Patrick Hoagland, a married father of one, found himself in that situation after he was laid off from his job at a metal recycling company.
“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.”
After a month spent on applying unsuccessfully both online and in-person, Hoagland decided to get creative. In the middle of summer in Arizona, when temperatures sometimes eclipse 110 degrees, he posted up at busy intersections around Phoenix and gave out his resume to drivers stopped at the light.
One of the drivers he met was Melissa DiGianfilippo, the owner of a consulting firm. She posted a picture of his resume to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn with a call to her network to consider hiring him.
Hey friends! I was driving down Camelback Road near my office and spotted this guy, Patrick, on the side of the road…
After DiGianfilippo’s post, Hoagland received hundreds of job offers. He eventually took one at a company called Flatline Concrete as a concrete grinder. Hoagland calls it his “dream scenario,” and is very thankful that his plan worked out.
“I can’t say thank you enough to everybody,” Hoagland 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.'”
While we’d definitely prefer people who lose their jobs not to have to do what Hoagland did, it’s still nice to see that his unconventional idea worked out well for him and his family.