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» Insurance, training and a provider number for fitness professionals : 16 Feb 2010 - 1 Comments
» Our new Keyword search makes things even easier : 21 May 2010
» New CEO for Goodlife Health Clubs : 07 Jun 2010
» Industry development program available for Cert III and Cert IV students : 06 Jul 2010 - 1 Comments
» Genesis are blasting into NSW with three new clubs set to open in August. : 12 Jul 2010
» How do you feel about managing a club in Cairns? : 12 Jul 2010 - 2 Comments
» Recent movemements at the top end of (Melbourne) town : 02 Aug 2010
» 'Find the job you love' night with Genesis fitness (Melbourne's East) : 10 Aug 2010
» Want to move up to Club Manager? Want to move up to FNQ? : 31 Aug 2010
» Fitness careers night with Genesis Elizabeth (SA) : 23 Feb 2011
» Executive level roles don't come up often, here's two. : 08 Mar 2011
» The National Development Manager for Genesis lured to Fitness First : 10 Mar 2011
» 'The life of a Personal Trainer' by Daniel Waide from Genesis Fitness : 21 Apr 2011
» The juicy bits of the last week in recruitment in our industry [video] : 16 Dec 2011
» Getting Fired - Is this closer than you think? : 18 Oct 2012
» Why fitness professionals should start blogging : 22 Nov 2012
» Six essential interview tips, Set yourself up for the New Year : 14 Dec 2012
» How to ace the 10 minute interview : 07 Jan 2013
» This Valentines Day Why Not Romance Your Job? : 14 Feb 2013
» 9 Essential Truths About Your CV, An Industry Meet, We're now 30,000 strong! : 08 Mar 2013
» Why Good Grammar Matters, HealthyPeople Catch Up Details, Words From Pete Gleeson : 15 Mar 2013
» Don't Blow your Chances Before the Interview, A FILEX Tip, Business Panel Alert : 01 Apr 2013


Insurance, training and a provider number for fitness professionals : 16 Feb 2010

Our industry has suffered a number of body-blows in the press recently. Many of the comments relating to a lack of faith in our product and our people (eg. www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2766840.htm). In an environment where the general public are repeatedly reminded that anyone can become a qualified Personal Trainer in just weeks, there is considerable value in being able to clearly recognise differences in experience and qualifications.

Enter Centrality.

Last November the Centrality group launched it's 'Centrality Health Consultant' (CHC) program. This is a new certification for the health and fitness industry that provides another way for you, as a practitioner, to differentiate yourself to both employers and clients. As well as setting clearly defined expectations, CHC certification includes professional indemnity insurance, one free industry accredited training day a year and the ability to work towards getting a health insurance provider number.

The CHC certification program involves an ongoing monthly fee of $29 which includes;

  • Professional Indemnity insurance
  • One full day of industry accredited training every 12 months in a session of your choice
  • Discounts on industry events
  • 24/7 email assistance.

For more information on registration, a look at their TV commercial and a full list of upcoming training sessions head to http://www.centralityhc.com/. Public Liability insurance is also available for an additional fee.

How do you become a 'Certified' CHC? You must first have a relevant industry qualification (minimum Cert IV in Fitness). You are then required to demonstrate success with at least five clients via completion of their 'Best Practice' framework booklets. Once these booklets have been signed off by an appropriately qualified professional your certification can then be approved. From a Certified CHC you have the opportunity to progress to a Senior and ultimately Master consultant, each accreditation carrying it's own minimum requirements. At Senior and Master levels you're eligible to receive a health insurance Provider Number with two major health insurers.

I think this CHC certification is a great way to provide industry professionals with the ability to differentiate themselves, ultimately leading to greater confidence in us all as an industry. A lot of work has gone into the development of this certification, in particular, securing insurance and provider numbers. I congratulate Paul Reid and his Centrality group for providing a service with real potential to make a difference.

If you're qualified as a Centrality Health Consultant, you can now indicate this in your HealthyPeople registration, making it easier for employers to recognise your additional qualifications and experience.

I welcome your views on this. Please add any comments to our blog.

