A homeless, jobless man in California adamant to land a job came up with a unique idea which is set to turn his life forever. Web developer David Casarez stood on a highway median carrying a hand-written cardboard sign that drew attention of hundreds of employers.
On Friday Casarez dressed in shirt and tie and carried a stack of resumes as he held up the cardboard which read: ‘Homeless, Hungry 4 success. Take a resume’. A passer-by took a photo of him and posted it on Twitter that went viral instantly. By Saturday, Casarez was astonished to receive over 200 job offers.
“Google reached out to me. So many other companies. Pandora. A bunch of startups,” the 26-year-old who has been sleeping on a park bench in Mountain View in California told The Post over the phone. He added, “A product manager from Bitcoin.com was wondering if I could work remotely or if I want to relocate to Tokyo.”
Casarez earned bachelors in management information systems from Texas A&M University, and started work as a web developer at General Motors in Austin. He then cashed out his 401-K and drove to Silicon Valley to pursue the dream of his own tech startup but ran out of cash in June.
“I’d been living in my 2015 Ford Transit Connect utility van for more than a year. No one was hiring. I had an interview with Apple in January, but the job was filled,” he said. He survived by doing freelancing until his van was repossessed a month ago and he had to sleep in the park since then.
Speaking of his job-search breakthrough, Casarez said, “It was basically a make-or-break moment. I wanted to keep my head up high, keep looking forward and see what opportunity would come next.” He added, “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.”
A passing driver named Jasmine Scofield tweeted Casarez’s picture and wrote: “Today I saw this young homeless man asking for people to take a resume rather than asking for money. Please RT so we can help David out!”
By mid-afternoon Saturday, Scofield’s post along with Casarez’s resume had been retweeted over 50,000 times, and liked nearly 70,000 times. “It’s been happening very quickly, and I’m in shock. I wasn’t expecting that kind of response,” he said.