Tuesday, December 8, 2020

My Michelob Ultra CEO Application

A few weeks ago a friend sent a text saying, "I found the PERFECT job for you...". I clicked the link (don't worry, I don't click links from folks I don't know ;)) and my eyes just about popped out of my head! It literally WAS the best job for me.


If you have been around my corner of the InterWebs for any amount of time, you hopefully know this would be right up my alley! I mean, I'm sure anyone would LOVE an opportunity like this, but it was legit whispering screaming my name!


To apply to be the Michelob Ultra Chief Exploration Officer, I needed to write why I would be the perfect person for the role. Thankfully I have an AMAZING friend who helps people sound good as part of his job and he offered his assistance!


We went back and forth and I finally felt confident in what I we had put together. (#RealTalk - I have a hard time "tooting my own horn" and find it difficult to talk about myself, but realize I had to lay out why I legitimately was the best for the role.) I mustered up all my courage and got ready to hit submit... then I got an error! Somehow I was under the impression that the limit was 500 WORDS... and it was 500 CHARACTERS! Let's just say that is a HUGE difference! I'm thankful it errored and didn't allow me to submit the 2800+ character essay and automatically disqualify me for not following directions, but still, it was a bit of a shocker! With that said, I still thought I would share what I we wrote and edited ;).
Talk about a dream job! This literally has my name all over it! Maybe not literally, since my names Carlee, but you can call me CEO, Carlee the Enthusiastic Outdoorsperson!
Im a 36-year-old plant-based ultra runner who loves the outdoors. My hubby, pup (Walt the Wiener Dog) and I love all things camping/hiking/exploring—and doing it responsibly. We just returned from a birthday adventure at Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. During the three days, we ran over 20 miles, gained over 4,150 feet in elevation, hiked The Narrows, connected with mother nature and captured some awe-inspiring photos and content for social. It was absolutely AMAZEBALLS!
Leading up to my 36th birthday two weeks ago, I did 36 days of intentional acts of kindness (an annual endeavor). If selected, Id love to be able to do something similar by focusing on protecting our National Parks—possibly volunteering or bringing awareness to issues the parks or local areas are facing. 
Whether Im in wide-open spaces, or driving from one park to the next, adventure is my middle name (okay, you got me again, its RenĂ©) and this epic journey is right up my alley! My hubby and I have an Adventure Mobile and love using it to explore the wild blue yonder. Being able to hit the open road and find adventure is something we love doing—whether its for 3 weeks or 6 months (DREAM!).
My top two recent National Park adventures are: running the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim {because 50 miles of being totally self-sufficient through complete darkness, difficult terrain and absolute isolation reinforces that you can handle anything} and tackling Half Dome {because the cables are scary and the rock is iconic}. 
Im passionate about running, caring for the environment (and inspiring others to do so as well), living life to the fullest, and championing conservation and sustainable living. I love advocating for others—whether thats raising over $1,000 in less than two weeks for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, spearheading clean-ups on local trails or donating to indigenous tribes to secure essential items unavailable on their reservation during COVID.
If Im selected for this dream role, not only would I shout my experience from the mountain tops, but Id also look forward to influencing others to discover their own recreational adventure. Hopefully my enthusiasm and excitement for traveling will inspire them to opt outside—even if its at a local campground or nearby park.
Im confident I am the perfect person for this position and am 100% committed. I could have my bags packed tomorrow! I work at my local mom-and-pop running store, and theyd be absolutely stoked about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you go another direction, I want to genuinely wish you the best of luck. Just being able to apply is FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC! Thanks so much for this opportunity.
Eventually I was able to submit 500 characters (I mean, honestly, it could take me 500 words just to say my name, I don't know how other applicants did it, but I guess if Michelob is getting a billion and a half submissions {and why wouldn't they for an amazing opportunity like this?!} 500 characters could still take a very long time to read).
Call me CEO, Carlee the Enthusiastic Outdoorsperson!
I’m a plant-based ultra runner who loves the outdoors (& doing it responsibly). I just returned from Bryce Canyon & Zion—in 3 days I ran 20 miles, gained 4150”, hiked The Narrows & captured epic content.
Kindness & inspiring others are my JAM. My top NP adventure was running the Grand Canyon—50 miles of self-sufficiency in darkness, isolation & on difficult terrain reinforces that you can handle anything.
This epic journey is calling me!
Yesterday I was told I didn't make the cut... I knew it was a shot in the dark, but I always say someone has to get it, why not me?! I mean, a few years ago I entered a giveaway from Dole, the banana company, and won a trip to Costa Rica!

Ziplining in the rain forest?! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! We were two lucky ducks!

I may not be the new CEO, but that doesn't mean my love for the National Parks will dwindle. You never know what will happen when you put yourself out there... but I do know that had I never applied I absolutely would NOT have gotten it.


PS I also have to say a HUGE thanks to another friend who has been on the Michelob Ultra Running Team and passed along my name and info to her contact. Sometimes it's all about who you know... and I know some AMAZING people!

Have you stepped outside of your comfort zone recently? How did it work out for you?

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