David Casarez, a homeless web developer, came up with a unique, yet very direct way to lift himself out of poverty.
What did he do?
After sleeping on a park bench in Mountain View, California, Casarez decided to wear his best shirt and tie Friday morning and begin begging — for a job.
He put together a stack of resumes and made a sign that read: “HOMELESS. HUNGRY 4 SUCCESS. TAKE A RESUME.”
Casarez was standing on a street median not far from his park bench when fate stepped in.
A passing driver, Jasmine Scofield, stopped and asked Casarez if she could take his photo and post it on Twitter.
“Today I saw this young homeless man asking for people to take a resume rather than asking for money,” Scofield tweeted around 5 p.m. Friday. “Please RT so we can help David out!”
By mid-afternoon on Saturday, Casarez’s photo and resume went viral and were retweeted “more than 50,000 times and liked nearly 70,000 times," the New York Post reported.
“Google reached out to me,” Casarez, 26, 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," he added. "But tonight, I’ll be back on my bench in Rengstorff Park."
What is his background?
Casarez grew up in the border town of Laredo, Texas, and found success after graduating from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, according to the report.
He had a good job as a web developer at General Motors in Austin, but cashed out his 401(k) to move to Silicon Valley to launch his own tech startup. But in June, he was broke.
“I’d been living in my car for more than a year,” said Casarez, who was living in a 2015 Ford Transit Connect utility van.
“No one was hiring. I had an interview with Apple in January, but the job was filled interally,” he told the New York Post.
Casarez tried freelancing and landed a few web design and logo design gigs, but it wasn’t enough.
About a month ago, his van was repossessed and he wound up sleeping in the park.
“It was basically a make-or-break moment,” Casarez said, adding, “I wanted to keep my head up high, keep looking forward and see what opportunity would come next. 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.”
It all happened so quickly that Casarez said he was stunned.
No word yet on which job opportunity he plans to pursue.