when you have a lot of competition.
Hi friends <3 How’s the morning going? Hope you’re enjoying the day! It’s been a great morning, and I’ve been able to get some work done and study for my Women’s Fitness Specialist exam and yoga teacher training (which officially starts this week. Wahoo!!). So, since we’ve moved to SD, I’ve had quite a few questions from fellow fitness instructors about getting a teaching job, especially when you move to a new place or when the market is very saturated.
I was fortunate to find teaching jobs here in San Diego fairly quickly, but I had to hustle like I’d never hustled before. In the past, I was fortunate to know someone who was able to get me an “in” for teaching (like when we were in Valdosta and then in Tucson), and when we moved here, I started entirely from scratch. I had a couple of friends here in SD already, but my only instructor friend (hi Kristin!) teaches farther north than me. To get teaching jobs here, I had to step way out of my comfort zone, but it was definitely worth it.
Here are some of the things I noticed, and some of the tips that helped me:
1) Do your research. Find out where you’d like to teach, call or email to see if they’re looking for instructors, and see what certifications they accept. (For more tips on the group fitness certification process, check out this post.) Before we moved here, I immediately started Googling fitness clubs in the area, scoped out the websites, and checked out the class calendars to see if my specialities were on there (at the time, I wasn’t teaching BODYPUMP and was more focused on Barre and Zumba). It’s funny because when I first began my search, I found a club that looked perfect: a full class schedule, awesome equipment, and a close location. I told the Pilot, “This is where I’m going to teach.” What do you know? It’s how it worked out. Never forget a little power of the The Secret haha.