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Monthly Archives: March 2014

LA Fitness to sell off 33 clubs in major restructure

Big news for the fitness industry this week with the announcement by LA Fitness of the major restructuring of its business. It’s the rumour that’s been circulating for a while now and it was becoming ever clearer that they were struggling to maintain pace with the competition. Occupying mid-market is a dangerous place with the budget operators providing such compelling offerings at rock bottom prices.

Rivals Fitness First, also a survivor of a CVA (company voluntary arrangement) process, have subsequently moved to position themselves towards the sub premium market to avoid clashes with the low-cost operators. Have LA Fitness fallen foul of just that fate?

And what of the fallout? Once the rivals have picked over the bones, will the sector have enough opportunities for the better employees or will we lose yet more experienced operators to other industries? LA Fitness claim that the majority of employees will be taken on by the new operators under a TUPE structure, but if new owners can’t be found for the 33 clubs it has put up for sale, what then?

For a full list of the clubs for sale, and for more information, please visit the LA Fitness website.

If you’d like to know more about employee rights under TUPE, please visit ACAS, or watch this handy video.


Dress for interview success!

As a specialist recruitment company, we are often asked for our advice on dressing for success, particularly for an interview. While it would be nice to say that your appearance doesn’t matter and that recruiters and employers judge you on your obvious skills, we know that this is not the case. We highly recommend all recruits pay close attention to their appearance, whether they are applying for a job as a lifeguard, a beauty therapist, or as a senior manager!

It can be confusing to applicants in the leisure industry – those who already have jobs as lifeguards, or personal trainers, or beauty therapists obviously don’t wear business suits. It is said that you should dress for the job you want, not the one you have. This is great advice if you happen to work in an office based role or similar, but is terrible advice for anyone else. You may want to work as a zoo keeper, but it doesn’t mean you should turn up to interview in overalls and wellies!

We say you should always err on the side of caution in an interview situation. You should wear smart clothing. It must be clean and neat. Most leisure industry jobs are public facing and the employer needs to know that you know how to present yourself appropriately. The keyword here is “appropriately”. If you work in creative industries, for example as an advertising executive, or fashion designer, then you need to give the employer the impression that you are not overly mainstream and are an appropriate person for creative thought and practice. In leisure, it’s all about self-presentation. It’s highly appropriate then to be smart, clean, and tidy, and show that you have taken some care and effort for the interview.

First impressions are essential – people will often form a snap judgement about you before you’ve even sat down. You need to look professional for others to take you seriously as a professional – so that also means no chewing gum, and taking off your sunglasses please!

Clothing is highly important, but don’t neglect your hair and face. Men should be clean-shaven, or at least have tidy facial hair! With jewellery, less is more. If you smoke, please wait until after the interview to avoid clinging aromas.
So remember this……..

Dress for interview success

There is some more brilliant interview style advice here from Forbes Magazine. Yes it’s American but some advice is universal.

This video, also from the US, features a HR professional and a business stylist who share great tips for dressing appropriately for work and the importance of dressing to impress at an interview. Advice that stands the test of time.

And if you’re looking abroad for work? This article from Recruitment Buzz could be vital.

Good luck!



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