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Homeless Man, Who Handed Out Resumes, Gets Hired By Roofing Company
CBSLA.com) ^ | September 6, 2012 8:56 AM

Posted on 09/06/2012 12:34:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Christopher Boyd, a homeless Los Angeles man who handed out his resume alongside LA freeways, has been hired.

The 44-year-old is working for Jack The Roofer in Simi Valley for a week and then will work full time for JB Wholesale, a Los Angeles roofing and building supply company who works with Jack The Roofer.

Boyd was spotted along the freeways handing out flyers listing his skills ranging from marketing, property management, construction to professional driving.

“I’ve been all over LA,” Boyd said last month. “I got tired of going to interviews, going places and not getting hired.”

Boyd’s story went viral after a picture of his flyer was posted on Reddit.


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: christopherboyd; employment; homeless; obamanomics

1 posted on 09/06/2012 12:34:24 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

All HR managers should be shot.


2 posted on 09/06/2012 12:36:09 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: BenLurkin

In a world where so many are content to sit back and cash government checks, I really admire his persistence and his initiative.


3 posted on 09/06/2012 12:38:50 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Focault's Pendulum
All HR managers should be shot.

As a group they are some of the laziest people I've ever dealt with.


4 posted on 09/06/2012 12:39:40 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: BenLurkin

Will work for work.

I like it!


5 posted on 09/06/2012 12:40:23 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: Focault's Pendulum
I was speaking to a middle-aged woman (who cannot get hired because she is a middle-aged woman, presumably) who told me that she was not hired for a job because she said "she can work anytime."

I was like, wtf? You mean to tell me they would've hired her if she said she can only work Tuesdays and Thursdays?

6 posted on 09/06/2012 12:40:29 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: BenLurkin
Don't blame the guy for going direct.

Lots of dishonest companies hold fake interviews just so they can say they interviewed x number of people but decided to hire Jane from the inside because she was the most qualified.

Lots of dishonest people hold fake interviews with companies who are hiring just so they can show they went through the process to keep their government check coming.

When I worked in Japan, companies were allowed to advertise the gender, age range and sometimes even nationality they were seeking along with the qualifications.

It prevented a lot of mutual time wasting fake interviews.

7 posted on 09/06/2012 12:42:26 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

“When I worked in Japan, companies were allowed to advertise the gender, age range and sometimes even nationality”

...Wow! As it should be. That takes me back.


8 posted on 09/06/2012 12:45:39 PM PDT by albie
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“As a group they are some of the laziest people I’ve ever dealt with. “

So lazy they had to build software to do their jobs for them.


9 posted on 09/06/2012 12:48:55 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
As a group they are some of the laziest people I've ever dealt with.

The criteria they follow sucks.

I acquired my present job by driving up and down roads with my resume and asking to see the boss. If I was told to see an HR person I inquired if the HR Lady (was good assumption) was more intelligent than the boss.

10 posted on 09/06/2012 12:51:05 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: Vigilanteman

I absolutely agree. These companies waste your time when they really had no intention of hiring you. I don’t know what criteria they are looking for when they hire.

You have jump through all these hoops just to get an interview and then when you do they say they’ll be in touch which they never actually do.


11 posted on 09/06/2012 12:54:21 PM PDT by ctpsb (Thanks.)
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To: BenLurkin

Although this news is old, I still hope this guys pulls through:

http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/01/13/whatever-happened-to-ted-williams-the-golden-voiced-homeless-man/


12 posted on 09/06/2012 12:57:05 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: 1rudeboy

Government-driven policies—from employer-provided healthcare to favored-class lawsuits—increase the costs and risks of hiring women and/or older people, and that just compounds their employment challenges.

A middle-aged woman gets a double whammy on it.


13 posted on 09/06/2012 12:58:10 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Vigilanteman
Lots of dishonest companies hold fake interviews

I went on about fifty of those before I caught on. I'm one of the most qualified experts in my industry with certifications. I got a letter back last May stating I was not going to be hired because I was under qualified. I was ready to drive the seventy miles back to the HR office and nuke them!

14 posted on 09/06/2012 12:58:56 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: BenLurkin

HR managers are the most useless POS layer of BS in any corporate bureaucracy.

They know absolutely nothing about the departments they are sent out to hire for and what makes for a good or bad candidate. Like an HR person is going to know why your network/contacts is going to be best suited for a sales job. I’m sure they’re going to be really well versed on why your previous job experience and education makes you a superior aeronautical engineer vs other candidates.

HR people are usually people with humanities degrees that know jack squat about anything of substance yet think they’re well qualified to judge anybody. Oh wait, I just described.... oh never mind.

The only thing HR personnel are good for are handing out corporate benefits and health insurance packets. Even in that regard they could be replaced by a monkey handing out something from the red box, blue box and yellow box to get a piece of fruit.

