BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - For drivers on the I-190 coming into Buffalo, it's not uncommon to see people standing with signs at the Niagara Street exit.
Monday morning, drivers saw another person standing at the exit, holding a sign. But Carrie Kemeling wasn't there to ask for money, she was there to apply for a job. Kemeling stood in business attire with a sign that read "not homeless, but hungry for success! Take a resume."
Kemeling and her sign attracted a fair amount of attention while a 7 Eyewitness News photographer was present.
"All of America drives by the homeless and says, 'Why don't you get a job?' Their sign is getting read," explained Kemeling.
According to her resume, she's looking for a job in sales management and has experience as a sales representative, teller, consultant, design consultant and general store manager. She has a high school diploma.
Kemeling says she couldn't afford a degree. Her father couldn't either, but she says he built a name for himself after he emigrated from Holland many years ago.
"He came to America with the notion in his head, this is the land of opportunity. He's my motivation. I just want to make him proud," Kemeling said.
Already, she's had plenty of interest and at least one interview. She handed out about 100 resumes. Kemeling says she's ready to work, standing firm in her principles.
"I hope I'm inspiring other people to not just sit down and take what's coming to you, but actually go after what you want or what you believe you deserve," Kemeling said.
Kemeling had a job but left last week, as she says, to find a company that will invest in her as she's willing to invest in them.
In the meantime, she'll be back out on the street Tuesday, in hopes of standing out from the crowd.
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