Lots of you write to Shift inquiring about sponsorship.
Cut-off date is November 1st.
How do you increase your chances of catching the eye of our Rider Support Department when seeking sponsorship? Here are some general tips, including examples of a resume and a letter of reference you should submit with your application packet.
Applications for sponsorship are accepted via postal service only. Do not e-mail or fax in your resume. Mail your application material to:
Irvine, CA 92606
Don't try to get a jump on the competition by submitting your material earlier than the official dates. Those applications go directly into the round file marked "T" for "Trash". Late submissions end up in the same place.
If you would like to ensure your resume arrives, you can purchase a proof of delivery by buying a "return receipt" at the time of mailing (the fee is $1.30) at the local Post Office with Certified Mail, Registered Mail, COD or Insured Mail items valued over $50. It provides evidence of delivery (to whom the mail was delivered and date of delivery) along with information about the recipient's actual delivery address. Return Receipt (Electronic) is an electronic alternative to the existing Return Receipt (green card).
Applications for the 2018 season are now closed. Shift will be accepting resumes for the 2019 season starting August 1st 2018.
Your application packet should include these items:
- two or three letters of reference from teachers, coaches, community/church leaders, employers (volunteer work DOES count)
- report card (if still in school)
- one action photo of you (wearing Shift gear doesn't hurt)
- one head and shoulders photo (school photo will do)
All material should be presented in a professional manner..... take the time to do a spell/grammar check and be sure everything is legible. If you have lousy handwriting, type everything or print it out from a computer using the best quality white bond paper you can afford. Don't make the Rider Support guys struggle to read your material. Bind everything in a folder like an important school project so that it all stays together in an orderly fashion.
At the events, be sure that you and your crew act like professionals at all times.... our Rider Support team is constantly traveling, attending all the major amateur events and some lesser known events as well. They purposely do NOT advertise who they are many times, but they're out there and they notice athletes and crews who conduct themselves in a professional manner. Shift MX is only interested in elite athletes who will represent our company with professionalism and dignity. If you're competing at a national amateur event, presume that a Shift MX scout is watching you and act accordingly.
Who has the best chance of getting sponsored? Results are the bottom line. If you're in the top five in the amateur nationals in your sport, you're going to catch the eye of our scouts. If you aren't quite there yet, you may still send in your application material, but chances are BEST when you are in the top five of the amateur nationals for your sport.