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What Studio Owners Are REALLY Looking For When Hiring New Instructors, with Raphael Bender and Cloe Bunter

Episode 57:

What Studio Owners Are REALLY Looking For When Hiring New Instructors

In today’s episode of Pilates Elephants, we reveal what studio owners are REALLY looking for when they hire new instructors — and what Pilates instructors are searching for in a new job. We are pulling back the curtain with our in-depth discussions with both Pilates instructors and studio owners and helping listeners understand how they can find the perfect match, whether they’re looking for a new job or a new team member.

What You Will Learn:

  • Tips for acing your interview as a Pilates instructor
  • How Pilates studio owners can recruit and retain amazing instructors
  • How connecting with studios you admire online can help you find a dream job
  • What ‘vibe’ is and why it’s so important to studio owners
  • Why finding people who are aligned with your values helps you as an owner or instructor

How to Connect with Studios You Admire

How do you approach a Pilates studio that you admire when you’re on the hunt for a new job as a Pilates instructor? Then when you do get a foot in the door, how do you ace the audition? On the show this week, we answer these questions and more (such as how to keep a great job when you get one!) Don’t worry, though; we haven’t forgotten the studio owners amongst you. We also discuss how to find amazing staff and share the not-so-secret sauce for filling your studio with enthusiastic and highly skilled instructors.

Aligning with a Pilates Studio Culture

Ensuring that any new instructor aligns with the studio culture is a key part of fostering a positive atmosphere that keeps clients coming back for more. We asked studio owners how they identify potential new recruits who could work cohesively with the rest of the team. So on the show, we share why it’s a fantastic idea to let studios that you’d like to work for know why you love their culture and how you would be a great fit for their studio.

Leveraging Social Media

These days there are so many ways to connect with other studios and instructors that make you go ‘wow.’ The most obvious thing you can do is follow them on social media and interact with the content they put up. On the show this week, we explore why it’s a good idea for job seekers to join classes at a Pilates studio that shares their values, either in person or online, to show their enthusiasm for the studio culture and philosophy.

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References and Resources mentioned in this episode:

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About Raphael and Cloe:

Raphael Bender, CEO, Breathe Education

Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.

Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.

Cloe Bunter, Trainer, Breathe Education

With 8+ years in the industry, both teaching Pilates and nurturing new instructors, Cloe is passionate about empowering new and seasoned instructors to think critically and move fearlessly. Empowered instructors empower their clients, and in turn, change lives.

She finds great joy in building connections with clients, students, colleagues, and the broader movement and rehab community. Co-hosting the Pilates Elephants Podcast, with Raphael Bender, has provided an incredible platform to bust common Pilates, movement, and rehab myths whilst creating a worldwide community of critical thinkers who are elevating health literacy.

Cloe is fascinated by movement in general, and its ability to enhance our lives, at any age. Her own movement practice includes Contrology/Pilates, running, weights, and kettlebells. She has a Diploma of Clinical Pilates, Cert IV in Pilates, and Cert IV in Training and Assessing.

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