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Your essential job application checklist : 08 Jul 2012


Getting a job in our industry (or in any industry for that matter) is a multi-step process
; (1) You apply with the intention of (2) getting an interview, which will hopefully lead to (3) a job offer. So clearly, not much happens if you fail at the application stage. And many applications fail because they neglect to address the key criteria related to the job.

Many job ads state clearly the criteria they're looking for. For others, it's less obvious. And while 'No two fitness jobs are the same', there is still consistency among the skills, qualifications and attributes required in each job category. So...

Here's your cheat sheet for four of the popular jobs in our industry...

By ensuring that your application addresses the following criteria, you are going to significantly increase your chance of moving to the interview stage. WARNING: These are not things you can just give 'lip service' to, you'll need to be able to back it up in the interview.

Personal Training application checklist
Attributes; Personable nature, empathy, commitment to learning, walk the walk.
Skills; If no professional experience, refer to personal exp. in gyms, bootcamps, etc.
Qualifications; Min Cert IV, Cert III if in process of completing Cert IV

Sales consultant application checklist
Attributes; Target driven, extrovert, passion for fitness and changing lives
Skills; Any sales experience (esp. service sales) is VALUABLE. Highlight it!
Qualifications; Not required. Focus on your skills and experience.

Reception / Admin application checklist
Attributes; Effervescent personality, punctuality, attention to detail, well presented
Skills; Problem solving skills, computer skills, written/verbal communication skills
Qualifications; Not required. Focus on your skills and experience.

Manager (will vary depending on what you are managing)
Attributes; Highly motivated, attention to detail, ability to work well under pressure
Skills; Leadership, conflict resolution, motivation skills, industry and job knowledge
Qualifications; Depends on role - otherwise, it'll be about your skills and experience.

Whatever job you're applying for, stay on topic, no more than three paragraphs on the cover letter and no more than two pages for the CV.

Have I left anything out of the above lists? If you have any suggestions, send them through.

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