November 8th, 2012

Time to Resume Resume Creation

It’s that time of year again.  Get some photos together, hit the MotoTally website for results, and get it all into a single package to send to sponsor reps and post on Hookit or MXSponsor.  I’ve done a few resumes for racers and had some good luck, but it’s hard to tell what the reps are looking for these days or what makes their lives easier.  This web page helps a lot and can help with getting organized.

Good photos that are clear are hard to come by.  I stress to promoters that it’s a good idea to have a pro photographer at the races, but the cost benefit for their pocketbook usually doesn’t come out and the racers miss out.  The real bite in the shorts is that many racers don’t realize they’re missing out until the end of the season and it’s too late.  Putting a blurry photo up on the web that gets 20 ‘likes’ and pads the ego of the person with the camera is one thing.  Putting a blurry photo from a phone or even a DSLR on your resume is a different matter and doesn’t really seem like it’ll help your cause.  If it makes someone’s eyes strain to look at the photo, then chances are, they’ll not look at it.  There’s a big difference between what looks good on the computer screen, or the screen of a phone, and what looks good when it’s printed.  Print out a photo from a screen shot and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Brian‘s software has made it really easy to see your results and your standings.  One of the things that I have trouble with is actually finding the standings links at the end of the year.  Some places make it easier than others.  What I’ve found is that if you take your results link in the url box and insert ‘standings’ in the place of ‘results’, it’ll take you to them without having to search all over.  (see example below)  I try to make it easy for the reps by putting together top-5 or top-10 finishes and in some cases where the racer has competed in a high number of races, I’ll add that as proof that the person has really done the work.

Ex:  http://www.moto-tally.com/fmhsc/Results.aspx  becomes http://www.moto-tally.com/fmhsc/Standings.aspx

In addition to having a resume and a Hookit/MXSponsor page, you can invest about $100 and set yourself up with a website through Bluehost.com.  Bluehost makes it easy to buy a domain name and hosting in a bundle and their one-click wordpress install can have you set up and running really quickly.  As an added bonus, you’ll get valuable website dashboard/ftp experience and will be able to use an email address with your website url in it.  I helped a local racer set one up last year and if I can do it, you can.  The hard part then lies in keeping this and your other accounts updated so that your success stays fresh in the mind of the folks who are paying you to do well while using their products.  The part about you garnering great results is assumed.

Get out there and get to it!

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