You’ve completed your teacher training. You’re certified. And you’re ready to roll out your mat at the front of the class as an instructor. How to make it happen—that is the question facing many a yogi/yogini looking for employment at an established studio. Here are some ideas for landing the job you’ve worked so hard to qualify for. It’s probably no surprise to learn that networking is a good place to start . . .
Invest in a Membership
If you have your sights set on a specific studio, get to know its members, teachers, and owner(s) by showing up regularly and often. Notice the different styles of the instructors and make it a conversation starter (it will also help you to determine what niche you might fill). Express genuine enthusiasm for the place, its community, and its offerings—people in hiring positions look for and respond favorably to that.
Attending classes regularly will turn you into a familiar face but take it to the next level by introducing yourself to the studio owner as a newly certified teacher. Ask if getting on the sub list is an option and if you can audition. This will put you front of mind should an opportunity to sub come along. As you start to build yourself into the community, voice your ambition to find a teaching position and make your interests (and talents) known.
Make a Name for Yourself
You’ve made solid connections, you’ve subbed a few times, and you are ingrained in the community. It’s time to shine. Write a description of a class you would like to teach—articulate what you can offer, then share it with the owner(s). Incorporate your style, methodology, philosophy, etc. Also give thought to what you can offer that isn’t already available. For example, maybe you have a friend willing to accompany your class with live music—mention it as an option. You want to find at least one way in which to stand out.
Attend events, offer to volunteer, and lend a hand whenever possible. Small things—like helping an instructor pick up blocks and blankets after class—add up. Perhaps offer to organize a special event that draws favorable attention to the studio. Be creative about how you can support the studio and its owner(s). You want people to think of you as helpful and available.
Keep it Personal
Check your ego at the door. Be real. Be honest. Be true. You’ve resolved that teaching yoga is what you want to do professionally, so be professional and personable—a winning combination from a hiring perspective.
At this point, you have done all of the right things.You’ve made yourself pleasantly familiar by taking time to get to know the community. You’ve demonstrated your capabilities as an instructor. And you’ve proven your commitment. You are in a great position to land that job you want. Just remember, it isn’t going to happen overnight. Like anything in life, good things come to those who persevere and practice patience!