The PWC industry has really progressed over the past decade. Sponsorship has evolved to an entirely new level and direction. Winning on Sunday does not mean selling on Monday anymore. Fans and consumers are more informed, savvier and connected to the industry. Our consumers and competitors are no longer the next state over, they are global. We have riders from over 15 different countries.
When applying to be part of the Jettribe family, please keep in mind your resume will be one of potentially hundreds of resumes that will be considered each season. Like applying for a job, you must make sure yours stands out. We must have a good reason to consider you over other riders who may be just as qualified. Here are some pointers to help with your application:
1.) Resume: Make sure your personal background talks about who you really are, and not about how accomplished you are as a rider. What do you do for a living off the water, why did you get started racing, and a few tidbits to show insight into who you really are.
2.) Cover Letter: Tell us why you would be a great addition to the Jettribe Family. Talk about how you will promote Jettribe on and off the water. Tell us where you primarily ride and what you will do to promote the Jettribe brand everywhere you go. It is also very important to talk about why you want to be a part of the Jettribe race family. How will our gear help you as a rider?
3.) Photos: Please send both action and “headshot” photos. Riders who are chosen for the Jettribe Race Team will have online profiles on our website, so we need to see you are capable of providing these types of photos to us. When sending action shots, make sure they are clear and close up of just you. Sometimes professional photos are well worth the money! Headshots need to be with your helmet off, and please, no “selfies.”
4.) Social Media: A logo on your ski, or time up on the podium are just a small part of how you represent Jettribe. Your engagement with our customers is an important step in securing a place on our team. Create both professional social media accounts, and your own personal pages for friends and family. Include your social media usernames for Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and take time to try and gain followers before you apply.
5.) Key Points to remember when submitting your resume:
a) Always use spell check.
b) Provide professional references from the PWC industry.
c) Be creative with your submission – For example, send a link to a video of you talking about how you would represent Jettribe.
d) Be polite and thankful for the opportunity, no matter what our final decision. We may not have room for you this year, but you can still work on getting on the team next season.
e) Make your application complete and clear, so we do not need to search or dig for better information. It is better to be over prepared than not enough.
6.) Application Deadline for next year’s season is September 15. Please submit your application before the deadline to ensure we have adequate time to review it.
x DO NOT send us a message on social media asking for sponsorship. Please follow the formal application process.
x DO NOT apply for sponsorship just to get a discount, you need to be committed to the team. If you just want a discount, please join our Rider Rewards program available on our website for all customers.
x DO NOT elaborate or lie in your resume. We will research your claims and follow-up with reference checks.
x DO NOT share our sensitive company information on social media. When in doubt, check with us first if you want to share Jettribe news or events with your followers.
x DO NOT forget you need to earn your sponsorship each season. Most riders will not be automatically renewed, especially if we have not heard from you all season.
x DO NOT ask vague questions about what you can get for free. If you need certain gear beyond your contract, send a nice email with a list and an explanation why each piece is needed. Most sponsored riders get a discount, but rarely is gear given away for free.
x DO NOT ask for sponsorship for your buddies, especially at race events. We are busy during those times, and although we’d love to meet your friends and get to know new riders, we can’t consider a sponsorship on the spot.
X DO NOT ask about sponsorship while we are out on the water. We like to ride just like you, and our time on our water is our time away from work. Again, we will not discuss sponsorships on the spot.
x DO NOT talk bad about competitors. Similar to never bad mouthing your previous employer in an interview, it only leads us to thinking you could do the same to our company in the future.
x DO NOT ask for certain sponsorship discounts because you have gotten it from some other company. Each company has different sponsorship standards that do not necessarily correlate to what we offer.
x DO NOT forget the “free” goodies you may receive are not “free” to us. We have to pay to produce it, warehouse it and ship it.
x DO NOT get political on your professional social media pages, or post about last night’s raging party. Please keep that stuff on a personal account.
x DO NOT wear your Jettribe apparel to the after race social gatherings. Be conscious of what you are wearing during your after-race activities; we do not want anything to reflect negatively on the Jettribe brand.
x DO NOT forget to appreciate what the sponsorship is trying to do for your race career. It is a small industry. One door opens up another. Each person you meet and greet is a stepping stone towards your race career. We are all hard working professionals that are extremely passionate about this sport, and plan to pass it on to the next generation.