He decided he had to do something different and decided to stand on a streetcar with a sign.
"I had only been unemployed for a few weeks, but it was very unexpected and I needed to figure something out quickly," Hoagland, 30, wrote in an email. "I laughed at first and thought it was stupid, but I thought about it. I figured, why not? There are millions of people in Phoenix driving around, someone can hire me."
He printed 200 copies of his resume and hit the streets in search of work last week. Melissa DiGianfilippo saw him as she drove through Phoenix.
"I was impressed with Patrick because it was 110 ° outside and what I saw was really unexpected," DiGianfilippo wrote in an email. "He stood on the side of the road with a sign and a pile of resumes and a big smile on his face."
DiGianfilippo owns a marketing and PR agency and was impressed with his creativity, so she grabbed a copy of his resume. She realized that his experience was not suitable for her agency, but decided to post her resume on social media to see if anyone in her network could help him.
What happened next surprised both Hoagland and DiGianfilippo.
Hoagland received thousands of messages from companies, entrepreneurs, recruiters and even people who just wish him luck ̵
"I certainly hoped he would get some good job losses out of the position, but I definitely didn't expect it to blow up the way it did!" Said DiGianfilippo. "The post on LinkedIn is what has really taken the most off , generated thousands and thousands of re-parts, reactions and likes. I also posted it as an Instagram story that got lots of engagements and people who wanted to reach out to him, on Facebook and on Twitter. I'm so surprised at how many people shared the post again because they really wanted to be part of a positive story. "
After combing through all the deals, Hoagland finally decided on Flatline Concrete Grinding in Phoenix. He met owner Kerry Burkhart and knew right away that her company was right for him.
" I generally think this is a great reminder to people that it only takes a few minutes sometimes out of your day to really change someone's life or make their day better, "said DiGianfilippo.
Hoagland and DiGianfilippo have kept in touch, and he updated her through his DiGianfilippo could easily have driven past and not taken hold, but she is glad she did, and Hoagland couldn't be more grateful for it.
"She's been so great, she didn't have to help me, but she did and it has changed my life, "he said." I am so grateful to her. "