I have experience instructing dance class: I used to teach hip hop and African dancing and currently I conduct circuit training with a total of 5-7 women in at my friends house. Other than that I have never taught in a gym or have experience training one with in one. I am planning on moving out to California and I want to know , what to do and say as I apply for health clubs!
Harris gives advice that is well articulated and correct.
As someone who moved from one market to another I will add that that can be challenging. The part about having a nationally recognized and NCCA accredited certification is especially helpful here as you are going into territory where I am guessing you do not have tons of connections. And from what I have seen quite a lot of work opportunities come from people mentioning things, even in passing, or connecting people they know with each other.
A few things you can do to start to build a new network: visit gyms and health clubs and try classes, get to know the teachers, make use of social media…. is there a local facebook group of fitness pros you could get on for example, also make use of old fashioned face to face interactions…. is there some sort of newcomers group you could join where you will be living, don’t join social groups just to meet people you want to use to professionally further yourself, but do be social. The wider your circle of people the more you will know about the social dynamics around you.
If there are volunteer opportunities (for example our neighborhood elementary school has a huge 4 k run every spring, our local Y has lots of events, there is a huge yogathon not far from me, I have a friend who helps run a spring obstacle course run that brings in thousands of people….. there are always tons of them) pick a few and do them. Do them because the cause matters to you, but remember that forging ties and building community are really important.