- Ja’Naea Modest, 33, is a driver for a nonprofit in Champaign, Illinois.
- Modest went to a job fair at a school during her lunch break.
- The local news station that was covering the job fair got a shot of her filling out an application.
- Modest shared a photo of her on the news that quickly went viral.
Looking for a new job is hard. It’s even harder when you get caught on TV looking for a new job on your lunch break. Ja’Naea Modest, 33, is a driver for a nonprofit in Champaign, Illinois, who was just trying to keep her employment options open.
Last week, Modest went to a job fair at a school during her lunch break. She was asked to fill out an application while she was there. Modest said she was so focused on filling it out that she didn’t notice the local news station was filming at the fair.
„I thought nothing of it. I came back, changed my clothes, and continued on with my day,“ Modest told INSIDER.
After work that day, she went over to her friend’s house. Her best friend’s father said there was a „nice picture of her on TV.“ She didn’t believe him at first, but lo and behold, she saw herself on the local CBS news station WCIA 3 filling out her application.
„Now everyone’s going to know I’m out here looking for another job,“ she said.
Since she figured everyone already knew she was looking for work, she posted a photo of the misfortune on her Facebook that quickly went viral.
Since her photo has gone viral, Modest says people have been recognizing her. People are re-sharing the photo all over social media.
lmfaoooo Facebook been having me dying lately pic.twitter.com/YY3mPAzUqz
— immigrant (@KariukiMachine) August 6, 2018
Modest told INSIDER her co-workers have seen the photo, but her supervisors haven’t „come to see or talk“ to her.
The viral photo also hasn’t led to any job leads yet, but Modest remains hopeful. She’s hoping her newfound popularity will help to promote a local shoe drive she’s coordinating with friends on August 26. She will be DJ’ing and collecting donations and school supplies for kids in her area who can’t afford them.
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Source: Business insider