This post is really going to be a rant about the economic state we are in and some help/advise. Im 100% sure everyone knows someone who has lost there job in the past year if not themselves. Some of these people are still not working. They are pounding the pavement searching for a career they actually have a degree in (which doesn't even seem to matter anymore) & having to resort to a $9 a hour job anywhere they can find it. Companies are down sizing, cutting salaries, vacation time, 401k, benefits and not looking to hire anyone.
SO where does that leave the thousands of people out of work?
A woman at my job posted a ad on craigslist for a driver. With in 10 minutes she had 113 emails. That to me is amazing! Oh and it doesn't matter if your a Teacher, Buyer, Lawyer.. there aren't too many safe positions out there. Unless you work for yourself and make it happen this world has become more cut-throat then ever.
So all this ranting got me thinking where are the safe jobs? Someone close to me has been out of work for about 2 months. That's 2 months of rent, car insurance, food, ect. What can he/people do to make money when they cant even find a job at minimum wage?
Cut Back-First of sit down and go through your finances.
Look at EVERYTHING down to the last penny.
Where is all your money going? Yes you have become comfortable with a certain lifestyle but that will HAVE to change. See where you can cut corners. Hey an extra $10 a month for the HBO package is a extra $10 for gas or food.
Sell-Look around your home for items that you haven't touched in over a year & sell it! Sell it online or have a garage sale! You don't need the clutter anyway. I went through my closet the other day (and being a girl I have excess of stuff)
I found 4 pairs of shoes I can easily get $200 for. I will never where them again or miss them. Find the hidden money in your home!
Create-If you even have the creative bone in your body or are handy put it to good use. The number one way to find a job is NETWORKING! Talk to everyone! Ask friends, family, friends of friends if you can do work for them. Paint there bathroom, clean there home, create something for a special occasion or landscape there lawn. You will be surprised at how many people are willing to pay for your (legit) services. They will refer you to other friends & neighbors and the money could start rolling in.
I'm not saying any of this is easy, there just might be options you haven't thought of or just haven't followed through on them yet! Don't hold yourself back! You might think your only good at one thing because that's what you know. But I am willing to bet there is a lot more out there you can do. You just need to put yourself out there and believe it!
Hope any of this helps even 1 person. :)