Homeless Man Hands Out Resume on Corner, 200 Companies Call
David Casarez, an engineer and web developer, moved from Texas to California's Silicon Valley in the hopes of working in the tech industry. But when he used up all his savings and was still without a job, he found himself homeless, sleeping in parks and stairwells.
That's when he decided to stand on a street corner in Mountain View—not to ask for money, but to hand out copies of his resume.
"Homeless. Hungry 4 Success. Take a resume," his sign read.
When Jasmine Scofield, who works in tech, drove by and saw it, she snapped a photo and tweeted it to her followers with his permission, asking for retweets to help Casarez out.
What happened next blew both of them away.
The tweet was retweeted more than 138,000 times; some on social media even started using the hashtag #GetDavidAJob, KRON reports.
"So I called him and I was like, it's going viral. I hope you're OK with that," Scofield recounts to KTVU.
Since then, Casarez, who graduated from Texas A&M University in 2014 with a degree in Management Information Systems, says he's been contacted by more than 200 companies including Apple, LinkedIn, and Netflix, and is scheduling job interviews.
One company has offered to put him up in a hotel during the interview process.
"I didn't expect it to have turned out this way. The support has just been so overwhelming, very positive," he says. He's sharing updates on his story on Twitter.
1) Who is David Casarez? How did he end up being a homeless in California?
2) What catchy employment effort did he take to get noticed? What made his photo viral?
3) What various reactions did he receive after his online popularity?
4) Do you think such online fame can successfully make him employed? Why or why not?
5) Compare homelessness in the US and in South Korea. How gravely similar or different are the situations?
Blow away - to affect intensely; overwhelm