Most useless people in any organization.


15 posted on 09/06/2012 1:07:13 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

HR Departments tend to be full of Affirmative Action hires.


16 posted on 09/06/2012 1:08:32 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: ctpsb
FWIW, I've never visited a Boston Market to eat and never will.

The reason: When my kids were looking for their first job, they had a big banner out which said

Now Hiring, Immediate Interviews and Decision

I tried to explain to the girls that they really didn't mean it, but they insisted on trying. So I let them and they found out Dad was right. Nothing against Boston Market, really. Because so many companies do this. But Boston Market did it to my daughters.

Anyway, Chick Fil'A hired them not long after that experience and, then, their little sis, when she turned of age. Our Friday night dates consisted of going to Chick Fil'A to see our girls at work. They are grown up and gone now, but guess where we still eat regularly?

17 posted on 09/06/2012 1:11:20 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 1rudeboy
I was speaking to a middle-aged woman (who cannot get hired because she is a middle-aged woman, presumably

Age discrimination runs rampant. I'm in my fifties. My phone interviews all went terrific. Except! When they turned into face to face interviews I could immediately read their facial and body tells. (I sound young on the phone)

Experience doesn't mean crap to HR people. Their just looking for a body who will take minimum wage.

18 posted on 09/06/2012 1:16:22 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: dfwgator
HR Departments tend to be full of Affirmative Action hires.

You got that dung right.

19 posted on 09/06/2012 1:18:58 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (RINO season is open. No limit. Make them extinct.)
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To: ctpsb; Vigilanteman
I absolutely agree. These companies waste your time when they really had no intention of hiring you. I don’t know what criteria they are looking for when they hire.

You have jump through all these hoops just to get an interview and then when you do they say they’ll be in touch which they never actually do.

What's even worse is when you have to go through the company's website. I can only imagine how many applications and resumes they get, and usually there's no hiring manager to speak to.

20 posted on 09/06/2012 1:23:23 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: BenLurkin

Roofing is HARD work.


21 posted on 09/06/2012 1:24:45 PM PDT by freebird5850 (Guilty but not prosecuted? Sounds like a liberal to me.)
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To: freebird5850
Roofing is HARD work

Not if you want to work....and free exercise...also roofers always covered by insurance, particularly in CA

Good for him..

22 posted on 09/06/2012 1:30:43 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Vigilanteman
"When I worked in Japan, companies were allowed to advertise the gender, age range and sometimes even nationality they were seeking along with the qualifications."

When I was in Korea, it was customary for resumes to include a photo of the applicant. Those without would not even be considered.

23 posted on 09/06/2012 1:34:41 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

Shooting them may be a little overboard. Just fire every one of the bas****s en masse and let them apply for new jobs. A chimpanzee at a desk sorting resumes into yes and no stacks would do at least as good a job as most of them.


24 posted on 09/06/2012 1:39:01 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Vigilanteman
Lots of dishonest people hold fake interviews with companies who are hiring just so they can show they went through the process to keep their government check coming.

i've had a number of people admit this when "applying" at the bar i work for. they don't even want an interview, but have to fill out a certain number of applications a month to keep their cash assistance.
25 posted on 09/06/2012 1:46:50 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
The only thing HR personnel are good for are handing out corporate benefits and health insurance packets. Even in that regard they could be replaced by a monkey handing out something from the red box, blue box and yellow box to get a piece of fruit.

HR actually has people? i tried to call my HR office, got an automated system. first thing it said was to check the website. i tried multiple numbers, emails, and only got to one real person- rather, her voicemail- and never heard back.
26 posted on 09/06/2012 1:53:50 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: Joe 6-pack
The photo request was common in Japan as well. If you sought work though an agency, the photo was a requirement. Most companies also required them, but a few didn't as it was considered a rather archaic requirement by some who wanted a modern image.

Another weird and archaic thing is that many of them wanted your resume handwritten, particularly in Japanese. It gave them not only an idea of your skill level in their national language, but also (supposedly) your personality.

When I lived in Japan (1988-2002) and traveled to Korea on business, I'd say Korea was probably ten years behind Japan socially at first, but less than half that when I left.

Very funny thing about the Oriental mind. Many think they can see into your personality by looking at your photo. But it is the height of rudeness to make fixed eye contact. The Japanese even have a saying about the eyes being the window of the soul. But you learn quickly NOT to look people in the eye.

I spent some time on temporary assignment in Korea and my co-workers there tried to convince me to stay by saying I could become fluent in Korean within a few months because it was so similar to Japanese. There is more similarities between the two societies than either side cares to admit. And not just the languages and unwritten rules about eye contact.

