Finding jobs in health, fitness, sports and leisure

Once you have decided upon your direction, drawn up a ten year plan, have compiled all your relevant life information, know where your combined life experiences can realistically place you, and prepared a draught of your CV, you then need to find the jobs to apply for. There are several different avenues to use:

Search and Selection / Recruitment Agencies

Recruitment companies will probably ask for a copy of your CV and for you to attend an interview. This is a bonus point for the clients that they represent as it filters out some of the inappropriate candidates before they contact them. The better you perform at interview, the more likely they will be to put you forward for the better positions.

The advantage is of applying through a recruitment company is that you need only send one CV and attend one interview. The company will then try to place you in a suited role without you having to do any further searching - and the service is free. If you find the job that you are looking for then you only need to inform the company and they will stop searching on your behalf.


On-line recruitment services, such as Leisure Vacancies, allow you to search through any number of jobs, from anywhere in the world. Once you have mastered the simple methods of attaching your CV to an e-mail message, you can easily apply for twenty jobs in the time it would take for you to apply for one job in the traditional method. Your application will be on the recruiter’s desktop instantly and you will receive any response directly.

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There are several levels of press to consider:

  • National press

    National press sometimes advertise national level positions on specific days. For example, The Guardian has a marketing and media section on Thursday and Saturday, which may contain national marketing and P.R. positions within the health and leisure industry.

    Often positions which do not need specialist qualifications or are offered by independent operators may be advertised in the local press. Local press is also an ideal option for new clubs, which may well advertise their opening in the local press to potential members.
  • Local Press

Trade Publications

These media advertise a selection of the jobs available within the industry. Before the advent of the Internet, this was one of the few ways that employers could target their advertising to a specific industry.

Trade Fairs.

Such as Leisure Industry Week. Trade fairs will often be attended by representatives from most of the fitness recruiters, recruitment agencies, trade publications and manufacturers. Dress well and take several copies of your CV -perhaps in different formats to suit the different positions in which you are interested.

Career Advice Centres

If you have graduated from a college or university in the last three years, you are likely to be eligible to return there for advice.

If you have taken any vocational qualifications with companies such as Premier Training, they will be happy to provide a post course publications and independent advice. Although these centres are not in the business of advertising jobs, they can act as a resource to help you search.

Direct Approach

Another option is to apply directly to the human resources department of leisure centres and leisure chains. Although you may be lucky, and the position you are after is currently available, this is not always the best option.

Although most recruiters say that they keep any relevant CVs, these can end up in a filing cabinet with thousands of other candidates - and the better the employer the more CVs they will have. This cannot compare with your CV, targeted at a specific role that you know is currently available, arriving on their desk.

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