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Homeless Man Asks For Job, Not Handouts; Gets Overwhelming Response

A homeless man stood on a street corner, not unlike many other people who are down on their luck. Instead of asking for money, though, he was offering something to the people passing him on the street: his resume. He ended up getting hundreds of job offers.

David Casarez came to California with the dream of launching his own company. The 26-year-old Texas A&M graduate quit his old job with General Motors in Texas, cashed in his 401K and moved to Silicon Valley to pursue his dream. Unfortunately, the entrepreneur faced some start-up problems and his funding quickly ran out. Making matters worse, the tight job market left him floundering.

Since then Casarez has been living on a park bench in Mountain View, California for the last month. Before that, he had been living in his 2015 Ford Transit Connect van for more than a year, but it was repossessed. At the end of his rope, he decided to take a new approach toward getting a job.

Casarez put on a shirt and tie on Friday morning and stood on a street corner and held up a sign reading, "HOMELESS. HUNGRY 4 SUCCESS. TAKE A RESUME."

It worked. A woman named Jasmine Scofield took a resume and took Casarez's photo. She put both on Twitter, with the message, "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!"

The tweet went viral by Saturday morning. People clamored to the corner El Camino Real and San Antonio Road to get a resume and check out the job seeker. Before he knew it, he had more than 200 job offers from companies like Google, LinkedIn and Netflix.

"So many other companies. Pandora. A bunch of startups," said an amazed Casarez. "A product manager from Bitcoin.com was wondering if I could work remotely of if I want to relocate to Tokyo."

The homeless man says that all the offers have given him renewed hope. "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 said. "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."

The last couple of night, Casarez spent it on his bench wading through all the offers, trying to make a decision. Unlike other nights, it must have been a nice change. Instead of uncertainty in his future, it looks like he can look forward to getting off the streets very soon.

Granted, Casarez is lucky. Many homeless people have little hope of landing a cushy job with a major corporation. Most people on the streets struggle with mental health issues or addiction problems, and it’s not common to find someone with a college degree and experience like Casarez has.

But Casarez’s story does show that persistence and ingenuity can pay off, even when you are at the end of your rope. There are lots of business owners across American who would be willing to give the right candidate a chance.

Source: Dailymail
Photos: Twitter

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