Unemployed dad discusses unique job-seeking strategy

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - When Donald Grooms had to think outside the box to find a new job, he decided to go down to the baseball diamond.

“Like my sign says, ‘My family’s dreams don’t work unless I do,’” Grooms said. “It’s really being able to find the job that my family can live the dream.”

Grooms had been gainfully employed at a small printing company before getting laid off April 30. Since then he’s sent more than 300 resumes with no success.

Now with a wife, a one-year-old daughter and unemployment benefits about to run out, Grooms called up his courage before Wednesday’s Cubs-Cardinal’s game outside Busch Stadium and spoke up for himself.

“Looking for a job,” Grooms said. “Anyone need a job?”

Overnight, his unemployment plight and picture began to get noticed online by 2.5 million people.

“I’ve gotten offers from Seoul, South Korea, the UK, New York, Colorado, and kind of everywhere,” Grooms said. “But St. Louis is where my heart is. My wife is from here and I love her and I love this place.”

The Cardinal fan and Granite City resident would like to remain in the Gateway City and is open to almost anything that comes his way, including a foul ball.

“Frank Zappa has a book that says, ‘I’ll go first and all you shy people will follow,’” Grooms said. “That’s kind of where I was at in doing this.”

And this Cardinal fan will continue to work up the courage, with resumes in hand.