This economy has not been easy for anyone, especially young people. A record number of college graduates are unemployed. This is, in part, due to a shift in the kinds of jobs needed as well as the ways in which our economy incentivizes, or rather de-incentivizes, the hiring of new graduates.
One such man, David Casarez, has a resume that one would assume would lead to a great job right out of school, has been homeless. Rather than asking for money at a corner, he decided to hand out his resume. It just may be paying off.
First, this person decided to tweet about it:
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
It quickly went viral.
Some couldn’t understand why a man with this kind of resume couldn’t find work.
With all this experience how doesn’t he have a job? https://t.co/X8AnQ64dZ9— Cuzzo (@SimplyPut_Lex) July 28, 2018
Which people were happy to explain…
People generally underestimate two things— Austen Allred (@AustenAllred) July 28, 2018
1. How hard it is to get your foot in the door as an outsider. I lived in a car for months in Palo Alto with no prospects, connections or money to break into Silicon Valley
2. How wide doors are open once you’re on the inside and hustle
And many empathized…
Thank you for posting. I've almost been homeless a couple of times (not an exaggeration). Having no money for food and no place to rest really sucks--it's so awful. My heart seriously goes out to this guy.— Justin Leo Kennedy (@laptop_unlearn) July 28, 2018
Silicon Valley is a double edged sword. Where it has helped many be successful at the same time many have become homeless or are having a difficult time to survive. I feel this man's pain.— Zubair Maqsood (@ZubairMaqsood11) July 28, 2018
I’ve been stuck in the whirlpool that is the Silicon Valley. After three years, I’ve finally landed something stable that’ll help my career. I understand his pain which is why I was determined to help— FullMakeup Alchemist (@jaysc0) July 28, 2018
To graduate from Texas A&M and be homeless, slanging resumes on the corner.— Sekai Farai (@SekaiFarai) July 28, 2018
This country has failed him. https://t.co/Ens2iTXfHD
But soon, recruiters began to take notice.
Yes! I’ve been looking for developers in Santa Monica . I’ll email him— Montana (@mota_naa) July 28, 2018
DM me and I’ll send my email address. I recruit for a tech company in the South Bay.— Ryan (@RmurphySS) July 28, 2018
My father is a regional manager for a software company in Sunnyvale. I’ll forward his information and hopefully we can work something out ☺️— Gisel Adame (@GiselJAdame) July 28, 2018
Yay! I might have a job for him ! ? https://t.co/Yp5oZP9Xjg— Montana (@mota_naa) July 28, 2018
And then the original tweeter gave us this update:
I just got off the phone with David. 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 & still trying to get freelance work, interviews, and applications in.— FullMakeup Alchemist (@jaysc0) July 28, 2018
Google, Netflix, LinkedIn, and many other companies have already reached out ?— FullMakeup Alchemist (@jaysc0) July 28, 2018
And Twitter kept working at it.
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
Emailed him. He’ll be taken care of one way or another, probably doesn’t even need us. Anyone else with this much gumption and hustle please send my way. https://t.co/RnAiNd3pfr— Austen Allred (@AustenAllred) July 28, 2018
Hey Austen, is your nonprofit fund through Lambda School or a different org? I run a nonprofit marketing agency in SF, https://t.co/Zl8EToJakX, and we're currently looking to hire a full stack developer. Maybe we can help David together?— Eric Facas (@ericfacas) July 28, 2018
Will let you know if he responds!— Austen Allred (@AustenAllred) July 28, 2018
The crazy thing is he has solid experience.
People were inspired.
Thank you for using your platform to help other. I KNOW you’ve changed this man’s life!!!— #BaptizeMeAlbum ? (@CarringtonKelso) July 28, 2018
I wanna be like you when I grow up ??? pic.twitter.com/eOdpvljtOn
What a great way to spend a Friday night ! Thank you all !— Dodd Mitchell (@dodd_mitchell) July 28, 2018
And then Casarez himself responded:
Thank you all for the overwhelming amount of support you have given me! No amount of good deed on my part could ever repay that debt. I am responding to each and every one of you who have come across my inbox with a carefully crafted response. Thank you for the support!— David Casarez (@DavidCasarez17) July 28, 2018
Sometimes the internet can do good things.