After standing on a street corner and asking people for employment, a young homeless man in Silicon Valley has been met with countless job offers. David Casarez, a 26-year-old freelance web developer from Texas, had been sleeping on a park bench for the last month trying to find a job in the cut-throat tech industry in Silicon Valley. Casarez wanted a way to stand out from the competition so he took to the streets wearing his finest tie and holding up a sign that read “HOMELESS, HUNGRY 4 SUCCESS, TAKE A RESUME!” But after a single post by a good Samaritan on Twitter, his life may never be the same.
David Casarez became a social media phenomenon because of his unique job hunting approach.
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 Scofield was driving Friday evening when she saw Casarez standing at an intersection. She asked for his permission to post his image. After he obliged, she took to Twitter to post the picture of him holding the sign and a closeup of his resume.
“He came to 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,” Scofield wrote on Twitter.
By the end of Friday evening, the post gained over 120,000 retweets and nearly 200,000 likes. Casarez told ABC News he had received interest from Netflix, Pandora, Apple, Google, Amazon and other companies.
Casarez took to Twitter to express his gratefulness for the outpouring of support that has come from complete strangers.
Thank you everyone for the outpouring of support! I am completely floored by how many are interested in my #Hungry4Success story. I have met several who have been or currently are in the same situation tell me their story. I am glad to be an inspiration for you all.
— David Casarez (@DavidCasarez17) July 29, 2018
“I wanted to be in the Bay Area with all of the other tech companies. If you want to compete and play with the big dogs, you’d better come out here,” he told KRON. “I was like, ‘Let me try something to stand out.'”
The tactic worked out and social media quickly shared David’s story by using the hashtag #GetDavidAJob. By the next day he was hearing from some of the biggest tech companies in Silicon Valley. “Google reached out to me,” the 26-year-old told The New York Post.
Casarez’s story is common among those trying to break into the tech industry especially in a pricey area like Silicon Valley.
David Casarez moved to Cali w/ a college degree and 3 yrs experience in software development. BUT it wasn’t enough to survive.. ending up homeless‼️ @jaysc0 posted his resume and he was offered 200+ jobs from companies like GOOGLE🙏🏾👏🏾 Change can happen💯 #uaccessmagazine pic.twitter.com/cbsjWTrsMD
— UAccessOnline (@infouaccessmag) July 31, 2018
Casarez graduated from Texas A&M University in 2014 and worked several jobs at General Motors until 2017, according to his resume. He moved to California and has been a freelance web developer since March. Due to the steep cost of living in Mountain View he slept in his van until money for payments ran out and he lost his car in June.
It has been a whirlwind few days since Casarez stood on that street corner handing out his resume.
David Cásarez is still homeless and still looking for a job. But he’s not passing out resumes any more, unless people ask. “It’s been overwhelming, in a good way.” 200 job offers and he’s trying to sort them out right now. pic.twitter.com/Zy0UPbX3Di
— Damian Trujillo (@newsdamian) July 30, 2018
While Casarez is still homeless, he is keeping busy going through 200 job offers he’s received since last Friday. On Monday, Casarez used the WiFi at a local Starbucks to set up appointments with multiple tech companies who said they are now interested in hiring him. Only time will tell where he will land but whoever does hire Casarez are getting one determined Latino.