Is a career in Sales and Marketing right for you? An exploration of the two fields

Sales & Marketing are a big part of every bigger company, they even decide on the success of a business. Because of that the sports industry offers plenty of careers in Sales and Marketing. However, even though they collaborate, the two are far away from being the same - or even one field. If you feel that your Sales experience is enough to work in Marketing or the other way round or you feel like „you are good in selling“, so either career should be fine - you better know what you actually apply for!Originally, Marketing developed in Sales, but turned to a new approach. In small companies one person often handles both - the reason is simply that, at first glimpse, both focus on clients and offer a possibility to increase Sales. But that’s a very superficial conclusion which doesn’t hold up to a conscious look. A big part of the sports industry trends to separate both departments for the biggest possible success. Here’s why:

The impact of Marketing and Sales in a Sports Company

In one of our earlier Blogs in 2013, we wrote that the „main subject of sport jobs in marketing is planning and execution of advertising-activities with the aim to sell products“. Wait, sounds like Sales after all! Well, we have to admit that this definition is a little outdated. Nevertheless, it’s an idea which is still stuck in many minds - something to get rid of to truly understand the varying characters of the two fields.Marketing is a strategical approach completely focused on the client. Through analysis, Marketing Manager define the peer group, its wants and needs. Understanding those helps the company to bend or turn to a direction which satisfies the segment long-term and thus, binding it to the brand. It might even define the complete identity and strategy of a company to fulfill the requirements (for products, the brand, customer service, logistics, communication, etc) of its clients continuously.Sales is a tactical approach completely focused on selling products. It’s the approach to convince clients on buying the existing products in stock to make the maximum profit. It focuses on the recent products and a turnover rate of maximum volume in a short-term. A good Sales employee needs to prove a client that the product is what will satisfy his needs - not the other way round.

One doesn’t work without the other

We said before that Sales is focused on the „now“, which is just a part of the truth. Of course, operational it is, strategically though, the department also works on the development of new clients and new markets - in the future. That’s where the two come together. You might even say that Sales are the result from good Marketing: It is responsible for providing necessary information and tools to help the turnover rate grow - by giving details on new ways to reach (new and more) customers, simply a Market Research. 

Interested in a job in Sales or Marketing in the sports business?

Now that you found out about both fields and their differences, you might want to right away jump into your new career in the sports industry. So here's our most recent job offers from both departments:

Sport Jobs in Sales

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Sport Jobs in Marketing

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How to avoid stress in your sport job

Your To Do list is full or even getting longer every day. You're acting under full power all day, forget to take your lunch break or stay late hours. It doesn't matter if it's daily tasks or your current project - sometimes our sport job leaves us stressed and overwhelmed.

It might be that you are not able to get through all the work, because it's too much or very demanding. You end up not having time for anything else - even your friends and family haven't heard from you for days or weeks. Of course, nowadays a lot of people feel that they have to be stressed to prove they are hard working - it shows that you give a 110 %. But not taking your time afterwards to relax, will take its toll on anybody. You might end up feeling impatient, exhausted and depressed.  Or even worse, get ill.

If that's not enough of a reason, this should be: Reduced stress levels will eventually lead to more productivity and creativity in your sport job. Which translates as: You'll get done more in a slower pace with being more content.

Sounds good to you? Let's work on achieving it! To maintain a healthy life and the so called work-life-balance, you will have to start at the beginning of the problem. Here are a few tips how you can avoid stress in a sport job:

Unplug after work

Did you know that one of the main aspects affecting the well being of people are smartphones and tablets? The Stress is America 2017 survey focused especially on the impact of technology - and made clear that it does have a negative impact on our stress levels. Why? The poll found out that 8 of 10 people tend to overly check their texts, calls and e-mails. Even when not at work, this means you stay attached to your job even in your free time. This way, you'll never get a chance to relax throughout the day. We advise: If you can't do it at work, at least turn off your phone after getting home, in your holiday and on the weekends. (Same for your notebook, just in case, you thought you found a loophole).

