This Woman Quit Her Job, Then Started Handing Out Resumes on the Street

She says more than a dozen companies have responded so far.

Carrie Kemeling
(Image credit: WKBW-TV)

Carrie Kemeling isn't a panhandler, but that didn't stop her from holding a sign on an exit ramp in Buffalo, New York. WKBW-TV reports that she's been standing in business clothes and heels all day with a sign that reads, "Not homeless, but hungry for success! Take a resume." She's after a job, not your spare change. 

Kemeling had a job at a local jeweler for three years, but quit on Sunday after being passed over for a promotion. (Her former boss told The Buffalo News that she didn't have the experience to become an assistant manager, and that he was shocked she quit so abruptly.) She's now looking for a job in sales management, and things are looking up so far. 

She came up with the idea after submitting her resume to many companies and not hearing anything. "So now I have the time to stand here and actually put myself out there," she told The Buffalo News. "If I'm going to give my résumé to someone, I want to give it to someone who wants it." And so far, she says more than a dozen companies have contacted her about open positions.

Interested in hiring her? Check out her resume, via WIVB-TV. And if not, she's still here for some much-needed career inspiration. "I hope I'm inspiring other people to not just sit down and take what's coming to you, but actually go after what you want or what you believe you deserve," she told WKBW-TV.

Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.