Once in a while do we have job vacancies available for NLP Practitioners and NLP Master Practitioners and NLP trainers. Wether it is for assistance in class, teaching, back-office, business partnership, IT, marketing or on a project basis. What people often forget that it is a business, not just a passion.
Here are 15 suggestions for acquiring jobs in the NLP industry.
- I am waiting for the day where someone approaches me saying they want to forego their time and money investment in college, their sabbatical, or their redundancy after job loss. This person would simply want to learn what I do on both the business and training side, and wants to do so on their own dime helping me grow the business and ease my time in exchange. My reasoning is, when someone has been educated within my company, has acquired the experience, skills and by their own efforts grew my company…..they are simply hired. They also would be the first person to go to, when one of my trainers leave or when their or my time is needed elswhere.
2. If someone were to set-up a post-course think tank with aspiring trainers among my former students. I would invest my time to help them acquire the right skill sets and experience. I would have no problem dialing into webinars handing out homework assignments. The experienced NLPers, the most committed, and the best of the best would surface when there is opportunity.
3. Flexibility is key. For an NLP Training company like mine there is a lot of travel involved, unless someone lives in the location of the training. Being available at a moments notice. My trainers all have this flexibility. Jobs as an NLP trainer are hardly ever full time unless you are a well sought after NLP trainer or own the business. Though in my company there are 7-9 trainings a year, I mostly prefer to work with local trainers. This means you need other sources of income or means to support yourself. A model where I would hire full time again is if someone has skills and to grow the business and acquire customers.
4. Approaching an NLP training company owner for a job merely based on certification as an NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner, or NLP trainer doesn’t work. I don’t know how many people I trained with the same qualifications.
5. Key is how many hours someone spent predominantly seeing clients, and next to that self-study, experience as a public speaker. Your ability level should show this. To stand in front of a training room and being invited onto our trainers training track you need to be highly experienced and very good! A resume needs to be a true addition to acquire jobs in the NLP industry. For me, a big factor, is intelligence, integrity, passion, talent, and having a lot of knowledge, to read! To actually become an NLP Trainer, which means you need to be a very far advanced NLP Master Practitioner FIRST. Or start at the very bottom for no pay.
6. No one likes to give people jobs, who only take the job to become a competitor. Willingness to sign contracts for non-compete are pretty much a requirement. And it is about being in it for the long haul. To be a committed employee.
7. In the training industry in general it is very common for a trainer to also have to engage in sales and marketing. In my experience though many (assistant) trainers wish to have a job or jobs in my company, there is no ability, network or interest to fill seats within my class. The more someone is simply an expense, the more other choices for trainers I have. You can truly set yourself apart to offer this to any NLP company you ask for a job.
8. Before people select their NLP training company to take their NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner with they tend to not give it any thought how they may like to apply for NLP jobs in the industry itself one day. Sadly, all of the people who I have not trained who approached me for jobs always trained with a large seminar company, where they were only a number. I rather work with someone I know a little and trained, than a complete stranger. It is also an integrity piece towards my own students. Training with a company that is too small, also doesn’t work.
9. Some people simply want to get jobs in the world of NLP because it would be so cool to be an NLP trainer, to be working in to be field, to learn, and do what your NLP trainer can do. To make money doing what you love. Though important, it puts you in a very competitive spot with many others when there is a job vacancy. This means you have to come up with something that sets you apart.
10. Acquiring an NLP job in the location where a company runs the training is a big plus! This saves on travel and hotel expenses, legalities and offers you the ability to do introduction to NLP workshops, create network, and acquire new customers. A big plus is to know the local landscape, training industry, training locations. You take away the headache of the company owner this way!
11. An NLP Trainer isn’t likely to hire someone for jobs who was a pain in the ass during the NLP training itself. Unfortunately, I have seen people who very much wanted to work for me not being team players, or playing nice with their fellow students or my trainers. Frankly, I am more likely to want to team up with someone who is very good, has relevant skills, offers time rather than takes it, and is a pleasure to be around. No drama. I have to work with them after all, and being a community and team builder is a requirement for the job.
12. Having outside of NLP another very relevant practical skill set or a degree in psychology, social work, coaching, sports, medicine or business administration. I do think having taken very relevant workshops is a plus, but not when none of these come with an experienced practical skill set a person can teach in. Anyone can do classes, mastery in the real world is another matter.
13. People with no resume or mastery in a skill set, and want my time to help them to get skills and experience, that’s more a situation where I have more NLP jobs on MY plate while paying someone else. There are few companies in any industry where the owner spends more time giving to the employee, than the employee does work and and pay them doing so.
14. Bartering is a VERY good idea.
15. People who assist in classes, hungry people, who want it, and camp out at my front door to get it.
And practice, practice, practice. To have earned the job of NLP trainer, or any other jobs in the NLP field.