200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is done! To get the most out of training, start teaching right away to help cement the information that was just learned. Volunteering and helping friends is a great way to build experience but getting paid is pretty nice too! I've included a list of ways to help get your hired.
Become acclimated with your potential employer
If it's a yoga studio or gym, go visit in advance. If it's a business you can't visit check out their website or online reviews. Besides giving you more of an edge when you interview, this also lets you decide if you want to work there. Teaching yoga is a very heartfelt position, some people fit well in certain places and thrive and in other places find it's not a great fit.
Additionally, employers always want to know they people wanting to work there researched them in advance and have an idea of what their offerings are. Would you apply for a job at Monsanto just because you needed a job? Heck no! So take a class, get to know the other students, teachers, and owners and see if it's a good fit.
Have a yoga resume
A yoga resume should be available upon request or submitted when applying to any yoga position. They keyword here is yoga........not your standard resume for that 9 to 5 job. Sometimes, our yoga studio will get resumes that have absolutely nothing to do with yoga besides a little training blurb at the bottom. We've received resumes with pages of information that is completely unrelated to the yoga position. A resume gives employers a quick way to distinguish one candidate from the next and how they'll fit in their organization. If a resume has nothing related to the job guess where the resume goes? The trash!
All resumes should have an objective. The objective should be related to the position be applied for. Depending on what positions being applied for, this may change. In the the experience section, all professional work experience should be listed but tailored towards the yoga position being applied for. This is why it's crucial to start teaching as soon as possible after training, even if it's just for friends, family, or communities. It adds some experience related to the job.
Tailoring yoga resumes can be tricky without a lot of teaching experience. It's standard that all teachers can teach a good class and have yoga teacher training and advanced trainings completed. What's not standard is having teachers that treat their classes like a career and not just something for fun. Use existing and previous jobs to assist in some of the non teaching responsibilities that owners and managers are looking for. Great goals can include: anatomy or body work knowledge, customer service skills, social media competency, sales experience, and ability to reach goals. Longer employment periods also shows a lot! We've included a more detailed cheat sheet of Yoga Resume Tips in the Resources section.
Apply or get in touch
Sometimes I feel like Captain Obvious but the best way to get hired is to apply or get in touch with organizations. The only way for someone to know you want to get hired is to apply! Don't assume that if you recently graduated a yoga teacher training, the studio will think you want to work there and ask you (some will and some won't).
For posted jobs, check out regular job hunting sites such as Indeed.com, Monster, or even Craigslist. For travel related jobs, I love YogaTrade. When applying it's a good idea to not only have a yoga related resume but a cover letter. The resume should be in an easy to read format (check out our tips for yoga resumes below ). While the cover letter or email, should have a personal touch.
Here's a sample cover letter or email:
Hi << insert their name if you know it>>!
I stopped by your studio and took a few classes there. I love your studio! <<Insert what you liked>>. I was interested to see if you were hiring or auditioning potential yoga teachers. If so, is there some time I could swing by and discuss any opportunities you might have? I've included my resume and would love to find out more.
For jobs that aren't posted the best way is to simply ask. Sending emails or simply calling and asking is a great way to find out. Getting jobs is a numbers game. Applying to 2-3 places may not cut it. So think of everywhere that may have yoga instructors and decide if it's a place you want to work. Apply as to as many places as possible. Sometimes they may not have an open position but sending a letter with your resume will let them know you're serious and may give you a call when they do have something open.
There's also the possibility that organizations don't currently have yoga classes buy may be interested if someone would proactively start a program. When reaching out to these organizations, again with a cover letter and resume, a simple pitch may help spark their interest. A word on some of these groups, they are usually concerned about not having the proper insurance so including that you have waivers an insurance for on-site programs will help ease initial concerns they may have.
Be prepared to audition
Most places will require you to audition for a slot. This will vary from place to place. However, it's a good idea to have a few sequences in your pocket that feels like second nature. Some places will require a full class, others a 15 to 30 minute audition. We've even heard of group interviews.
They key to auditions is to have the basics like verbal cuing down pat so your personality and energy can shine authentically. Be prepared with your music and have it downloaded to your device in case wi-fi doesn't work. Show up a few minutes early and have a copy of your resume handy.
When auditioning or interviewing, it's also an opportunity for you to see if it's somewhere you want to work. So do the research, ask questions, and find out if it's a mutually beneficial fit.
Don't act a fool
Acting a fool can mean a lot of things. In short, acting a fool means treating a job search and interview unprofessionally. Looking for a yoga teaching position is just like any other job; follow the social norms and don't treat a your potential employer like your yoga buddy or with come with sense of entitlement to any job. Managers and owners have much different role when it comes to the business and will expect a level of professionalism from their instructors.
Here are some funny things that has come up more than once when we interviewed candidates.....and sometimes I'm a little sarcastic in my posts....however this one....all true! :)
- Don't ask about how much you're getting paid on the phone because you're worried about gas money. That's your personal business, yes your future employer should make pay very clear and in writing before you get hired. However, unless they haven't told you and offered you a job demand to know because you're not sure if it's worth the drive. We've had people call us to see if we're hiring and then in that same call ask how much they'd get paid because they didn't know if it was worth the drive to interview....that is a guarantee no hire....in any profession.
- Don't show up late. Countless people have showed up late to auditions because they couldn't find our studio. There's a little app called Google Maps that helps plan trip times with directions. It's clearly marked on our website and we give verbal instructions over the phone. Not only have people showed up late but they also didn't call to let us know. During an interview, people tend to put their best foot forward, if it's messy at the beginning it's a sign it will be messy later.
- Don't let your future employer become your therapist during your audition. We've all come to yoga in so many beautiful ways. It is not uncommon through heartache or depression. That being said, breaking down in an interview will any candidate look unprofessional. Employers are expecting teachers to lead a class not fall apart on the first meeting.
- Don't put down other yoga studios, teachers, or employers Besides being unyogic, it's bad business. The first thing I think when a teacher complains about their former employer is whether or not they'll do it to our studio too. Even if your former employer was the worst person you ever met, avoid gossip and slander. Nobody's perfect and practicing ahimsa can be a challenge when we've been burned but your future employer doesn't need to know it.
Follow Up Professionally
It's pretty customary to send a thank you note to potential employers. It could be a hand written note (bonus points!) but an email will do just fine. An thank you note let's employers know you appreciate their time and also levels up your professionalism. It also helps keep candidates top of mind and opens the door for any follow up as well as letting them know you're still interested. A thank you letter should include the following:
- Personal greeting
- Thank the interviewer for their time
- Open up follow up questions
Easy right? Here's an example:
Hi << first name >>,
Thank you for meeting with me on <<inset day>>. I enjoyed getting to learn more about <<insert business name>> and appreciate the opportunity to interview with you. Please let me know if there's any additional questions I can answer for you. I look forward to hearing from you!
Short, sweet, and to the point works great! The thank you note should also be the last point of communication. However, if you don't get the job it never hurts to follow up later (at least 4-6 months to check in). Sometime people may love you but logistics or timing don't work out for the position being applied for.
I cannot stress enough, even though we have love, light, and yoga pants, employers are looking for someone who treats there 1-2 hour class like a career. It's crucial to act professionally to not only get but retain a job. What are some other tips you have to getting hired?
Tips for Your Yoga Resume: Get a free copy of our Tips for Your Yoga Resume
Indeed: Check for local yoga positions in your area
Yoga Trade: Look for international yoga positions paid or work exchanges.