Congratulations and a warm welcome to the ACE family! With your certification in hand, you are now ready to embark on a fulfilling journey of making a positive impact by encouraging people to lead healthier, more active lives.
Having successfully passed your exam, it’s essential to recognize that the hard work is far from over. This is the perfect moment to chart your course for the next phase of your career. Similar to fitness, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to building your profession. It’s your opportunity to decide what path is best for you. Here are five steps to elevate your job search:
- Continued Learning and Preparation: Start by reviewing your study materials and stay committed to learning. Begin earning continuing education credits (CECs) early and explore various specializations that pique your interest. For instance, if you aspire to work with older adults, consider enrolling in our Senior Fitness Specialist Program or other continuing education options tailored to this demographic.
- Tailor Your Resume and Cover Letter: Customize your resume and cover letter to align with the specific role you’re pursuing. Use this space to articulate what you can bring to the company and your unique skill set.
- Gain Practical Experience: Get hands-on experience by shadowing experienced professionals, volunteering, or starting at the front desk of a fitness club. Building professional relationships and networks with seasoned trainers and other exercise professionals is invaluable. Many find that beginning in a health-club environment is an excellent way to acquire experience and establish a client base.
- Explore ACE Partnerships: Your ACE Certified Professional status opens doors to the fitness industry, including guaranteed interview opportunities for eligible positions with various health and fitness organizations worldwide.
- Build a Network and Seek Mentors: Seek out mentors and expand your professional network. Demonstrating that you’ve cultivated a network of industry peers shows potential employers that you’re well-prepared to excel in the health and fitness field.
Now, it’s time to define your purpose as a certified health and exercise professional. Ask yourself what you want to achieve, who you want to work with, and most importantly, why you’re doing it. Your “why” will serve as a source of motivation and enable you to truly assist others in their health and fitness pursuits.
Consider the kind of workplace that best suits you. Do you prefer a commercial, clinical, community, or corporate environment? Are you inclined to work privately, establish your own business, train clients in their homes, or offer online services? The options for fitness training are diverse. Similarly, think about whether a full-time or part-time role aligns better with your lifestyle and objectives.
Transitioning to a new career or adding another job may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Shift your perspective and acknowledge that this is an exciting opportunity to positively impact countless lives. The best part is that the approach you take is entirely within your control.
For additional guidance and insights, explore more ACE Business advice tailored to health and fitness professionals. Your journey is just beginning, and the ACE family is here to support you every step of the way.