The dream of working in a sports job: Which advantages does a career in the sports industry provide and which disadvantages will I have to face?

Our life is a huge compromise in almost all things. The partner we choose, the town where we move to and as well our job, that provides us with the money to survive. Since humanity always aspires happiness, we try to find the smallest compromises to create our life at least a bit how we imagine it to be. That also is crucial when it comes to our sports job – before deciding for a career we have to consider many factors like payment, education, place of location. Since we spend around 50 years of our life with working, the job-decision should be taken deliberately so that we can spend these working years as good as possible.

The easiest way to make a good decision? A pro and contra list! Here's our version of it to see which advantages and disadvantages a career in sports provides!

The advantages

The sports industry is blooming

The sports market has been growing significantly over the years and is expected to develop even further. The reason is - simply put - the steady popularity of sports (and esports) events, and with it, the brands, products and companies that are part of it. Due to esports, digital revolution and even politial situations (like the evolution of diversity and gender-specific & gender-neutral events), the sports industry is facing opportunities instead of threats. As a consequene, companies and brands have the chance to increase their revenue which results in a higher demand for employees.

After all, a successful business means a safe working space - and one which allows development for yourself inside the company.

Investing time in something that you love

Who decides in favour of a sport job already does a big step onto happiness because there is nothing better than transforming the hobby into a job, right? Right! As a matter of course, a 100% willingness to support the brand, sports or agency you are working for is much easier if it is part of your spare time - or personal life -  as well.

Normally, if you apply for a sports job the reason behind is not simply the field of work which suits your CV, but probably the identification with the brand. In everyday life, this will give you a proper motivational boost to do your job well and to even result in enjoying it more.

More than just colleagues

The teamwork with sport job-colleagues is also pretty laid-back, since all have the same passion and therefore there is no need to break the ice first. How can we be so sure? If you check the job descriptions at Sportyjob, you'll notice that apart from hard and soft skills, most brands are actually asking for an interest, knowledge or even practicing of the sports that they are related to.

For instance, if you want to work at blue tomato, Atomic or Salomon, a passion for ski or snowboarding is a must. komoot? Biking. Boardriders? Surfing. Mammut and The North Face? Hiking. You get the point.

Even if you aren't the same age or don't seem to have much in common, there's always a link between all of you. As a result, the office atmosphere is always a little more familiar and personal than in other industries.

Being in the centre of sports

Really amazing about sports jobs is, that (according to the field you are working in), you are close to your idols, this may be either professional athletes or celebrities of the sports industry. Jobs at sporting events, for example, are normally an entry-card on meeting athletes. On the business front, sponsored athletes are normally invited to visit the headquarters every now and then. Just check adidas if you want to know more.

Furthermore, it is advantageous to get tickets, gear and clothing (that you would have bought anyways) either for free or at least, with a discount. Neat!

And last but not least: Working in a sport job is absolutely wicked!

The disadvantages

Overtime and weekend shifts

How already mentioned at the beginning, there are two sides to every coin. Sports jobs quite often are associated with long workdays and weekend-work. This, of course, depends on the field you're working in.

Since events, competitions etc. predominantly take place at the weekends, everyone either working directly for the event, association, club or as a sports journalist or a PR agency, is going to face work on the weekends.  Also, whenever an event is coming up, it normally means a lot of unpaid overtime hours due to the big amount of organisational tasks which come up right in advance.

Same goes for jobs in retail: If you choose to work for a sports brand in retail, it might be that you'll be facing 6-day-weeks and long working days.

We know this doesn't sound really good, but don't be discouraged! Of course not every sport job condemns you to do unpaid overtimes and there are others which reimburse the extra effort extraordinarily well, but unfortunately this is not the majority.

Average payment

When it comes to money you will have to cut back your prospects because the basic salaries of sport jobs in general are not as high as the ones of comparable jobs in other sectors of economy. While sports clubs and teams offer over-the-top-salaries (but only few jobs), payment in the field of sporting goods is very average. So, if you're "doing it just for the money", a position in banking or IT would probably be a better choice.

As we all know, demand determines supply – that means that sportjob-companies can define lower wages for treasured sport jobs. This may be traced back to the fact that sport jobs are really popular and therefore there are a lot of potential candidates

But isn't the abdication of money worth the feeling of getting up in the morning and looking forward to working in a sports job, where you will have fun and can enjoy your passion day by day?

