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Finding Stars in Fitness: Hiring Best Practices

Finding Stars in Fitness: Hiring Best Practices

Your business is only as good as the people running it—namely, your employees. So naturally you want the most talented people on your team. While there are plenty of job seekers out there, you may have to compete for the best, because the excellent candidates are in demand. That means taking a multi-faceted approach to hiring employees and maintaining a strategic, long-term view of the job recruitment process. You’ll need to balance passive recruiting, such as posting jobs on your website and job boards, with active recruiting, including leveraging social media, seeking out referrals, and looking at nearly everyone you come in contact with as a potential employee.


Finding the best possible people who can fit within your culture and contribute to your organization is a challenge, and an opportunity. Keeping the best people, once you find them, is easy if you do the right things right. These ABCs will help you with recruiting and retaining all the talent you need.


Adjust Your Attitude

If your outlook is that there are no hard workers out there, that you can’t afford the best employees, or that all the top talent is spoken for – your attitude could be a barrier to finding your ideal employees. Open your mind and your eyes, there are smart, talented, hardworking people all around you. 


Be Aware

To find those smart, talented, hardworking future employees, you need to be looking for them.  Your next star employee could be your server at a restaurant, your favorite barista, or a current member of your gym. Every time someone delivers outstanding service, you should be thinking, “could they be a good fit at my facility?” Active recruiting greatly increases the odds of finding your next star employee.


Cultivate Success

Once you’ve identified, recruited, and hired your next star employee, having a comprehensive onboarding, training, and development plan in place is crucial to the success of the employee within your organization. Talent isn’t talent until it is developed. Investing in training, coaching, and continuous feedback is how you hone talent. By investing in employees, you’re investing in your business, and it leads to strong talent, who are happy and empowered.



9Round provides tools for Franchise Partners to help in the recruitment, training, and development of talent within their respective clubs. In addition to providing detailed job descriptions, 9Round utilizes dynamic recruiting software for online job postings to reach more qualified candidates in more places, and ongoing education and training opportunities, like 9Round’s Master Trainer Bootcamp – a two-day, advanced training course – help foster professional growth and keep employees engaged.