The year in which ISPO Munich became a recruitment event

You can never predict how an event like ISPO Munich 2018 might change the path of your career. Visitor's of the professional fair know how it is a platform to establish strong contacts and if you're persistent enough, even end up with an employment offer. However, this year's ISPO Munich offered a direct approach of connecting companies and talents.By simply using the halls walls to place attractive job offers from the european sports industry, the digital ISPO Job Market had its own "booth" at the trade fair. And probably one of the most seen. Since tracking all passers-by would have been impossible in a transitional space, we are trusting our guts that the international job offers, company and university profiles have been passed by most of all visitors.

A remarkable success

In the 4 days between the 28th and 31st of January, 84.000 visitors from 120 countries visited the trade, noticibly increasing the internationality of the event. After all, they had a lot to see: 2.801 exhibitors showcased the new trends from wintersports, outdoor, fitness and more. Additionally, the Job Corridor from ISPO Job Market and Sportyjob presented them opportunities for a new career right in between. Visitor's could learn about international employer's of the sports business and their most recent job opportunities, as well as about the sport related study programs of universities and schools from Cologne to Oregon.
Expanding the limits of a printed medium, all poster's have been combined with a QR code that linked to the digital job board ISPO Job Market. This way, career interested could find out more about a job offer or even look for other possibilities. A service that lead to around 16.000 unique views of the different pages.

Creativity and exceptionality for the win

More than informing about careers, the ISPO Munich 2018 allowed us to take a peek at the development of recruitment in the sports industry in 2018.Marketing is still on the rise in employment - a trend which can also be found outside of the sports business. With around 1/3 of offers on the Job Wall being from the creative department, the need & importance of marketing (teams) for modern companies shows. Luckily, this seems to be a mutual development as interested visitors chose to read more about these offers as well.The other way to gather more interest and candidates is exceptionality. Even in a professional segment like recruitment, employers need to stand out to impress. No suprise that the ad from german sleeping bag manufacteurer prodecon caught a lot of attention. "Wir suchen noch ein Sackgesicht!" which translates as "We are looking for another d**kface" (in german, "Sackgesicht" would literally be "bag face") made people stop, laugh and in the end actually re-open the ad on their phones and computers back home. Proving once more that classical recruitment needs a refreshment in 2018, with classical job profiles taking a back seat.
By the way: About the ISPO Job Market “ISPO has always been instrumental in starting successful careers and placing candidates in exciting jobs” The quote from Tobias Gröber, Head of ISPO Group, is nowadays more true than ever. The biggest network in the sports industry always connected professionals with exciting brands – and naturally every now and then these lead to a job proposal. In 2016, however, ISPO decided to actively connect employers and talents: They partnered up with Sportyjob to enhance their wide portfolio with a career service. The created career portal, ISPO Job Market, lists jobs from about 220 companies and is used by around 26.000 candidates.

Innovation, Interaction, Immersion: The future of retail in Salomon’s concept stores

While the online market is growing and growing, stationary stores often need to fight to stay alive. The new concept stores of Salomon, however, are not only survivors, but evolutionary winners. Instead of relying on pure Sales, the Concept Store focuses on creating a digital play and home zone for customers and employees alike, merging the boundaries between online and offline shopping.

Their next store in Paris will open in only a couple of weeks, bringing the new concept to France. For this, Salomon is hiring 5 Sales Associates, a position which involves more than the name gives away.

Gather, share, progress, play, live: The digitized store

Salomon refreshes retail with an innovative step: Their stores are fully digitized, seamlessly connecting online and offline. Hard selling takes a big step back and opens the stage for an emotional in-store encountering instead. It’s a destination to get informed, feel and become a part of a community - gather, share, progress, play, live.
With sales being secondary, customers can inform themselves in details about their sport’s gear. Information they’d normally gather online are available on digital screens, further deepened by the professional knowledge of the schooled sales associates - the advantages of both channels combined.With big TV screens playing running, hiking and winter sports clips, boot fitting areas and product showcases, store visitors and sales consultants have the chance to connect and interact. All the time immersed in the french alps.