Outdoor jobs for adventurous people at Sportyjob

You love the mountains, the sea, the snow, adventures, adrenalin, nature and challenges? Then you are the perfect candidate for one of our outdoor jobs at great companies like Napajari, The North Face and Mammut!

Outdoor & Adventure Jobs at Sports Companies

Of course, the sports- and outdoor business go hand in hand. That's why Sportyjob is cooperating with plenty of companies that match your passion. We'd like to introduce you to a few possible employers! A fantastic outdoor organisation is the Freeride World Tour. Being part of the FTW means living the dream! In their sports jobs you organize exciting events all around the globe. Also, you get to meet the pro-riders and watch them rip.  The best part: the FTW encourages their employees to actively shred daily (freeski or snowboard). If your heart beats for wintersports, you should take the chance when it comes up. At the moment they might not actively search for someone, but are hiring regularly throughout the year. Potential candidates should be willing to put their heart in their career and travel a lot.-> All jobs at the Freeride World TourLooking for a new professional adventure? Then Mammut Sports Group might be a good shot. Jobs at Mammut require a lot of passion for mountaineering - since the people behind this company love mountain climbing, trekking and hiking themselves and expect their employees to do the same. Something you'll find in the quality and progress of their outdoor collections. If you are passionate about developing the products you use yourself and make them even better, you'll find the right position here. Use your active experience in internships and full time positions in patern apparel and design - together with a team that sticks together and climbs together.-> Free positions at MammutHave you heard of the VF Corporation? In fact, they are one of the leading companies of the sports business, uniting various well-known active lifestyle brands. What's interesting: A big part of VF is their action & outdoor branch with outdoor wear and backpack producers like Napajari, Smartwool, Eagle Creek, The North Face and Timberland. Discover their various job offers in their stores, hubs and even swiss headquarter:-> All recent outdoor jobs at VF and their action brands.

Needless to say, these three just represent the outdoor sports employers. Further brands like Bergfreunde, Blue Ice and outdoorer can be found in our hiring company overview. The number next to a logo tells you the number of available jobs. Is there none, you can still scan the employer's profile for useful information and contacts for a initial application. Salute the Mountains!

Retail Outdoor Jobs

You're willing to share your experience with advice on the best gear for hiking, trekking, camping and co? A job at an outdoor store would fit your perfectly! Choose your right career path depending on your level of experience and your degree: Sales Consultant or Assistant is the closest way to work with customers and consult them about products without having to study or futher experience. (That is, if you're actively mountaineering yourself).  Often outdoor shops have different contract solutions: Whether it's a full-time position or a part-time one next to family or your studies, see which schedule fits you best.With a business degree or long-time experience in retail, you might want to apply as a Shop or Store Manager instead. The tasks around this position include decisions on product range, shop design, team leading, setting up social media channels, ... - everything around the strategic work of a store.Two popular distribitors for outdoor and action gear are, for example, Decathlon or Intersport.Hint: If you're passionate about outdoor sports yourself, it's important to work for a company that you can trust with clear conscience. Especially at an all-round distributor, you might find yourself in a situation when you have to sell a product that you'd never use yourself. In the end, this results in frustration for either your client, your employer or you (or all together).Just imagine the satisfaction working for an outdoor brand that you love - feels great, doesn't it?

Adventurous jobs outside

Standing behind the counter or sitting in front of a computer is not what you're thinking of as "outdoor jobs"?  Then it's time for a little action in your profession. Being outside is what makes a lot of these jobs so appealing. Depending on your own passion and sportiness, the outdoor branch presents plenty of career opportunities. Tour guides in the mountains during summer or winter, snowboard-, ski- or surf instructor or even as a park ranger. Your interests decide.Well, let's face it. There's not much job openings in our outdoor and sports job board that fit the requirements above. The reason is simply that tour operators, wintersport- and surfschools are most of the times very small teams or even independent people  who aren't looking for staff outside of their personal reach. We recommend contacting them directly, online or through phone, if there's an outdoor player that you'd love to work with.

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.

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, film 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 a handheld device. Be sure to 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:

The setting

Try to choose a nice setting, no matter if just a white wall or sandy beaches - everything is possible. One of our candidates once placed her  video interview in front of a wall-sized window facing the alps with snow covered mountains behind her, right after coming back from Snowboarding. That definitely left an impression - especially as she was applying for a well-known winter sports company! 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.

