Cassandra Reed
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Looking for a long term career!

Due to the virus I was laid off from my job. I just recently got it offered back to me, however i’m unsure if i want to continue with my company. I’m the studio manager at a fitness facility so i’m putting in at least 60 hours a week with little to no help from anyone else.

Where can I find a career that’s willing to hire with little experience? I’ve got a bachelors degree in Exercise Science Sports Management. I’m not 100% sure what I want to do so i’m open to any options but I know i like the business side of the fitness industry and not so much of the personal training/coaching side. Any advice is appreciated!

#coronavirus #workfromhome #hiringevents #jobsearch #help

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Beth Clymer
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Cassandra - has your fitness facility reopened? If so, it might not be crazy to take the job, even if it's just for now. I think the job market is going to be difficult for a while due to the coronavirus - even once stores reopen a lot of experts are projecting the economy is going to be tough. So it might be nice to have a steady paycheck & benefits while you explore a career that might be a better fit long-term for you. With that said, I LOVE that you are thinking about what career you want for the long term. Given you like the business side of things, being a grocery or retail manager could be an interesting role - you learn a lot about the business and it is a career path where you have the opportunity to continue to move up the ranks (department manager, store manager, regional manager, corporate, etc.). You typically have to start by working in retail, but you could consider doing that part time or to see if you like it and make sure you feel like you have found a retailer that will allow you to move up the ranks. TJ Maxx / Home Goods / Marshalls is a particularly good brand for supporting their retail team members (and discount stores tend to do well when the economy is not good). The National Retail Federation (and industry trade group) also has a training program for people learning about retail that they are offering for free during coronavirus: https://nrffoundation.org/riseup. The same is true in the travel industry - are there hotels near you? A hotel manager job could be an interesting one and I expect when the hotels reopen they will probably be looking to hire people for starting role (like retail you might have to start at the front desk, but talk to the company about whether there is the opporutnity to be promoted, etc.) Last comment (sorry for writing so much!) if you update your profile, people here on the Jobcase community will be able to give you better advice!

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Michelle Earle
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With your fitness background, maybe consider finding a fitness tech company? There have been some interesting ideas in the tech space regarding fitness - new apps or ways to incorporate technology into fitness routines. I imagine a customer service or support role might be interesting at first until you figure out if you like the environment and if so what business department interests you. Here’s a quick article to get you thinking about some companies. https://news.crunchbase.com/news/the-most-funded-fitness-startups-helping-you-break-a-sweat/

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Karen Murphy
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Hi Cassandra, it seems like some fitness programs are doing well, offering workouts at home. Have you thought about going that route? Here are a few companies in the space that could be interesting to look into as you think about your next steps, good luck!

Peloton - streaming fitness classes https://www.peloton.com/about-us/careers/ Obe - high-end boutique fitness classes online https://angel.co/company/obefitness/jobs Mirror - at home gym https://apply.workable.com/getthemirror/ Beach Body on Demand - https://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/us/corporate/careers

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Mandy Evers
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Cassandra - You have tons of experience! As a studio manager I am sure you have lead groups of people, inspired/motivated groups, have overcome objections, and may even have gained experience in scheduling, budgeting, inventorying, and book keeping. All these skills can transfer between industries, so don't sell yourself short :). On top of that, I am sure you are a rockstar in many soft skill areas check out this article from Elyssa.

My advice to you is to determine what is most important in a new job to you (i.e. interaction with people, 9a-5p position, helping people, etc) and the things you don't want (your deal breakers). When I was in a similar situation as you (working crazy hours and unhappy with the work) I found that journaling, really helped me focus my search and determine if I need to take classes/training etc to get there.

  1. What do I love about my current job?
  2. What motivates me?
  3. What do I dislike about my current job? What is missing?
  4. What skills to I have? (list everything, computer programs you have works with, soft skills, etc... it helps to start with a typical day at work list for your current job or previous jobs)

Keep in touch! We are here to help you figure it out! #CareerDiscovery

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Ashley Wilson
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Hi Cassandra I am so sorry you are facing this. I would suggest any job where they are willing to train you. I do know a few in customer service that are remote and also pay for your training : ) as well!

Concentrix - Customer Support Services offered via Virtual Call Center. Click HERE for more details and application information.

Sykes - Employees receive paid training, health benefits, monthly bonus incentives, and career advancement opportunities. Click HERE to search for jobs and apply today.

TeleTech - Offers many customer service jobs at call centers across the U.S., the company also hires at-home workers. Click HERE to search for job openings and application information.

KellyConnect - technical and customer support jobs. Click HERE to search for job openings.

Conduent - Customer Service Representatives (Technical Support) - jobs available in a limited number of US states. Click HERE for more details.

Let me know how else I can help!

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Dave Judd
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Check with your local sports franchises. No joking here, it wouldn't hurt to see if they need help in their training facilities. Major league teams are all making a push for more female involvement in the day to day operations of their organizations. In any endeavor, never tell yourself, "no". Always let the "no" be told by someone else.

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