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How to Get a Job as a Recreation and Fitness Worker

Fitness instructors usually audition to work in a fitness facility by leading a segment of a class. Krautblatt says hiring managers look for two things during that tryout. “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 and 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)

Job Satisfaction

Upward Mobility poor Below Average
Stress Level good Below Average
Flexibility good High

What is the Job Like?

The director of a recreation and parks program might work 40 hours 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; counselors stay active while roaming campgrounds and lifeguarding at 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.

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