September 7, 2012

Why Yogis Need Resumes. ~ Cailen Ascher

Yes, yourecent yoga grad extraordinaire—need a resume.

And not just any resume. A new resume that speaks specifically of your yoga training, certifications and experience.

As a yogi more interested in feelings and intuition than letterhead and business cards, crafting a resume may not seem very “yogic”, but it’s necessary.

Studio owners and gym managers are business people, and they appreciate professionalism.

Having a clearly outlined resume will instantly put you ahead of the competition—which will often walk in the door barefoot, in yoga clothes, with no resume to speak of.

List your education, your teacher training and any other certifications you’ve earned. Also, outline your work experience and any other pertinent information—such as your teaching style, yoga background or niche.

If you’re still not convinced, check out the top five reasons why yoga teachers need resumes, too.

1. It sets you apart.

Having an organized resume instantly puts you ahead of the competition.

Often yoga teachers don’t consider it necessary to treat their teaching as a business, but if you want to be a successful yoga instructor, act as any professional would. Studios, gyms, hospitals, schools, private clients and whoever else wants to hire you will appreciate it!

2. It levels the playing field.

If you’re a budding yoga teacher, with little or no teaching experience, a resume will help to level the playing field.

Though the competition may have more teaching hours, if you have a professional, well- organized resume, your lack of experience will be less of an issue since your potential employer will recognize your professionalism and interest in the position.

3. It conveys your personality and style.

A well-crafted resume will not only list your accomplishments, it will also offer a glimpse into your unique personality and style.

Design cool letterhead, use a unique (but not “scripty”) font, or print it on colored paper—anything that makes it a more accurate reflection of you.

4. It’s something to remember you by.

You don’t want to fall into the out-of-sight, out-of-mind trap! Leave-behinds, like resumes, business cards and brochures, are essential.

Your resume will be a reminder of what you brought to the table.

5. It reminds you that you’re awesome!

Especially if you’re a new teacher, writing your training and experience down on paper will remind you that you are well-qualified and deserve a great teaching job!

Plus, after you land that first job, you can add that to your resume, too.

If you love teaching yoga and want it to be more than a hobby, treat it as a business.

Approach it as a professional, and you’ll reap the benefits of being seen as the choice candidate.

Cailen Ascher is a yoga entrepreneur and lifestyle blogger. She shares her entrepreneurial advice at www.CALMbiz.org, which offers social media and biz tips for savvy yogis looking to expand their reach and grow their business. Sign up for her free e-newsletter at www.LifestyleMaven.org.


Editor: Elysha Anderson


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