Parkersburg woman hands out resumes on the street

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Parkersburg woman desperate for work hands out resumes on the side of the road.

Sarah Cabaniss, 40, of Parkersburg, worked in the oil and gas industry for 14 years. The project Cabaniss was working on ended in June, and she has had no work since.

“The last check I got is July 1st. I have not had any kind of income since but been waiting and waiting,” Cabaniss says.

She has lost her home, dogs, and had to sign over guardianship for a little boy she was in the process of adopting. She decided she was tired of being turned down for jobs, and wanted to hand out her resume to anyone who’d take one.

“I have put in over 200 applications in resumes, been denied 35 times already. And it just seemed like there was no end it was like what am I going to do what am I going to do.”

“In speaking with a friend of mine they all collaborated and got together and worked through tonight and this morning and brought me over 300 resumes that they put together for me in order to pass out,” said Cabaniss.

Thursday Cabaniss stood at the traffic circle in Parkersburg and handed out 300 resumes. She hopes someone will give her a hand up, after they read her hand out.

“At the end of the day of course I want a job offer; I want to find a career. I want to find something that has insurance has benefits has paid time off.”

“I have a lot of hope, but I’m not going to give up. I am going to keep sending it out and I want the community and I want others to know do the same thing. What’s the worse they can say is, no?”

Since meeting Cabaniss on Thursday she has 10 interviews lined up and 3 job offers. She also told WTAP she found a way that she can keep her dogs.