Improve your time management

It's a vicious circle – at first you just postpone a few things, then it is getting more and more and after all you are staying day and night at work trying to manage the entire mop. Your privacy and health will suffer and soon you will start to hate your sport job a bit more every day. But what comes next? Dismissal? Burn Out?To deal with the chaos you need to find a proper system. For some all it takes is simply writing down the tasks in the morning or using the Outlook calendar.  But there are a lot of people that need more than this. Those should consider using a time management program, which shows how much time you have already used for a project. This helps not to get bogged down and makes sure that you can work off all the projects in a systematic way.

Handover what you don't have to do yourself

This is also something you have to learn sooner or later. Some employees may be better in some things than you. So bring yourself to ask a colleague if he/she can help you with some tasks – in the end it will only take them a few minutes.

Don't postpone

Do not postpone anything important. Sounds quite easy, but it is not. Of course, you are allowed to postpone tasks with low priority but especially important tasks should always be done immediately - even if they are a pain in the a... uhm, neck.

Feel free to say no

This may be the most important point to consider. Saying no is not easy, especially as it is somehow connected to weakness in a sport job and no one wants to confess that he is absolutely unable to cope with all the work. But, on the other hand, a confused, tired and nervous employee won’t provide good results. So be strong and say no if your boss asks you to take over even more projects.

If you can successfully implement these points in your daily working routine, your sport job will soon be the best job in the world – a relaxed sport job with a perfect work/ leisure time ratio which will allow you to spend a lot of time with your friends and family.

What does an Online Marketing Supervisor at blue tomato do? An interview with Maria Pötschke

Hi, I'm Maria ☺ I've been part of the blue tomato team since 2014!My position is called Online Marketing Supervisor, more concretely I do the Online Communications at blue tomato. Our team is mostly responsible for the creation and seeding of entertaining content.This includes several fields of activity, for example the Athlete Management.  By now, we have 60 international team riders, with the majority being organised by our Shop Team (the shops in Austria, Switzerland and Germany).  The online communicationsteam manage the main team though - that's around 40 athletes.  What we do? Contract management, organisation of photo shootings, content creation & curation, candidate management, team collections and so on!  My colleague Nico is handling these things, my task is keeping a close eye on it - not that he'd need it though, he does an awesome job :)Furthermore, we take care of the blue tomato Social Media Channels, like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Youtube. Whereas I am strategically managing the channels and Social Ads, my team creates the content - of course always in coopertion with our other departments.Another important part of the online communications is classical Content Marketing, so a lot of cooperations with various (sports) magazines, etc., and Influencer Marketing. Of course, the majority of our influencers consists of the #bluetomatoteam, so athletes that we sponsor. Additionally, we work closely with exciting personalities of the sports sector.And then there's also tons of short and long time projects, that I am contributing to or my team is a big part of.

"[I] moved to Fuerteventura for almost 2 years, working for a surf school.  After that I went back to university, always traveling & surfing for a couple of months inbetween.  This made it quite obvious for me that I wanted to work for a board- or action sports company. I already knew blue tomato as I ordered there a couple of times before - one of the few shops delivering to the canary islands ;) "


 

How did you end up with your current job? Could you give us some insights in your career path?

When I had finished high school, I studied sport management while working for the german basketball league. I was able to gather great insights into sports marketing and sponsoring.  Then I moved to Fuerteventura for almost 2 years, working for a surf school.  That's when I discovered my affection for board sports, especially surfing. After that I went back to university and made my Master in Public Relations, because I figured out that this is what I wanted to do.  In between I always went traveling & surfing for a couple of months and worked for a sports job board - my link to the sports industry.  This made it quite obvious for me that I wanted to work for a board- or action sports company. I already knew blue tomato as I ordered there a couple of times before - one of the few shops delivering to the canary islands ;)

What led you to apply for your job in Online Marketing at blue tomato?

That's actually a funny story: I really wasn't in the mood to write my master thesis and applied for a job in affiliate marketing at blue tomato instead. Hands down, without any qualification and experience, this had come to nothing (but at least, you can try ;)).  Instead they offered me an internship, later I changed to a full time position in Performance Marketing. So I quickly typed my master thesis and moved to Schladming, Austria in 2015. Short time after that I switched to the Online Communications Team!

What do you value most about your sport job?

