A homeless and jobless man’s luck turned around after he was spotted handing out his resume on the street begging for a job, rather than asking for money.
Dressed in a suit and tie, unemployed web developer David Casarez, 26, held up a sign on the side of a Californian highway on Friday that read: “HOMELESS. HUNGRY 4 SUCCESS. TAKE A RESUME.”
The drastic measure caught the attention of a passerby who tweeted his picture, which went viral within hours and prompted hundreds of job offers to come flooding in.
According to his CV, Mr Casarez holds a degree in management information systems from Texas A&M University and worked as a General Motors web developer in Austin, Texas.
He moved to the Silicon Valley to create a startup, but ran out of money last month and the car he was sleeping in became repossessed, forcing him to sleep in a park ever since, The New York Post reported.
“I wanted to keep my head up high, keep looking forward and see what opportunity would come next. I was thinking, you know, like this was like my last stop. If this didn’t work, I’d go back home and give up on my dream.
His “make-or-break moment” paid off when motorist Jasmine Scofield stopped to find out his story.
“Today I saw this young homeless man asking for people to take a resume rather than asking for money,” she tweeted.
“If anyone in the Silicon Valley could help him out, that would be amazing. Please RT so we can help David out!”
Today I saw this young homeless man asking for people to take a resume rather than asking for money. If anyone in the Silicon Valley could help him out, that would be amazing. Please RT so we can help David out! pic.twitter.com/ewoE3PKFx7
— FullMakeup Alchemist (@jaysc0) July 27, 2018
Over the weekend, her tweet received more than 131,000 retweets and 210,000 likes, leading to more than 200 job offers from tech firms including Google, Netflix and LinkedIn, Scofield told in a follow-up tweet.
Mr Casarez insisted he wanted a job opportunity, rather than a handout, so he resorted to drastic measures to gets some attention.
“I knew it would be posted on social media, I didn’t know it would blow up like this,” he told KNTV.
The jobseeker is reportedly being placed in temporary accommodation and given interview preparation by a local software engineering training school.
Update: We’re putting him up in housing so he can focus on interviews, have a computer for him if needed, and he’ll be working with the @LambdaSchool careers team for interview practice if he doesn’t land a job quickly.
I’ll be shocked if he isn’t hired a month from now. https://t.co/RnAiNd3pfr
— Austen Allred (@AustenAllred) July 29, 2018