Job hunt: placard in hand, resumes in bag
Patrick Hoagland's innovative idea clicked; he was flooded with hundreds of offers.
What happens when you get laid off? Start looking for another one. How do you go about it? Patrick Hoagland, from Phoenix, Arizona, USA, came up with a very different approach: he stood on a streetcorner, with a placard in his hand and resumes in his bag. The placard read, "Please take a resume. Laid off... looking for a job."
Patrick was thinking of sending out his resumes by mail. Suddenly, "the idea of holding a sign and standing in a corner popped into my head," he says.
Patrick told Fox News: "There are millions of people traveling through Phoenix. Someone might want to hire me. So, I got some resumes ready."
Patrick's idea clicked: he got hundreds of offers after a driver passing by, Melissa DiGianfilippo, tweeted Patrick's resume and Patrick's photo holding the placard.
I was driving down Camelback Rd near Phx to my office and saw this guy standing in the 110-degree heat asking people to take a resume... Not asking for a handout, just a job. #pleaseshare #job pic.twitter.com/5QAUpCkGWk- MelissaDiGianfilippo (@MelissaPR) July 23, 2019
Hundreds of people responded to the viral tweet about this standing on a streetcorner with a big smile. Patrick was flooded with phone calls and text messages offering him a job.
Patrick, who previously worked as a forklift operator and supervisor, settled on a job with a flatline concrete grinding company.
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