IN OTHER NEWS:

  • A rare National Fitness Division Coordinator role with Genesis is now available (Melbourne based). Check the details at http://www.healthypeople.com.au/applynow_professional.aspx?Vacancy=678&StateID=6&CategoryID=28

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Our new Keyword search makes things even easier : 21 May 2010

Our intention is to make finding your next and best industry opportunity easier. To this end, our latest feature is one of our BEST YET! From our home page you can now search our entire database for opportunities that suit you based on a keyword which also includes suburbs and employer names. Click on the 'Keyword search' link on our home page, start typing in a word and the system will provide relevant matches. You select the most appropriate one and VIOLA! Any relevant jobs, employer profiles or business/franchise opportunities will be listed.

Furthermore, if you happen to select a suburb and we have more opportunities within 5km of your selection, a 'See also' feature will appear, letting you know there are other opportunities that may be of interest. Any feedback on this new feature is welcome (either email me or add a comment to this blog).

Throughout 2010 there has been a big increase in the number of employers accessing our lists of candidates. If you are looking for the next step in your career, moving to a new state or ready for the next management role that becomes available, get your details on HealthyPeople. When listed, we send an email to all employers in the locations nominated by you. You can block employers and you will receive an email with contact details if anyone downloads your CV. Even if you are not interested in being listed, provided us with the relevant details and uploaded a CV so that I can reach you if something awesome comes up (read: head-hunt you for management roles!).

Email notifications about our blog or listed jobs: If the blog bores you (as if!), or the job notifications are a little frequent, please log in to HealthyPeople and head to the 'Update registration' page and make the required email notification changes. Forgotten your login details? Use the 'Forgotten your password' link to have all the relevant details emailed to you. If you have any trouble, please send me an email.

I'm curious as to what people think of Twitter as a tool for industry professionals. Select the comments link in the blog to provide your opinion.

Late news;

  • Massive $50K base plus uncapped commission for a Senior Membership Consultant with Genesis in Maidstone VIC. Details.
  • Club Manager role in Mitcham with Fernwood Women's Health Club. Hit membership targets and earn up to $84K per annum. Details.

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New CEO for Goodlife Health Clubs : 07 Jun 2010

My congratulations to Goodlife Health Clubs who have secured Greg Oliver as their new CEO. Up until a week or so ago, Greg was the CEO for the Genesis group. In all the dealings I have had with Genesis there has been much unsolicited praise for Greg and his leadership. This is a big win for Goodlife (and, I assume, for Greg). It certainly leaves a fantastic opportunity for someone to take the lead at Genesis.

(If you'd like to know what other opportunities are available with Genesis in Australia, click here)

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Industry development program available for Cert III and Cert IV students : 06 Jul 2010

Are you in the middle of your Certificate III and IV in Fitness and wondering what your next step is going to be? Yesterday I posted an ad for Genesis Melton (VIC) and noticed that they are offering industry development for current students. If you live in the area it could be well worth a look.

You can view the original ad here.

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Genesis are blasting into NSW with three new clubs set to open in August. : 12 Jul 2010

Genesis Fitness are a combination of company owned and franchised facilities. They've experienced fantastic growth (in Melbourne in particular) over the last few years. As a recruiter I have witnessed many employees move through the ranks into management roles with some candidates actually becoming an owner (or part owner) of their own Genesis facility.

Here's an opportunity to join this leading health and fitness group as they move into the NSW market.

Club management, Sales Management, Personal Training and Membership sales roles available.


To find out more about opportunities that may suit you, check out the following links:

Club Managers, Sales Managers, Personal Trainers, Membership Sales

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How do you feel about managing a club in Cairns? : 12 Jul 2010

Genesis Cairns are looking for an experienced Membership Consultant with Management experience who's prepared to head up north and take on a fantastic opportunity. After all, 'the city's proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics of Queensland and the Atherton Tableland makes it a popular destination.'

If you're interested in a sea change, check out the ad here. Prue would love to hear from you.

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Recent movemements at the top end of (Melbourne) town : 02 Aug 2010

Congratulations to Belinda Amis on taking over the Management of the fantastic new Genesis Port Melbourne facility.

Her departure from the role of State Operations Manager (Victoria) for Goodlife Health Clubs created an opening that was filled by Chris Kemp (congratulations again), who had recently resigned from a regional role with Fitness First.