What I appreciate the most in Online Marketing, especially in my field, is the constant change: Almost every day there's some update, a new feature or any innovation which could be important for our work. Since my team is the interface for a lot of different topics, we work closely with other departments - purchasing, marketing and retail marketing, customer service, the single shops, media design, IT.  Additionally, we have a lot of contact to our sponsored athletes and influencers. Put together these points create a very interesting variety of tasks and challenges which make my job at blue tomato really exciting and diversified!

After years of experience in your job - which qualities, characteristics and interests are essential for a sports online marketing job?

Definitely an understanding of marketing and the sport scene, as well as a strong feel for trends.  Furthermore, being good with numbers - a big part of Online Marketing is analysis - and being able to interpret them the right way. Else, motivation and joy in the sports industry - for me, that's the most important part.
 

"What I value enourmosly is the relaxed working atmosphere at blue tomato. For example, the first thing we do when we enter the office is putting on slippers.  Besides we have a flexible work model, so it's possible to go snowboarding in your lunch break or take off more time to go on a longer surftrip."

 
 

Which remarkable traits does your job bring?

What I value enourmosly is the relaxed working atmosphere at blue tomato. For example, the first thing we do when we enter the office is putting on slippers. What's also standing out is that most of my colleagues are actually real friends since we share the same interests and spend a lot of time off work. The attractive shopping conditions  and cooperations with surfcamps, snowcamps and gyms are a plus as well. Besides we have a flexible work model, so it's possible to go snowboarding in the morning or take off more time to go on a longer surftrip

What would you advise anyone who is interested in a career at blue tomato? Which skills and qualities do they need?

Of course this differs in every department, but for all of them affinity for the sports industry and passion are essential. We are all working here because we love the sector - and that's what makes us a great team.

Working in the sports business is a lot of people's big dream, the career entry without any experience prettty hard. How are the chances at blue tomato: Do you offer internships, traineeships or apprenticeships?

Yes! Blue tomato offers a variety of entry possibilities and a big part of our team started as a trainee or intern. 

Are there any prejudices against the sports business or your job that you'd like to eliminate?

Haha yeah - the one that we're only on vacation and chill all day. It would be pretty cool, but doesn't stand up to reality. We all do hard work - and deserve a long vacation every now and then ;)

Talking about your free time: Which sports do you practice passionately?

Surfing ☺ And since the blue tomato office is in Schladming, in the center of  the Tauern, also snowboarding, climbing and I started mountain biking recently.
Maria's insights show what a job at blue tomato looks like - a chance for board loving, young (at heart) people who look for a family-like team. If you're interested, you can find recent job offers by blue tomato here:

Company details & job offers at blue tomato

Surf Jobs: Combining your passion with your professional life

Everyone who is addicted to surfing will sooner or later think about working in the surf industry. Whether it's the chance for living close to the sea with more quality time in the water or the urgent need to bring in your passion and knowledge to improve your favorite products and brands, your soul screams for a surf career job! Even though the market is limited and the jobs are high on demand, we might just have the right position for you.

Amongst a multitude of other sport jobs, we love to find and publish surf related jobs. The reason is simple, that our Team loves surfing. Lennart, one of our CEO's is owner and co-owner of two Surfcamps, and I for myself worked two years in a surfcamp and started to freelance in Content Marketing to be close to the ocean more often. So, we know exactly how it feels to be landlocked. Sitting in an office, too far away from decent waves, waiting for the next surftrip to come.

Thankfully, there's a lot of chances to combine your passion with your professional life - one of them actually being NOT working in the surf industry.

Surf Jobs in the boardsports industry

In Australia, it is common to go surfing in your lunch break or even pausing work when there are good conditions: Companies like Billabong give their employees the chance. Sounds like a dream, right?Well, let's be realistic: This isn't the case everywhere. Working in the boardsports industry can mean spending your time in the office, even when it's pumping outside. It is a job and it will demand the same amount of working hours than any other career. Employments in companies of the boardsports industry, for instance at Quiksilver, Patagonia, Volcom, SurfStitch and many more, mean you breathe, live and love surfing. But on a professional level.What does it mean to work in the surf industry? You think that it means spending a lot of time surfing. The society thinks that you are actually just relaxing in the sun, being on holidays all year long. What you really do though, is work. On a desk. On a regular schedule.A job in a surf-related businesses asks you to bring in your passion and expert knowledge into product development, online marketing, event management and so on. It means being concerned with surfing the most part of the day, but just not in the water.If you want to make an impact on the industry, further develop your favorite wetsuit, board or wax - this is the places where you want to work.Check our company profiles with recent job ads of the following surf related companies:

