It’s time to find that perfect first yoga job.
Maybe you’re almost finished your 200 hour yoga teacher training. Or perhaps you’ve just completed it and have a YTT certificate in hand. But one thing is for sure: You’re finally ready to get your yoga dream on.
But how exactly do you make the job hunting process a little less daunting? Where do you begin looking for that first yoga gig?
Keep reading right here.
Let’s explore tips and secrets to landing that first job, so you can get on your way to living your yoga dream.
How to Find Your First Yoga Job
After graduating from yoga teacher training (YTT) or when you are ready to start your yoga teacher career, you’ll have to decide (1) if you want to go on your own and work for yourself, or (2) work for someone else. Of course, you might also eventually to take a sort of hybrid approach, especially if you later decide you want to start your own yoga business.
If you want to be your own Yoga Business CEO, you can find tons of free resources on my Business of Yoga Blog for starting, marketing, and growing a yoga business.
However, if you prefer to work for someone else, rather than going on your own, the following tips can help you secure a job.
The Secrets to Getting That First Yoga Gig
Are you ready for the secrets? Here you go…
1. Create a Kick A$s Yoga Resume
First off, you’ll want to create a yoga resume that shines, so you get noticed right away by a prospective employer. Admittedly, you may not have any yoga jobs to list yet on your resume at this point, however, you can list important details of interest to an employer.
For example, you may want to include the following info:
☑️ Your Contact Information
☑️ A Professional Summary or Professional Objective
☑️ Yoga Teacher Trainings, graduation or dates of attendance, teacher workshops, and yoga certifications
☑️ Any yoga registrations, memberships, or affiliations (e.g., Yoga Alliance)
☑️Special skills or certifications, such as CPR or First Aid Training
☑️Relevant Work or Professional Experience
Yoga Resume vs. Yoga CV
In case you’ve wondered, there’s a difference between a yoga resume and a yoga CV. A resume is typically a one page overview of your experience, which highlights key career details.
A CV, short for Curriculum Vitae, on the other hand, doesn’t necessarily have a length limit. It’s typically a detailed overview of your work experience, including awards or honors and accomplishments.
2. Establish Yourself on LinkedIn
Setting yourself up on LinkedIn helps establish yourself as a yoga professional. LinkedIn is the leading social networking site for professional networking. A well presented LinkedIn profile can help set you apart from your competition, help prospective clients and students find you, and help you grow your professional yoga network.
Additionally, you can use LinkedIn as a research tool to find yoga jobs, internships, or other related opportunities. For example, freelance writing or blogging opportunities on yoga or fitness.
3. Set Up a Presence on Facebook or Instagram
Celebrities are now discovering that they are more likely to land acting roles or other Hollywood gigs if they are insta-famous and have a strong social media following. For example, during auditions if it comes down to two actresses for a role, the one with a larger social media following on Instagram may have an advantage in landing the role.
The same idea applies to you. The more established you are on social media platforms, the more valuable you might be seen as a yoga hire. If you are a yoga influencer or have a large following base, you might have better luck leveraging work opportunities, standing apart from your competition, and landing that sweet yoga job.
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Tap into your existing yoga network. Reach out to past teachers and yoga colleagues. Connect with studios and community centers in your community. Don’t hold back from telling everyone you know that you are looking for a job as a yoga teacher.
Make personal connections with people. Connections often open the doors to job opportunities.
5. Keep Investing in Yourself
Your yoga teacher training may be over, but don’t let that stop you from investing in yourself.
Keep up your own consistent yoga practice. Attend yoga workshops. Read about the business of yoga. Follow and engage with your favorite yogis on Instagram, YouTube, and social media. Keep up with yoga news and events (you can even set a ‘Yoga’ Google News alert, so you get notified of news).
Additionally, look at opportunities to invest in yourself also as chances to expand your network. Meeting new people in the yoga community can help you locate jobs and open doors that you might not have otherwise known to exist.
6. Scour Local Job Boards, Popular and Less Known Online Job Sites
Look for yoga opportunities on job boards or websites such as:
- Facebook (join related yoga groups)
- Working Nomads
- College and university job boards in your community
- Look for job announcements posted in coffee shops, libraries, health food stores, or community spaces
7. Reach Out to Your Local Studio
A good starting point in your job search may be to reach out to the studio where you frequently practice or where you completed your yoga teacher training. Even if the studio doesn’t have any current job openings, the owner, teachers, or staff may have heard of local teaching opportunities.
Share Your Thoughts: What’s your best tip on how to find yoga jobs?