It is a familiar sight in any big city to see people standing on busy street corners holding a sign asking for help. Sometimes they are offering a service such as a windshield wash, or even a simple gesture like a smile, all for what ever pocket change you might be willing to spare. But recently in Phoenix a man tried something a little different.
Patrick Hoagland was down on his luck after getting laid off from his job as a forklift operator at a metal recycling company. He filled out applications online and handed out résumés to local businesses, but he wasn’t getting any responses. “I had only been unemployed a few weeks, but it was very unexpected and I needed to figure something out fast,” Hoagland, 30, wrote in an email. “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.” And that’s why he hit the streets. He stood out in 110 f weather holding a sign asking for people to take a resume. And it worked out far better than expected.
Melissa DiGianfilippo saw him while she was driving by, she just happens to own a marketing and PR agency and was impressed by his creativity, so she grabbed a copy of his résumé. She realized that his experience was not a fit for her agency but decided to post his résumé on social media to see whether someone in her network could help him. That is when the emails and offers began to flood in. Thousands of people interacted with Melissa’s posts and the response shocked both her and Patrick. The thing DiGianfilippo said “I am so amazed by how many people re-shared the post because they really wanted to be a part of a positive story.”
After combing through all the offers, Hoagland ultimately found a company that was the right fit for him. But it is that desire people have to do or be part of something good that made the difference. There is more about how well it went in your Good News Story of the Day, which you can read here, but it is incredibly important to remember Melissa’s words – “I think in general this is a good reminder for people that it takes just a few minutes sometimes out of your day to really change someone’s life or make their day better.”
Story and Image from CNN