Working in a surfcamp

Corporate work is just not your thing? You'd prefer getting out of your 9 to 5 job? Working in a surfcamp or surfschool might be your dream position. They are located at the ocean, on an island, far away, in the sun - in paradise. Surfcamp Jobs in Bali, Europe and everywhere else offer work as Cooks, Housekeepers, Receptionists, Managers, Animator and - of course - surf coaches. Some of them need a special training, others are a great option to get away in your mid term (calling Teamers here!).They can be great fun, meeting new people every day, spending a lot of time outside, being creative and socialising. Especially teamer jobs often only require a couple of hours per day to work and having the rest of the time off to surf yourself.The full time jobs though are calling for endurance and responsibility - it means working in tourism. Your working hours can switch every week, you might end up working 6-7 days a week, from 08:00 in the morning to 02:00 at night (becaue the check-in has a delayed flight). You always have to keep your spirit up, because you are almost always surrounded by guests. As a surfcoach, you could end up standing on the beach for 8 hours through without surfing a single wave yourself. Surfcamp jobs are real work, guys.And when you think you're tired of it - well, believe me - you'll get your reward. You'll have a couple of hours off, with the sun above you, a set coming up and the perfect wave to surf. In a line-up full of friends. You'll have a BBQ on the beach, with someone bringing a guitar and a Cajon. You will meet people who share their personal stories with you, touching your heart. You'll see stoked surf students coming back from their lessons with the biggest grin, when they stood their first wave. And it will be worth every little second of struggle and effort.Even if they don't list job offers right now, use the contact information on our surfcamp profiles to send out a initiative request - most of the times, these small businesses are happy for help. Keep in mind though, the part time jobs like animator could mean working only for a room, food and surfing material:

A job close to the ocean in a non-surfing-related field

If you want to change the industry, meet more like-minded people, bring in your knowledge and passion of water sports, then the upper two career paths might suit you more. But if you are looking for a change which brings you closer to the ocean and giving you the chance to surf more, then a job outside of the sports industry is also a great chance.  

Do I have to be sportive to apply for a sport job?

Sport jobs are currently high on demand: The fitness sector is booming and so new positions are frequently advertised. But a sport job, even when called this way, does not necessarily have to be physically demanding. Most of the offers at Sportyjob, for example, are actually in administative or creative departments.

So there's the question popping up: Do I have to be athletic to work in sports? A classic yes-but-no-situation.

Your own interests in sports decide how you do your work

Careers in online marketing, sponsoring management, sportswear designer or brand manager (...) are mainly office-based sport jobs. Truth be told: There's a lot of sitting involved - so you probably even like your little workout at the end of the day. Nevertheless, being athletic is not necessarily important to get hired or to do a good job. Here's the big BUT - You should still bring along some sport-affinity. The named careers all have one thing in common: You need to know what your peer group wants and needs. This means you should be able to put yourself into the position of an athlete and have detailed knowledge about the discipline your sport job is all about. Of course, being a big fan of it without executing can still give you a lot of expert knowledge, but the little details - that's something you figure out when you get active yourself.

You can choose to get active to do a better job

We learned that you don't have to challenge yourself, as long as you do an intensive examination of the regarding discipline. Anyway, the time you spend reading (or watching) about it would also be a great chance to actually try it instead. Through this active preoccupation with your the field of your sport job, you will probably end up way more motivated, creative and authentic. A product designer for snowboards will achieve no credibility if he doesn’t know how to ride snowboards.

The sports industry wants experts in their fields

The industry has a similar opinion on this. Often, you will find former professional athletes in the office careers of Red Bull Media, adidas & co. As they bring a huge amount of sport-specific knowledge along, they are also perfect contributors for business development (Sales, Product Development, Marketing - every department). Even though an event manager for sport competitions may not compete anymore, thanks to his experiences he will have the perfect concept for the event.No need to run the New York Marathon next year, but if you go running every couple of days, developing a communication plan for the social media channels of runtastic gets a lot easier, don't you think?

