Not everyone grows up to be a pro skater
. But that doesn't mean that you can't work in the skateboarding industry! Skateboarding is huge, and there are all kinds
of jobs out there! Ever dream of working in the skateboarding industry, behind the scenes, or getting paid to skate somehow? Check out this list of possible places to look:
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Malakye is a great place to start your search. Malakeye has all kinds of skateboard jobs listed, and you can do detailed searches for specific things that you might be looking for. You can search for skateboarding jobs, but also other action sports like surfing, snowboarding, bike, moto, and "outdoor"... kind of general, but there's a lot there! You can also search by location, and they give you help building your resume and everything. You can make a profile on their site, and in theory piles of people will call you up and offer you jobs! That's probably not going to happen, but... you never know!
Now Go Skate is a GREAT idea! They team up skaters with people who want lessons, all over the US! "Create your own lessons! We just give you the clients. We're the largest skate lesson referral network in America."
You can charge what you want, and make your own hours. It's a pretty sweet idea. "Many people do this as a part-time job as they go to school or work full-time behind a desk. If your schedule get's too busy, we can put your profile on pause until you're ready! Skateboard instruction is very flexible. You can easily schedule lessons on weekends or nights. Lessons are scheduled at your local parks. You will be able to speak to your client before meeting them to confirm times and location."
Check out their website for more info. They also have camps all over the country, which you can get involved with.
Skateboardworks is a simple skateboarding blog, but they do have a section for jobs, and it's worth it to look and see if there's anything there that you might be interested in. Unfortunately, the blog sometimes has long gaps...
The same website has a different expression simply called "skateboard jobs", and it has more jobs listed. Which is super odd... but check it out!
The Field is a job search engine for "sports enthusiasts". Now, I know, is skateboarding a sport?! Stow that for just a minute - keep your eye on the prize here! This website actually has a few skateboarding jobs listed, and a good variety!
Here's how they describe themselves, "We're very excited that you've visited us at The Field Jobs. We're dedicated to bringing you the best sports, fitness, and recreation job board in the world. We've assembled the largest collection of sports, fitness and recreation jobs on the web and are constantly adding new jobs."
They're definitely worth a look. Plus, you can post your resume on their site, and
Board Sport Jobs
This USED to be a sweet website to check out, but right now it's "coming soon"... which makes me think it's dead... But I wanted to list it here so you can check it out just in case!
Simply Hired is a general job search engine, but they have a good selection of skateboarding jobs! Hit the link to see - there's some good stuff! At the time I type this up, most are for "executives"... which is a little hefty... but, take a look anyway!
Indeed is super similar to Simply Hired. They might even just BE the same companies. I don't know. It's bull like this that makes job search suck. I'd say give it a quick look, and if all you see are the same things that were on Simply Hired, then set the website on fire and move on.
Along the same lines as the last two above, there are other general job search engines out there, like Monster, and ... well whatever else is out right now.
Another idea is to check out individual skateboard company's websites! I have a huge list here - go look at your favorites, and see if they're hiring!
Finally, don't give up hope. There ARE jobs out there. Maybe check out local skate shops? How about any skateparks, especially indoor ones? The main thing to remember is that you are looking to support and get involved - not just get paid to be alive! So get some new underwear on, wash your face and get that job!
(if you know of other resources that should be added to this list, please let me know! email@example.com. Thanks!)