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 - a good overall impression. This doesn't mean to dress up - a video CV is a medium to express yourself.  Dress like you normally would - this could be formal or sporty, depending on the position.Remember the candidate in the alps? Her fresh-out-of-the-snow look wasn't all tidied up, but fit the character of the company, showed her passion and love for outdoor sports and created an easy-going atmosphere for the introduction. That's one of the advantages of the video CV - you can really express who you are and what makes you special. Dare to be yourself and show it.

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 content

When it comes to the content of your speech you really need to kick ass in these few minutes 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 will tell you step by step what to do: Introduction – What makes you special – Why are you the perfect choice for this sport job. If, after 10 minutes of recording, you are still talking about your former experiences - that's too long.Set a time for the whole interview and each part. Less than 3 minutes will suffice to shine. 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 languageAfter your first recording, re-watch the material. Even when your language is optimized, you'll probably realise that your body language might be a little off. For example: 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. Also, I am horribly waving my arms around at one point.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. 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 Probably one of the biggest advantages about this kind of resumé: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!

Try out video CV tool

Do you want to practice? We set up a video CV tool online for you to test. Our life coach Stéphane is guiding you through the process, asking you some questions - if you like, take these as a reference when filming your own CV. Let's practice: Visit our CV Box

The perfect outfit: What to wear in a job interview?

The outfit for your job interview is the first impression the interviewer will get, so keep in mind to choose it well

When it comes to a job interview, everyone sooner or later has to think about appropriate clothing. The solution is a little tricky as it depends on a lot of factors. You have to keep in mind to dress for:

  • the company
  • the industry
  • your age
  • the career level
  • the job position
  • the weather
  • your personal style & character
The list goes on - sounds like a lot of critera to join together, right? Especially when it's about finding the right balance between yourself and the job requirement. How do you keep yourself real and measure up with the expectations of the human resources manager? Easy: Follow these steps to choose the best outfit for a job interview!

Industry & company check: Know your employer

Where are you applying at? Is it a bank, a rock-bar or the sports industry? Every branch demands a particular dress code. So does every company. Have a close look at the people you will be working with, google the HR-Managers and stalk their Facebook-Profiles for getting an idea of their personal style. Xing and LinkedIn are also helpful, especially since most people use their most recent applciation photo. Consider checking their website, too. Often there's a team page which gives away a lot about the employees and their dress code.

Ironing is not only for mothers

No matter if your clothing is chic or sportive - keep in mind that it has to be neat. No one wants to see stains, holes, make-up and sweat-marks as well as creases. If you are unable to cope with that issue, just ask the dry-cleaners around the corner.

By the way, if you have to sit a lot before you get to your interview (since you might go by car or train to your interview), wear a different outfit for the drive. Change clothes shortly before you enter the company - this way, your outfit stays neat and you don't end up ruining it before.

Hey sexy moustache!

It is okay to wear a beard - but make sure to crop it properly. Nowadays, beard's are very chic - so is long hair. If you are a man, put it in a man-bun, this way the hair won't fall in your face and distract you or the interviewer. Altogether your appearance should be tidy and neat.

Stick to your tattoos during a job interview: It's a part of your personality and your employer will find out about them sooner or later anyway.

We know that society is still a little careful about tattoos and piercings. But still: Stick to your colors - the holes in your face and the shades peaking through your shirt will reveal your secrets anyway. It's a part of you and if an employer can't handle these, it's not the right working space for you anyway. Especially in the sports industry, this shouldn't be a problem as it's a modern sector. For a job in retail, if it's required, the interviewer will ask you if it was a problem to take them off during working hours. However, this way, both parties know in advance what to expect.

Sex not always sells - keep it professional...

.. and we are not talking about professionals. This fourth point basically concerns the female population. Of course, a nice cleavage will pick up attention, just not the right way for a business position. Button up your blouse, don't wear anything transparent and better not emphasize your curves by wearing tight or short trousers and skirts. Your attributes will just distract from your abilities and that really would be a pity.

Most companies' dresscodes require knee-length outfits - this is a rule to stick to.

Etiquette is necessary

If you apply for a job that demands a formal dress code, you have to stick to a few rules: Do not unbutton your jacket until you take a seat and make sure that your tie ends approximately one hand's width above your belt. Furthermore , don’t put too much stuff into your pockets, the baggy-look is out of place when it comes to job interviews.

Keep it real

The be-all and end-all is to remain true to yourself. If you nearly pass out by thinking about wearing a suit, then you really should re-think your decision to become a banker. In the end you have to feel comfortable with the business and the dress-code to succeed in the interview. Remember: You have to sell yourself - which is only possible if you feel comfortable. Self-confidence comes from your style and your personality - so show who you are. If you do your job well, no one cares about your outfit anyway.

