Building credibility and communicating your approach to teaching are the two most important goals for a Yoga Instructor resume. Yoga Facilities and Fitness Centers will want to see your experience and the various classes you have taught. 1:1 clients will want to know that you have the experience they can count on to teach them and guide them effectively. The following resume components will help you achieve both goals.
Your Contact Information
At the top of your yoga instructor resume, create a header that includes your name, phone, address, email, your website and social media URL (such as Instagram). Your reader needs to have all the information to contact you. Also, putting your website and online presence helps you control how they find you online – because they will search for you.
If you don’t want to put your address on the resume, at least put the city and state. Recruiters want an idea of where you are located, especially if the community is all about supporting local.
Note: If you don’t have a website, consider creating one asap. Websites give yoga instructors credibility and the opportunity to highlight your specialties and techniques. (Create an easy website here.)
Your Professional Summary
This section is your 30 second elevator speech – two to three sentences long. It should state things like who you are (Yoga Instructor), how many years of experience you have in Yoga and/or teaching, and your approach to teaching. If the job you are applying for mentions a certain specialty, and you have it, a call out to that specialty in this section is appropriate.
If you teach other types of sports or fitness, you might reference them to show your diversity. Or, are you known for working with children or seniors? You could touch on that.
Your Areas of Experience
Create a keyword section called the “Areas of Experience” that allows you to enter all your yoga, fitness and teaching disciplines. You can “plug and play” keywords, depending on the requirements of the job you are applying for. Here is an example:
Your Employment Experience (Teaching Experience)
For a yoga instructor, the most important work history will be the classes that you have already taught and the schools or fitness centers you have taught for. (You may have other unrelated work experience running parallel with your teaching, but that is less relevant for the purposes of this resume.)
Here is a suggested format to list your experience:
INSTRUCTOR, Yoga Studio Name, Portland, OR (2018 to Present)
Dedicated teacher specializing in Vinyasa-Based Heated Yoga. Create a personal connection with each student and provide a learning experience that adheres to the Yoga Six standards and guidelines for each of the six core class types. Set up class room appropriately: Props, Mat Spacing, Music, Lighting. Provide top notch class instruction. Follow up with students after class. Clean studio space.
Note: If you have volunteer yoga experience, consider listing it in this section too, giving it as much weight as if it was employment, especially if you are just starting out.
Your education and training is very important, if applicable. List all education, schools, hours, notable courses, certifications, licensure, especially if it occurred in India or in any venerated yoga schools. Do you have education in areas such as physical therapy and massage? Include any seminars, yoga camps, other relevant fitness training and education, etc. that you went to. Also, include in internships. Internships are experience too!
Do I Need To Mention My References?
Applicants used to place “EXCELLENT REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST” at the bottom of their resume. That practice has gone to the wayside and has been replaced with a LinkedIn profile URL, Instagram ID or website URL. It is your choice.
Make Your Cover Letter Stand Out
One last word. A yoga instructor job posting will attract many competing resumes. It is important to attach a cover letter with your resume – which will give you an edge and show off your communication skills. Use the cover letter to summarize your experience, explain why you are the best candidate for the job, and offer a free demonstration or trial class.
You got this!
– Heather McBride, SPHR, SHRM-SCP (Experienced Resume Writer & HR Consultant)
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