Calling passionate non-athletes: Please apply anyway

Don't feel the pressure to become a professional athlete now. Sports companies are looking for the same hard and soft skills as any other companies. So if you are not an active person, this doesn't mean you can't apply for a sport job. If you are intested in the company, the job and bring knowledge, skills or hidden talents, there's almost no employer who wouldn't like to get to know you. What we tried to make clear in this post, is that the only thing really essential for a job in the sports industry is passion. You see: the group of friends kicking a ball on the street, the boy playing a match every weekend with his amateur team, his family cheering on the side of the field, the soccer fan watching every single match of their favorite team live or on TV, Cristiano Ronaldo being a professional football player - they all have one thing in common. And that's the passion for a sports. A sport job you have no affinity for, no connection to or at least a relation on a mental level won’t be an ideal career for you.

 

How to do a Video Resume – Your 3 minutes to shine

How about extending your application to another channel? A video resume is a great chance to stand out and not only show your skills, but also your personality. Especially in modern times, it's a no-brainer to use the possibilities technology & the web offers for getting the job you want.  A paper or electronic CV (PDF or form), of course, is still required by almost every sports company. However, it's a one dimensional medium and limits your communication to the written word and a little design to express your character. A moving video, on the other hand, adds depth to your profile. Use it to introduce yourself, your communication skills, your confidence, maybe even your humour - precious soft skills that a lot of jobs ask for.

It might take some time to prepare it, film it and edit it. But: Your effort will definitely pay off for your job search!

If you want to give it a try: This is how to make a video resume.

The technology

What do you need for a video resumé?First, you'll need a video camera with a good resolution, 1080px or more. You don't want to send out a blurry video of yourself which distorts your face (in rare cases it might improve the situation, but don't count yourself as one of them).  New smartphones and notebooks actually do great videos, so you could even use this. Just check the settings and adjustment before, so you film it in high quality. If you own a camcorder or can borrow one from a friend, this might be easier. Nowadays, most of them have a turnable screen, so you can watch yourself while filming. To get a steady picture, please use a tripod.After filming, you will need an editing program for your Notebook. To keep it easy, you'll probably need it mostly for cropping the video, so Windows Movie Maker or iMovie suffice.Since the file will be BIG, you can't just send it over via e-mail. The best way is actually to upload it to a video portal, Youtube for example, and add the video link to your application. Watch your username though - an application for a sport management job by user "ifarted69" might not be taken seriously.
Here's an example by Laura Harris who does a great job in introducing herself in only 2 minutes:

Preparation

Dress up accordingly to the job you want to apply forPay attention to all the factors that you are also considering when having a real job interview - neat clothing and a good overall impression. Suit up for the company profile and the job. This could be formal or sporty, depending on the position. Just dress like you would when you show up for work.

Wrinkles? No worries!

Who is concerned regarding discrimination - no worries, there has been a conference of the commission of employment law in 2010, with the outcome that video resumes have to be judged by the same, objective criteria as the written ones. That means you won't have any trouble with your holiday pounds or grey hair.

 

The setting

Try to choose a nice setting, no matter if just a white wall or sandy beaches - everything is possible. A friend of mine once had a video interview in front of her window in the alps with snow covered mountains behind her. That definitely left an impression! Most suitable is a background that matches your personality and somehow sparks interest in watching your video. In any case try to avoid recording other people and better don't do your clip outside, unless you find a quiet place with good light.

