An unemployed father decided on an unorthodox way to get his resume out to employers while looking for a job, and his effort went viral on social media.
One person posted his resume and a photo on Twitter, where his story took off.
“I was driving down Camelback Rd in Phx near my office and saw this guy on the side of the road with a smile in 110-degree heat, with a sign asking people to take his resume,” the tweet read.
“I love that he was not asking for a handout, just for people to consider him for a job,” she added.
Patrick Hoagland later told CBS 5-Phoenix that he had just been laid off from his job in June.
“It caught me by surprise. And after that, I had some other stresses in life going on, and I really needed to get a job, so I chose to stand on the corner with a sign,” he said.
He said that he had sent out his resumes to dozens of job opportunities online but had not gotten any luck.
After his story went viral on social media, he got hundreds of job offers.
“It was crazy. It was hard to navigate my phone for a little bit, but I received so many great offers,” Hoagland said.
“I received offers from companies that wouldn’t hire you without experience, but because they saw my determination,” he explained, “they offered me a position without even an interview.”
Hoagland landed a job at a concrete-grinding company.
He said he was very grateful to all the companies who offered him a job.
Here’s a video about the viral story:
Laid-off dad gets job offers after handing out resumes on the side of the road