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» Why fitness professionals should start blogging : 22 Nov 2012
» Six essential interview tips, Set yourself up for the New Year : 14 Dec 2012
» Top 10 Things To Mention In an Interview, Our Record Month... : 27 Jan 2013
» This Valentines Day Why Not Romance Your Job? : 14 Feb 2013
» CLUB OWNER / OPERATOR ROLES available with JETTS : 24 Jul 2013


Why fitness professionals should start blogging : 22 Nov 2012


It's been great to welcome new employers to HealthyPeople, many of which have jumped straight into accessing candidates from our lists. As a result we have already smashed previous records for CV downloads in a month! There is a great vibe around our office at the moment, we are really pleased to providing more opportunities outside of those advertised. If you are a professional interested in new opportunities, we encourage you to get listed (email Becky if you need assistance).


Whether you're self employed or working for others, here are a five reasons why more fitness professionals should join the blogosphere.

1.Your blog becomes like a portfolio
It is not only a way for you to stand out from the crowd, it also says a great deal more than your two-page resume will allow.

The blog can provide images/details of your industry successes, share links to other areas of interest on the web as well as link to your social networking profiles. Very few professionals have created a blog, even fewer have maintained it. It's a chance to stand out form the crowd. I guarantee employers will visit it.

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Personal Training Opportunity at Genesis Rothwell
We are looking for the best of the best to start their
Personal Training business at our club. Client leads
provided with ongoing support. [more]

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2. Blog to control your SEO
The first thing many employers do when they receive your resume is type your name into Google. If you maintain a blog in your own name, over time, this will be the top result. So via a blog, you can have greater control over your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).

3. Network with industry professionals
You can connect with (or at least gain the attention of) industry professionals by:

  • Reviewing any of their books, reviewing a course, etc.
  • Writing a reactionary/complimentary blog post to something they have written
  • Requesting an opportunity to interview
  • Simply mentioning them in a post with a link.

The opportunities are limited only by your imagination.

4. Blogging shows your determination
Make no mistake, blogging is tough. To be successful requires quality content, frequent posts, and networking clout.

Such a task can only be driven by passion. Only a few blogs reach such a high publicity level that you could consider yourself a minor online celebrity?mine has yet to do so. Check out '1000 True Fans'.

Blogging will be worth your time. Always have an eye out for blog post opportunities. Blogs don't have to be long, some of Seth Godin's blogs are only a paragraph. Remember, you are preparing yourself for a marathon and not a sprint.

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Personal Training Opportunity with Jetts!
We are looking for exceptional Personal Trainers
to run their own professional PT business in both
our MIRANDA and ALEXANDRIA clubs. [more]

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5. Build a reputation before you hit the workplace
Previously, a reputation online was forged largely by “real world” efforts. The year 2012 is different. You should be building your reputation at all times, even before you complete your studies! Your blog can help build your reputation by providing a sense of who you are and demonstrating your knowledge of the industry by providing insights and advice.

Where to start? To create a good looking blog, there are many services available including Blogger, Wordpress and Typepad. For inspiration, check out these great industry examples: Healthy Balance Fitness, Justin Tamsett and Crude Fitness (do you have your own favourite? Please let me know).

Have a great week and start something new.

Regards, Dennis Hosking

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Six essential interview tips, Set yourself up for the New Year : 14 Dec 2012

As the clock ticks towards Christmas there appears to be a general push to set things up for the New Year. The number of jobs and applications remains high, if you are thinking about new opportunities in 2013, no sense in waiting, get things underway!

As I write, we have a whole raft of ads for Personal Trainers and Managers for Jetts facilities in various locations. Follow the link to see what's available.


This weeks article was inspired by Jodie Arnot (Healthy Balance Fitness). After last week's article (What Employers Want To See On Your CV) she mentioned that some CVs are overstating the experience of the candidate, a situation that becomes all too obvious in the interview (point 4 below). She also cautioned applicants on being TOO relaxed in an interview. You may reveal more than you intended!

Have a great week and enjoy the article...

When you're pitching for the next gig, keep in mind these six tips for making the best impression in the job interview...

1. Always be punctual.
Allow yourself enough time to get to the interview, taking the address and the traffic into consideration. You only get one chance at a first impression and many employers are unlikely to forgive tardiness at the first meeting.

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Full Time Membership Consultants - Genesis Preston. Help us achieve our goal of getting more of the community into fitness. [more]

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2. Dress well for the job interview.
The bulk of communication is body language and, unless you nailed the phone interview, the unavoidable first impression is going to come from what you're wearing. NOTE: You may be heading to the gym for the interview but professionalism is still paramount. Ergo, dress for the interview, not for the gym!

3. Offer up a firm handshake.
When you meet the interviewer, smile and shake hands firmly. Look the person directly in the eye and say, “Pleased to meet you” A good handshake is full and firm, where you grasp the entire hand and squeeze in a firm but non-aggressive way. Both men and women should give a full-palm handshake when they meet a person for the first time.

