On Friday, 26 year old David Casarez woke up on a park bench in Mountain View, California. He put on a nice shirt and tie, and walked to a nearby highway median.
He had a hand-written cardboard sign. It read “HOMELESS. HUNGRY 4 SUCCESS. TAKE A RESUME.”
David didn’t ask people for money, he was asking for people to take his resume. A hopeless job hunting strategy? Far from it.
A passerby took a photo of him holding the sign. By mid-afternoon next day, photos of David and his resume had been retweeted over 50,000 times and liked nearly 70,000 times.
What’s more, David had also received over 200 job offers.
Google reached out to him. Also Pandora, Netflix and LinkedIn. Bitcoin.com asked him if he could work remotely or if he wants to relocate to Tokyo. And there were many others, big companies and small startups alike.
Not everybody succeeds in Silicon Valley
David isn’t someone you’d expect to find sleeping on a park bench at night.
For instance, he’s got a bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from a good university. He also worked as a web developer at General Motors. For a brief moment, he owned a tech startup.
But the startup never took off and he ran out of cash in June. At that point, he’d already been living in his van for more than a year.
Unfortunately, a month ago his van was repossessed. He’s been sleeping in the park since.
The internet comes to rescue
After taking his photo on Friday, Jasmine Scofield asked for his permission to to post his picture on Twitter. She also posted a picture of his resume.
Later, she also called him by phone. “We spoke for about an hour. He came to the Silicon Valley with a dream to be successful in tech and has a lot to offer the community. He’s sleeping in parks and still trying to get freelance work, interviews and applications in.”
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
Jasmine was surprised that the story received so much attention. But as it often happens on Twitter, some people accused her of having selfish reasons for posting about David.
“I didn’t expect this overwhelming response,” she later tweeted. “But what I really didn’t expect was people guilting me for trying to help someone in need, telling me I’m ignorant, full of myself, and only in this for self promotion. I wish people could see the good in others sometimes.”
On the other hand, the community was quick to show more support in helping David get hired. They even started his very own hashtag — #GetDavidAJob.
Sometimes, the internet is completely wonderful.
This story was first brought by the KRON4 news channel.