During a time when the job market is stagnant and Americans are simply unemployed or underemployed, one woman found a way to land herself numerous interviews and job offers.
Carrie Kemeling, 28, quit her job on Saturday (Aug. 15), and by Monday (Aug. 17) she had an interview and 13 different employers offering her a position. So, how did she do it? Here’s a hint: she didn’t use trusty LinkedIn.
Kemeling took an unusual approach to her job search this time around, standing by a busy exit ramp off of a highway in Buffalo, New York with a sign that read: “Not Homeless but Hungry for success. Take a resume”
“I wanted to do something different; instead of just emailing a piece of my work history or dropping my résumé off on somebody’s desk,” she told Buffalo News.
“I’m just trying to get my word out to as many people as possible to show my creativity and innovation, and you know hopefully, I can find something that will make me happy. If people can give money to somebody who is homeless and not looking for work, they can also help someone who is trying to help themselves,” she said. “I believe this is going to be a success story. People want to see self-motivation. And I’m not giving up on myself and never will.” she sai.
On Friday (Aug. 15), before Kemeling quit her job at a local jewelers due to being passed for a promotion, she stood on the pedestrian crossing island passing out her résumé to 20 people and 50 more that following Monday.
“Even though I had a job, I’m still looking for better and I know I’m better,” she said. “I’m looking to find a company who is willing to invest in me and I’m investing in them as well. I’m really extremely trainable.She said she’d been “looking to advance myself for the past year. I sent résumés but didn’t get a response. So now I have the time to stand here and actually put myself out there. If I’m going to give my résumé to someone, I want to give it to someone who wants it.” she said.
The Buffalo Niagara region has been adding jobs at an average pace of 1.4 percent through the first four months of this year, nearly double the growth rate from all of 2014. After receiving a dozen employers offering positions, including the temp agency, a shredding company and an online startup, Kemeling plans to return to the Thruway exit and see what luck she’ll have.
“I want to keep my options open,” she said. “I want to give other candidates a chance. There might be others out there who are interested in hiring me.”