4. Be ready for specific questions about your experience
Fitness employers are not easily fooled. If you have indicated experience or expertise on your CV, you can be certain that detailed questions will be asked. If you have embellished in any way, it will become obvious. If this happens, your credibility is heading south. Fast.

5. Keep in mind that the fitness industry is VERY small.
When you go into an interview, be aware that your reputation may precede you. As Jodie Arnot says "The fitness industry is really small and job seekers might be surprised how well a lot of business owners/recruiters/managers know each other.  Acting professionally, honestly and ethically is imperative."

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Experienced Club Manager needed in Pakenham.

You'll be a driven and focused professional, who's hungry for success.  [more]

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6. Interview the interviewer.
Most interviewers start off with a series of questions that are aimed at drawing you out and getting a better idea of who you are. You should take control of the interview by asking questions about the business, the industry, and the kind of person that the interviewer is looking for. The more questions you ask, the easier it is to uncover the needs of the employer. With this information you're better equipped to demonstrate that you're the kind of person who can fulfil those needs.

Truth be told, your current job should be approached with the attitude that it's a drawn out interview for the next job.
 

Have a great week. Send through your Christmas list, I'll share the results (not confirmed, but I believe Santa could be a subscriber).

Regards, Dennis Hosking

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Top 10 Things To Mention In an Interview, Our Record Month... : 27 Jan 2013

It's been a pretty standard week for us, if you don't count most ever visits to the site in a month and the greatest number of professional and job listings ever! In addition, the number of registered professionals has increased to more than 26,700! We are thrilled to be working with so many industry people - we remain committed to helping both employers and professionals to enjoy the success they deserve.

With all these jobs and CV downloads there are going to be many hundreds of interviews taking place each week. They can be a pretty daunting prospect for most professionals, no matter your experience or qualifications, but they can be made a lot easier by ensuring you give some attention to the following 10 topics.

Enjoy the read and, if you're looking for a new job, don't forget to get yourself listed.

One of the best ways to beat the nerves of an interview and make a great impression is to go in there with a plan. That is, know what you want to get out of the experience. After all, it's an opportunity for you to learn as much about them as they can about you.


Here are 10 things to always bring up in an interview and why they're important:


1. The Work
The aim of the interview is to determine whether you have the skills to do the job. Still, your interviewer may not even know how to figure out if you have what it takes. So you must be ready to do it for them. Be prepared to drop your 'three Ps' - Performance (what have you achieved so far in your career?), Potential (what are you capable of in the future?), and Perseverance (enthusiasm can speak volumes).

2. The Company
More than a third of managers say that the number one interview mistake is little or no knowledge about their business. Don’t let that happen to you. Do your homework ahead of time so you are ready to say why you want to work for that company.

3. The Culture
The work environment can determine whether you love your job or hate it. Do your values align with those of the business? You'll only know if you ask about the culture of the workplace.

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Club Manager Opportunity available with Jetts Manuka - ACT
We are looking for a seriously skilled & qualified Club
Manager to maximise opportunities and drive our
Manuka club to their operational capacity. [more]

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4. Industry Knowledge
Want to “wow” the interviewer? Demonstrate your knowledge of the industry. Talk about recent newsworthy events or the interviewing managers thoughts on new industry direction. Your understanding of the industry proves your passion for the field and indicates a deeper level of expertise than the average candidate.

5. Past Experiences
Your past experiences demonstrate how you would perform if you landed the job. The most important thing is to provide specific examples. If you have numbers to back up your claims, that’s even more persuasive.

6. Portfolio of accomplishments
A portfolio contains all of the things that are not included with your CV (remember, your CV is designed to get an interview, not tell your life story). For example, include certificates, written references, media coverage, examples of relevant work, images of clients, testimonials, etc.

7. Your Plan For the Position
Your interview is a chance to show the company what you can do for them. Lay out what you’d do, should you get the job. This plan doesn’t need to be detailed ? it just needs to illustrate how you would positively contribute to the position. For example, outlining how you would reduce customer turnover.

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Club Manager - Outfit 24 Nundah.
We're looking for a motivated, skilled & proven Club
Manager to take our newly opened club to its
membership capacity. Fitness sales & management
experience is required. [more]

 

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8. Your Referral (if you have one)
There’s nothing wrong with name-dropping if the person helped you land the interview. If you were referred to the position, be sure to remind the interviewer. This connection can put some weight behind your candidacy, as well as spark a positive conversation between you and the interviewer.

9. Thought-out Questions
Always make sure you have questions at the end of the interview. From queries about the interviewer’s role to thoughts on the history of the position, questions show your desire for the job. They can also give you more insight into the role, which may not have been addressed during the more formal portion of the interview.

10. What are the Next Steps
Understanding the next steps in the interview process is essential. Always ensure you’re aware of what these are. It may be a second interview. It may be giving the company a list of references. It may mean you won’t know the outcome for a few weeks. By asking about these next steps, you’ll know what to expect and gain some peace of mind. You’ll also show your enthusiasm for this position.

