Jasmine Scofield was driving in Mountain View, California, on Friday and spotted a man standing by the side of the road with an unusual sign. Web developer David Casarez stood on a highway median carrying a hand-written cardboard sign that drew attention of hundreds of employers.
But on Friday, some hope was revived when Jasmine Scofield, a passerby, tweeted a photo of Casarez holding his sign and a picture of his resume.
She later posted his photo to Twitter, captioned, "Today I saw this young homeless man asking for people to take a resume rather than asking for money".
What brought Casarez's to Silicon Valley was an app idea called "Mesa", which helps mom-and-pop food businesses scale up and reach the masses, CBS San Franciscoreports.
Over the weekend, her tweet received more than 131,000 retweets and 210,000 likes, leading to more than 200 job offers from tech firms including Google, Netflix and LinkedIn, Scofield told in a follow-up tweet. An engineer and web developer, Casarez had moved to Silicon Valley from Texas to follow his dreams. He couldn't find a job, soon ran out of money, and eventually became homeless.
The 26-year-old told an NBC affiliate that he was just looking for a big opportunity to break into the coveted tech world of Silicon Valley.
About a month ago, his van was repossessed and he wound up sleeping in the park.
Casarez said all he wanted was for someone to notice his hard work and give him a chance.
"I figured I have to know somebody who knows somebody". Pandora. A bunch of startups, ' Casarez said.
Perhaps the most alarming aspect to Casarez's situation is that despite having a solid resume, he couldn't land a job since he arrived in the Bay Area last fall. "I wasn't expecting that kind of response". He added, "A product manager from Bitcoin.com was wondering if I could work remotely or if I want to relocate to Tokyo". "I just got off the phone with David", she said.
"I'm actually going through all of the emails right now and trying to respond to everyone", Casarez said.