So, it's come to this.

Unemployment is about as low as it's every been. But if you open your eyes in the right places, you can find people that it's just not working out for.

So, meet David Casarez, who in some ways is becoming both my hero, and the most successful software developer in Silicon Valley. He's certainly the most successful homeless software developer in Silicon Valley.

Texas-born Casarez, a 2014 graduate of Texas A&M University who had previously worked as a web developer for General Motors, headed to California almost a year ago, hoping to launch a startup.

Things didn't work out, and he "he lost all of his money and the vehicle that he had been living in," according to People. Since then, he's been living in a park.

Down to his last options, Casarez put on a suit and stood on a street corner in Mountain View with a big sign reading, "Homeless Hungry 4 Success Take a Resume."

Wait, when's the last time you saw a panhandler actually giving things out, and not asking for money? (Even if what he's giving is his resume.)

"Detail oriented and highly adaptable professional with experience developing, testing and deploying software," his resume summary reads, and lists 12 programming languages along with his experience as a freelancer and at GM.

A passerby named Jasmine Scofield was moved, and asked if she could put his photo and his resume online. 

Casarez said yes. The whole thing went viral. Scofield wrote:

"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!"

As of this writing, we're over 208,000 likes and 132,000 retweets. I have to admit, it's brilliant. I'm sure it's more than a bit embarrassing for Casarez to have to pull this stunt. But doing so got him far more exposure than he possibly could have achieved on his own.

And it's worked. Reportedly he's had 200 job offers as a result.

"Google reached out to me. So many other companies. Pandora. A bunch of startups," he told the New York Post. "A product manager from Bitcoin.com was wondering if I could work remotely of if I want to relocate to Tokyo," he said, with wonder in his voice as he scrolled through the offers."

But until that works out, he added, "tonight, I'll be back on my bench in Rengstorff Park."
 

Published on: Jul 30, 2018
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