Running a full course marathon can give you a leg up in the competition among those in their 20s and 30s trying to score a job. Marathon runners can give an impression that they are healthy, resilient and have a positive attitude towards life.
Yang Seung-gyu (25) who landed a job as an engineer at a large company wrote about his experience of running a marathon course and was bombarded with questions at an interview. He introduced himself as a “running engineer” and talked about his plans and vision. Interviewers asked various questions such as “how long have you been running?,” “which marathon course did you run?” and “Have you ever run a sub-three marathon?” “People often think of engineers as a nerd, but I think I differentiated myself by highlighting an active and healthy image,” said Yang.
Marathons are also an attractive option to boost resumes as they give out certificates and medals. Cho Min-kyu (28) included his experience of running a marathon course on his resume when he applied for a job in 2017. “Many applicants include playing soccer or musical instruments in the hobby section, but those are difficult to prove. I was able to make a good impression to interviewers by including marathon on my resume,” said Cho.
Many people say that they had positive results by talking about running a full course marathon in job interviews as well as interviews for law schools and internships.