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4 steps to a great first impression, an overseas opportunity, kids of fitness professionals : 11 Nov 2012

Have you ever thought about taking your fitness skills overseas? I received an email from the Ras Al Hamra Club in the Sultanate of Oman recently. They were looking for a female fitness instructor. If you'd like a copy of the email, drop me a line.

Kids of health and fitness professionals - Does anyone notice a difference between them and the other non-fitness industry children? My son, for example, is a gun on the bike (we used to ride a couple of KM's to kinder and back). Why? Because the sooner he could ride, the sooner I could run with him! What are other fitness industry kids doing? How has your life influenced theirs? Go on, here's a chance to boast...

New team photo required for our Facie page. It's been a pleasure hosting the crew photo for Fitness Inside Out but it's think it's time to add another great pick to our cover photos. Do you have a team photo to share? Or maybe a photo of you in your fitness job? Send me a link or an image and we'll share the love.

Enjoy today's topic...


When interviewing candidates, employers are mining for gold, not the dirt!

The easier you make this process, the better your chances of getting the offer you're looking for. Try these four tips to get your industry job interview to progress to the next level.

Note; Not everything is going to come easy to you, but in the very least, being aware of them brings you a step closer to your perfect interview.

1. Be knowledgeable, not a know-it-all

Revealing everything you know is not the answer to making a great impression. It is better to understand the nature of the workplace that you're entering (or interviewing for) and using that information to ask informed questions. This demonstrates both an understanding and commitment to learning. The key is doing some research before you go in.

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General Manager needed at Crunch Rockdale!
This Full Time role will give you exposure to all aspects of the business. You'll be responsible for maintaining high quality service levels. [more]

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2. Be confident and look the part

Trying to process every new thing we see every day would drive us insane! For this reason we categorise most things before we've even consciously thought about it. And this is why first impressions are so important. Sure, in an ideal world, nobody would judge a book by its cover. But the reality is that your appearance will often be the first point of contact with new employers. You need to look like you belong and believe it.

  • Use your 'pre-reading' (mentioned above) to determine your attire
  • Make your body language confident
  • Offer a firm hand shake
  • Smile!

3. Show you're inquisitive not invasive

In your first meeting with an employer, your best bet is to keep them engaged: ask questions and ensure you actively listen to their response so you can build the conversation. Questions may be work related, or relate to a common interest. Identifying common interests early with peers is a great way to build rapport quickly and assimilate into your new workplace.

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Personal Trainers needed at Jetts Kelmscott! We are looking for a trainer who is enthusiastic, eager to learn, motivated and wanting to build their business here at Jetts. [more]

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4. Act natural, not out-with-your-mates

It's likely that on top (or regardless of) your resume and work experience, you were hired because you look like a good fit for the existing team. So be the best version of yourself on the first encounter, and then make a judgement call on how casual to take your relationships with individual colleagues further down the track.

Have a great week.

Regards, Dennis Hosking
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Boost Your Career Potential With Twitter : 26 Feb 2013

There's a heap of fitness tracking devices in the market at present, like the FitBit, Nike Fuelband, RunKeeper, etc. I saw one today that is an app for the iPhone called 'Moves'. Looks like a pretty cool tool for tracking daily activity - it even guesses what you're doing. If you've used it, tell me what you think.

Getting a job interview these days requires more than just a great resume. There are very few people that don't have some sort of digital footprint, and whatever an employer finds online has to be consistent with the values laid down in your application. If not, doubt arises. All professionals should back up their resume with a solid online profile. Today's article is about doing this easily and effectively with Twitter...


Social media platforms like LinkedIn and more recently Facebook have increasingly become forums for job and candidate searches.

But what about Twitter? Can this be used to your career advantage as well?

The answer is a resounding 'YES'!

Amplify Talent ran a 'TwitterChat' (a twitter discussion using a specific hashtag, eg. #NPRTwitterChat) that collected more than 800 tweets in an hour regarding the use of this micro-blogging platform to advance a career.

Following are key points tailored for those of us in the health and fitness industry.

Finding a Job Using Twitter

  • Follow key people in our industry and participate in conversations that are important to you (I've got some suggestions below).
  • Don’t just retweet what others are saying; create meaningful content. Be a thought leader.
  • Use Twitter as a jumping-off point to your more detailed online profiles ? a personal blog, website or LinkedIn profile, for example.
  • Many companies (especially @HealthyPeople) post jobs as they arise. Following businesses that you'd like to work for is a great way to keep tabs on job openings.
  • Build your network before you need it; engage with people who do what you want to do.
  • Maintain professionalism but don't be afraid to showcase your personality and talk to people about your interests.

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Personal Trainers - Fitness Matters Jimboomba!
An exciting opportunity for a qualified
Personal Trainer to join our caring, friendly
and hard-working team of WOW fitness
professionals. [more]

 

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Why Twitter Over Other Social Networks?

  • The lack of barriers to connect with others is a big advantage (follow anyone, no approval required).
  • Twitter’s openness makes it useful for showcasing your talents, personality, style, and interests. Employers can get an idea of who you are, and if you'd be a good fit at their company.
  • It's easier to connect meaningfully with people you don’t already know, which is much more difficult on platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • It’s easy and convenient for an employer to reply to your tweet.

How Can You Be an Engaging Candidate on Twitter?

  • First impressions count. Make sure you have a great online description and photo.
  • Don’t just use your Twitter as a means of self-promotion ? be interested in what other people are doing and engage with them.
  • Show what you are passionate about, give recruiters an idea of your personality and interests outside of your career.
  • Share content that is valuable. The more relevant contributions you make, the more others will want to continue to follow you.
  • Employers know that if they hire you, they also inherit your network. So make it attractive. Build a solid network of industry and non-industry people.
  • Interact and respond to the people in your networks. Add value to your community.

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Experienced Personal Trainer - Fernwood Rosebery
NO RENT - You'll be one of our team, which
includes an hourly rate, superannuation, etc. You must be a team player
with a passion for helping women achieve their goals. [more]

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So What's the Future of Your Resume The overwhelming opinion of the Twitter Chat was that resumes won’t become obsolete, but candidates' online presence will enhance their resumes. Although we don't think your online presence will replace resumes completely, it is important to have some presence online, you want employers to be able to find you.

Here's some of our favs on Twitter; @HealthyBalanceF, @JTActiveMgmt, @Sports_Greats, @_AndrewMcCallum, @BeginFitnessEdu, @PTontheNet and @CrunchAustralia, just to get you started. Feel free to contact me on @HealthyPeople for any other suggestions.

Have a great week.

Regards,

Dennis Hosking

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