In a CNN interview, the recently employed man revealed, “I had only been jobless for a few weeks, and it was unexpected; I needed to find a solution quickly.” He admitted questioning the feasibility of his idea, saying, “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.” He bravely faced the scorching 110-degree Arizona weather, standing outside with a white sign that read, “Please take resume. Laid off. Looking for a job.”
DiGianfilippo expressed her admiration for his determination in the extreme heat. “I was impressed with Patrick because it was 110° outside, and what I saw was really unexpected,” she shared. “He was standing on the side of the road with a sign and a stack of resumes and a huge smile on his face,” she said.
She took to social media, posting, “I was driving down Camelback Rd in Phx near my office and saw this guy on the side of the road with a smile in 110-degree heat, with a sign asking people to take his resume. I love that he was not asking for a handout, just for people to consider him for a job. #pleaseshare #job.” Her post garnered over 350 retweets and over a thousand likes on Twitter.
Hoagland expressed his gratitude for the unexpected but appreciated help. “She has been so great; she didn’t need to help me, but she did, and it has changed my life,” he said