This Homeless Guy Passed out Resumes Instead of Asking for Money to Find His Dream Job

This Homeless Guy Passed out Resumes Instead of Asking for Money to Find His Dream Job

David Casarez has a ton of experience in web development, a relatively in-demand field. He graduated from Texas A&M University. He is articulate and intelligent enough to piece together a resume that lists all of his skills and past work history.

He was also out of a job, and fell on hard times. So hard that he became homeless and resorted to sleeping in parks in the Mountain View, California area.

Rather than flipping the system “the bird,” David got dressed, made a sign, and went on the highway to ask people for help. 

But, his idea of “help” was different than other roadside panhandlers you often see during your commute.

David decided that instead of asking for handouts, he’d hand something out himself: his resume.

Which caught the eye of tons of people, like Twitter user Jasmine Scofield, who asked David if she could take his photo and share news of his search for a job on Twitter.

Her post absolutely blew up — it has over 216,000 likes and 135,000 retweets as of right now.

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Jasmine spoke with David to find out more about his background and what spurred him to make such a drastic gesture.

For David, it’s his desire to have a successful tech career Silicon Valley, the mecca of the tech world. A “teccha” if you’ve got a penchant for terrible pun-amalgams.

As much of a desperate act as it was, it paid off. David ended up getting calls from Google, Netflix, and LinkedIn, among others.

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David’s persistence paved way for the viral moment that ultimately ended up nabbing him over 200 job offers. 

In an interview with The New York Post, David sounds like he’s still trying to process the happy-insanity that’s befallen him since Jasmine’s tweet went viral.

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“Google reached out to me…So many other companies. Pandora. A bunch of startups. A product manager for Bitcoin.com was wondering if I could work remotely or if I want to relocate to Tokyo. But tonight, I’ll be back on my bench in Rengstorff Park,” he told the Post.

The 26-year-old David left a good job with General Motors in Austin and moved out west in the hopes of launching his own tech startup.

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He cashed out his 401k and pounded the pavement in Silicon Valley looking for a job. He was living out of his 2015 Ford utility van. More than a year passed and David was still living in his van. Thanks to free Starbucks WiFi, David was able to pick up some freelance gigs, but hadn’t landed a full-time job.

“No one was hiring. I had an interview with Apple in January, but the job was filled interally,” He told the Post.

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David’s van was repossessed, and didn’t have anywhere to stay, except for a local park. Still, he didn’t give up hope: he kept applying to jobs, sleeping in the park day in, and day out. On Friday, July 27th, he decided to dress up to “look presentable” to prospective employers. 

He carried his “Hungry 4 Success” sign and a stack of resumes.

“It was basically a make-or-break moment. I wanted to keep my head up high, keep looking forward and see what opportunity would come next,” he said.

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For David, the over-the-top gesture signaled the end of the line for him. It was his last-ditch effort to try and finally make it in Silicon Valley before cutting his losses and returning to his hometown.

“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.”

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A few hours passed before Jasmine stopped her car and snapped a photo of David and shared it online. From that fateful moment, the job offers kept pouring in for the young man.

We were all raised on movies that are filled with stories of people being driven to the edge where they’re forced to go past their breaking point before something finally pans out for them. For many who do this, things don’t pan out and they eventually give up. I’m happy that in David’s case, he did not.

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Newspaper Accidentally Uses Photo Of Alec Baldwin Instead Of Donald Trump

It's fair to say that Alec Baldwin's impression of Donald Trump is one of the best things to happen to Saturday Night Live in a while. And it turns out that he’s so convincing, a newspaper in the Dominican Republic accidentally used a photo of the actor instead of the president in an article discussing Trump’s stance on Israeli settlements.

According to the Huffington PostEl Nacional issued a correction online after the screw up on Friday, but by then, the image was already circulating online. And Twitter users are loving it.

The paper stated the photo was sent to them by the Associated Press, correctly revealing that it was Alec Baldwin doing an impression of the president, but somehow, it accidentally made it into the paper. 

I guess his impression is just that good.

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Indian Businessman Spends Daughter's $100,000 Wedding Budget On Homes For 90 People Instead

A rich businessman in India has reportedly used the $ 100,000 that he had intended to spend on his daughter’s wedding on building 90 small houses for the region’s poor.

Ajay Munot, a wealthy wholesale trader from the district of Aurangabad, India, set three criteria to distinguish who was eligible for a home on the two acres of land according to the Free Press Journal. They needed to be poor, live in a slum and not suffer from an addiction.