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'Find the job you love' night with Genesis fitness (Melbourne's East) : 10 Aug 2010

Genesis Ringwood are holding a Personal Training "Find the Job you Love" night.

The night will go through what Genesis is all about, how Personal Training works with Genesis Clubs, and the specifics of each clubs processes and procedures - such as licence fee amounts, club numbers and how we go about helping new PT's build up their business and become a successful trainer.

This is a great opportunity for anyone considering a career with Genesis or would simply like to know more about Personal Training. You'll get to meet the Fitness Division Co-ordinators and other PT's on the night.

They'll be recruiting for Ringwood, Wantirna, Lonsdale St and Doncaster on the night.

Details: Wednesday 1st Sep 7pm at Genesis Fitness Club Ringwood. Click on the image for more information.

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Want to move up to Club Manager? Want to move up to FNQ? : 31 Aug 2010

Do you have 12 months Membership Sales experience?

Have you got some management experience to back it up?

Are you interested in moving into a Club Management role?

How does a sea change in Far North Queensland sound?

Genesis Cairns is recruiting a Group Club Manager (you'll be overseeing two clubs). Club Management experience is not essential but you must have some demonstrated management exprience and at least 12 months experience in Membership Sales.

You can view the full ad here.

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Fitness careers night with Genesis Elizabeth (SA) : 23 Feb 2011

Are you living in South Australia and interested in new opportunities in health and fitness?

On Thursday 10th March Genesis Elizabeth invites you all to attend a careers night.

This will be an opportunity to learn about the variety of roles available, career progression, employment conditions, etc.

Genesis Elizabeth have already started recruiting for the following roles:

Personal Trainers - Details here
Childcare - Details here
Membership Manager and Sales - Details here
Reception / Administration - Details here

Are you intending to go? What questions would you want answered?

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Executive level roles don't come up often, here's two. : 08 Mar 2011

Genesis Fitness are expanding and have roles currently available for a Regional Business Manager in both Victoria and New south Wales.

If you have at least two years of successful club management under your belt, this could be the next step in your career.

View the Regional Business Manager ad in NSW.

View the Regional Business Manager ad in VIC.

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The National Development Manager for Genesis lured to Fitness First : 10 Mar 2011

Damien Bain had been lured from his post as National Development Manager with Genesis to a position on the Senior Executive Team with Fitness First.

It's been a pleasure dealing with Damien throughout his time at Genesis. I wish him all the best in his new role.

I'm not aware of whether anyone is in line for the NDM role with Genesis but if you fancy yourself as a chance, I can always forward your details directly to the CEO.

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'The life of a Personal Trainer' by Daniel Waide from Genesis Fitness : 21 Apr 2011

I first met Daniel Waide while he was National Fitness Division Manager for Genesis Fitness Clubs. During this time he trained over 300 Personal Trainers in Australia to run successful businesses. Although he is now living in New York, he continues to provide a consulting and social media service for Genesis Fitness in Australia.

This blog was originally written for the Genesis web site.

The life of a Personal Trainer

So you're thinking of becoming a Personal Trainer (PT)? Awesome!!

Before you quit what you're currently doing. I just want to tell you what it is really like and maybe offer some advice. It is a fantastic job, but not suited to everyone so let's get to educating you on becoming a PT (for the purpose of this article we'll be talking about the life of a good Personal Trainer).

Personal Trainers generally keep odd hours (no secrets here). I used to start at 5.45am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Monday, Wednesday and Friday I slept in...... my first clients was 6am. I always finished by 5pm as I had my own training, however sometimes after training or on an off night I would do sales at people homes all over Melbourne. You see as a Personal Trainer (when you start at least) you have to fit into your client's life.

But are the hours that bad? I don't think so, it definitely curtailed my social life a little, but being in bed by midnight on a 'school night' is probably sensible as much as a sacrifice. With odd hours you'll also find some perks, such as napping in your car guilt free and no long waits at the bank or supermarket!!!!

When it comes down to it hopefully you don't want to become a PT for the reduced wait time at Coles. Likewise if you're becoming a PT to help you pick up at a night club, please just become a bartender, trust me they do far better than PT's, plus you won't have to get up and train a client on 2 hours sleep!!

