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!
having a certification with ACE is great. This certification is accepted just about everywhere.
Many clubs have quite a high trainer turnover, and I would not be too concerned about finding a job. What you may find difficult is finding a job that pays anything worthy of being called ‘pay’. Even with rather little experience in a health club setting, many gyms are used to hire novice trainers. While it may not be the job of your dreams initially, it will give you some experience in this environment.
I would use this forum here, though, to create a web presence by completing your profile so that you can present yourself to the world in your chosen profession.