Every day for the past two years, 52-year old Washington native, Frederick Callison, sat in front of the Smart & Final store in Sacramento, California waiting on the world to change. But instead of asking passerby for extra cash, he tried something a little more long term: He offered up his work experience in the hopes of landing a job.
Michael Marteen, 25, who noticed Callison after a day of grocery shopping with his family, found him sitting on a sleeping bag with multiple resumes neatly laid out, along with a sign that read “need work and food.” He also had his food handler’s certificate, Social Security card and ID with him to prove he was all business about finding a job.
“When I asked if I could see his resume, he hopped right up to hand one to me and then started telling me all about his experience as if it were an interview,” Marteen told TODAY. “I’ve been in situations where I had nothing and had to bust my butt to get work, and there he was doing that, so I have a lot of respect for him.”
Copy of his Resume
Callison, a former line cook, relocated to the state to join the salvation army as a cook, but things didn’t work out and he ended up on the streets. But in a lucky twist of fate, Marteen, who worked for a catering company years ago, thought he could pass Callison’s resume along to people he still knew in the industry. He bought him water and food and took a picture of his resume to post on Facebook, hoping something would come of it.
Not too long after, someone came across his post and offered Callison a job as a cook at a downtown restaurant called Pizza Rocks.
“He was ecstatic about landing a job and very grateful for the opportunity,” Marteen said. “He was up the night before studying the menu for hours.”
Not only did Callison gain employment, the restaurant gave him clothes to wear and a friend provided him with a place to stay while he gets back on his feet.
“It’s easy to look at someone and not see anything but a homeless man, but after talking to him I realized he’s so much more than that,” Marteen said. “He’s a well spoken, cool and friendly guy who knows what he wants and is going after it.”