Runner Gets Creative in Applying for Job at Strava

By Alison Wade, Image by courtesy of David Miller

David Miller submitted a job application to the athletic activity tracking company Strava on Sunday night, but then he decided to go the extra mile, so to speak. The next morning, he used the company’s mobile app to spell out “HIRE ME” over the course of an 13km run, which ended near the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.

“I’ve always had fun applying to jobs in creative ways—I suppose it’s part of the challenge,” Miller told Runner’s World Newswire via email. “This wasn’t as much about ensuring my application’s visibility as having some fun with their product, displaying a bit of my creative energy, and getting a great run in on a Monday morning.”

Michael Oldenburg, a senior communications manager for Strava, told Newswire that he could not comment on specific job applicants, but said that the company appreciates such efforts.

“It’s not the first time that we’ve seen ‘Strava Art’ from potential employees,” said Oldenburg. “We love it! It shows their creativity and enthusiasm for our company and our product.”

Oldenburg said that such efforts do not, however, make it more likely that a candidate’s application will be seen. “Strava is a great place to work and we enjoy seeing the creative ways in which candidates make it be known they want to work here. The best way to be considered for a job at Strava is to apply through our careers page on strava.com. We review every application we receive,” he said.

Oldenburg said that Strava sees some great art of all varieties from around the world. Some of his favorites include a Thanksgiving turkey ridea marriage proposala San Francisco Giants logo, and a 340km “big bike” ride.

Miller said he hadn’t planned to share the photo anywhere other than his Instagram account until a friend suggested he post it on reddit. It struck a chord with reddit users, where it got a lot of attention on Wednesday.

One reddit user suggested that perhaps Miller should have added a “please” to the end. He responded on the site, “I saved the niceties for my cover letter, running another 16km might have killed me.”

Miller, 28, began his own company, SlugBooks, seven years ago, while he was in college. A high school tennis player, Miller says he caught the running bug last year and completed three half marathons. This year, he’s signed up for four half marathons and he plans to run his first full marathon.

Miller said that he had not yet heard back from the company, other than their “liking” his photo of his “HIRE ME” run on Instagram.

“I know startups are always super busy and you never know if you’re what they’re looking for—the run was still a super fun exercise,” he said.

Source: www.runnesrworld.com

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