The content

When it comes to the content of your speech you really need to kick ass in these few seconds to get your dream management or marketing sportjob. This is going to be tough. To be honest, I tried endless times to make the perfect video. In the end I had to accept that there is none.  Still, no one is flawless and your video will still be able to impress when done right. So, according to my own tests, here's some hints what to look out for:Make a planLet's start! And stop! After 10 "ehm" in the first 30 seconds, because I wasn't sure what to say, I can tell you: Starting to talk without any plan does not work. Unless you're a natural free speaker, then just go ahead! Work out a script, a red thread to follow.  Your video won't convince anyone if you stutter or jump from one topic to the next and back.Keep it shortNow fully planned, my agenda tells me step by step what to do: Introduction – Why I am brilliant – Why I am the perfect employee for this sport job. After 10 minutes of recording, I am still talking about my former experiences. That's too long. Set a time for the whole interview and each part. Less than 3 minutes will suffice to shine, believe me. The video is supposed to give the company a glimpse of who you are and make them curious enough that they want to get to know you. It's similar to a good presentation: Keep a clock in hand sight and decide how much time you want to use for each topic - this way, you won't loose track.Control your body languageShortened my agenda and introduced myself in 2 minutes and 57 seconds, yay! Unfortunately, whilst watching my results, I am noticing that my eyes wander around the room, and after 1 minute I get a little too comfortable in my seat. Oops. Also, I am horribly waving my arms at 2:23! What am I doing?! A lot of people that try to be convincing are flailing horribly with their arms. There is no problem about that if you are having a face to face conversation, but if you only have a small display window to present yourself, it is better to be a bit reserved. Otherwise your video resume could end up as a YouTube-Hit (Epic Fail Category). Also, sit straight and smile, that shows confidence, you can even lean in a little - and look into the camera. When your future employer watches the video, it will seem as if you keep eye contact. That's great!Retry until it's perfect I wish I could present you the perfect video resume, but as it was raining, too dark, I couldn't find the words - well, it just wouldn't work out today. But that is the best thing about this kind of job interviews:You can try and try and try…

Taken as a whole, generating a video CV doesn't sound that complicated. Everyone is able to mumble for about 2 minutes into his webcam. Not having to rack your brains about phrases for your sportjob cover letter is nice as well. But unfortunately, it is not that easy.  Keep in mind that the situation is similar to a real job interview, your potential job employer virtually sits right in front you. Following this tips, take your time and put in a little effort to make a creative video resume. Good luck!

About a toxic work environment and how to handle it

If you have ever been working in a toxic environment, you know how it draws all energy from you. It’s stressful, tiring and often enough the reason for a lack of motivation in your job - even resulting in decreasing your well-being in your personal life. But what’s the reason for it and is there any chance to change it?

What’s creating a toxic workplace?

A recent survey from leadership development experts at Fierce Inc. asked around 1000 employees for reasons for a disturbed work environment. The majority agreed on the negative attitude of a team-member (or their boss) having the biggest impact on them. Whether the co-worker is just a lazy sloth, a “Naysayer” complaining the whole time or blaming others for own mistakes, it’s pulling down the rest of the team. Interesting enough though, about 75% believe that special skills could not compensate a person’s negativity.

So, what’s the consequences

You’d think that - since there is no way to make up for it - co-workers would love to get rid of the grouch. Suprisingly, only one quarter consider firing the colleague to be the best solution. However, confronting the grumbler is not an option either. 80% believe that a confrontation, either done by themselves or executives, is unlikely to change the situation. If you think about it, the result sounds pretty devastating. It translates as doing nothing and accepting a decreased morale and productivity in the team, maybe even quitting a normally satisfying job.

How to handle a toxic team member

If you ever sat in an office, where no one was speaking, smiling and you felt you could cut through the tense air around you, you know it’s something you wouldn’t want in your job. For us, this would not be an option either! Especially when you’re working in a small team, one negative team member would likely ruin the whole work atmosphere.Thus, we created some tips how to handle a negative co-worker.
  • Don’t let your emotions overwhelm you
You might feel the urge to stand up to try to make things better. Probably, this will worsen the situation though. Confronting a colleague could end up in a very unprofessional approach which becomes too emotional (and is very one-sided). This way, you might offend someone without improving the situation. Another option was if you feel like cheering up the colleague daily to help the atmosphere in your office. This is a big responsibility which will probably overwhelm you.That’s why, in consequence:
  • Talk to your boss or a mediator
Leaders normally have been trained to handle a team and their issues. In bigger and modern companies, there is alternatively a mediator / feel-good-manager for improving the atmosphere. Make an appointment and address the problem, without nagging. It’s important to professionally describe the discrepancy with your colleague and to be able to name it. Thus, the responsible executive can act accordingly to solve the situation, for example through a one-on-one dialogue and an open team meeting. If this doesn’t help, well, you could still bring cake to work. This way, at least you’ll have something delicious & sweet to calm your nerves and keep the spirit up - or have a chance to mute the Naysayer for at least a couple of minutes.

