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Welp, I'm approaching rock bottom. Still haven't regained employment after getting let go in June, and have failed to launch a business in any form despite trying to do so. I may end up homeless.

Willing to listen to any advice.
 

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If you are close to being homeless then get your self to a recruitment agency asap!

Do that first thing Monday morning - they get commission when they find you a job. Go to as many as you can. I have used recruitment agencies in three different countries and they've always found me work within a week or two.

Where do you live? Maybe someone here can help.
 
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If you are close to being homeless then get your self to a recruitment agency asap!

Do that first thing Monday morning - they get commission when they find you a job. Go to as many as you can. I have used recruitment agencies in three different countries and they've always found me work within a week or two.

Where do you live? Maybe someone here can help.
Thanks for the insight. Do you know how one goes about connecting with an agency? I live in the DC / Northern Virginia area
 

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Thanks for the insight. Do you know how one goes about connecting with an agency? I live in the DC / Northern Virginia area

Their websites normally have a way to upload your resume or create a profile. Do that and they should contact you. If they don't, you should call them up.

Here is a list of some I found in a quick google search

Temporary & Permanent Staffing Agencies
www.roberthalf.com (massive company)
www.hirestrategy.com
thechoiceinc.com
https://curzonstaffing.com/

Not sure how close these ones are to where you live. There are loads out there, google is your friend. They all do the same thing which is fill positions for companies and get paid for the service.

I've used recruitment agencies in the UK, Australia and Canada and each time they found me jobs within a week or two. They're great for temporary work or permanent positions. Up to you which you want, temporary work gives you good experience in multiple offices and roles, but permanent is more secure.

Keep in contact with them and always chase them up to let them know you are looking and you should be fine in no time!
 

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Failure is part of the process. I failed my first business 3 and a half years ago and was only left with a couple hundred in my bank before succeeding on my first e-commerce business. Here are some steps I took that may help you.

1. Move back home with your parents. It's not the "cool" thing to do but you will reduce your living expenses and you will have more time to leverage without income. I personally knew a person who went homeless and trust me you don't want to be in that position. When you're homeless you're treated like absolute garbage by society.

2. Submit your application to every employment agency and any place that is hiring. This include jobs you may not like such as factory work.

3. Once you get a job and save up 4 month worth of income then start another business on the side.

4. Since you have low capital, BOOTSTRAP EVERYTHING. Don't outsource anything until you make at least $5000 net profit from your business a month. If you don't know that particular skill such as coding then take 6 to 10 hours everyday to learn it. It will take you a lot more time to get somewhere but it's the most capital efficient and least risky way to go about it.
 
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Failure is part of the process. I failed my first business 3 and a half years ago and was only left with a couple hundred in my bank before succeeding on my first e-commerce business. Here are some steps I took that may help you.

1. Move back home with your parents. It's not the "cool" thing to do but you will reduce your living expenses and you will have more time to leverage without income. I personally knew a person who went homeless and trust me you don't want to be in that position. When you're homeless you're treated like absolute garbage by society.

2. Submit your application to every employment agency and any place that is hiring. This include jobs you may not like such as factory work.

3. Once you get a job and save up 4 month worth of income then start another business on the side.

4. Since you have low capital, BOOTSTRAP EVERYTHING. Don't outsource anything until you make at least $5000 net profit from your business a month. If you don't know that particular skill such as coding then take 6 to 10 hours everyday to learn it. It will take you a lot more time to get somewhere but it's the most capital efficient and least risky way to go about it.
Thank you for this insight. I was debating if I should invest time learning Python earlier this week. I think that answers that.
 

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Thank you for this insight. I was debating if I should invest time learning Python earlier this week. I think that answers that.
Congratulations. You've hit rock bottom. Can you feel the burn?

Let me ask you this. And ask yourself this. Did you REALLY try to succeed? Did you REALLY give it your all? Can you look back at your 3 months of unemployment and say you busted your a$$ trying to make this work?

Can I be real with you? You were DEBATING learning python this week? You THINK that answers that?

