Argentina: jobseeker's handwritten CV goes viral — and successful

  1. Unemployed worker was hunting for work and scribbled CV because he could not afford to pay for prints
  2. Shop manager Eugenia López said "we're not hiring" but shared touching story online
  3. "I do not want social plans or benefits. I want to roll up my sleeves and work."

An unemployed worker who needed to print his employment history to find a job, but could not afford to pay for the service, has proved that a mix of determination and social media paves the way to success. 

Carlos Duarte is 21 years old and, stressed by the need for work, walked into a café in the center of the city of Córdoba in Argentina on Monday, 24 Sep. 2018, to ask if the business was hiring. He waited his turn to approach manager Eugenia López.

When the woman asked for his CV, the young man apologized and explained that he had no money to print it. She offered him a paper sheet but Mr Duarte, accommodating, told her that he would write the CV by hand in his own note pad.

“I gave Eugenia my resume and she published it on her social networks. She is now my angel,” Carlos told local news channel TN.

Ms López said that when the jobseeker gave her the carefully scribbled paper she was deeply touched, and decided to publish the story on her Facebook account. “It struck me that he did not have money to print a CV, but the paper was so neatly written, with two pens.”

“I never thought that my post was going to be shared so many times, and that today Carlos has a job interview,” she added.

Mr Duarte, who defines himself as someone who is “always positive”, described how that day was.

“I was a little embarrassed not to have a resume and I felt uncomfortable,” Duarte said. “I got up and said to myself ‘I do not have a CV’, but I left home with the same enthusiasm.”

Three days later, the brave worker landed a job at the Vidrios Piazze factory, the largest in Córdoba. He has already collected his first 16,000 pesos per month ($428) for his 8-hour, rotating schedules. And yes, he works a lot. But the factory recognizes it.

“I am in charge of 140 people and I cannot see exactly what he does, but I notice his good work because this is a production line. He’s been working in several areas, and he gets along perfectly with everyone. He delivers at the same rate as everyone else,” says plant foreman Christian Trivieri.

Mr Duarte will soon complete his first three months of work. Before then, thanks to his history, mayor of Córdoba Ramón Mestre has implemented a “Curriculum Vitae Laboratory”, where the city youth are advised and assisted to write a CV with professional and technical aid — and prints are on the house.

“I do not want social plans or benefits. I want to roll up my sleeves and work. I never lost faith,” he concluded.

For that reason, the Argentinian hero may not be the only one who had a stroke of luck with his viral history.

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