Each home is 12 by 20 square foot, has two windows and two doors and is fitted with lights and can fit a small family.

Munot’s newly-wedded daughter, Shreya, told ANI News that she was happy to forgo a big wedding to make something more permanent. She and her new husband handed over the keys to the new homeowners, calling it the “biggest gift for her wedding.”

Those who secured a home are already moving in, with one woman saying she was happy now that she and her family had easy access to water and electricity.

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Police Are Pulling People Over And Handing Out Presents Instead Of Tickets

Seeing red and blue lights in your rear view mirrors will immediately ruin your day. The sinking feeling in your stomach hits, and you instinctively take a glance at your gauges to see if you were speeding. Then the fines enter your mind.

The ticket, the court fees, paying the court’s blood money to reduce charges so your insurance rates wouldn’t skyrocket, it all adds up to a hefty fee for even the smallest of offenses. It’s inconvenient, but when it’s during the holiday season, it can be downright disastrous to shell out that kind of cash while you’re still budgeting yourself for presents.

Dylan Bullinger saw police pull a woman over in front of his shop. 

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She pulled into the parking lot of a 7-11, and that’s when they struck.

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They took presents out of their cars and stuffed them into hers.

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Undoubtedly, that must’ve been one heck of an emotional roller coaster for the young lady, but I’m sure she appreciated the kind gesture once she realized what was going on.

Bullinger whipped out his phone and snapped a couple of pictures to share with family and friends online.

Another Jackson, MI resident recognized the campaign and shared with anyone following the post that the police department does this every year.

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The Grinch might want to skip over this city.

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This Mother And Fitness Model Wants Women To Focus On Their Bodies Instead Of Their Scales

Diet shakes, fat burners, green tea extract, body wraps, crash diets, liposuction, and gastric bypass.  If you’ve ever contemplated dropping a few (or more) pounds, you’ll have come across a number of those options, either by reading articles on how to ‘tone up’ or through ads that would start pelting them your way after you’ve searched google twice for a diet plan.

For as long as I can remember, women around me, regardless of age, ethnicity, or cultural background, were obsessed with losing enough weight to hit a specific number.

I recall my mother and her friends exchanging tapes with one another, have seen people go to homeopathic doctors and come back with overpriced generic supplements, and have read article after article of people opting to go on extreme crash diets for month to reach that oh so very special number, be it the incredibly flawed BMI scale that’s seen posted on the walls of every school gym or in pursuit of a dress size that’s also regularly a hot button issue in society today.


According to this I’m roughly the height of a redwood

I didn’t learn about body composition until I started participating in competitive strength sports in my late 20s, which was also (coincidentally) the same time I actually started getting healthy.  I can write a separate article on men if there’s demand for it, but the social pressures nowadays really don’t target us.  No, those crosshairs are always their way, it’s people like Kelsey Wells that are going to help change that.

Wells came out of her pregnancy 25 pounds heavier than she did when going in. She decided to get back in shape 8 weeks post partum, picking a training program that appealed to her and went to work.

The photos show her at her starting weight, 8 weeks post-partum, the lowest weight she reached after 8 weeks on the program, and the last one has her looking much healthier months later and near her initial starting weight.

The Bikini Body Guide (BBG) program she was following recommended that people using it take full body photos along the way and not just base progress on the readout from their scale.

I weighed 130 before getting pregnant, so based on nothing besides my own warped perception, I decided my ‘goal weight’ should be 122 and to fit into my skinniest jeans. Well after a few months of BBG and breastfeeding, I HIT IT and I fit into those size 0 jeans. Well guess what? I HAVE GAINED 18 POUNDS SINCE THEN. EIGHT FREAKING TEEN…

I have never had more muscle and less body fat than I do now. I have never been healthier than I am now. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am now.

Wells went into detail in her post, saying that had she kept to tracking progress through the scale only, she would’ve given up, decorating the caption with a catchy #screwthescale hashtag that caught on rather quickly.

Yesterday she appeared as a fitness model on Cosmo, a move which may have prompted her to show the behind the scenes work that went into securing that photoshoot.

The big takeaway that Wells was pushing for was for people to not attach their self-worth and progress to a number on a scale.  

The fixation has led to a $ 62 Billion supplement industry and $ 58 Billion (2014 figures) weight loss industry, which includes the assorted diet drinks you see decorating the shelves in your local Walmart.

Have an opinion on the topic, or would you like to see something else written about it?  Leave a comment under the article and I’ll drop by.

(h/t elitedaily)

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