Introducing: The ISPO Career Days 2018

Ispo Career Days Munich 2017 Sportyjob
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="An event creating a sport business network for companies, universities and candidates " font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center" google_fonts="font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal"][vc_column_text]When the ISPO and Sportyjob partner up, they create an opportunity for recruiters and job-seekers alike to explore the chances of the sports job market. The Career Days take part at the ISPO 2018 in Munich, providing a recruiting program for the sports industry. Companies, candidates and universities have the chance to introduce themselves to each other, opening career paths into the sports business.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Program & Details

The Career Days 2018 consist of a 20 meter job corridor and speed dating interview sessions between interested candidates and recruiters from global sports companies.[/vc_column_text]

The Job Corridor

A display of different career opportunities by the big players of the sport industry where candidates can apply straight away or later online.
  • Dates: 28th - 31st of January 2018
  • Where: In the corridor of the A-Hall

The Speed Dating Interview

In private cabins, recruiters interview qualified candidates in a speed dating manner, meeting up with various applicants in a short time.
  • Dates: 29th of January
  • Times: 09:00 - 17:00
  • Where: Conference room above the Job Corridor
[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]The registration for companies who would like to join the Career Days 2018, rent a private branded cabin for the job interviews or display their company profile on the job wall is on from now on up to the start of the ISPO.A further program will be announced in the course of this year. It will contain professional lectures for the ISPO Academy and insights into the sports industry by universities, talent recruiters from sports companies and head hunters.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Interested in participating?

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Sport Companies

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Health & fitness apps: How the Start-Up xendera found a niche and conquered the market

One look in your app store, an online mag or social media: Wherever you go, you won’t be able to NOT notice them. Health and Fitness Apps - they are booming. The promise of training any time, tracking your results and sharing them - just the presentable ones, of course - are a recipe for success. They are a tool to get people motivated to stay or become fit and healthy.Most of them share the same ingredients: Choose one sport (running, functional training, yoga), combine it with possible tracks / workouts and reward people’s endurance and improvement. Nowadays, the top opponent’s prove their standing: runtastic, now owned by adidas, Freeletics, MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun both owned by under armor - just to name a few. With these leaders and a big amount of new apps coming through every day, there’s seldomnly a remarkable innovation in between.One of the exceptions is the french App xendera.Launched in April 2016, it finally reached the number 1 position of downloads in the Health Category in France on the 10th of July 2017. Even in a market which is overrun by fitness apps of any kind, xendera found a niche to conquer it. 
Their goal to get people moving is similar, the difference is their concept though. Instead of creating a community which motivates each other, xendera uses real rewards for fitness achievements. So how is it working?

The concept of Xendera

To make long story short: xendera’s unique model rewards various workouts with vouchers. Partnering with brands from the health & sports sector, the users receive a coupon for their favorite products. For this, they just need to track their activities over some time (you'll see why it might need more than one workout in our example). 
In advance, users choose their favorite brands. This way, when successfully achieving a fitness milestone, they only receive rewards they really like.So, what exactly do you need to do to achieve an coupon? We take Skullcandy as an example: To earn a 25% discount on the whole online shop, a user needs to run 25km in total. This might take some time, depending on your level of fitness, but it's a nice way to spice up your workout with an extra goal over the week or month.
„Our mission is to promote impactful fitness, aggregate health data and provide the best technology platform to integrate active lifestyles with conscious consumer behavior. Thus providing a truly unique experience at the intersections of life and fitness.“
Furthermore, the app can be combined with other fitness apps and a tracking device - like an add-on, so users can still workout with their regular training sessions. Their partnership with brands and other apps is probably one reason for their popularity. Instead of developing a complete new system, they use the existing ones and improve them - a strategy for successful start-ups in every sector.

