A 20-year-old, soon-to-be high school graduate, has been overwhelmed with job offers after he penned down a handwritten heartfelt letter asking his ‘future employers’ to ‘take a chance on him’ while also adding that he has autism. Ryan Lowry, from Leesburg, Virginia, decided to pursue a career in animation so he set up a LinkedIn profile last month in order to make few connections. He posted a handwritten letter on his profile explaining he has autism, a ‘unique sense of humor’, is ‘gifted at maths’, is ‘really good with technology’ and is a ‘very quick learner.’
Lowry addressed his future employers in the letter to let them know that while he may learn differently, he is worth taking a chance on. The earnest message, written on lined paper, has gone viral, earning six million views and responses from huge companies like Microsoft and Amazon.
The letter reads that he is looking for a job in animation or IT and he understands that ‘someone like you will have to take a chance on me’ as he ‘doesn’t learn as typical people do.’ He goes on to write he would need a mentor to teach him but adds he is a quick learner.
In the end, he promised if he is hired and taught, he would ‘show up every day, do what you tell me to do, and work really hard.’
The heartfelt message posted three weeks ago earned him multiple responses. Currently, he works at a coffee shop called SimplyBe but the employment will end once he graduates, reports CNN.
Lowry’s parents Rob and Tracy stated they are proud of their son, adding he scheduled interviews from several Fortune 500 companies in the coming weeks. Talking to CNN, his father says their son is ‘capable of so much’ and want him to be independent. “He can live in our basement for the rest of his life. We’d love it. But Tracy and I are going to die someday, and he needs to be able to live independently. We’re cautiously optimistic,” he adds.
Before writing the letter, he spoke to his father and young brother. His father thought posting the letter on LinkedIn would also be more effective than sending it in the mail.