What NOT To Include On Your Personal Training Résumé
There are countless guides outlining what should be in your résumé, whether it be tailored for a personal trainer position or a more general role within a gym. But once you’ve exceeded the recommended résumé length of two pages, figuring out what to keep and what to cull is difficult work.
Or perhaps you have sent your existing résumé to several companies and haven’t received any follow-up phone calls or interviews? You need to figure out what is turning prospective employers off contacting you. By completing this simple checklist, you’ll be able to guarantee that your résumé is making the best first impression possible. Then, all you need to do is nail the interview!
Don’t Include Personal Information
Make sure to remove your home or mailing address from your résumé. Not only is it taking up valuable real estate, it is irrelevant, particularly if you are planning on moving interstate for the new job.
There is also no need to list your age, gender, marital status, nationality, religious beliefs, or even your strong dietary beliefs. Keep it simple with ONE contact number, a professional email address and a link to your fitness blog (if you have one), along with your full name.
Don’t Include Irrelevant Achievements Or Experience
If you are only just beginning your career as a personal trainer and have little relevant experience, be very strategic about what past jobs you list on your résumé. Focus less on the actual tasks you completed, and focus more on the skills (such as leadership and customer service) you not only showcased in those roles, but the skills you learnt from the position. Also, make sure to remove all irrelevant achievements, such as your high school grades and awards.
For those more experienced, spend more time on your recent roles and less on your first roles in the business. Particularly if you’ve been in the fitness industry for over 10 years, you don’t need to list your first volunteer role at a gym, for example.
Don’t Include Your Hobbies Or Goals
Your future employer doesn’t need to know whether it is your dream to weightlift at the Olympics, or to have two percent body fat. Similarly, you don’t have to list all the sports you have ever played to show the employer that you enjoy keeping fit and healthy. Focus less on dropping names and more on the skills you have learnt through playing sport in a team environment, for example.
The same applies for generic ‘objective’ statements at the beginning of résumés. Unless you are changing fields and feel the need to explain this, remove this area and make room for showcasing more of your specialised skills and experience.
Note: If you are changing fields to become a Personal Trainer, focus on the new perspectives and experiences you can bring to the role that other candidates can’t, rather than on your lack of experience in a similar role.
Don’t Include Strong Personal Fitness Beliefs
Although you want to show potential employers that you are passionate about health and fitness, listing your strict diet plan or professing that you are opposed to the caveman diet for various reasons is not appropriate. You want to come across as approachable and inclusive of a myriad of different beliefs about health and fitness. By segregating other beliefs, you are not only decreasing your potential client list, you are also showing employers that you are not open-minded, not flexible, and not a team player.
Instead, focus on showcasing the different dietary plans you have been trained in. And, when you land an interview, make sure to give different examples of how you would facilitate a dietary plan for gluten intolerant, vegan and/or paleo clientele.
Don’t Use Elaborate Fonts Or Inconsistent Layouts
Fonts like Comic Sans and Curlz have their place… but that place is not on your résumé. Stick with classic fonts like Times New Roman, or for something more streamlined and less old-fashioned opt for Arial or Calibri.
Keep your layout clean and simple. Use short bullet points and page breaks. Don’t stretch your margins to the brink of extinction just so you can fit more words on the page. The minimum font size you should use is size 11, and that’s only if you HAVE to. Otherwise, stick with size 12, and bold and/or underline headings.
Do Keep It Professional
Although you want to show your enthusiasm for nutrition and fitness to future employers, résumés are not the place. The sole purpose of your résumé is to show that you have the education and/or experience required for the position on offer. You can then show a hint of your personality/passion in your cover letter, and then go into more depth when you land that first interview.