(CNN) – They say job hunting is about things like connections, networking and making an impression.
But for one job seeker in Phoenix, it came down to just holding a sign.
And he was swamped with job offers.
It all started with this photo.
“It says please take a resume got laid off looking for a job, and I wanted to make it as easy to read as possible.”
The picture was taken by Melissa Digianfilippo on her drive back from lunch on 20th Street and Camelback Road.
“I gestured for him to come over grabbed his resume and the light changed so I had no time to talk to him.”
“At least 4 hours a day one day, I stayed out there for eight hours and I was out there the day it was 118.”
You can’t tell by his smile, but 30-year-old Patrick Hoagland, husband and father, was feeling pretty low at that moment, despite sending out dozens of resumes online.
Weeks later – he was still jobless.
“It caught me by surprise and after that I had some other stresses in life going on and I really need to get a job, so I chose to stand on the corner with a sign.”
Melissa co-owns a Phoenix Marketing firm and she was impressed by his creativity, so she shared his resume.
“I just thought I have a wide network, so I’ll post it on social media and see what happens and it was crazy, it blew up.”
“It was just craziness of text messages, phone calls, e-mails.”
That turned into hundreds of replies and inquiries.
He narrowed his offers down to 17 then to one – the one.
“I work at a concrete grinding company. I have concrete all over me right now.”
And is now hungrier than ever for success.
(This story was originally published on July 31, 2019)