Posted by Willy Franzen on April 30, 2010. Jobs updated daily.
It’s been a long time since an airline has actually lost my bag never to be seen again. I think that I was about 6. Unfortunately it was the most awesome bag ever. It wasn’t very large and probably would have been carried on if it didn’t include one of my toy guns. It also had a bag of shark teeth that I collected from the beach, some clothes, various other toys, and a pair of Batman logo emblazoned Chuck Taylors. It was a devastating loss, and I’m still not quite over it. Now it’s been a long time since I’ve worn Converse shoes, but they certainly seem to be making a resurgence (or maybe they’re just always popular but in different subcultures). We’re lucky we still have North Andover, MA based Converse, because it seemed like they might go out of business until Nike swooshed in and bought them in 2003. If that hadn’t happened, I bet the market for second-hand pairs of Chucks would be insane—and then I’d really be missing those Batman All-Stars (even if they were a Size 1 or whatever).
I’ll bet that a big part of the reason that Converse struggled in the past was that the demand for their shoes seems to ebb and flow with our country’s cultural shifts. Converse shoes have been popular to basketball players, punk rockers, rappers, hipsters, greasers, and many other groups at varying times. That has to be really hard to plan for. I’d imagine that the influence of Nike has helped Converse run much more smoothly as a business. If anyone knows shoes, it’s Nike. Now that Converse seems to be back on the right track, you might want to check out their jobs. They don’t appear to have any clear cut entry level jobs posted, but of the 40 openings that they have right now, quite a few seem as though they could be suitable for new/recent grads. Unfortunately their applicant tracking system doesn’t let us link directly to the postings, but you’ll want to watch out for job titles like: Photographer, Footwear Designer, Retail Corporate Financial Analyst, Demand Planning Analyst, Accounts Payable Coordinator, Associate Menswear Designer – Knits (NYC), Assistant Womenswear Designer – Wovens (NYC), Assistant Designer – Womens RTW Apparel (NYC), and Accessories Designer (NYC). You can apply online, and if you land the job, I’m sure that you’ll never have to worry about buying shoes again.
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