Jun | 10
Brooks Athletes, Run Happy Inspiration

How to Land a Job at Brooks

Brooks Staff in Bothell, WA

Brooks Staff in Bothell, WA

Recently I sat down with Brooks’ manager of human resources, Teresa Ritter, who offered tips on building a career in the footwear industry. Brooks is one of the best places to work on the planet and that’s because of the amazing people we have at this company. Run Happy!

1. What types of jobs are there at a shoe company like Brooks?

We hire a wide range of team members, everyone from graphic designers and IT talent, to customer service representatives and logistics staff. If you have a passion for running, there is probably a job at Brooks that fits yours skills.

Our newest positions at Brooks are in the apparel and footwear product development departments–all specialized positions that require apparel and footwear product experience.  In 2011, we have also expanded our sales and marketing teams.

Many times employees start their career at Brooks by working in the customer service department or at our outlet store in Bothell.  Brooks also has compliance, finance, and IT departments that occasionally have openings.

2. What is the most enjoyable part of hiring talent for Brooks?

We interview a lot of positive people that are passionate about the product and the company.  Most applicants that apply know Brooks and want to work for a company that represents an active healthy lifestyle.  Most candidates that we hire have the run happy spirit.

3. What advice would share with someone who is interested in working for Brooks?

If you’re passionate about running and want to work at a great company, continue to check out the career page on www.brooksrunning.com. Networking with Brooks employees is another great way to get connected and learn more about the company.  Some managers even make time for 20 minute informational interviews.

4. How can the public find out about openings at Brooks?

Go to our career page on our website www.brooksrunning.com and “follow” Brooks on LinkedIn. This is the best way to learn when new positions are posted that fit your qualifications and interests.

5. Any other advice to share?

Our human resources department would be happy to answer any other questions about working at Brooks. Post a comment on this blog post and we will do our best to respond.

About Kristen
Kristen has worked for Brooks since summer 2011 and is an addicted runner. She ran in the Big 10 conference for The Ohio State University where she recently finished her master’s degree in Communication. Kristen is now running half-marathons (with a PR of 1:18:41) and full marathons (2:45:46). Kristen is a 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.
30 Comments
  • Melinda B.

    How many people do you have working in the Customer Service department? I have been following your company and purchasing your products – and I am sold! I will be posting my resume (again!) tomorrow. I would love a chance to interview and share my skills with this great company.

    Thanks, Melinda B.

  • http://www.brooksrunning.com Teresa Ritter

    We have about 20 employees in the Customer Service Department and this group ncludes: Customer Service Representives for Domestic, International Account Specialists, and a Vendor Compliance Team. Thank you for your interest in Brooks Sports!

  • Valerie Davis

    Good Afternoon, I am extremely interested in working for Brooks and have applied for the Biomechanist position. I have done the wear testing program and have come into the lab before. Do you let potential candidates know as the process continues or if the position closes? Is there anything more I can do to secure an interview? I would love a chance to show how my skills would match with the Brooks team!

  • http://www.brooksrunning.com Teresa Ritter

    We follow up with candidates after a position closes and then remove the job opening from our website once a job is filled. For the Biomechanist position, we just completed the phone interviews with the top candidates. We plan to start the in-person interviews someitme around the week of July 11th due to travel schedules. Thank you for your interest in Brooks Sports!

  • Kbclawson

    Are regional product reps hired through the main office or regionally? Where are those types of postings available?

  • Andrew

    I’ve recently applied for your Graphic Designer position, but I was not able to verify that my resume was attached. In the application process, it had only showed my cover letter as an attachment. Is there someone I can contact to verify that both my resume and cover letter were recieved? Thank you for your time! – Andrew Brown

  • Mike Sayenko

    I am very passionate about running and the run happy culture of the company ! I am a sponsored athlete that has been to three Olympic Trials, have been an intern in the past, and know people in the company. My passion for running overlaps with graphic design. I saw a recent graphic design position open. I applied and have not heard for a while. Is there still any chance at an interview for this position?

    • brooksblog

      @google-5a250c88274caed588acb007a0e93703:disqus  Sorry, but that position has been filled. We are growing company and will have more positions open in the future. Good luck

  • DistanceNerd

    What about something like the materials R&D field? Any place in Brooks for a runner who’s heavy on the chemistry expertise?