Concrete Job Interview Outfit Ideas

The formal outfit: Suit up

As a generel rule: Conservative and formal working spaces require you to wear a suit. This counts for men and women. We are talking about a jacket, a (bow-)tie, shirt, trousers (or skirt for females) and neat leather-shoes. For women, if you prefer wearing heels, don't choose them too high. Choose dark colours like black or navy and combine them with shades of pastel. Avoid too colorful outfits and crazy patterns. 

The casual job interview outfit

Did you know that sport companies like blue tomato and island collective actually prefer a casual style? Welcome to the sports industry! Of course, there are high positions where a suit is required, but in general, they look for people who love sports and being outdoor. Something that shows in your style. To give away the right impression at the beginning, the perfect job interview outfit for these sports companies (we talk about active sports) is a casual style. If you want to suit up, combine it with sneakers. Keep in mind to keep it neat though - ironed, clean and not shabby are still a Must.

A casual outfit is especially a plus in lifestyle and sport companies

What to wear in summer or when it's hot

You don't want to show up all sweaty, so in general dress up short before your interview starts. But what to wear so you won't melt away during your interview? Like said above, a  general rule in business are knee-length outfits for women. It's perfectly fine if you want to wear a (neat) shorts or skirt. The minimum length should be one hand width over your knees though. Combine it with a blouse with short sleeves - et voilà, perfectly dressed. For men it's a little harder. We know that most companies still require long trousers. Feel free to combine it with a half-sleeved shirt. When it's hot, your employer won't mind if you don't wear a jacket. If it's a very formal interview, put it on short before you enter the interview and ask to take it off because of the heat. This way you still showed your style and etiquette.

What to wear in a Skype Job Interview

Just want to wear half of an outfit, because the other half is below the camera? Just don't! The moment might come that you have to get up. Actually, interviewer's could even ask you to stand up. So, same rules as above - it's still a job interview!

To sum it up: If you dress up, you'll look amazing and feel this way, too. If you feel good, you'll be a lot more self-confident. That's the spirit you'll need to rock your interview! So, dress for success!


The outfit is of course not the only thing to keep in mind when having a job interview. That's why last week we posted our job interview preparation checklist. So if you want to know more about how to rock your interview, find here the walkthrough on how to prepare - from one week in advance to the final day. There's no better way to keep your nerves under control and show up with self-consciousness to get the job you want!

The first months in a new sport job – how to make your colleagues fall in love with you

Working together in a team

You successfully survived the first few weeks of your new sport job and soon will leave the probationary period behind. Actually everything is perfect, but unfortunately there is still missing the common touch with your colleagues…

The happiness factor of sport job stands and falls with the team. And this means that it doesn’t matter if your boss likes you. If you don’t feel integrated in the team after a few weeks, you seriously should think about looking for a new job. But maybe you just had a bad start. We have racked our brains and thought about some traps you should avoid and things that will make your colleagues absolutely fall in love with you.

Gossip is a no go

Well, we don’t need to deceive ourselves: in every company there are the ones that are only happy when they are able to bitch about others. If you want to integrate and get friends with the other (nice and honest) colleagues, you really should stay away from these persons. Even if the collective backbiting conveys a kind of togetherness, you should be really careful, since these persons will definitely gossip viciously as well about you behind your back. Another taboo is to commit something to a member of this group. No matter if you just ended your relationship, don’t like your current project or had a bad hangover the last weekend – within only a few seconds the whole company will know.

Dresscode

You are working in an action sports company and can’t spare your suit just like Barney Stinson? No surprise it doesn’t work out with the colleagues! Sad but true: clothes make people. And if everyone looks at you like you are from another galaxy, you really should consider changing your style, since birds of a feather flock together…so grab your old skateboard clothes and find new friends!

The cake case

Jep – the case with the cake! Again an unspoke rule, but to be honest: Everyone loves colleagues with cake (of course loads of yummi cake). Absolute no one can resist awesome cake – this is the perfect trick to win the team over to your side

Give your colleagues the feeling to be needed

Everybody likes the feeling to be needed and so do your new sport job colleagues. So just ask them, if you have any questions. But be careful: don’t ask stupid stuff, otherwise everyone will think that you are a bit dumb. But now and then asking them for advice will provide closeness and thereby friendship.

You know any other tips how to gain the trust of your colleagues? We are happy to hear about them in our comment section!

