BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s not unusual to see someone holding a sign by the side of the road as you get off the 190 at Niagara Street, but the sign one woman has out there these days reflects a very unusual approach to her search for a new career.
Carrie Kemeling is standing on the pedestrian island with a sign that reads “Not homeless, just hungry for success!! Take a resume”. She has handed out dozens and dozens of resumes to passing motorists over the last few days, and plans to hand out 100 more before she leaves that spot Tuesday.
“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,” said Kemeling, who left her job at a local jewelry store on Saturday in hopes of finding a more rewarding future career.
Her roadside resumes are not the normal method for a job hunt, but Kemeling says she’s not a normal job seeker – she’s a career seeker – and the usual job hunting techniques don’t cut it for her. “Instead of just plopping my resume down and walking away, I want people to be like, ‘man, she is aggressive, and she is going to stand out, and she can do this,’ and I can do this,” she said.
Kemeling says she has already gotten a lot of support for what she’s been doing, including plenty of thumbs up and people honking as they drive by. She’s also gotten quite a bit of interest from potential employers. “My Facebook page blew up yesterday and I’ve had a ton of emails,” she told News 4. “I’ve had contacts from Florida and Los Angeles and shares from Washington to Hawaii, and one international contact so far.”
Kemeling has also had people walk up to her as she hands out her resumes, looking to learn more. While our News 4 crew was out with her Tuesday morning, we saw a few people come talk to her, including one potential employer who was impressed by Kemeling’s promotion style and seemed eager to offer her a position.
Kemeling says she’s looking for the right position for her – whatever that may be.
“I don’t if know anyone truly knows their dream job until they find it,” she said.