A surefire way to get your resumé to the top of the stack is to hand it out en masse on a street corner and have your efforts go viral on social media.
David Casarez, a 26-year-old homeless web developer, was sleeping in Rengstorff Park in Mountain View, Calif., when he had a “make or break” moment last week. On Friday afternoon, Jasmine Scofield was driving when she saw a well-dressed Casarez handing out his resumé while wearing a homemade sandwich board reading, “HOMELESS. HUNGRY 4 SUCCESS. TAKE A RESUME.” She got his permission to tweet his plight: “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!”
Photos of Casarez and his resumé went viral, with 70,000 retweets by the next afternoon, according to the New York Post.
Casarez graduated from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in management information systems. He worked in Austin, Texas, until last year as a web developer at General Motors. But Casarez’s dream was to start his own tech company in Silicon Valley, so he cashed out his 401(k) to move to the Bay Area. But he only landed freelance gigs, as no one would hire him full time. In June, after a year of living in his 2015 Ford Transit Connect utility van and no steady work, his van was repossessed and he was broke.
But the California-style publicity stunt paid off: Casarez now has hundreds of offers from companies like LinkedIn and Google. “I wanted to keep my head up high, keep looking forward, and see what opportunity would come next,” he told the New York Post. This weekend he tweeted Scofield: “Thank you all for the overwhelming amount of support you have given me! No amount of good deed on my part could ever repay that debt.” —R.H.