In some ways PT's and Bartenders (at least the traditional ones from movies and TV) have a similar role in their client/customers life. A PT is often a sounding board for their clients, this comes with the level of trust that develops between trainer and client which is essential to help someone achieve their goals, so expect to hear some things, but try to stay as neutral as possible and keep things professional from your end.

Clients and helping clients achieve their goals is what it should always be about. Helping someone achieve their goals is one of the best feelings in the world, changing and saving lives is what a PT does and that is pretty cool.

Make it all about the client, do everything you can to help them achieve their goal, treat each session as though they are the only person (people if a group) in the world and you'll be a great trainer.

Good Luck

You can follow Daniel (and Genesis) on Twitter: @GenesisFitness_

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The juicy bits of the last week in recruitment in our industry [video] : 16 Dec 2011

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Getting Fired - Is this closer than you think? : 18 Oct 2012

Thanks to GESAC in Caulfield South VIC for renewing their Business Membership. If you're in the East of Melbourne and interested in a sales role, contact Layne today. If you're in Nerang QLD, you might be interested in attending the Fenix Fitness open day. Check their Facebook page for more details (hey, while you're there, why not give us a Like). If you're in the market for a new role, let HealthyPeople separate you from the crowd. We can get you in front of all employers in your area. Start here.


Noah Kagan was employer number 30 for Facebook
. When Facebook was listed on the US stock exchange, he would have been $100 million dollars richer. Unfortunately he was fired before this happened.

In his own words, Noah took "more than a year to get over the depression." He now sees that Facebook was right to fire him and has two key insights into employment that are transferable to any industry.

Firstly, he recognises that he was putting himself before the company. He considered himself above the protocols that were introduced as the company expanded. He operated in a way that he thought best rather than confirming with others what was best for the business.

Secondly, he failed to advance his skills to keep step with the business. Noah was great at his job when hired, but companies grow, change, adapt, etc. If you're not adapting and improving your skills, you may find your job outgrows you! If you constantly ask yourself how can I make the company more valuable, you will (almost) never get fired.

If you do get fired from a job, there are three things to keep in mind...

1. It's going to sting you WAY more than the business. It's easy to feel that a company is going to miss your input/style/ideas/direction/whatever, but the reality is, the business will just keep going on with business. More often than not, most businesses get better.

2. EVERYONE is replaceable. You might be pretty flash, but there is guaranteed to be someone better than you ready to take your role to the next level. So set the bar higher. Make the next person in your role work harder!

3. If you know it's time to move on, make the call. When you feel you have outgrown a role, before you become complacent and make the next guy look good (see above), resign. Go out on a high, don't wait for the manager to call you on your failing attitude/work ethic/tardiness/whatever. Step off while your networks are singing your praise, while your successes are current and your confidence is high.

Sometimes circumstances change before we have a chance to act. As Noah discovered, getting fired might come at you from out of the blue. If this happens to you, like it or not, you are at a point where you can either rise or fall. It’s going to be the learning from the experience, rather than the outcome, that really counts.

It's not likely that you (or many other people on the planet) are likely to miss a $100 Million windfall as a result of being fired, but it is likely that the way you leave a job can have a big impact on future opportunities. Your career progression is as much about your supporters as it is about your skills.

Have a great week,

Regards, Dennis Hosking
Check out Noah's article 'Why I got Fired From Facebook' here.

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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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How to ace the 10 minute interview : 07 Jan 2013

Welcome to 2013! If you're still on holiday, here's some light summer reading for you.

It's already business as usual at HealthyPeople. In the last two days we've posted 35 new jobs for a variety of positions all over Australia. We are also perilously close to releasing a new site that will allow employers to connect with fitness graduates from RTO, TAFE and University courses all over Australia. If you'd like to be kept in the loop on this new service, click here to send an email to dennis@spruik.me.

There's a lot of big things happening in the health and fitness industry this year. We look forward to giving you the early mail as well as all the insight you need to ensure a flourishing fitness career.

Enjoy today's article and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.



We know there isn’t much time to make a positive impression during an interview.
Even worse, there is something called the 'Halo effect' that means even the rest of your interview is likely to be viewed in relation to the first impression. That is, start well and you may be forgiven any short-comings that arise later in the interview. Start poorly however, and those same short-comings are viewed as reinforcing the original opinion!

