The CV of a fitness trainer should be based on clear information and specific results achieved over a specific period of time. It should contain the following 7 mandatory blocks: “Contacts”, “Purpose”, “Summary”, “Education”, “Experience”, “Certificates”, and “Languages”. As for additional blocks, such as “Hobbies and interests”, “Driver’s license” and “Additional information”, then when applying for a position of a fitness trainer, there’s no need for them. Writing in a CV that your hobby is cross-stitching, that you have a driver’s license, and that you have a brown karate belt is simply inappropriate. Now let’s look at each block more precisely.
The CV of a fitness trainer
First of all, according to the established tradition, I remind you that this article is a logical continuation of a series of articles about the profession of a fitness trainer. For the most complete understanding of the topic, I also recommend you to familiarize yourself with the articles “Who is a fitness trainer“, “Job description of a fitness trainer“, “How to become a fitness trainer“, “Myths about the job of a fitness trainer“, “How to get a job of a fitness trainer“, “Job interview for a fitness trainer“, “How does a fitness trainer gets a client“, “Secrets of the job of a fitness trainer“, “Secrets of success of a fitness trainer” and “Nuances of the job of a fitness trainer“. Now let’s continue.
1st block of information: “Contacts”. In this block of the CV of a fitness trainer you need to place your photo, 320×240 pixels in size. Choose the most decent one from your archive or scan from your passport. It is necessary to indicate the name and surname in large print, as well as in smaller print no more than three items: phone number, e-mail and place of residence (if needed). Keep in mind that HR managers usually don’t even consider a fitness trainer’s resume without photos.
2nd block of information: “Purpose”. This is one of the shortest blocks of the entire CV, in which it is necessary to indicate what is the purpose that prompted you to write and send the CV to the employer. The best option for all occasions looks like this: “Getting a position of a fitness trainer in the Gold’s Gym company” or “Getting a position of a gym instructor in the World Class fitness center” or “Getting a position of a personal trainer in the Jimmy’s fitness club”.
3rd block of information: “General information”. In this block, it is necessary to indicate information that meets the requirements of the employer, which he indicated in the description of an open vacancy. Often, the CV of a fitness trainer should contain five short paragraphs, three to five words in size, that describe you and your experience. 1) Higher education; 2) Certificate of a fitness school; 3) Experience as a fitness trainer; 4) Proficiency in foreign languages; 5) Confidence in using PC.
4th block of information: “Education”. Here, it will be enough to indicate only the latest education obtained. If you have a university degree, please indicate the name of the educational institution, years of study, specialty, faculty and diploma. If you don’t have a higher education, but you have a technical education, indicate all the same points: the name of the educational institution, years of study, specialty and diploma. There’s no need to indicate school education, since it is assumed that everyone has it a priori.
5th block of information: “Experience”. In fact, this is the most important block in the CV of a fitness trainer. Here you must indicate your work experience. If you have one, indicate the name of the organization where you worked, from which month and year to which month and year, separately describe the responsibilities in three to five lines, separately in three to five lines describe your achievements. If you have no experience, indicate in the same way the courses you took, what knowledge you received, and what practice have gone through.
6th block of information: “Certificates”. This block should be included in the CV only if you have documents relevant to the position for which you are applying. Since even a potential fitness trainer with no experience must have a course certificate to get the first job, this field is required. In it, you must indicate the name of the courses, the duration of training, as well as the title, position or specialty that was assigned to you as a result.
7th block of information: “Languages”. This block is conditionally required. Since we are living in a multicultural society with people coming from all corners of the world, proficiency in several languages can serve as a bonus to your CV. If, in addition to your native language, you also know several additional, indicate it along with the level of proficiency. If you are fluent in Russian, English, French, German or Chinese, don’t hesitate to mention it.
A cover letter
A big plus when writing the CV of a fitness trainer is writing a cover letter. Tellingly, the employer doesn’t always read it, but the very fact that it exists often plays into your hands. You never know in advance whether the employer will read your cover letter or not, which means that in order to increase your chances, it must be there, and it must also be written competently and relevant to your qualifications and the position for which you are applying. A cover letter is a short and summarized presentation of you as a candidate. Whether they will read it or not is not so important. The main thing is to write and send it along with your CV. Here is an example of such a cover letter.
Good day. My name is Mike. Please consider my CV for the position of a fitness trainer in the “Gold’s Gym” fitness club.
I have a higher education and developed soft skills, thanks to which I easily find a common language with any person. I have 1 year of experience as a gym instructor. During this time, under my leadership, 12 clients have achieved the desired result, both in weight loss and in gaining muscle mass. Thanks to the knowledge of Spanish, I conducted 10 personal trainings for a client from Mexico. Graduated from the fitness school named after Askold Schwarzenfebel. I have a certificate of dietology courses “Weight loss when eating like a boss”.
You can find more detailed information about me in the attached CV. I am ready to become part of the team and provide my experience and knowledge to achieve a common result.
Best regards, Mike Applegate
Whether you have experience or not, in any case, your CV should fit on 1 A4 sheet. If it doesn’t fit, divide the sheet into two vertical columns and reduce the font to Arial 10. If the text still doesn’t fit on one sheet, then there’s too much unnecessary information. Prioritize information, keeping only the most important.
The CV of a fitness trainer should contain only relevant information, set out in the most laconic form. Remember that the employer wants to see specific numbers, specific achievements, and specific skills that you already have. Avoid vague language such as “was one of the participants in the workshop”, “helped in solving problems” or “achieved significant results.” Let’s be specific: “Certificate of a participant in this and that seminar”, “In solving these tasks, I performed these duties”, “Achieved these results in that period of time”. Write your CV not as if you are presenting yourself from the best side, but so that the employer sees how you can be useful to him. No need to brag, just write how you can help. And after sending your CV, don’t be afraid to call, write and remind about yourself. Fortune smiles to the brave and persistent.
Felix Palmer – author of the blog crusfit.com