Stick to the checklist and your job interviews will be a much smoother process. Not only will you learn more, you'll look better in the eyes of the interviewers and improve the likelihood of leaving on a good note.

Have a great week.

Regards,

Dennis Hosking

This article was inspired by this one from Alan Carniol

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This Valentines Day Why Not Romance Your Job? : 14 Feb 2013

If you're professionally single, now is definitely time to be looking. We have a range of potential matches for you all over Australia, at all levels. Even if you're happy in your current working relationship, get on and update your profile. Who knows who might come a courting?

Enjoy the article...


Your job is one of the major relationships in your life. After all, we spend about a third of our time there, so why not take a moment to rekindle the romance.


This Valentines Day, let's do something for the job. It's always been there for us.

Here are 12 ways to fuel the fire...

1. Get motivated to face the day
On the way to your workplace, think of how the work you have allows you to have your life outside of it, such as a great social life. A positive attitude will make the day more pleasant and productive.

2. Keep your work in perspective
You can only do the best you can in each situation. Look beyond yourself and your work, and consider the bigger picture. Stop and 'smell the roses' both within and outside the work environment.

3. You are more than your work
Do not have your identity too strongly tied to the job you do. Give up the notion that your working life “should” be a certain way. Such expectations of what you were supposed to be, as set by your parents and teachers, can stop you from enjoying what you currently do.

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Genesis Morayfield have opportunities available for
Personal Training Business Owners & Les Mills
Trained Group Fitness Instructors. Find out [more]

 

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4. Plan your time and create a to-do list
In this list, include long term projects as well as the more imminent things that need doing. Estimate how long each task will take and then assess whether what you hope to get done is realistic. Prioritise your to-do list ? do the most important things first. When performing any task, ask yourself ? is this the best use of my time?

5. Concentrate on the task at hand
Do not let yourself be distracted by worrying about all the other things to be done or losing energy over the undesirable situation you find yourself in. Stay in the moment. Be ruthless and stay on a task before it becomes a procrastination item. In Getting Things Done, David Allen advocates a 'Do, Delegate, Defer' approach. View flow-chart here.

6. Be clear about what’s expected of you
Clarify immediately, any time you are not sure or where you are faced with conflicting demands. The more clear and upfront you are with your manager and the other people you work with, the better it will be for you in the long term.

7. Delegate wherever appropriate
Decide if there is anything that can be delegated, or that more fairly belongs to someone else’s work load. Again ? do it, dump it or delegate it ? never handle a piece of paper (or an email) twice.

8. Have regular breaks
If you're in an admin role, get away from your normal workplace even if only for five minutes. Try taking a break from the laptop, emails and do leave the mobile behind. Make sure that you do have that lunch break ? it is not just for food but also for fresh air and a mental break.

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Personal Trainer - Jetts Northmead
Our current Trainers have more business than
they can handle! Now is the perfect time to
build your own successful PT business within
our club. [more]

 

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9. Learn to relax
No matter how challenging the work gets or how demanding your bosses become, at the end of the day it is only a job and you are much more than that. In years to come, you will look back and wonder what the fuss was. This book looks like a cool way to change your focus.

10. Make your workplace more pleasant
Contribute towards creating a pleasant work environment. Do not gossip in the office as it just creates negativity all around. Do not listen to any gossip either. Laugh more and stress less. Keep in mind the phrase 'This too shall pass'.

11. Review your day before you leave for home
Look at what worked well, and what could be improved the next day. If you feel satisfied with the day’s work, then why not reward yourself later that day. You deserve it.

12. Switch off once you leave work
You are already at work a third of your time, so do not continue to keep it buzzing in your head during your supposed free time. Mentally say good bye to your work space and enjoy the time at home.

Your relationship with your job is as involved as any other. And like all relationships, small efforts can deliver big rewards.

Which reminds me, don't forget to acknowledge your (other) loved one(s).

Have a great week.

Regards,

Dennis Hosking

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CLUB OWNER / OPERATOR ROLES available with JETTS : 24 Jul 2013

Have you considered running your own Jetts facility...

Ground level entry  opportunities for PT’s or managers to buy into an owner / operator club from $100 - $200k potentially fully debt funded

Let the facts speak for themselves:

  • First club Helensvale QLD - 2007
  • Pioneered no contracts, low fees, and 24/7 operations
  • Av. 46 quality new clubs per annum for the last four years
  • 92 owners, 200+ clubs… best indication of success
  • Biggest support office team in the 24/7 sector
  • Westpac - highest accredited lend rating in the sector
  • Most award winning fitness chain in the last three years
  • Vastly experienced leadership team
  • Members voted Jetts best in the business two years running
  • First to market and only Australian born 24/7 major chain

Put simply, Jetts is the most consistent and respected 24/7 operator as voted by fitness industry members.

For more information, visit the Jetts website.


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