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Homeless Youth Gets Job Offers After Student Posted His Handwritten CV On Twitter

17/07/2015 09:55 BST | Updated 17/07/2015 11:59 BST

A handwritten CV, with no address, scribbled on a crumpled piece of paper. It's not exactly professional, but it's the lengths one desperate homeless man was driven to to try and get a job.

Jordan Lockett, a 20-year-old living on the streets of Liverpool, wrote: "Need work. Need help. Seriously lost.

I'm sick of wasting away now.

"I'm always being told to go to homeless centres but they're not helping.

"I think it's because they need a job for one and because I'm young and fit and no dependencies I'm on the bottom of the priority list but this is killing my mental health.

"I write my C.V.’s like this because I don’t have anything to put on it.

"I worked as a motorbike mechanic for 2 years but that was from the start of year 9 to the end of high school on a course and my boss stopped picking me up 2ish weeks before I was supposed to finnish and left me with no grades or experience proof.

"Very fast learner and hard worker.

"Can I afford not to be?

"Any chances?"

Lockett gave one of the CVs to 18-year-old Aaron O'Dwyer as he walked past after attending a job interview. Moved by his plight, O'Dwyer posted a picture of the CV onto Twitter, and it has since been retweeted nearly 3,000 times.

After O'Dwyers post went viral, Lockett was offered a bed for the night, and is also due to meet a local businessman to discuss employment.

"Me and my wife wanted to do something to help - he's just a young lad," the businessman, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Liverpool Echo. "The fact his CVs were all handwritten really stood out to me - he’s taken a lot of time to try and change his situation.

"I’m hoping to talk to him.. about working for me and see where we go from there."

According to the Metro, Lockett's brother and sister have also now been in touch with him.

O'Dwyer said he was moved to help because his mum was homeless in Liverpool as a teenager.

Speaking to HuffPost UK, he said: "It's amazing really to see complete strangers banding together to help him out, I've even had a bunch of Liverpool locals offering to buy me drinks which is a nice little bonus!

"I'm glad I was able to help Jordan out in someway and if anything comes from the story I hope the stereotype of the homeless is changed. This lad to my knowledge didn't have a drugs or drinking problem, he wasn't a criminal, he was only 20 years old and was just struggling at this moment in time, so I hope that the homeless in the future are not overlooked and that they can he helped.

"It took me literally 15 seconds to give him some change and take his CV to then put it online so that just proves that a little effort can go a long way really."