How to rock the probationary period of a new sport job

Team meeting in your sport job

Now that we already dealt with the first day of a new sport job and the various pitfalls you can meet there in our sport job blog, we are going one step further today and dedicate this new blog to the probationary period and how to rock it properly.

Probationary period? Excuse me?

 

First of all, everyone must keep in mind that the probationary period doesn’t mean a horrific time full of pressure and proving oneself – in fact it is more like a date, where you learn a lot about the company itself, your boss, the team and the whole sport job working environment. And if the chemistry isn’t right you just turn this date down without any problems and/or duties. Seen in this way it sounds quite okay, right? Well, we have to admit, having almost no days offs sucks, but on the other hand longer interruptions during the first few months are quite bad for the training effect as well. Concerning the duration, a time period of a maximum of six months is pretty common for the probationary period. Furthermore employees are actually allowed to take days off during the probationary period, but the experience shows that longer vacations are not possible or undesired by the employer.

Help! I need to get out of here!

 

To be happy and satisfied in a sport job, many factors have to match. In case you notice that you never ever will get warm with your colleagues and also your boss is rather, uhm, bossy you should seize the opportunity to pull the ripcord before you will be lost in an endless circle of stomach pain and demotivation. Since during the probationary period there usually is a period of notice of only 14 days, you can easily quit if you don’t like your new sport job. But, even if the company no longer is particularly interesting for you, try not to make a big fuss about it. Especially in the sports industry everyone knows know each other and a cooperative behaviour is greatly appreciated.

 

I want to stay! But how?

Whoever finds his/her dream sport job during the probationary period, of course should do anything to sign the “real” working contract after these six months of trial. To achieve this goal, we collected some advice for you:

      • Socializing: Try to build a network, be part of leisure time activities like basketball or yoga classes and actively make proposes for other conjoint adventures.
      • Teamwork: Try to stay modest at work in the beginning – no one likes pipsqueaks and braggers :) If you have questions, ask the others for advice.
      • Unspoken rules: Usually there are a lot of unuttered processes and structures in a sport job which need to be identified, since they are often like unspoken rules that should not be broken. As well workflows might seem a bit strange to you in the beginning – in that case, first ask why they are organized in this way, before you criticize.
      • Criticism: Ask your boss regularly for feedback and try to take it openly and convert it into motivation.

 We wish good luck for your probationary period! 

What if you didn’t get a response after applying for a sport job?

If you didn't get an answer to your application: Do more!

Again and again you are reading your cover letter, reviewing your CV and checking if the size of the PDF really is less than 3MB. Then you choose a subject, click on send and….breathe. The hardest part of the application is done – but after four weeks of waiting nervously and checking your inbox hourly you still haven’t got an answer. So, what next?

Don’t panic!

First of all: calm down. Usually one is hoping to receive a reply within two weeks, but in reality it often takes a lot longer. After all the applications are collected they are being revised thoroughly and discussed by a lot of people of the specific department and maybe even shared with other departments. This will take quite some time, especially if we are referring to bigger players. If in addition there has been a closing date for the sport job applications, it is assumed that the first examination of the applications will take place after that closing date.

Not even an arrival notice?

Of course it is annoying if there isn’t at least an arrival notice for your sport job application. If you just applied for a sport job at a smaller company feel free to send a request after two weeks. In case it is a huge corporate group you rather wait a few weeks more since personnel managers are likely to have hundreds of applications on their desks over there - then your call will only mean an unwelcome expenditure of work for them. That is why, although plenty of outmoded job guidebooks tell you to just call the HR department if you have any questions, we are rather advising against that – unless you really have a good cause to do so. By the way: the average time for sending out rejections is more or less two weeks, so a longer process time is not always a bad sign :)

Time has come!

When time has come to request the status of your application it is always a good thing to forward your first email (in case you didn’t apply via a special platform), so the HR people are in picture who you are. Who, in spite of this, is more likely to grab a phone, please make sure to prepare very well and don’t use those cliché sentences like “I just wanted to ask if my application arrived”. Just be humble, honest and calm and ask how your chances to be invited to a sport job interview are and when they expect to send out the answers. Sometimes a well conducted telephone talk can also be a big plus in the process of applying.

In summary this whole digging deeper thing is a bit critical – a few sport job companies are virtually waiting for you to call and others are really annoyed by that. Depending on the sector, company size and corporate identity you should be able to evaluate if a request will be cool or not. In the end it is always good to follow your gut instinct, just like always :)