Land Your Dream Martial Arts Job With These Simple Steps

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Getting a job in martial arts is a great way to make the most of your skills, boost your confidence, and help others do the same. Not only that, but Possibility Change notes that it can help you improve other aspects of your skill set that translate well to different jobs, such as leadership qualities, patience, and focus. Whether you’re looking for a full-time career or a part-time gig–or are even interested in starting your own martial arts-based business–there are a few considerations to make, such as researching the local martial arts scene and making connections. Today, South KC Shotokan Karate shares a few tips on how to land the martial arts job of your dreams.

Make Your Resume Pop

As with any job search, it’s crucial to ensure that your resume is as detailed as possible and that it stands out. Think carefully about any prior experience you may have that would translate well to a career in martial arts; even if you’ve never been an instructor or coach, practicing the sport means you’ll have self-discipline and leadership qualities that most employers are looking for.

When it’s time to create the resume itself, you don’t have to hire an expensive designer; use a template in Word, then save it as a more professional-looking PDF. If you need to change it back to make edits, going from PDF to Word is easy with this free conversion tool.

Consider Your Skill Set

Once your resume is updated, you can start thinking about your skill set and which direction you’d like to go in with martial arts. If you’re organized, patient, and enjoy helping others, then becoming a coach or instructor might be the perfect path for you. This job requires you to be a teacher and mentor, which means you’ll need to work out ideas for class lesson plans as well as connect with your students on an emotional level. Do some research and find out more about whether you need a particular certification or license to become an instructor in your area; if you’re going to apply to an established gym or dojo, check to see what their requirements are.

You can also consider going in a totally different direction with your skills and training, such as:

The requirements for these careers vary widely, so it’s important to carefully consider where your strengths lie and what your timeline is for meeting your goals.

Start Your Own Business

If these career options don’t appeal to you, consider starting your own martial arts-based business. While there is a lot to think about when becoming an entrepreneur, these days, there are a wealth of resources for business owners that make the process easier than ever, and you’ll enjoy the benefits of being able to set your own hours and run things the way you want. Xplor Recreation suggests starting by finding the tools to create a business plan, setting up a business structure, and finding funding, and don’t forget the details such as the number of employees you’ll need, creating a memorable business name, and reaching clients through social media and strategic marketing.

Finding a job in the world of martial arts can have many advantages, and by carefully polishing your resume, you can ensure that you stand out in a sea of competitors. Consider your options and choose the one that best fits your skill set for the highest chances of success.

South KC Shotokan Karate is dedicated to self-improvement and fitness in Grandview. Call (816) 304-8892.

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