How to Get a Job as a Recreation & Fitness Worker
Instructors usually audition to work in a fitness facility by leading a segment of a class. Krautblatt says hiring managers are looking for two things during that try-out. "Of course, they're looking for technique—the mechanics of staying on the beat and knowing the top of the phrase," he says. "But they're also looking for personality. You can't act like a stone—you're supposed to be having a good time. You've got to be a little bit of a performer."
Interview Questions Submitted by Real Recreation & Fitness Workers
"If we did not hire you what would we be missing out on?" - Life Time Fitness Personal Trainer Candidate (Location Unknown)
"Give experience where you were able to work well in a group project/task where you may not have got along great with each individual." - Willamalane Park & Recreation Park Services Candidate (Location Unknown)
What is the Job Like?
The director of a recreation and parks program might work 40 hours from Monday through Friday, while a yoga instructor could teach classes every other day. A camp counselor might only moonlight in that position a few weeks each summer; the rest of the year, he or she might pay the bills working as an insurance agent. The spectrum of work environments is just as diverse; some workers stay active while on campgrounds and around pools, fitness instructors keep their heart racing during class-time in a gymnasium, and directors manage the logistics of how recreation facilities run while mostly sitting behind a desk.
Real Reviews From Recreation & Fitness Workers
+ "You get a free membership. There are ample opportunities to network and meet people. The discount on services and Cafe food is nice." - Life Time Fitness Worker (Location Unknown)
+ "The kids are the reason to work. The pay was good for how much work you are doing. Great fit for schedule of a college student." - Madison School & Community Recreation Group Leader (Madison, WI)
- "Gym location can affect your commissions and pay." - LA Fitness Personal Trainer (Fountain Valley, CA)
- "Job security is shaky at times" - National Recreation and Park Associated Coordinator (Location Unknown)
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