is an option. List anything that you think would show the gym or personal training manager that you are a high achiever. Things like awards, special recognition, and commendations all rack up good points for you!
– Special skills Do you speak another language? Are you a computer expert? Remember everything you can add paints a picture to the person hiring you!
– Hobbies Show some of your personality here. What do you do for fun? What hobbies do you have? Do you like to fish, play chess, write poetry? When I am looking over resumes I ALWAYS look for this because it gives me a feel for the person that is applying for the job. That's all there is to it! You now have all the important elements you need for your personal training resume. Creating a professional and effective resume is a piece of cake if you follow the format listed above. Combine a great cover letter with a personal training resume that shows you are passionate about helping people reach their fitness goals and the job is all yours!