Nike Careers, Application Forms & Employment

Nike, not to be confused with the Greek deity, is an American multinational corporation that has interests in the footwear industry along with apparel, equipment, accessories, and services. Within these fields the company designs, develops, and manufactures these items on a global scale. Odds are, if you ever bought a pair of tennis shoes or entered a sporting goods store, you are familiar with this brand.

What is this company though? Why should you be interested in a Nike application? Today we’ll look at the history, culture, and means of applying to this company. By the end of it all, you’ll be an expert in Nike and excited to start a career with them.

An Overview and History of Nike

Nike began as Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS), founded by Philip Knight and his coach Bill Bowerman, both from the University of Oregon. The company was founded in January of 1964. In the beginning, the company was a distributor for the Japanese shoe maker Onitsuka Tiger.

They made most of their sales at tracks and out of Philip’s car in the beginning. Hard to believe this massive company started so small, isn’t it? During their first year of business, BRS sold 1,300 pairs of Japanese running shoes and made a gross sales figure of $8,000. Within the next year, they had a full-time employee and sales of over $20,000.

nike store frontThe first BRS retail store opened in 1966 in Santa Monica, California. The following year saw an increase in sales on the east coast and resulted in an expansion of the retail and distribution on that coast.

The partnership between BRS began to wane in 1971. This was when they decided to start designing their own footwear line. In 1977 the company produced its first advertisement for the Nike brand with the slogan “There is no finish line.”

Nike teamed up with Wieden+Kennedy to produced more advertisements. It was the agency co-founder Dan Wieden who coined the now famous slogan: “Just Do It.” This slogan was chosen by Advertising Age as one of the top five slogans of the 20th century.

In terms of their products, Nike manufactures a number of different types of sporting equipment. The first products they made were track running shoes, but over the years they’ve also expanded into jerseys, shorts, cleats, base layers, and more.

They have expanded to include equipment for a variety of sports including track and field, baseball, hockey, tennis, football, lacrosse, basketball, and cricket. Nike Air Max are a line of shoes first released in 1987. Later they introduced additional lines of product. Now that you know all about the company, let’s find out how you can start a career with them.

Direct Competitors

Nike is certainly a powerhouse, but they aren’t the only place that can offer your a career where you can get your feet on the ground. Sorry, I had to, but in all seriousness, there’s also Foot Locker which is a great shoe-focused business. For more urban style footwear, check out Journeys.

Nike Application Online

Like many companies in this day and age, the way to get in is to apply online. For Nike, this starts by heading over to their careers page. Here you will find the portal to apply for both corporate and retail job options. Each of the jobs has a description attached to it explaining the requirements and expectations.

Before you start filling out the online forms, you’ll need to create a profile and login information. During this process you can upload a resume or connect this profile with your LinkedIn. If you don’t have a LinkedIn, or you’ve never heard of it, you’re going to need one. Think of it like a professional Facebook. It’s a great way to network and meet people within your career goals.

Remember that your resume/and or LinkedIn profile should reflect skills and experience relevant to the job you’re applying for. Don’t include information that doesn’t relate to a job working at Nike. When it comes time to fill out your online forms, remember to answer each question truthfully and with accurate information.

Once you’ve finished, you can easily check on the status of the form by logging into the profile you created. When you log in, check the “My Submission” tab to see information about each of the jobs you applied for. Each one will have a submission status that allows you to see where you stand.

Salary Information

There are over 750 Nike Store and Nike Factory Store locations. With entry-level and full-time jobs available and various levels in the company, the range of salary is good. The entry-level positions known as “Athletes” make around $10 an hour. The only real requirement for positions like these is a high school diploma or GED.

When you look at the store manager positions known as “Coaches” you’ll see that they have good salary and benefit options. The yearly pay ranges anywhere from $40,000 to $80,000 depending on how much experience the manager has.

FInal Thoughts

A Nike job application is your ticket to success. All it takes is dedication and drive to join this company that is recognized around the world. Best of luck to you in your career!