Homeless Man In Silicon Valley Passes Out Resumes, Receives Over 200 Job Offers

"All I wanted was for one person to notice, take my resume, and give me an opportunity."

David Casarez earned a bachelor's degree in management information systems from Texas A&M University and was employed as a web developer at General Motors in Austin. In September 2017, he relocated to Silicon Valley with dreams of launching a tech startup. Unfortunately, he found it difficult to find a job and struggled with the high cost of living. Time magazine reports that people in the Bay Area need to earn four or more times the minimum wage just to be able to afford an apartment.

"No one was hiring," Casarez told the New York Post about his job search. "I had an interview with Apple in January, but the job was filled internally," 

He was able to secure a few freelancing positions, but ended up living out of his car for more than a year. When his car was repossessed, he was left to sleep in the park. Over the weekend of July 27, the college graduate took action. He dressed up in his best outfit and went to seek job opportunities.

He stood on the side of the road in Mountain View, Calif. with a stack of resumes. He held a sign that read, "Homeless, Hungry 4 Success, Take a Resume."

Photos of Casarez went viral and he has since received over 200 job offers.

Twitter user Jasmine Scofield shared the tweet online and helped it go viral. She reports that Netflix, Google, and LinkedIn, have reached out to Casarez. Additionally, he has received offers from across the United States and even potential opportunities to relocate to Canada and Tokyo. 

"All I wanted was for one person to notice, take my resume and give me an opportunity," the 26-year-old told NBC Bay Area.

He explained that he knew this was his make-or-break moment and he had to do something "crazy." Casarez also understood the power social media would play in sharing his story. But, he made it clear that he wants a job offer as opposed to handouts.

"I’m trying not to take any money, I really do just want a job opportunity, that’s all I’m asking," he told NBC.

After the outpouring of support, Casarez posted his own message on Twitter on July 29 thanking everyone and writing that there are others in the same situation. In fact, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development 2017 Point in Time count report showed there are nearly 554,000 people experiencing homelessness in California alone.  

Casarez is in the process of reviewing all the people who reached out and making arrangements. Hopefully, the end will result in the job offer he wants.

(H/T: Mashable)

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