27 posted on 09/06/2012 1:53:59 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: katana
Shooting them may be a little overboard. Just fire every one of the bas****s en masse and let them apply for new jobs

No! I stand by my statement. Shoot them. Firing them will just put them back in the workforce. They're essentially useless pieces of detritus.

28 posted on 09/06/2012 1:55:05 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Obama A man without an American mission.)
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To: YankeeReb
What's even worse is when you have to go through the company's website. I can only imagine how many applications and resumes they get, and usually there's no hiring manager to speak to.

applying through websites? those have so many filters it isn't even funny. the vast majority of applications don't even clear the software filtering.
29 posted on 09/06/2012 1:56:02 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: Vigilanteman
I spent three years in Korea from '95 - '98 and concur. At that time folks my age (Gen X) and older, tended to be very anti-nork, and had no love for Japan. Those right behind us seemed to be embracing a lot of Japanese culture, music and tech. The tamagotchi was released about that time frame and you couldn't spit without hitting somebody with one. When I left the US in '95 cell phones were still something of a luxury and status symbol; when I landed in the ROK, every teenagere had one.
30 posted on 09/06/2012 2:00:44 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: BenLurkin

This economy seriously sucks.

When you factor in a decent wage, healthcare costs, unemployment insurance, workman’s comp, employer SS contribution and associated taxes, it gets to about $100,000 annually per employee.

I haven’t seen a real job offer in years. It is all contract work.


31 posted on 09/06/2012 2:10:25 PM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative. REJECT THEN STOP SOCIALISM THIS NOV!)
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To: BenLurkin

The real job of HR is to make sure the company doesn’t get sued. If there’s trouble with an employee, they gather the paperwork to later assure you have no case WHEN they fire you for something.

If they fire you right away, in this day and age they can get sued, so HR is stuffed full of minorities and dolts (or minority dolts) whose job is to “get stuff on ya”.

Could be sending email....some trumped up charge of sexual harassment —whatever.

HR people have rich knowledge in one area only —TREACHERY. No technical skills —just basic law and how to set people up.

Neeever think HR people are there to help people get along.


32 posted on 09/06/2012 2:35:54 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: ctpsb
These companies waste your time when they really had no intention of hiring you. I don’t know what criteria they are looking for when they hire.

I went to a place that had an ad in the local newspaper> The guy there said he wasn't really looking for anybody, he just wanted his people to see the ad and tighten up fearing that somebody was going to get the ax.

33 posted on 09/06/2012 2:49:59 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (We are Dan Cathy, Ted Cruz, and Scott Walker, and November is drawing close!.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum; All
They won't hire you if you don't have a job.

They subscribe to these psych-test computerized systems.

You never see a person.

You are never guaranteed a review or any contact, even a statement you weren't hired.

They do illegal discriminated based on age.

Retail wants young workers, tech wants young workers, both where young is under 35, maybe even under 30.

They do engage in diversity hires.

Of course there are freepers here who will blame this homeless man for his having been homeless, call him feeble, lazy, corrupt, etc. I know, I've seen these comments in other topics. You see them in topics on benefits, unemployment, etc. I tell them each time to put up or shut up: Hire!

34 posted on 09/06/2012 3:11:16 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 61 days away.)
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To: newzjunkey

Sad but true, the easiest time to find a job is when you already have a job.


35 posted on 09/06/2012 3:12:17 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: rightly_dividing

There’s a lot of that. Fake ads. Fake interviews just to collect resumes and employment data. The dehumanized application process... it’s amazing to me there hasn’t been a workers revolt in the Obama economy.


36 posted on 09/06/2012 3:15:56 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 61 days away.)
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To: newzjunkey
They subscribe to these psych-test computerized systems. You never see a person.

Yep. It's a bot that screens out most applications.

One of the tricks to get around it is to use key words from the online ad both in your resume and any application that allows you to describe yourself.

Don't do this! Copy and paste The key elements of the online ad in a white (invisible) font. The bots can now pick up on this.

37 posted on 09/06/2012 3:51:13 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Obama A man without an American mission.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

Double for civil service ones.


38 posted on 09/06/2012 4:37:44 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: wally_bert
Double for civil service ones.

The education administrators come to mind.

39 posted on 09/06/2012 4:59:59 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Obama A man without an American mission.)
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To: spokeshave
Good for him..
I agree totally, yes good for him! I wish my son in law would do same..naah, free EBT card, got the weed card etc.
40 posted on 09/06/2012 5:04:17 PM PDT by freebird5850 (Guilty but not prosecuted? Sounds like a liberal to me.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

At one state gov co agency, the catbert there was usually hung over a lot of mornings. At least once she came to work in a long coat and changed clothes in her office. I think she is still there. I left a while back.


41 posted on 09/06/2012 5:25:12 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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