LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — It’s always great news when someone lands a job – and one of CBS2’s viewers has done just that after watching our “Where the Jobs Are” segment.READ MORE: Authorities Still Searching For Suspect Wanted In Fatal Palmdale Shooting On Friday
Sheldon Craig-Matthews, from Hollywood, was a furniture salesman for 11 years with a specialty in mattresses when he was laid off over a year ago.
“I was in management and they decided they didn’t want to have so many managers,” Craig-Matthews said.
Last May, his luck changed when he saw Sit ‘n Sleep CEO Larry Miller discussing job opportunities at his popular Southern California mattress chain.
“I was looking at CBSLA and on the news program they were like, ‘Are you looking for a job in Los Angeles?’ And I was like well, ‘Yes,'” Craig-Matthews said.
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“I thought, ‘Well, I think I’m good people.’ And the next day I called and that’s when the interview process started,” Craig-Matthews remembered. Not long after, he got the job.
“They have one of the best benefits packages I think I have ever heard of,” he said. “This is my career.”
It’s been seven months and he’s still bringing in new business and impressing the boss.
“What a great man. He’s full of personality, full of life. He also had experience… But that’s not why we hired him. We hired him because of that flame inside,” Miller said.
If you’re looking for work, Craig-Matthews says don’t give up.
“Keep looking! And you know what, if you’re looking ahead and you don’t see it – look behind you, look to the side. But keep looking cause its there. And its probably looking for you too,” he said.MORE NEWS: 2 Dead, 1 Critically Injured In Willowbrook Crash Stemming From Pursuit
If you know a company currently hiring in the Southern California area with 100 or more job openings, let us know by visiting the “Where the Jobs Are” page.