People hope job fair will turn their luck around
POSTED: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 5:34pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — Life hasn't been easy for 42 year-old Shelton Watson.
"I've struggled. I've lost my apartment. I lost my job, had no income, had nowhere to stay," says Watson.
On top of all those problems he's had to struggle to keep his bipolar disorder under control, while living at a homeless shelter for the past six months.
"When I'm off my meds I get on a rollercoaster. I have my highs and my lows. I suffer from depression,” states Watson.
He showed up at the Work Pays job fair on Tuesday with dozens of others hoping his luck would finally turn around. Raising Cane's was one of the employers at the job fair. They say they're looking for somebody just like Shelton.
"I don't think it matters whether or not somebody has a disability or not I think everybody can bring something to the table," says Raising Cane’s employee Justin Brewer.
Shelton says he's a real people person and would love to find a job in construction. And after hitting rock bottom and going to prison, he's hungry to turn his life around.
"For me, it's once you get a taste of having something on your own you want to do what you can to get that back," states Watson.
So, Shelton went from table to table hoping to land the job that's eluded him for more than a month. And even though he might not have left this job fair employed, he's sure his next paycheck is right around the corner.
"It's tough. It's tough, but I'm determined…I know it's just one of these doors are going to open for me. And once I'm in I'm in," says Watson.