‘I’m pretty desperate’: Texarkana man passes out resume, holds sign in hopes of getting hired


TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a Texarkana man says he is in need of a job, and he has come up with a unique way to draw attention to his work experience and history.

Justin Chester was seen standing on Richmond Road Thursday afternoon, and he was not asking for money. He was handing out his resumes and holding a sign.

“I’m pretty desperate,” said Chester.

“I need a job. I shoot out resumes during the night. During the early morning hours and I’m not getting any responses.”

Chester says he does not want a hand-out but does request $15 an hour. According to him, his work experience is in Information Technology as a contractor. Even though he does not have a job, Chester says he does qualify for unemployment benefits. Now, he is hoping to catch the eye of an employer.

“Because I’m holding a sign they think I’m panhandling and I’m not. I’m not asking for money. I’ve actually turned everybody down that wants to offer me money. Because I just want a job. I don’t want your money. I want to work for my money,” said Chester.

Chester says he has been holding his sign and handing out resumes all week. So far, he has landed a few interviews and he is hoping to turn one of them into something official.

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