First off, I have to say, DR has got to be one of the sickest magazines out there! Funny how a wife and mother of a three year old daughter could possibly think such a thing, but hey, I’m just as much a racer as any guy out there, including my husband. I honestly have to thank my husband for ordering the subscription because now I’m addicted to it and snatch it up before he does when it arrives in the mail.I love reading this section of the magazine because it provides a lot of insight from various riders throughout the riding community. However, I have yet to see a discussion on the topic of sponsorship resumes. As a woman racer who in the last couple of years really started focusing on my cross country racing competitively, I’m shocked to have struggled so much with information on creating a good, presentable racing resume. Yes, I know there are numerous sponsorship websites such as Hookit (formally Sponsorhouse) which I am a part of, but it doesn’t even provide you with the tools to create a resume that you can send in the mail, or email. Heck, I even sent an email to Hookit asking about this feature and have yet to get a response. I personally prefer this method and have noticed most sponsors want you to send in your resume with pictures. To me it’s more personable and shows you took the time and effort to put one together versus just filling out an online application.
Amongst all my searches on the Internet, I did find one website, Glory Hog, that will create a beautiful resume profiling you as a racer, but they want $69.95 to start…wow! C’mon, in this time with the economy the way it is and all our extra funds going into racing, did I really want to spend that money for someone else to create my resume? I thought surely there has got to be some sort of template out there that I could use to create my own resume, but to my surprise, I could not find one. Maybe I’m just looking in the wrong places, but it was very frustrating.I finally decided to sit down at the computer and play around with Microsoft Office, and by doing that I came up with something good. I originally created it using Microsoft Power Point and then saved it in a PDF format. For a not-so-savvy computer wiz, I thought it turned out pretty good. The printed resume looks great on paper and would look even better on photograph type paper that has gloss. I sent this in to Moose Racing and Answer Racing and we’ll see what happens. Wish me luck!Thanks DR for the opportunity to express my thoughts. Keep up the great work at the office, and of course, keep it pinned on the dirt!
I agree that something that arrives in the mail, that can be held in your hand, goes a lot further than any digital form that is clogging up a general marketing department email inbox somewhere. Your resume looks great, and presentation is what a lot of sponsors are looking for with amateur support, so I’d suspect you’re half way there. Maybe the decision makers at Answer and Moose will see you in print and we can get a bidding war started.For others who are not so computer savvy, a clean print up of accomplishments and goals along with a few photos of how a rider represents themselves at the races would probably get some good attention. -Pete Peterson