How can you make the most of the little time you have? Here are some tips:

Arrive on time.
Although no one tries to be late, it’s easy to find yourself scrambling around the morning of your interview as the meeting time draws closer.

One way to ensure you’re not late is to aim to arrive half an hour early. You’ll give yourself some leeway in case traffic is worse than expected or you get lost.

If you find you have time to spare, use it to review your résumé, check your appearance in the restroom and make sure your cell phone has been turned off before stepping into the employer’s office. Show up five to 10 minutes before the interview is scheduled to start to prove that you’re punctual.

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Experienced Personal Trainer needed at PerfectFIT Gym
Want guaranteed hours with the potential for increases
in the future? We are looking for a mature, reliable,
passionate and experienced Personal Trainer to join our
tight knit team. [more]

 

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Bring reinforcements.
Don’t arrive to the interview empty handed. Bring extra copies of your résumé and anything else to support your application. Prepare a list of references in case the interviewer requests this information (remember, check with referees first).

You could also pack a notepad and pen to jot down key points about the job or company. These details will come in handy when crafting a thank-you note to the hiring manager and when evaluating the opportunity if you’re offered the role.

Shake hands like you mean it.
It sounds cliché, but a firm, confident handshake is important. Many employers suggest a weak handshake can be a mark against potential hires.

Not sure if your handshake passes muster? Practice with a friend ahead of time. Another tip: Smile as you shake hands. It’ll reaffirm the self-assured attitude you’re trying to convey.

Don’t skip the small talk.
One of the best ways to build immediate rapport with a potential employer is with small talk. Make a point to comment about the traffic, the weather or your weekend plans. Avoid sensitive topics and jokes. As the name implies, small talk should take up only a little of the total conversation. Look to the hiring manager for a cue that it’s time to talk business.

Assess your surroundings. Once seated in the interview room, take a moment to survey your surroundings, especially if you’re meeting in the hiring manager’s office. Photos, diplomas, mementos and other items can tell you a lot about the person on the other side of the desk. You may learn of shared interests or experiences that you can reference to establish a more lasting connection.

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Membership Executive Superstar needed at Hard Candy!
Want to take the next step in your sales career and work
for a successful brand leading the way in the fitness
industry? Sales experience required. [more]

 

 

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Slow down.
It's understandable to be a bit nervous ? at least on the inside. As a result you may talk more quickly than normal. If this is the case, force yourself to take a breath and calm down. Give yourself a moment to compose your thoughts before responding. Then, speak clearly and at a comfortable pace. Try to maintain as natural a tone as possible. Take another breath if you start to speed up again. And don't feel compelled to fill any dead air space. Sometimes less is more. Prattling on can detract from your main message and may lead to revealing more about yourself than intended.

Watch your body language.
Body language plays a significant role in the message you convey. For example, wiggling your foot, biting your nails or frantically clicking the pen in your hand will make you seem nervous, bored or distracted ? and likely annoy the hiring manager.

Sit tall and strike a confident pose. Look the interviewer in the eye when speaking (but don't treat it like competition to see who blinks first).

Enjoy every interview as an opportunity to meet an industry leader and learn something new. If you get the job, that's great. In the very least, you'll be a better person for having gone through the process.

Enjoy the sunshine.

Regards,

Dennis Hosking

This article was inspired by this one by Robert Half International

Employers downloading CVs this week
If you're not listed, you might not be found.
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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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Personal Trainers & Group Fitness Instructors!
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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9 Essential Truths About Your CV, An Industry Meet, We're now 30,000 strong! : 08 Mar 2013

Does the idea of catching up with fellow industry people appeal to you? We're thinking about hosting an informal gathering of fitness professionals and employers in the not too distant future. If this sounds like some fun and a chance to network, please email and let us know your nearest city and whether you'd prefer a weekday (mid morning) affair or a Friday night social drinks type of thing.

BTW, HealthyPeople hit a milestone this week - more than 30,000 registered professionals. Bec, Becky and I are extraordinarily proud to be a part of what is, without question, Australia's largest, most utilised, fitness industry specific, employment and recruiting service.

