How do you go about hiring trainers to work for you?
After almost 30 years in the industry I am working on hiring a trainer to work for me. So far I have had little luck in finding a good fit or if I have there has been little interest in working the hours I need (weekends, early morning and evening) help with. I would love to be able to service a larger client base, expanding my business seems to be a perfect solution. Any ideas of where to look to hire?
--accuracy in your prospect's credentials
--accuracy in your prospect's academic history
--accuracy in your prospect's work history
--check carefully with references
Most important, have your prospect take you through a cardiovascular, a resistance training and a stretching workout. Pay careful attention to your prospect's demeanor, communication skills, and his/her quick "I don't know" when you ask a question out of the scope of practice.
Another option is Linkedin. I needed a trainer to recommend my overflow to and posted on several groups there. After an initial screening I met with him to make sure he was someone I felt comfortable referring people to. If I were hiring a trainer I believe I would do the same thing.
Growing your business is a good 'headache' to have, but at the same time it creates other issues, just like the one you are describing in your question. Finding the right people is always a difficult project, especially if your reputation depends on them. Here are a few options for you:
-Post here just as you have done
-Fitnessjobs.com, exercisejobs.com, gymjobs.com, CareerBuilder.com, monster.com
-Post at the local Universities (Northwestern is a good place to start from)
-Hire interns and mentor them the way you like
Maybe you have tried all of the above, but you need to be patient and screen everyone you interview the best way you can, so you hire the most qualified and better suited for your business. Good luck and I hope this helps!