  • http://www.facebook.com/claire.josquin Claire Josquin

    hello! I am Claire, I am French, I love running and practice athletics in competition. I am studying International business and I am currently looking for a work placement in Germany for nearly 2 months (from may to July 2013). please could you help me to find a contact and know if it would be possible to team up with them for fews months! thank you very much! sincerely Claire PS: if you want to contact me personally, here is my mail address : claireau@hotmail.fr thanks a lot for that help!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.mccarthymackay Sarah McCarthy Mackay

    I am an avid runner and triathlete and would love an opportunity to work at Brooks!! I recently applied for the Corporate Responsibility Specialist position. I worked at Helly Hansen as a Marketing/Sales Specialist a few years ago. I am familiar with the Higgs Index, I have training in Corporate Responsibility and would be thrilled to work at Brooks. I’m willing to do what it takes to get into the door at Brooks! Do you recommend having an informational interview with the head of the Department? Thanks so much! Sarah

  • Genevieve

    Dear Ms. Ritter,
    I wanted to alert you that I submitted two applications for the Event Coordinator position. My cover letter did not appear the first time I uploaded my resume and cover letter and submitted my application, so I combined my cover letter with my resume and resubmitted my application. Please let me know if there is a way for me to direct the appropriate person’s attention to this fact to let him or her know that my second application is the complete version. I could not find an alternate way to communicate this inquiry, so I apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you, Genevieve

  • http://twitter.com/JuddATX Alex Judd

    My name is Alex Judd and I am a student at The University of Texas. I definitely subscribe to the Brooks “Run Happy” mentality and am looking for a way to arrange one of the informational interviews described above. Do you have any advice?

    • brooksblog

      @twitter-586193962:disqus Thanks for the comment. Due to the number of inquiries we receive we cannot provide informational interviews for all who request one. At this time, please follow Brooks on LinkedIN to learn about our newest job postings. See http://linkedin.com/company/brooks-running-company

  • Matt T

    I had applied for the field guru position for Phoenix and was wondering if the first round of interviews have started? I have an extensive background in the running specialty industry and have been waiting for this position to become available. I know this would be a perfect fit for me because of my passion for running.

    • brooksblog

      @disqus_NmJWOk2tHi:disqus Hi Matt. Thanks for the message. Our hiring team will be in touch with you regarding this as soon as they’re able.Thanks, and run happy!

  • valerie burns

    I recently applied for the Environmental Specialist position and I was unable to attach my cover letter. Is there someone I could send it to, or should I reapply and see if it works the second time through? I am very excited about this position and I want to get my cover letter in.
    Thanks
    Valerie Burns

  • Kubed

    I recently applied for the public relations specialist position with Brooks Running. I prepared a resume and cover letter, but the online application only had a spot for a resume. Should I merge my two documents into one and reapply? Thank you in advance for the feedback.
    ~Laura Kubitz

  • Tyler Eidsmoe

    I recently applied for a open position for a Product Foot and Wear Test Analyst at the corporate headquarters and was curious about the status of my application. I have called a number of times to be directed to a recruiter for the department only to leave a message and never get a response. Is there someone else I can talk to or send my resume and cover letter too? Thanks for the help
    -Tyler Eidsmoe

  • Tyler Eidsmoe

    I recently applied for a open position for a Product Foot and Wear Test Analyst at the corporate headquarters and was curious about the status of my application. I have called a number of times to be directed to a recruiter for the department only to leave a message and never get a response. Is there someone else I can talk to or send my resume and cover letter too? Thanks for the help
    -Tyler Eidsmoe

  • joshua friedman

    Does Brooks plan on having a Human Performance Lab Intern position for summer 2014? If so, when might it be posted and who can I contact about that? Thanks.

    • brooksblog

      joshua friedman The Human Performance Lab Intern is a 6 month internship, so we won’t be posting it just for the summer. The Lab internship that’s posted right
      now will be from February until July, and the next one will overlap with that, starting in July. If you are qualified for and interested in this position, please apply on our website: http://www.brooksrunning.com/careers.

  • Jake Braam

    Will there be any upcoming opportunities for a Graphic Design Internship?

    • brooksblog

      Hi Jake! Thanks for your interest! Our Creative Team currently has an intern on staff, and is not planning on adding another in 2014. Keep checking our jobs page for updates as something else might come up that you might want to apply for. Thanks again, and Run Happy!

      • Jake Braam

        Thanks! I’ll be sure to keep checking your jobs page. Hope to work with Brooks in the future. Thanks again, and have a fantastic day!

  • Carly Lockard

    Hi, I just found this post and had a question regarding a cover letter. I am applying for the biomechanics research scientist position listed at: http://hire.jobvite.com/CompanyJobs/Careers.aspx?c=qmw9VfwG&s=SimplyHired&utm_medium=jobclick&utm_source=simplyhired&page=Job%20Description&j=oJPTYfw9
    and would love to be able to personalize my cover letter. Do you know who is reviewing the applications or who I could contact to find that information?
    Thank you,
    Carly

    • brooksblog

      Hi Carly,

      There are number of people here at Brooks who could review your materials. If you address your cover letter to the Brooks Recruiting Team, they’ll definitely get it. Run Happy!

  • Keith Erps

    Hey Guys,

    I just applied for the Sports Marketing Coordinator position. I am excited for the opportunity to work with your company and use my talents to help fulfill the mission and goals of Brooks Running. I was hoping to get my resume, cover letter, and some work samples in the hands of the Sports Marketing Manager and Team Brand Manager who i will be working with.

    Thanks and hope to hear from you soon,

    Keith Erps