Hey, I saw your reply to my post in another thread about a job interview, so I came right over here.
This is actually something that baffles me, as well. The standard resume that you'd write for most other industries just doesn't fit well with the fitness industry, somehow. In the two years I spent studying fitness, I couldn't bring myself to write a resume that didn't reak of lameness right up until the very end of my course when, after going into a couple big fancy gyms, I decided to follow what their PT's have written on their public profile thing.
The headings they have usually amount to: Qualifications; Experience; Achievements; and/or Specialities. Really, this is the same information that most employers would want to find out, it just presents it in a more direct approach.
In your case, Qualifications would be Cert III and hopefully senior first aid (most gyms will require that ALL their staff have a current first aid licence including advanced first aid). Experience would be 2 years gym experience, plus anything else you might have done (eg marathons, martial arts, gymnastics, work experience). Achievements could be any competitions you've been involved, any personal fitness results you've made or any significant help you've brought others in fitness. If you can't think of any noteworthy achievements, just don't mention achievements on your resume - it always looks better to simply focus on what you have done than what you haven't. Finally, Specialties takes your qualification into more detail. Depending on what you've studied, it may include things like Group Training, Aqua Instruction or Circuit Training, as examples. I've seen a lot of people put "Hypertrophy and Fat Loss" down as specialties (which I think is cheap and lame of them, given that these are basics of knowledge required of a fitness instructor, but at Cert III level, if I were hiring you I'd want to know that you can do the basics, so this may be appropriate). At your level, and considering the types of jobs available to Cert III graduates (reception, exercise programming for low risk clients, group instructor), it may be in your best interests to write down things such as customer service, exercise instruction, nutrition and so on, even though these are the basics. You may even replace the heading of "Specialties" with "Skills" or something to that effect.
Reference contacts are always good. Also, details such as ABN, TFN, Blue Card #, Fitness Australia Reg # and especially your phone number are good (understandably, you may not have all of these things, but any long-digit number with some meaning to it tends to make you look more serious. And perhaps a brief statement of what sort of job/s you're interested in might come in handy.
Right now, my own resume is under revision, but it currently looks something like this. Hope this helps.
Fitness Specialist / Personal Trainer / Gym Instructor
Australian Business Number ----------------
Tax File Number -----------
Blue Card Registration Number ------------/-
Fitness Australia Registration Number -----------------
Contact (mobile) -------------
- Diploma of Fitness
- Certificate IV in Fitness
- Certificate III in Fitness
- Current First Aid
- 2 years fulltime study at Southbank Institute of Technology (SBIT) acquiring Fitness Diploma and Certificates.
- 200 hours work experience through SBIT Health and Fitness Centre, Albany Creek Leisure Centre, Move Ya Body, Mt Gravatt Special School, Red Hill Special School, and Maximise Health.
- 6 years gym experience.
- Martial arts background during high school.
- One of only three SBIT students to graduate with Diploma of Fitness 2009.
- SBIT Health and Fitness Centre Iron Person Competition 2009.
- Prima Spada School of Fence Grading and Prize Fight Award 2003.
- Strength and Conditioning
- Posture, Gait and Functional Movement
- Musculoskeletal Rehab
- Injury Prevention
- Moderate Risk Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Metabolic Conditions
- Moderate Risk Neurological Conditions
- Children and Adolescents
- Body Composition Management