Man posing as delivery person hides resume in box of donuts

ByJonathan Bloom KGO logo
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Man posing as delivery man in SF hides resume in box of donuts
A man visiting the Bay Area gained international attention for the way he's approaching his job search.

SAN FRANCISCO -- A man visiting the Bay Area gained international attention for the way he's approaching his job search.

Back home in Lithuania, Lukas Yla was chief marketing officer at a startup, but he left and booked a trip to San Francisco.

"I'm chasing my dream," Yla said. "I'm looking for a job at a top tech company."

Here for just a few weeks, he knew it wouldn't be easy.

"I knew that I might be written off just because I didn't graduate university here, or I don't have work experience in the United States," Yla said.

In fact, staffing firm Robert Half says work history is the top thing marketing departments look at, and they're picky.

"Each big company wants the best of the best still. It's that fight for the top talent here, not just any talent," said Robert Half regional vice president Heather Johnston.

So Yla began his research, by finding a good bakery. "And they make very good tasting donuts," Yla said.

Next, he had some lunch. "I ordered a burger from the Postmates just to check how they do the delivery," Yla said.

And then he designed a T-shirt that copied the Postmates logo. Of course, he had to try three places to get it printed.

"Saying like hey, you don't have the permission to use this logo type and brand name," Yla said.

But dressed as a donut delivery man, he really went the extra mile.

"I walk around 15 to 20 miles a day," Yla said.

He hand delivers donuts to top executives with his resume inside.

"Most of the time they're shocked," Yla said. "They're like, how did you get into the building?"

But after a few bites, Yla says they were receptive. Out of 40 deliveries, he landed ten interviews.

"It sounds like he's a go-getter, he's willing to do whatever it takes to get the job and I'd hire him," Johnston said.

Yla didn't ask Posmates their permission before using their logo, but they didn't seem to mind.

"We loved it," said one Postmates vice president of strategy Kristin Schaefer.

The CEO caught wind of it, and reached out to Yla.

"He's actually getting coffee with him next week, so you know, maybe he'll even get a job offer from us," Schaefer said.

Yla had this piece of wisdom for job seekers: "If you're a marketing professional, then you need to know how to market yourself, too."