We've seen some great applications come through in the last week. While this a positive thing, the downside is that this is, regrettably, more the exception than the rule.We find that applications can often be divided into three categories; (1) The Off-Hand Application - no real effort, no Cover Letter and unlikely to go any further, (2) The Misguided Application - It's more about the applicant than the job, and (3) The considered application - The most desirable but not always the most common. By ensuring that ALL your applications are closer to the third option than the first, you're taking as much control as possible over the job search process.

With this in mind, here are 9 Essential Truths About your CV...


Are you clear on what your CV is for?

The CV is not what gets you the job, it’s what gets you the interview. You do not need to tell the reader your life story, provide highlights that can be elaborated on in the interview, if at all. Keep it concise, keep it relevant, aim for the interview.

Tailor your CV to the reader.
Consider who is going to read it ? what do you need to tell them in relation to this job? There is a common misconception that you do one CV and it works for everything and every job but actually a tailored CV is a much more powerful tool.

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Fitness Division Coordinator - Genesis Morayfield.
Consider yourself a strong leader, looking for
career development and like to be challenged?
Mentor & grow our Fitness Division! PT experience
essential. [more].

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Fancy Doesn’t Work
A CV is not a work of art, it needs to be very readable, not very beautiful. So forget your fancy fonts and layouts and go for simple. If you're including a (professional) picture of yourself, make sure that it is a small one, not a large one resized - the latter can turn a polite, few hundred kilobyte CV into a multi-megabyte, bandwidth sucking, monster. 

Make it easy for the employer to like you - use key words.
Do you have the right words in your CV? Employers are often searching for key words when skimming a CV. Have you thought about what words they might be using for each specific role? For a copy of our recommendations, email us.

Where is Your Gold Dust?
Keep in mind that employers and recruiters are busy people and are generally not interested in wading through waffle to find what they're looking for. So structure your CV so that you get the gold dust up top.

Less is more.
The older and more experienced you are, the less information you need about earlier experience. Yes, include your highest academic qualification but unless it is critical to the job you are applying for, earlier jobs and activities deserve no more than a line. If more information on these earlier jobs is required, the employer will ask more questions in the interview.

Heads up; No matter what your age or what you're applying for, no employer is interested in where you went to primary/high school.

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Opportunities available with Genesis Casuarina!
We are currently seeking PTs who want to run
their own business within our club & an
experienced fitness sales person to take on the
role of Membership Manager. [more]

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Are You What They Want?
Of course you are! You just need to tailor your CV to suit each opportunity. If the job requires leadership then use your achievements to show that you've lead teams, if the job is about customer service then use your achievements to show how you have delivered beyond expectations. Even if your experience is lacking, highlight times when you have demonstrated the qualities the employer is looking for, if not actual experience.

Targeting Your CV On Your HealthyPeople Profile
Uploading your CV for a HealthyPeople listing presents a challenge ? you can’t necessarily tailor your CV to a particular opportunity. However, you can tailor it to the work you want to do. Again, make the most of key words, keep things concise and get in the hard facts, your qualifications, experience and the achievements! Provide a launching point for conversations with an employer.

Continue to Test and Measure.
If you didn't get the job you were hoping for, do what you can to find out what the employer thought of your CV. IMPORTANT: You must be open to criticism for this to be of any benefit. That is, this is no time for you to justify/explain/rebut/plead or otherwise. Take it on the chin, whether or not you agree with it, learn from it and move on to the next opportunity.

I wish you all the best with your applications. Remember, let us know if an industry specific catch up sounds like some fun.

Have a great week.

Kind regards,

Dennis Hosking

This article was inspired by this one by Mary Hope

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Why Good Grammar Matters, HealthyPeople Catch Up Details, Words From Pete Gleeson : 15 Mar 2013

The HealthyPeople Industry Catch Up is ON! Last week we raised the question of an industry catch up and there was a solid response for a Friday afternoon event. As the majority were from Melbourne, that's where we'll have the first one. So lock in the date - 12th April, from 4pm to 6.30pm. Venue will be one of three under consideration - all in the Fitzroy area. Will confirm in the following week. This will be a great opportunity to chew the fat with fellow industry peeps, as well as meet up with a few employers. So, professionals, bring a CV; employers, bring a card. If you haven't indicated your interest, contact Becky today. Special invites will be emailed to those on the list.

