With a sign and resume, laid off worker takes to the streets for work

A laid off oil and gas worker is taking a whole new approach to his job search: standing outside NRG, handing out resumes.

HOUSTON — Raul Sanchez isn’t looking for a hand out; rather, he’s hoping for a leg up on the competition.

The 44-year old father of a toddler was laid off by General Electric about a year ago. Sanchez was an engineering operations leader and has a number of certifications needed for white-collar oil industry work.

“It’s oil and gas,” said Sanchez as he stood at the corner of Kirby and Westridge. “I’ve always desired that. My dad’s in oil and gas. My brother’s in oil and gas.” 

After trying and failing to find work by sending his resume to oil companies, Sanchez spent $45 on 3 X 3 sign.

“People had to do a double or a triple-take to realize that I’m actually offering my resume, my skills,” he said.

Bullet points of some of Sanchez’s experience are listed on the sign along with the logos of previous employers, which includes GE and Halliburton. Other featured skills include that Sanchez is a “stellar dancer.” 

“My girlfriend, brilliant idea,” chuckled the Houston man. “She asked me to put that on there, which is great.”

He’s spent the last year driving for Uber and starting a non-profit organization called Sowing Deeds. He spent four hours on Wednesday and Thursday standing outside of NRG with the sign in one hand and a black folder full of actual resumes in the other.

“I’ve had a lot of thumbs up. A lot of cheering. A lot of taking pictures,” he said. “I had a lot of resumes taken.”

At least 18 people stopped along Kirby to request Sanchez’s resume, including a woman who said she was looking to fill a pharmaceutical position in Houston. Sanchez selected the streets outside NRG because 90,000 people from 120 countries were in town for the Offshore Technology Conference, one of the biggest oil and gas expos.

“Why not stand in a street in a suit,” said Sanchez, who just may be doing the one thing that will lead him to landing a job and getting back on his feet.


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