Become one of 5 Salomon Sales Associates in Paris

With the upcoming store opening in Paris, Salomon is offering a big opportunity to join their brand and explore the new concept: „We are building a strong team with different profiles and expertise (VM, MKG, Digital, Operations, Footwear). We are currently recruiting 5 sales associates willing to jump into this exiting project.” (Michael, Store Manager)Each of the positions itself is unique: As the store is separated into different sport’s destinations, every future talent is trained in a different field. Your passion evolves your career path in either (trail) running, outdoor or winter sports. This passion is also what expands the limits of your position to more than a job: You’ll be an Ambassador of the sports and Salomon’s maxim „Time to play“.  It’s your connection to a sports loving community, to become a part of and interact with.
“We’re looking to attract the passionate outdoor-oriented people who use our products in the mountains and their outdoor pursuits at their home ground. Also, this location draws many tourists annually. We’re aiming to attract these consumers as well – in some cases they will have the first contact with the brand through this flagship store.” (Michael, Store Manager)
Are you passionate to join the Salomon Concept Store? Find the full job description with the possibility to apply here: Conseillers de vente (H/F) chez Salomon 

All about Salomon

The brand is one of the world’s leading creators of mountain gear. Honoring their roots, the headquarter is located in Annecy, in the French Alps, where they were founded in 1947 by Francois Salomon. Being the inventor of the modern ski binding, up until day Salomon is forerunner in the innovation of winter sports products.Since 2005, Salomon is a part of the finnish sporting goods group Amer Sports which is a sporting goods company with internationally recognised brands including Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc’teryx, Mavic, Suunto and Precor. The company’s technically-advanced sports equipment, footwear and apparel improve performance and increase the enjoyment of sports and outdoor activitiesSelling their products through own concept stores, factory outlets and online shops , their sporting goods are available in 34 countries. 2016 Amer Sports employed more than 8.500 people throughout the whole world, about 3.200 of them in Europe.

Jobathlon: It’s a match between Decathlon and its new employees

On this Saturday, more than a 150 applicants visited the first Jobathlon in Bordeaux-Mérignac, France. The innovative recruitment event from Decathlon and Sportyjob is the start to a whole series in France: Instead of going through the regular application process, participants have the chance to get a job in a sporty-playful way.

Job requirement: a passion for sports

In the Decathlon Store in Bordeaux-Mérignac candidates took part in dynamic half-day workshops about teamwork and reflexion. Similar to an assessment center, the workshops should give insights into a candidate's personality. "The Jobathlon is an unique opportunity to explore the best of an applicant and their traits", says Stéphane Jansonne, CEO of Sportyjob. Hence, passion, engagement and teamwork sideline a CV, qualifications and references. "The most important reference is sports!", underlines Romain Gravigny, head of the Decathlon Store in La Rochelle.The games, for example with a Kin-Ball, were combined with 30 minute interviews, giving candidates and recruiters the chance to get to know each other on a direct level.

Match & win

All in all 30 store managers for 30 decathlon branches in the South-West of France were awarded. According to Vincent Laliche, Human Resources of Decathlon and Jobathlon co-resposible, it's been a match between them and a lot of candidates.The Jobathlon has proven to be an innovative & successful approach of recruitment, for both applicants and recruiter.[vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="25233,25222,25219,25216,25213,25210,25207,25204,25201,25198,25195,25192,25189,25186,25183,25180,25177,25174,25171"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Our Sportyjob year 2017 in words & numbers – happy new year!

With new year's eve being only a couple of hours away, we can't help but look back on the last year. To say the least, it's been a year. For us, 2017 was about going forward. Just like our candidates who worked the year on advancing their careers, we wanted to bring Sportyjob to a new level. And without any romanticisation, for ourselves, we can say that we succeeded.So, what's been our biggest moments 2017?

The ISPO Career Day 2017

It's just one month to go until we celebrate our coopertion with ISPO Munich once more. Which means: It's been almost a year since the last Career Day happened. Our approach to bring the online job board to the most important sport's fair in europe was very exciting for us, the companies and candidates. Speed Dating Interviews, job offers on the go on the Job wall and a lot of links between companies and visitors - what an event!  But we have to admit, it went great: “Every company hired at least one person after or during the show in 2017 - which is great news!”, says Andy (one of our CEOs if you didn't know yet).Ispo Career Days Munich 2017 Sportyjob

1488 Job Listings and around 500 companies

That's right: Sports companies listed round 1500 sport jobs in our job board this year - that's been plenty of opportunities for a career change. Especially, candidates looking for a sport job in Marketing, Management and Retail have been lucky - they have been listed the most! In 2017, we have been connecting Sportyjob with 500 hiring companies - to give you the best chances for a career bost. Even though not every business published an ad, all of them have been browsing your CVs and opened up for intiative applications by Sportyjob Candidates.

New website, new App

We have to admit: We already launched our new website at the end of 2016. But: 2017 was about the fine tuning for you, working on the website, the usability and all these things that happen hidden for the users in our Sportyjob back-end. We also brought our blog back from retirement - which has been asleep since 2014 - to deliver you fresh news and insights.Our highlight though was bringing the job search to your mobile phone by launching our Sportyjob Apphoping to make it even easier for you to find a new career.

