This past weekend a man went viral for all the right reasons. No it wasn’t because he put a fidget spinner on his dog, or went on a viral racist rant against someone. It was because he was just trying to get a dang job. The man’s name is David Casarez and he currently lives in Mountain View, California.
David graduated with a bachelor’s in management information systems from Texas A&M University and then landed a good job as a web developer at General Motors in Austin, Texas. That wasn’t for him though, because he cashed in early on his 401(k) and left Texas for Silicon Valley. He, as many others have tried before, went for the start-up life. He ran out of money though this past June and has been living out of his van and a park bench.
So this past Friday he decided to try a bold move and stand at a San Francisco intersection with a sign that read, “HOMELESS, HUNGRY 4 SUCCESS. TAKE A RESUME.”
One person in particular, Jasmine Scoffield, was amazed by his efforts and Tweeted out a picture of David along with a resume he had given her. She captioned her Tweet with:
“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!”
The Internet really came through on this one, because the post went viral and fast. Now it sits with over 200K retweets and 130k favorites. After the explosion of retweets, Jasmine spoke to David on the phone. She said:
“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.”
Google, Netflix, LinkedIn, and many other companies have already reached out 💖
— FullMakeup Alchemist (@jaysc0) July 28, 2018
David has since spoken to The New York Post detailing more of his story and what happened in the aftermath of the viral Tweet. He said:
“Google reached out to me. So many other companies. Pandora. A bunch of startups. A product manager from 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 spoke to The New York Post while sitting at a Starbucks where in irony he had begged them for a job even. People of the internet have since raved about the viral Tweet. An old college friend even saw the tweet and replied:
Damn I went to college and had multiple classes with him. He’s a great person…from what I know he went to chase his dream in Cali. He does logo’s for companies is all I can get from his FB. I can personally reach out to him if anyone is looking for a new logo. Thanks https://t.co/UoBJVZrKAG
— Rick (@Riic14) July 28, 2018
David has been overwhelmed with love from the internet, and he recently Tweeted out that he has gotten a bunch of support.
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
He concluded to the New York Post:
“It’s been happening very quickly, and I’m in shock. I wasn’t expecting that kind of response. It kinda blew up.”
Anyone interested in following David’s amazing story can find his newly made Twitter here.
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