I asked Pete Gleeson (Regional Fitness Director for Goodlife) if he had any tips for new Personal Trainers. He handed me this gem;

"Do it for the right reasons! The greatest skill-set you can have as a Personal Trainer is passion and desire. When starting out, if you’re scared of the words “running your own business”, simply replace it with “taking care of your own clients”. Your passion to help people improve their lives will shine through more than anything - if it’s there! Your desire to satisfy your chosen profession will arrive - if it’s there! Don’t let your thirst for money and saving a buck, today, get in the way of brilliance, tomorrow.

Leap… and the net will appear!"

If you're interested in opportunities with Goodlife in Victoria, you can approach the relevant Fitness Division Coordinator directly via their employer profiles.

We see a lot of applications and jobs posted (outside of HealthyPeople) with avoidable grammatical errors. Many CVs do not appear to have been proof read - we once saw a job ad with no less than three variations on the word 'consultant'.

It's time to get things back on track...



Recently an online dating website Match.com released the results of their study
into what singles look for in potential dating partners. While the results weren’t surprising the prioritization was. Number one on the list ? nice teeth. Number two ? good grammar. Which makes sense. A first date is an introduction to what could possibly be a long-term relationship. And who wants to spend the next several years of their life with someone who sounds uneducated…or apparently has bad teeth?

It’s not hard to make the analogy to a job interview. Again, we’re talking about an introduction that could potentially lead to a long term relationship - between an employer and employee. Granted, nice teeth will probably not get you the job (although appearance does play a part). Grammar skills, both spoken and written, on the other hand, are essential!

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Opportunities available with Genesis Morayfield!
We're currently looking for passionate fitness
professionals to join the team! positions include;
Membership Consultant, Group Fitness Instructor,
PTs and an FDC. [more].

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Poor grammar may be a result of cultural influences, educational background or a simple lack of awareness. Whatever the cause, in the professional environment, learn the difference between good and bad grammar, and know when to use it.

Most of the time, a candidate’s resume is the first contact he or she has with an employer. I cannot overstate the importance of spelling and grammar in your job application. A trait often highlighted in applications is “detail-oriented.” What better way to prove this than with an application free of errors that reads well?

Good grammar goes a long way in the health and fitness industry.

While the emphasis placed on good grammar by employers may vary, there is no doubt that the leading providers in our industry hold it in high esteem. After all, good grammar facilitates effective communication across a broad range of people. In our service based industry effective communication means $$$$;

  • Every role in any fitness business is selling something (or contributing to the sale). Whether it's a membership, a PT session, a massage or a class, whatever, professional communication, that is, good grammar, facilitates the sale.
  • The way we answer the phone sets the tone for the business and can determine whether a potential client stops by for a closer look.
  • Being able to meaningfully connect with clients of all ages provides greater opporutnity to earn (especially as a Trainer).
  • Are you writing programs, notices or newsletters? The structure of the simplest communication can speak volumes for any facility.

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Fitness Centre Manager - CHM (Healthstream)
Experienced fitness professional
needed to manage a corporate facility operating under our prestigious
‘Healthstream’ brand. Gym management experience a MUST. [more]

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So before you ask a potential employer to consider you for a place on their team, make sure you know the difference between, for example, 'they’re,' 'their,' and “there." For a refresher, there's a great info-graphic here.

When you come across the perfect opportunity - whether it's a new job or a chance to pitch to new clients, don’t eliminate yourself because of something as easily managed as grammar.

I wish you all the best with your applications. Remember, 12th of April for our first ever get-together..
Have a great week.

Kind regards,

Dennis Hosking

This article was inspired by this one by John Feldman

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Don't Blow your Chances Before the Interview, A FILEX Tip, Business Panel Alert : 01 Apr 2013

There can't be too many industries that foster the type of passion I see in leaders in the fitness industry. I was reminded of this when meeting with Michelle Devereux, lecturer at NMIT just yesterday. We'd never met before but we ended up talking shop for 30 minutes (easily) before we even touched on the reason for my visit. Her enthusiasm for making the world a fitter place is infectious. If you're heading to FILEX in April, do check out Michelle's lecture on 'Duty of care: exercise bulimia and body dysmorphia' (Sunday morning). 

