Man Maps Out Words "Hire Me" In 8.1-Mile Run For A Job

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If a picture's worth a thousand words, David Miller managed to send a compact resume to Strava, a San Francisco-based company that makes an athletic activity tracking system. He took a run through the city's SOMA neighborhood and created a route that spelled out the words "hire me," as ABC News reported.

"I'm at a point in my career where I'm looking for an awesome company to work with," Miller told ABC News. "I'm so passionate about running already. It seemed like a good idea."

The avid runner has signed up for four half-marathons this year and had already filled out an online application with Strava. To get the attention of the company, he ran 8.1 miles around San Francisco, plotting a route that, when illustrated on one of the company's maps, would show his message. He posted the picture, which then went viral on Reddit.

"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," Miller said in an email to Runner's World.

The company would not comment specifically on Miller to either ABC or Runner's World, but a representative told the latter that it wasn't the first time a prospective employee created an image on Strava's system. We love it!" said Michael Oldenburg, a senior communications manager for Strava. "It shows their creativity and enthusiasm for our company and our product."

It is good that Miller didn't expect the stunt to give him an edge. According to what Oldenburg told Runner's World, people who have done similar things haven't enjoyed an edge in getting a position at the company. However, the company apparently indicated that it "liked" his post of the image on Instagram.

People have used Strava art for other purposes. Oldenburg told ABC News that he had seen someone create the image of a turkey, as ABC News had previously reported, and another run a marriage proposal.

If Miller is picked, the question remains whether someone from Strava is obligated to run the pattern, "You're Hired."
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