The growing Sportyjob Team

Even we were hiring in 2017! With more and more collaborating sports companies and Lennart and Andy being integrated in other projects as well, we needed more helping hands. Since the sports industry stopped being a man-dominated field years ago, it was time for some female touch: In February, we welcomed Claudia (that's me! :)) to the team to help us with our Social Media & Blogs. And in April, we were happy to recruite our youngest team member, our lovely Linda, who first started as an intern and is now supporting our Sales.Now, at the end of the year, our family grew even more. Our newest colleague, Stephane, will introduce himself in our blog soon. Until then, meet 2/3 of our team - hello guys!The team behind the job board SportyjobFrom left to right: Lennart (CTO), Linda (Sales), Michel (IT) and Andy (General Manager)

Our new year's resolution

Let's have a little sneak peak in 2018, shall we?An eventful start is ahead of us: In less than two weeks, Decathlon and Sportyjob launch the Jobathlon in Merginac, France, followed by the ISPO Career Day 2018 at the end of January, expanding our online job board to life recruiting!We are also looking forward to even more job chances for you: Two of the greatest sports groups of Europe have signed up with us for 2018, contributing their free positions every day in 2018: Amer Sports and VF Corporation.Doesn't ring a bell for you? Amer Sports is best known for its brands Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc’teryx, Mavic, Suunto and Precor, but has even more to offer. The VF Corporation is recognised for its brands Vans, Timberland, The North Face, Reef and more.That's two of the biggest employers of the sports industry - just saying.To make long story short, there's just one more thing for us to do this year (apart from celebrating later by). We want to say thank you - for trusting us with your career paths and using our job board in the last year. Cheers! 

Sleep your way to the top: How sports companies help their employees rest

Activity and exercise are known to be two factors to be more successful in your sports job and your life in general. The other side of the medal though centers on the complete opposite: It’s about a good night’s sleep or your rest throughout the day. 
Unfortunately, in the 21st century sleep is put on the sideline as a consequence of bigger work loads, greater focus on careers and actually, the digital media. In the last 60 years, our society reduced their sleeping amount per night from 8 hours to 6 and a half, ignoring the importance of a rested mind. What follows is sleep deprivation in big parts of our society, resulting in mental and physical health problems. Even the minor effects of insufficient sleep already effect our daily tasks negatively, leaving us unconcentrated and unproductive at work. Logically concluded, being well rested is important for your job - something more and more sports companies understand.

What happens when we sleep?

Even nowadays, neuroscientists still didn’t discover completely what happens in our brain when we are asleep. There are several theories though which seem very likely and fit the results you might notice yourself.It seems that during your sleeping phase, your brain processes all impressions you made during the day, be it aware or subconscious. When you sleep, these things that you learned, will be committed to your memory.Something else you probably noticed is how your brain activities will tire you - how at the end of a stressful day you can’t concentrate that well and have problems memorizing things. So at night, or even during a power nap, your mind is able to power up again, to restore its resources so to speak.In consequence, if you manage to rest well during the night, your concentration and awareness improve. You’ll be more creative, social, productive, better in problem solving, just to name a few. On the other hand, your stress level is reduced, resulting in a more balanced mood and this way, in an improved ability to make (good) decisions. Overall, your mind and body are healthier.

How sports companies support the rest of their employees

Modern sports companies nowadays focus a lot on the well being of their employees. It doesn’t come as a surprise that most sports companies contain fitness and workout areas, yoga studios or even special sports facilities like a boulder wall (adidas) or a skatepark (Quiksilver). Furthermore, a lot of companies over flexible hours so the working times are timed around your own schedule, depending on whether you are a morning or an evening person.But there are some who take the well-being of their employee’s on a next level, knowing about the importance of rest and sleep to increase producitivy, creativity and overall the employee’s happiness. The trend of napping areas or boozes that we find at Google, Uber and Co. have also been adapted by the sports business, but there are three sports companies who bring a nap break from work to the next level.

Adidas

adidas in Herzogenauch more or less „killed“ the regular working space when they developed their „MyArena“ concept in 2015. Instead of working in your office, adidas employees in the „Pitch“-building have a free desk choice every day, a game room, 360 degree brain storming rooms and all the other fun stuff that creates an inspiring working atmosphere.Apart from the possibility to work in a free environment, they also realized the importance of resting in between working hours: „Using short breaks to revitalize actively helps to stay focussed and creative“. That’s why their recreation area has a room equipped with massage chairs to take a quick nap and recover in between a busy working day.
 