Speaking of presentations, here's some exciting news, Natasha Holmes of Advance Fitness Marketing, Carl Ziebell of Adrenalin Health and myself are slated for a panel discussion on 'The Three R's in Fitness: Recruitment, Reach and Revenue' as part of the Small Business Festival in Victoria. Session will be on a Friday afternoon in August at Fed Square. It'll be an interesting and entertaining session for small and large businesses, so get on board. If you'd like to be sent more details, email me.

Don't wait until August to rub shoulders with industry peeps - have you got your RSVP to Becky for our 'touchbase' networking afternoon on Friday 12th April? Call me Big Kev, because I'm excited.

Have yourself a safe and happy Easter break.
Enjoy today's article...


Too many candidates risk setting the wrong tone, or even blowing their chances at a job altogether, before the interview has even started (or been offered).

It should be no surprise that the way you respond to initial inquiries from an employer can set the tone and influence impressions before you've had a chance to meet.

Are you potentially sabotaging your interview before it starts? If any of these points sound familiar, you may now know why you didn't get the job:

You didn't follow instructions.
Many job ads request specific information or actions to be completed as part of the application process. Are you paying attention to these cues? If not, it's likely you've already told the employer you can't follow instructions and you're not attentive to details, no matter what you claim on your resume.

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Group Fitness Instructor - Genesis Morayfield!
We're on the look out for an experienced Group
Fitness Instructor with Les Mills Training. You'll
have a dynamic personality with excellent
interpersonal skills. [more]

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You're slow to respond.
If you include an email address on your resume, employers assume it is a good way to reach you. If you don't typically monitor your email inbox, and you end up responding to an invitation to an interview a week after you received it, the employer probably figured you were not interested and moved on to other candidates. If email is not a part of your typical daily routine, when you're in job search mode, keep an eye on your messages at least once a day.

You're enthusiasm is underwhelming.
When an employer calls to schedule a time to meet, any suggestion that you are anything but enthusiastic, while it may not cancel your chances entirely, can set a tone you'll need to overcome when you meet in person. Even if you think there is another job in the bag, give every application 100%. You don't want to find out too late that the job you were only half interested in turns out to be the perfect opportunity. You can't go back and change your approach.


You use bad judgment about when to answer your phone
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We all have mobile phones, but that doesn't mean we need to answer them every time they ring. When you're in job search mode, if an unfamiliar number pops up on your phone when you're at work, out with friends or in a loud environment, don't answer it. If it's an employer trying to ask you some questions or an assistant calling to schedule an interview, you won't be able to respond professionally. It's better to let it go to voice mail and respond at the earliest opportunity you have to be in a quiet place, have your 'game face' on, can take out your diary and/or take some key notes.

Before running my own business I was caught out by bad judgement. It's hard to give a good account of yourself over the phone when you're in amongst the directors!

NOTE: Double check your voicemail is as professional as it should be.

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Child Care Trainer/Assessor - VFA Learning (Geelong / Ballarat)
We're currently seeking a passionate, sessional
Trainer/Assessor to deliver quality education & grow
the Children Services arm of our business here in
Geelong & Ballarat. [more]

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You over share.
You've been waiting forever to hear from this employer, and you're so nervous when they ask to schedule an interview, you can't stop talking. It may be charming if you express excitement about the opportunity to interview, but you'll start to lose points quickly by over-sharing. If you want the job, keep it professional and don't offer any opinions about the process, for example. In fact, opinions on anything are best left out all together. Even if your asked for one.

Don't schedule anything before you consult your calendar.
Having to call a potential employer back to try to reschedule because you made a mistake with your availability is not a great look. Confirm dates and do what you can to get things right the first time.

I'm still getting caught out on 'next' Thusday, for example - Am I the only one that thinks this refers to the next occurrence of Thursday? What do you mean 'this' Thursday vs 'next' Thursday? And yes Ryan, I was ready for the meeting today!

First impressions last?make sure your target employer's first impressions of you are positive so you won't have any ground to make up when you actually interview for the job.

Have a great week and don't forget to RSVP for touchbase.

Kind regards,

Dennis Hosking

This article was inspired by this one.

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