A homeless man has received hundreds of job offers after a photo of him handing out resumes on the side of the road went viral.
Many people would think David Casarez was properly prepared for a move to the Bay Area. He arrived in September 2017 with a college degree, three years of experience in software development and a few months’ salary saved up. Sadly, it was no match for Silicon Valley’s astronomical cost of living.
"If you want to come out here and play with the big dogs, this is where you have to be," he told NBC Bay Area.
The 26-year-old slept in his van until it was taken in June, and now he sleeps on a park bench. Determined, he decided to stand at an intersection with a poster board and a stack of resumes, hoping the right people would notice him.
"This is my make it or break it moment," Casarez said. "I have to do something crazy."
Jasmine Scofield spotted him, took a picture of Casarez and his resume and posted it on Twitter.
Today I saw this young homeless man asking for people to take a resume rather than asking for money. If anyone in the Silicon Valley could help him out, that would be amazing. Please RT so we can help David out! pic.twitter.com/ewoE3PKFx7— FullMakeup Alchemist (@jaysc0) July 27, 2018
The tweet went viral and support for the Texas A&M graduate poured in.
We’ll take care of him if no one else has stepped in yet. Have a nonprofit fund for this kind of thing, or housing, or industry connections, whatever he prefers— Austen Allred (@AustenAllred) July 28, 2018
If you talk to David again – I have a studio that he can borrow for a few months as he lands a job. Please message me— Stacey (@nursegalmom) July 29, 2018
Hello, I am VP Engineering at AncestryDNA and also an Aggie, class of 93. I would love to interview David Casarez for a Web developer or QA automation position. Can you please put me in touch with David ?— Paddy (@DeshmukhPaddy) July 28, 2018
We are hiring at Home Depot! Have him contact me— Kayla P (@kaylap106) July 28, 2018
Casarez has received over 200 job offers since the tweet was posted.
“Google reached out to me,” he told the New York Post. “So many other companies. Pandora. A bunch of startups. A product manager from Bitcoin.com was wondering if I could work remotely or if I want to relocate to Tokyo.”
It looks like Casarez won’t be on that park bench for much longer.
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