Aspiring journalist gets his resume on a NASCAR car

Even though he doesn’t seem suited for too many jobs, Briar Starr will probably get a full-time gig soon.

He was selected to have his resume posted on a NASCAR race car, driven by driver Chris Buescher as part of a promotion for a beer that apparently appeals to stock car fans (I wrote about the promotion in July).

Unemployment is at a low but Briar’s career as a scoreboard operator and recent college graduate with a dream to some day be a writer or broadcaster covering auto racing just hasn’t connected yet.

His resume will be displayed during a NASCAR race on Sunday.

If Starr doesn’t get a gig in journalism, he says he’s open to the dark side — public relations — for a race driver. That might explain why his resume was chosen.

  • KTFoley

    Short resume = big print. Excellent.

  • I only watch NASCAR to see careers crash and burn…

    • joetron2030


  • MrE85

    I hear editors and publishers are big NASCAR fans.

    • Rob

      The ones that chew tobacco and who cried over the recent death of “The Bandit” surely are big fans.

      • MrE85

        Sounds like my old publisher. Of course, that was in SOUTHERN Minnesota.

  • lindblomeagles

    I loved the idea back in July, and I love it even more now. When I was younger, I really wanted to work in a museum. NONE of them ever offered me a job interview. ZERO. In recent years, after 20 in nonprofits, I wanted to be an Executive Director. Likewise, none of them have requested an interview either. HR people always think their time is wasted on candidates that don’t have the skills. I like to think they are the ones who have lost their minds. Some applicants do not look great on paper, but they would do anything to do that job. This guy is one of those guys. I wish him the best of luck!!!! And I hope if he does get a job, he is the best at it for decades.

    • John

      What are they supposed to go on to decide who to bring in, if not your resume?

      The last opening we had, I reviewed over 120 resumes (I’m not HR, I was the hiring manager), and based on the strength of those, was able to narrow it down to 9 people to interview. It was tough, because I had to throw out dozens of candidates who were probably qualified, but less so than others.

      If a person doesn’t look good on paper, it’s extremely unlikely I’m going to be able to justify bringing them in for an interview over someone who does have the qualifications and experience already in their pocket. I/we certainly don’t have the time to interview 60 people for one or two essentially entry level positions.

      • lindblomeagles

        And that’s why I like what this guy did here. The heck with paper. He’s gotten no where doing that. So, to make himself stand out better, Plan B, the resume on a car! It’s brilliant really because he loses nothing, but gets a lot of publicity from it. A resume is just a written document, and some people are simply better writer than others. You see Jon, to you, candidates/applicants are time consumers. That reduces them to nuisances really. But, a lot of times, applicants either really do need a job or they really do want to do the work. This guy really thinks he wants to do the work, so he’s trying an approach that he hopes will convince interviewers that he’s serious about the job, and has the experience to do it. There’s nothing really wrong with that.