Nike

Where there’s adidas, Nike’s never far away. According to Forbes, Nike is the number one employer of the sports industry in the US. Their employees are satisfied with the working atmosphere and the benefits. A big part of it sure is their attitude towards well rested employees: In their headquarters in Oregon, they provide cozy resting areas for their staff. In quiet rooms with comfortable couches and chill music, it is allowed to nap and rest to gain new energy for ongoing projects.

Puma

Puma structured their benefits into 4 main piles to guarantee their team’s satisfaction.„We cannot perform well unless we feel comfortable in our work environment, and companies wishing to retain their employees over the long term must be aware of this fact.“Apart from social and structural benefits, Puma focuses a lot on the mental and physical health, offering sport and leisure activities as well as massages and physiotherapy to reduce stress. Their „mental wellbeing“ pile, however, uses an extraordinary approach to relax the mind’s of their team even away from the job: By offering special trainings on how to manage stress or achieve a better work-life balance, they actively support the ability to rest after work and sleep better at night.

The ironical guide to score your dream-job when you’re not qualified

Probably everyone has been or will be rejected for a job once in their lifetime. The main reason is because of lacking experience or another more suited candidate. Well, this is not the time to give up! If you want your dream career and stick out between plenty of applications, you sometimes have to think outside of the box. You probably expect the regular advice like „use your connections“, „learn some extraordinary skills“, „spice up your application“ - well, no, we are done with this unsuccessful gibberish tips! Now, it’s time for some unusual (unethical) ways to gain your dream career.

The story of Mrs. Doubthire

Even though we all watched Robin Williams become a lovely older lady to see his kids after divorce, almost no one understood the true message of this marvelous movie. You probably naively believed this made-up story about separation and its effects on the family, too. Well, you’ve been fooled for years! In reality, it addresses a great way how to get the job you really want: with a petite (enormous) white lie! If your qualifications aren’t enough for the position you apply for, just change the details a little bit. Normally, it’s enough to copy the requirements straight away from the job ad and add 3-5 years of experience in the chosen field. If you’re a career enterer, don’t forget to also change your date of birth accordingly. Also, if you’re lucky enough to have a brother who is a talented make-up artist, a new face-design probably helps a lot, too. Just don’t stick to closely to the movie - an attractive face is more likely to get you the job than the fat-suit and wrinkled mask of a scottish granny.

Another story of Mrs. Doubthire

So, hopefully this blog made you watch Mrs. Doubtfire again, because there’s another lesson that you could learn from the movie.Maybe you know that Robin was also hired because there was almost no one else who applied. Do you remember why? Right: He altered the job ad to scare possible competitors away. 
Luckily, most companies nowadays publish their free positions online, so all you need to do is hack their website! Depending on your own hacking skills (guessing your own password right is not considered hacking), you might need help to bring their website, or at least the ad, down. In times of deep web and bitcoins an easy venture. In case, you found the ad online in our sports jobs, we politely ask you to refrain from hacking Sportyjob.

Stick out of the mass

True to the old adage „In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king“, you only need to make sure that every other candidate is a worse choice than you are. „But that’s impossible!“, you say? It definitely isn’t. Just fill out hundredth of applications from made up people and send them over! You’ll rise and shine in between this big pile of s…pam like the holy messiah - a proven tactic well known in politics throughout the world.By the way, this hack works best in combination with Mrs Doubthire II.

„I will call you!“

How experienced are you in dating strategies? You probably heard about the „3 days rule“ claiming that to not appear desperate, you need to wait three days to call your dating partner.Sounds reasonable, right? So, here’s how we do it to score your desired job: Personally submit your application in the HR department, tell them how great it was to meet them and promise to call them in 3 days. Wait three days. Don’t call. Call one day later. Even though they actually didn’t like you at the beginning, they do now and are probably sitting next to their phone, waiting urgently. Congratulations, you are now hired.

Be the (evil) ray of hope on the horizon

Last but not least, the most effective strategy to be hired even when you’re not qualified. It takes a lot of time and effort, but for the ones who desire their dream career more than anything else, this is the leading way to success.First of all, you have to found your own business in the same field as your employer with the same pear group. Put in all your energy and money to be successful until your are the leader of the industry. After that, steal all their clients and lure a big part of their team away by offering more benefits and a better work environment than they do. At the same time, start a dirty press campaign to discredit them so that all remaining clients and employees also leave. By now, the company should be almost ruined - your moment to be the savior. Apply for your dream career again and you’ll be hired. At least, for the last couple of years before you retire.

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 150 international team riders, with the majority being organised by our Shop Team (the shops in Austria, Switzerland and Germany).  The online communications department manages 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 cooperation 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 travelling & 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 travelling & 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.