Unemployed College Graduate Hands Out Resumes On Street, Lands First Job
A once unemployed college graduate just landed a full-time job in the most creative way. 21-year-old, De’Andre Matthews of Houston, Texas, graduated from the Houston School of Carpentry back in February, but struggled to find a job. Matthews applied for 30 jobs all over Houston but never received an offer.
A week after his grandmother passed in September, he decided to try a different approach, holding an unconventional sign at a busy intersection in Houston asking for employment.
“I am an electrical trade school grad with no job experience. Please take a resume and help this electrician apprentice out. #StriveforGreatness,” the sign read, using a hashtag borrowed from a LeBron James.
Matthews headed to the busy intersection at Wallisville Road and the Beltway with his sign and 20 résumés for 2-hours, where he eventually gave out 5 resumes. But after the heat became unbearable he decided to head home. But before he knew it, his phone started receiving phone-calls.
“My phone rang so much, it actually froze,” he says, telling Click2Houston that, thanks to his story spreading on social media, the callers were from Texas, “Virginia, Baltimore, Boston, Louisiana, Alabama and there was one in Arizona.”
He eventually landed on a job with the second woman who took his resume. The electrician company ran by her father was hiring and she admired his determination. Matthews was invited for an interview the next day, and received a job offer on the spot.
“I accepted the job because my employer seemed to appreciate my knowledge and cared about teaching me,” Matthews said. “That really spoke to me.”