Homeless man holds sign 'Hungry For Success,' hands out resume
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (KTVU) - A homeless man's plight, trying to find a job in Silicon Valley, has gone viral. Now he's hoping to translate internet fame into his dream career.
His sign said it all: "Homeless. Hungry for success."
David Casarez held it and a stack of resumes on a Mountain View street corner.
He says, "I was at that lowest point and when I did that sign I was like, this has to work." He needed a job. An engineer and web developer, Casarez had moved to Silicon Valley from Texas to follow his dreams.
Instead, he had blown through his savings, and found himself sleeping in parks and stairwells.
He says, "I told myself all I need is just one person out there to see hey this guy is worth giving a shot."
It was then, that Jasmine Scofield, who works in tech, happened to drive by.
She saw David on the street corner, and happened to craft a tweet about David's plight.
Scofield says, "He's at this make or break moment. It's hail mary for him. This is his last opportunity and he's going to shoot for it. And I saw that and I was like I need to help him."
The response online was overwhelming.
She says, "I checked my phone and was like 10,000 shares. And I was like 'Oh, OK,'So I called him and I was like it's going viral. I hope you're okay with that."
Suddenly, David was fielding calls from major companies, not just in Silicon Valley, but from as far away as Saudi Arabia and Japan. They told him they liked his perseverance.
He says, "I've had employees, recruiters from Apple, Linkedin, Netflix all reaching out to me."
And so now, instead of standing on the corner, David is sitting with his computer scheduling job interviews.
He says, "I didn't expect it to have turned out this way. The support has just been so overwhelming.
He still needs to translate this attention into a real job offer. But he's feeling optimistic. So is Jasmine Scofield, who says she's eager to see where David's career will take him. She says, "My god I'm like you need to take me to lunch when you get on that Google campus."
David says he's had more than 200 companies reach out to him so far. And at least one has offered to put him up in a hotel while he goes through the interview process.