Determined Dad Stands on Corner Handing Out Resumes After Losing His Job

Patrick Hoagland didn't have a job so he handed out his resume on the street.
Patrick Hoagland

Patrick Hoagland was having a hard time finding work when he decided to take to the streets.

A dad wanted to make sure he could provide for his family when he lost his job, so he stood on the corner handing out resumes. 

Patrick Hoagland, who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, said he lost his job at a metal recycling company and was having a hard time finding work when he decided to take to the streets. The decision paid off: He now has a brand-new job.

“I had been out of work for a couple weeks and I had been putting applications online and I wasn’t getting anything back,” Hoagland told “I was even going around to local businesses. I was doing everything I could. I needed to provide for my family so I started handing out resumes.”

For three days, four to eight hours each, Hoagland stood outside talking to people. He wanted to make sure his wife and 2-year-old son would be taken care of. 

“It was cool,” he said. “A lot of people stopped, took resumes, and gave me thumbs-up.”

On the second day he was out there, a woman named Melissa DiGiannfilippo, who has her own PR firm, snapped a photo of Hoagland’s efforts and posted his resume and his picture to her Facebook page. 

“I was driving down Camelback Road near my office and spotted this guy, Patrick, on the side of the road with a huge smile on his face in 110-degree heat, with a sign asking people to please take his resume,” DiGiannfilippo wrote alongside the image. “I love that he was not asking for a handout, just for people to consider him for a job.”

DiGiannfilippo’s post quickly gained traction and Hoagland said people from all over the world began messaging him with jobs offers and support. Last week, he started work at Flatline Concrete Grinding.

“They reached out to me. They saw the news,” Hoagland said. “I met with them and I fell in love with the company and the owner is amazing.”

Hoagland said the experience has changed his outlook on life. 

“I feel humbled,” he said. “I feel so much happier about life in general. This has been such a positive thing.”