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'HUNGRY 4 SUCCESS' sign lands homeless Texas native over 200 job offers

'HUNGRY 4 SUCCESS' sign lands homeless Texas native over 200 job offers”

'I was thinking you know, like this was like my last stop.

David Casarez, 26, is a software developer with three years of job experience and a college degree. "If anyone in the Silicon Valley could help him out, that would be fantastic", she tweeted Friday at around 5 p.m.

"Google reached out to me". She rolled down her window and called Casarez over to her auto.

Scofield's tweet went viral, racking up hundreds of thousands of hits over the weekend.

The web developer said he came to Silicon Valley with high hopes and big dreams in September, but was quickly overwhelmed by the high cost of living.

Things took a turn when a driver, Jasmine Scofield, asked to click his picture and post it online, reports People.com. "I spent 20 to 30 seconds writing the tweet and Facebook post and by the end of the night, it hit nearly 10,000 shares".

A passerby's photo of him standing on the median holding the sign soon went viral on Twitter, and by Saturday afternoon, he'd been flooded with more than 200 job offers. "It's Hail Mary for him", she told KTVU.

"It kinda blew up", Casarez said. In another tweet, she wrote that Casarez told her he came to Silicon Valley from Texas, dreaming of becoming successful in the technology industry.

About a month ago, his van was repossessed and he wound up sleeping in the park.

While some find his story inspiring, others are critical of a work force that makes it hard for outsiders to break in. "To make it work, he put his ego aside to hand out resumes on the street". While many discussed how Silicon Valley is a double-edged sword. "If I were in that position, I'd want somebody to help me". "It was a shock".

He says, "I was at that lowest point and when I did that sign I was like, this has to work".

"It hurt to see he couldn't get [a job] at the time", Scofield said.

"I've been pretty close to his situation before. I really understand how hard it is to find work in Silicon Valley", said Scofield, who is a makeup artist. "It hit really close to home for me.... I was determined to help him". As of this writing, the tweet has been retweeted more than 100,000 times. "No one was hiring", he said. They told him they liked his perseverance. "We're also paying for his transportation to interviews".

Casarez did not indicate what he plans to do with all of the offers, but said he'll be back sleeping on his bench tonight.

Casarez's story was first told by Bay Area news station KRON-4. "The support has just been so overwhelming, very positive", he said.



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