Close Ad

Dad Who Was Laid Off Gets Hundreds Of Job Offers After Handing Out Resumes On The Streets
Roadside Resumes
Career Growth

Dad Who Was Laid Off Gets Hundreds Of Job Offers After Handing Out Resumes On The Streets

After being laid off from his job, Patrick Hoagland struggled to find a new work position and provide for his family. So he decided to get creative and stand on the side of the road, handing out his resumes. Little did he know that it would lead him to his dream job scenario.

Being without work can be scary and overwhelming, especially when you have a family to support. But after one man unexpectedly found himself in this situation, his quick thinking paid off in a big way.


As a father, he couldn't afford to be without work

Patrick Hoagland is a 30-year-old dad of one who was suddenly laid off from his job at a metal recycling company. He was desperate to find another job – and in this economy, that isn’t very easy.

"I definitely had fear," Hoagland told Good Morning America. "My wife and I, we don't make a whole lot of money individually. Once I lost my job, everything was put on her."

So a month after being laid off, he decided to stand on a busy roadside of a Phoenix highway and simply hand out copies of his resume!

"I had only been unemployed a few weeks, but it was very unexpected and I needed to figure something out fast," Patrick told CNN.

I at first laughed and thought that was silly, but I kept thinking about it. I figured, why not?! There are millions of people in Phoenix driving around, someone might hire me.

Patrick Hoagland

While the idea might have sounded ridiculous on paper, he still decided to go forward with it and printed out 200 copies of his résumé.

He tried applying the traditional way, without luck

Before figuring out his unconventional strategy, Patrick had tried to apply to many jobs, both online and in person. The lack of response eventually led to his idea.

"I wasn't getting any responses," he said. "I was getting frustrated. It popped into my head, stand on a corner and hold a sign and hand out resumes. At first i laughed about it...and then it kind of went crazy."

For three days, for a few hours each day, Patrick handed his resume out to strangers. He also held a sign which read "Please take a resume. Laid-off. Looking for a job."

During one of these sessions, a woman named Melissa DiGianfilippo, owner of Serendipit Consulting, passed by.

He caught the attention of the right person

During one of these sessions, a woman named Melissa DiGianfilippo, owner of Serendipit Consulting, passed by.

"I was impressed with Patrick because it was 110° outside and what I saw was really unexpected," Melissa told CNN. "He was standing on the side of the road with a sign and a stack of resumes and a huge smile on his face."

Melissa, who works in PR , noticed how much creativity this move took, so she grabbed a copy of his resume and decided to post it on social media.

"He was not asking for a handout, he was just asking for a job. That impressed me," Melissa told Good Morning America.

"I figured, 'I have a pretty wide network. I'll share on social media,'" Melissa said.

I think people were impressed with this willingness and dedication to stand in 100-degree heat.

Melissa DiGianfilippo

From no response to 100s of job offers

The job offers began to fly in by the hundreds, and he eventually found a position at Flatline Concrete as a concrete grinder. It wasn't just any job, but one he had actually hoped for.

They reached out to me over email phone, and I am glad that they did. It's my dream job scenario.

Melissa DiGianfilippo

Most of all, Patrick is thankful for everyone who has helped him get to his dream job.

"I can't say thank you enough to everybody," Patrick said. "I had a lot of people who sent messages that weren't necessarily job offers but were well-wishes [saying], 'Good luck in your search.' It was nice to see that.'"

Patrick and Melissa DiGianfilippo have kept in touch, and he is so thankful.

She has been so great, she didn't need to help me, but she did and it has changed my life. I am so grateful for her.

Take a chance on yourself

Rather than admitting defeat, Patrick decided to get creative. While it takes a lot of courage to put oneself out there the way he did, it ultimately speaks of your resilience as a person. It spoke for itself in the way Patrick took a risk for himself and his family. And it paid off.

Remember, while we cannot control circumstances or what happens to us, we can definitely control how we react to them. And that can make all the difference.

More uplifting news:

Hot Stories

The Untold Story of Michael and Janet Jackson's Complex Relationship

Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson attend studio 54 | LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Singer Janet Jackson and her brother singer Michael Jackson attend the 35th Annual Grammy Awards

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/mj--252834966569129673/ | Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images

Michael and Janet Jackson, two of the most iconic figures in the music industry, captivated audiences worldwide with their talent and stage presence. However, behind the scenes, their relationship was a confusing cocktail of deep affection, intense rivalry, and profound challenges.

Keep ReadingShow less
Woman wearing a striped sweater and a handwritten note.

Noisy Neighbors Send Cute Note In Reply to Woman's Complaint

TikTok/@maartinapanchetti

When it comes to neighbors you never know what you're going to get. Sometimes you hit the neighbor lottery and get someone who barely makes a sound.

Other times, however, you get stuck with THAT neighbor: the one who blasts death metal at 3 AM or has a dog that WON'T.STOP.BARKING. Or, in this case, has kids who think practicing piano before the sun rises is a good idea (it's not).

When London-based content creator Martina Panchetti's neighbors decided that the road to becoming famous concert pianists involved early morning practices she'd had just about all she could take. Wanting to avoid an uncomfortable confrontation, she wrote them a polite note to complain.

She wasn't prepared for their response.

Keep ReadingShow less
Uplifting News