Personal trainers work for gyms, fitness centres, individuals or corporate clients. A professional personal trainer CV is could give an incredible first impression to your prospective employer. The CV should be concise and to the point, it should highlight your personal and professional skills and experience.
In an industry where qualifications are accredited by REPs, CIMSPA and others, you should make sure you show an accredited course before applying.
If you are applying as a senior Personal Trainer with more established contacts and personal branding, we would strongly advice to also show how you are different than others, for example through a personal trainer website, LinkedIn profile, membership to professional bodies and social media followers.
Before we go into the tips and advice, let's see the most common mistakes.
Common Mistakes for Personal Trainer CV’S
- Not sticking to no more than two pages of A4 – A good CV is clear, concise and will allow employers to easily find your skills and relevant experience. You don’t need endless pages –they will likely a judgement about your CV within the first couple of sections.
- Tailoring your application - Do your research and find out exactly what your desired employers are looking for, then adapt the details so they’re relevant. It is worthwhile taking the time to create a tailored version of your CV which is relevant to each job you are applying for.
- Out of date CV – It is important to ensure your CV is up to date with all the relevant information. Prospects are looking to work with candidates with the skills and knowledge to meet the demands of the ever-changing fitness landscape and your qualifications will need to demonstrate this.
- Grammatical Errors – Don’t make the mistake of believing the finer details won’t matter. By taking the time to read over your CV you can help eliminate any spelling or grammatical errors. If you’re not confident in this area, you may want to ask someone to proofread your resume. Alternatively, they are dozens of useful tools out there such as Grammarly.
- Improper Formatting – Have you made sure your CV is easy to read? Be aware that a poorly laid out CV can give the employer the impression that you are disorganised. Therefore, make sure the content of your personal training CV is visually appealing and quickly scannable by using consistent fonts, bullet points to emphasize skills, avoid underlining and the use of bright colours.
- Sending your CV – Recruiters often have to make edits to your CV before sending to clients/hiring managers. If your CV is sent in PDF, recruiters will be unable to edit the document and it will slow down the application process. Microsoft Word is the most widely accepted CV format.
Now let's review what to include
What to Include in a Personal Trainer CV?
Ensure that you don't clutter your CV with too much information in no apparent order. It's best to select a few headings to split your information into. For example:
1.) Contact Information
The first part of your CV, positioned at the top of the page, should include your personal information. You need to include the following details;
- Your Full Name
- Phone Number
- Contact Number
- Professional Email Address
- Personal Address
Top Tip: Save space on your CV by avoiding any unnecessary information such as marital status, date of birth or your full home address (only list town and county)
2.) Personal Profile
A personal profile is one of the most important aspects of your CV and is a chance for you to blow your own trumpet. What are your strengths? Do you work well as a team? Are you reliable, hardworking and punctual? Take time to write a couple of sentences to really 'sell' yourself. The first two opening sentences are crucial so you need to highlight any specific qualities that will demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the role.
Top Tip: When highlighting skills, aim to use examples from past employment to justify your claims.
3.) Work Experience
Your employment history outlines your previous jobs, internships and work experience. Ideally, you should begin with the most recent. When listing each position of employment, including the dates, job title and address along with a short summary of your duties. Then bullet points any significant achievements or skills you acquired during the role. It helps to choose the duties most relevant to the job you’re applying for.
Top Tip: Where you have limited work experience, other experience outside of paid employment could show your capabilities. This might include unpaid work placements, or community activities, such as working with a charity.
4.) Education and Qualifications
Like your experience section, your education and fitness-related qualifications should be listed with the most recent. This is exactly the same logic as your education section: be concise, include the most relevant information, and make sure the employer knows you are adequately qualified. If you have recently left education, you can write it like so:
Institution name – Dates attended (from-to)
You can then lay your qualification out as follows;
Top Tip: Keep your qualifications relevant. You may be proud of your Cycling Proficiency Certification, but it has no place on your CV!
5.) Additional Information
While your CV tells the story of your career, the additional information section can reveal a little more about your personality. Hobbies, interests, skills and achievements all play a vital role in showing personal development and reflecting on your commitment to maintaining extracurricular pursuits that you are passionate about.
Top Tip: It’s important to focus on relevant hobbies and interests such as fitness since you’re writing a personal training CV. A health-related achievement, for instance, completing a marathon might help show drive and determination, which are important skills in the fitness industry. Try to list a select few of your most impressive achievements.
Like your address, adding references is no longer standardised. Therefore, you can include a line at the end of your CV that reads ‘reference on request’.
Top Tip: Potential employers contact your references and ask questions about your skills, duties, and/or productivity. Choosing the right referee is therefore important. It is always a good idea to select a reference who is thoroughly familiar with your skills and abilities and will speak positively about your work ethic.
To help you, we've put together some of the main points to consider when writing your CV. This is probably one of the most important documents you'll ever write and needs to create a lasting impact to ensure you get that interview. You may only have 20-30 seconds to grab the reader's attention, so consider carefully what information you want to put down. Here are some things to think about:
Remember, your CV is your ticket to getting that interview. For more information visit www.bradleycvs.co.uk
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Writing a Cover Letter
To be considered for top personal training jobs, you first need to introduce yourself to your prospective employer. Include a brief description of your skills and experience, as well as why you're passionate about your work. Employers also like to know why you have chosen their company to apply for and how you can fit directly into their work culture.
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Here from the experts…
Paul Swindon – Head of Personal Training, Future Fit Training
“Identify any Transferable Skills and Experience – For example, customer service, administration, organisation, marketing, sales skills, and business management are all beneficial within a personal training environment.