Consider taking contract (temp) jobs. Very often a 3 or 6 month contract will be extended, and very often it opens the door to staying on as a permanent employee.
Yeah. I’ve considered that. It’s tough because my wife and I depend on the meager income I currently make, especially as my wife’s hours got cut back this year. My wife and I agreed that if I got offered a contract of at least 6 months, then it would be worth the risk. We’re not dying, but without my income we would be. I’m not in a position to take big risks.
Would you be willing to travel or relocate for a job?
I could do it if paid enough. It would be tough being away from my wife, but it would have to make enough money to replace the meager salary at my current job and make enough to cover those new living expenses, so my salary demands would be even higher. That, and I imagine they would be hesitant to hire me without meeting me in person, so I’ve kind of ignored this. But maybe you’re right. I have looked at a few jobs in Sacramento and Stockton (90 minute drive) thinking I could rent a commuter room during the week, but those didn’t pan out. Not yet, anyway.
I’ve gotten jobs in one state through recruiters in another state.
Yeah, I have no problem with that. I’ve gotten calls from recruiters from all over the country. (Although, it is a bit odd that they all have Indian accents. Not that that bothers be in any way, just that it’s odd that of the dozen recruiters that have contacted me by phone or email, every one of them was Indian.)
As much as I dislike posting my personal and professional info on LinkedIn, it is a place where recruiters search for job candidates.
Yup, doing Linkedin.
…but you can also get paid for your work through places like upwork.com2, freelancer.com1, etc. Even if the pay is low at first, …
Yeah, I’m not averse to that. I intend to dive into this over the summer break when I have some time. My frustration is that most of the ads I’ve seen are along the lines of “I need a web site, how much will it cost.” And people actually bid on this.
I had some bad experience with a startup not offering pay.
Yeah, I get the whole “we’re bootstrapping so we don’t have a lot of money”, but I can’t help you much if I’m homeless. Again, I don’t mind low pay, but I need some pay to pay the rent.