SUBURBAN WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)-- It pays $10 to $13 an hour and Wilner Jacquet wants every penny of that paycheck.
"I really need the money," he said.
Standing in a line among hundreds of other job hopefuls, clutching his resume, the Belle Glade former Marine says he will take anything thrown his way.
"It's really, really tough. Every morning I wake up at 7:30 to go to restaurants and put in my job applications. They tell me I'm either over qualified or they don't have any positions," he said.
He won't be able to watch the action on the field, but if he's lucky Jacquet has the Super Bowl's return to South Florida in February to thank for the job that may come his way.
He is applying to become a Super Bowl security guard .
A and A security in Suburban West Palm Beach was selected by the Super Bowl XLIV committee to hire over 1,000 unarmed guards that will be needed from January 7th to February 20th in Miami.
"It's exciting to have that opportunity in Palm Beach County to provide these jobs during these tough economic times. It's a good thing," said Andrew Luchey with A & A Security.
750 people showed up for the job fair Thursday. They started lining up at 5:30 a.m., even though the doors didn't open till 11.
Each applicant has a story to tell.
Steve Locher drove down from Port St. Lucie because the job market is "impossible, plain impossible. I don't know what else to say. I've been out of work for a year," he said.
It's the reality of a recession.
But with signs of a turn-around, 22-year-old Jacquet thinks his luck is about to turn around.
"Yes sir, I am very hopeful. Very, very hopeful," he said.
Staffers at A & A Security say while the job fair was held Thursday, they will still take in some late applicants Friday at their office located at 8144 Okeechobee Boulevard near West Palm Beach.