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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Daughter Of Police Officer Who Passed On 9/11 Sworn Into NYPD

Daughter Of Police Officer Who Passed On 9/11 Sworn Into NYPD

We’d all like to think that we’ve lived a good life, or a meaningful one. And although we know deep down inside whether or not we’re fulfilled, it helps to look at things situationally. Are you doing good work? It’s probably best to listen to people you admire and see what they think of whatever you’re doing.

And while it’s true that many things are based on opinion and the definition of what’s “good” varies from person to person, there are some things that are just undeniably great.

Like sacrificing yourself to save others in the face of a great national tragedy? You can’t really knock that. It’s safe to say that if you were a hero cop on let’s say, oh 9/11, you’re worthy of some praise and recognition, like NYPD sergeant Timothy Roy.

Now, Roy’s daughter is carrying on her father’s legacy after being sworn in as a member of the NYPD.

One of 474 new cadets, Brittney Roy, at 22-years-old, is excited to join the force and follow in the footsteps of her father and the other heroes she grew up admiring.

“Since I was very young, I grew up seeing heroes. It’s just always been a dream to be one of them, and especially what my father has done for the nation, the country. It was a true aspiration to be able to try and follow his footsteps,” She said during her swearing-in ceremony this past Thursday.

Timothy Roy passed away when he was only 36-years-old. He rushed to the South Tower right before it collapsed.

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Roy’s body was found the day before St. Patrick’s day, the officer’s favorite holiday. He passed when Brittney was only 7 years old.

NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill was struck by how excited Brittney was to pick up where her father left off.

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 “She’s really thrilled to be here and carry the legacy of her father. Her dad was the greatest guy.”

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The World's Best Dad Passed Out Candy On A Plane So His 3-Year-Old Could Trick-Or-Treat

Halloween is the greatest holiday of the year — especially when you’re under the age of 15 and don’t know what the word ‘metabolism’ means. You get to dress up and run from house to house demanding candy, and then you get to eat as much as you want! It’s a child’s dream come true. 

But one adorable 3-year-old named Molly was missing out on the first year when she was really old enough to enjoy the tradition, all because she was stuck on an evening flight with her dad from Boston’s Logan Airport to San Francisco International Airport. 

But, according to Twitter user Stephanie Kahan, the “Dad of the year” wasn’t about to let his little girl miss out on the trick-or-treating fun — so he passed out candy to everyone on the flight to give her as she walked down the aisle. 

The candy came with a note that read:

Happy Halloween!

My 3-year-old daughter, Molly, was bummed that she wouldn’t be able to go trick-or-treating this year due to this flight… so I decided to bring trick-or-treating to her. If you are willing, when my little donut comes down the aisle, please drop this in her basket. You’ll be making her Halloween! If you’re unwilling, no worries, just pass the treat back to me. Thanks so much!

BEST. DAD. EVER. 

Has your heart exploded yet?

If not, let us remind you MOLLY WAS A DONUT FOR HALLOWEEN. 

The photos have been retweeted nearly 60,000 times in less than 24 hours — and Twitter can’t handle all the cuteness. 

Moral of the story: good is still out there. Even with presidential election anxiety looming over us, we have this reminder that there exist the kind of people who help their kids trick-or-treat on planes. 

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