How to write a Personal Trainer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Personal Trainer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Personal Trainer job titles

    Personal Trainer
    Head Personal Trainer
    Certified Personal Trainer
    Personal Trainer (Part-Time)
    Personal Trainer (Group Fitness Instructor)

Personal Trainer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Personal Trainer job summary

Our busy, growing gym is in need of a Personal Trainer to take over mentoring and fitness guidance sessions with our clients. The successful applicant will not only be responsible for taking on existing clients based on need, but also for soliciting new business and teaching gym members about the benefits of personal training. We’re looking for a motivated individual with sales experience who can help us establish a competitive edge in our city. Since many of our members are interested in yoga and Pilates, trainers with experience in those areas will receive top priority. Advancement to a managerial position is a possibility.

Personal Trainer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Personal Trainer responsibilities

    Assume the responsibility of training existing clients who are interested in increasing their fitness levels, losing weight and entering competitions
    Provide clients with safe, reasonable exercises that they can perform in the gym as well as at home
    Give clients ample notice if you need to change appointment times and respond quickly to clients who must change their schedules
    Talk to members of the gym about their goals and introduce them to our personal training packages
    Collect weekly payments from your clients and turn them over to our accounting department
    Lead group fitness classes when necessary
    Work out at the gym at least three days per week
    Advise clients about important safety concerns and demonstrate exercises or maneuvers as needed

Personal Trainer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Personal Trainer skills

    Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology or related field preferred
    Personal training or group training certification required
    Must have current, valid CPR and First Aid certifications
    2+ years’ experience in personal training or group fitness instruction
    Ability to perform exercises and movements as demonstrations for clients
    Sales experience a plus

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