Become one of the team and help xendera level-up

It's no suprise that a growing business has a growing team. That’s why, xendera offers 4 job vacancies for their headquarter in Biarritz, France Still, working at xendera means working in a small and passionate team which all support the expansion of the app. Sitting around and waiting for the clock to pass until you go home is not an option, you will need a hands-on mentality and be motivated to improve xendera every day. Sounds exactly like your way of working? Then check these 4 exciting career opportunities:
  • B2B Business Developper for Germany and the UK Evolving xendera by developing further cooperations with other brands - that’s what an B2B Business Developer is responsible for. xendera is looking for two confident team members with strong motivation to help xendera grow even more. If you are interested, they are hiring one B2B Business Developer for Germany and one specialist for the UK. By the way, what we liked best about the job offer was probably this hint at the end of it: "Secret talents accepted" - Show them what you got!
  • Growth Hacker Ever heard of a Growth Hacker? For us at Sportyjob, this was the first time. You’d probably expect an IT job here, truth is though, a Growth Hacker is a Marketing Specialist. Use the different Marketing Channels to help xendera grow. Your main tasks surround Content Marketing, by creating blogs, press releases and more to push the app. We’d take the job straight away for the title!
  • Traineeship: Community Management / Brand Content This offer concerns all students who want to get insights by getting active, not only by watching. It’s your chance to gain experience in an exciting start-up atmosphere and help a young company by growing. As a Trainee in Community Management & Brand Content in a small team, you’ll be responsible from day one for your own projects and tasks in the community management of xendera. A hands-on mentality and a lot of curiosity are definitely needed.

Timberland: Going beyond the border of Sustainability & Responsibility

Timberland is an outdoor brand, one of the most well-known worldwide to say the least. One of the reason, apart from quality products, is their serious commitment for environmental and social causes. Right now, Timberland is looking for a Sustainability and Responsibility Manager, a moment for us to take a look into their S&R agenda. So how exactly does Timberland improve their three main pillars outdoors, product and community? How do they go beyond the borders of regular engagement?

The long-term plan: Timberland’s 2020 agenda

Already years ao, the company changed their production to be more sustainable, making a statement towards treating the environment with respect. In 2016, when launching their responsibility website, Timberland also announced further steps in improving their strategy. The sports brand set ambitious goals until 2020 regarding their products and the environment:
  • All of the used cotton for their apparal collections are supposed to come from US-american eco-friendly cultivation,
  • Every procued shoe shall contain recycled, organic or renewable (ROR) materials
  • All products shal be PVC and PFC free
  • Timberland wants to reduce their energy consumption by 10% in total and obtain 50% by regenerative energy sources
  • Plant 10 million trees

Social engagement: A focus on community work

Of course, social responsibility has kind of become courteous in worldwide industries, after scandals of brands capitalizing workers in third world countries. It’s obvious that claiming to aim for responsibility, Timberland of course helps raising awareness and supports save working environments by collaborating mostly with fair suppliers. What makes the difference though, is Timberland’s special focus on local communities – an individual approach on the social subject.
  • My PlayGreen© is a support program which establishes outdoor spaces in urban areas, building community gardens and parks. In 5 big cities around Europe, they want to offer the residents a possibility to access nature and fresh air. Something that is rare in areas with populousness. After London in the last year, on the 19th of July 2017 the program started building in Mailand. Following after will be Berlin, Paris and Barcelona.
  • Path of Service©: To support different community projects, Timberland’s employees engage in community services all over the world. Until now, they already participated 1.000.0000 hours in their communities – supported by their employer and the team of global stewards. By the way, the Path of Service celebrates its 25th birthday this year – in a special way: On 25 days, employees can take time off of work and take their time to volunteer to support their communities. They even connected them with possibile projects by setting up a Volunteer Fair.

Joining the team: Timberland is hiring a Sustainability & Responsibility Manager

In this position, the manager is responsible for integrating the S&R strategy throughout the company, delivering information to employees and customers. As a spokes person for Timberland’s values, you represent the sports brand on conferences and workshops over Europe. 
Work closely with the different departments, from HR, over Marketing, Production and Supply Management to achieve te 2020 goals. Manage the community and environmental projects, engage and inspire the employees in participating in Timberland’s Path of Service, different commuter programs, etc. If you feel inspired to help Timberland achieve their 2020 agenda, apply for the job here.Further sport jobs by Timberland can be found on their company page here.A perfect supply chain or production in regards of nature is almost impossible to achieve, but Timberland’s vision aims on a very close solution. Their achievement sets high goals for the whole industry, a development we could already witness at adidas (Producs from Recycled Materials, their „Run for the Oceans“  and more), Patagonia and The North Face, too. With more brands following, this hopefully defines new standards for production and engagement worldwide. If you want to find out more about Responsibility and Sustainability at Timberland, check their goals and progress at their website "Responbility at Timberland".