Bro, you're about to be HOMELESS. You don't have time to "debate" you don't have time to "think" this is the right answer. You need to go back to your roots, figure out your skill sets, figure out where the need is in the market, and KNOW what your next steps are gonig to be. Quit half-assing which direction you need to take and stop feeling down and sorry for yourself. Sit down, take the rest of the evening to contemplate what your next moves are going to be. I'm talking 1 week from now, 1 month from now, 3 months from now. Then EXECUTE. Stop watching entrepreneurship porn, stop listening to video after video about the next greatest money making idea, stop reading thread after thread, and get to work.

Good luck man, I feel you. I really do.
 

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Will a shit job prevent you from being homeless? Please don't tell me there isn't a Burger King hiring or a nice steakhouse that needs a dishwasher.
 

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Churches and sometimes gym can be handy 5o help you find somewhere to shower. Trg and get some flannels and soap,so you can at least make a basic wash in any Loos.

You want to be clean and presentable when you go for an interview/agency. You might have better luck going now while your not homeless.
 
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Time to do things like your life depends on it.

What are your next 3 steps?
1. Continue applying to jobs
2. Sell things I don't need
3. Reach out to network to see if anyone knows of openings

I do have an interview coming up next week with a major tech firm, but they are known for being extremely selective, so I can't bank on that working out until it does.
 

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Sell whatever you don’t need; go to sublet.com reduce your living expenses to the utmost that you can live off what you only need;
Work work work; 1 job 2 jobs part time jobs.... my friend that is in Arlington said there is a shortage of factory laborers, warehouse associates around there check out staffing agencies like ResourceMFG, aerotek and Robert half (for menial office jobs) surely you will find something. Unless you have priors, you should not have a problem.

Pm me if you want more insight on getting a manufacturing job (all you need is a good resume and knowledge of the vernacular lingo) at least these jobs will pay you over 16-20$ hr...
 

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If you have a car, become either an Uber/Lyft/UberEats driver. From what I understand, it’s pretty easy to become one, so it should keep you going before finding more permanent work.
 

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Will a sh*t job prevent you from being homeless? Please don't tell me there isn't a Burger King hiring or a nice steakhouse that needs a dishwasher.
Exactly...

Are you willing to take a shit job to avoid going homeless? Or is a major tech firm the only type of employer you want to accept?

A fast-food joint would probably take you in -- without even looking at your resume -- as long as you get their attention and don't show up to the interview looking like a freak. Construction jobs can be very easy to get. Scaffolding for example. Very little knowledge needed and there's always a need for that.

Same goes for cleaning and a whole array of other jobs.

Aside from all the other great tips you've gotten already...

I assume you've got a LinkedIn profile. While you're doing everything else you can, get the Leonard extension for LinkedIn. Utilize it to automatically connect with recruiters and potential employers, sending them a message saying you're looking for a job and would really appreciate any lead they might have for ANY job at all.

Write a LinkedIn update about yourself -- with a friendly photograph of yourself -- explaining your situation and how you're really desperate for a job. Explain how much it would mean to you, and how great of a worker you really are. Ask people to help out and tag any potential recruiters/employers who might be interested.

Recruiters are the shit on the platform. They can have networks of 10's of thousands of professionals. Just go and ask for their help. I've seen people do that and get a job from it in one day. They're real easy to find and narrow down to your specific area.

Disconnected from your time, and lets you do other job-seeking tasks in the meantime.
 

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Pump that network hard! What part of the country are you in?
Put an ad up in the Marketplace? Maybe a fellow fastlaner has some VA tasks they can kick you?
Call / show up if those jobs are close. Tell them you are ready to work and will give them 1/2 day in return for a chance to show them what you can do.
 

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Can you tell us more about you and the situation you are in?
 

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telemarketing jobs are always available and you should be able to work right away. You'll also learn the valuable art of selling and removing anxiety when you call.
 

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As Tony Robbins would say, to make profound changes in your life you need either inspiration or desperation. Sounds to me like you’re on the road to a profound change.

Now stop spending time on the forum until you’ve exhausted EVERY available option. You can go get hired doing something tomorrow, even if it’s just for a month while you look for something better.
 

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Thanks for the insight. Do you know how one goes about connecting with an agency? I live in the DC / Northern Virginia area
You go to the Department of Human Services. You search for Non-profits in the area with shelter, food pantry, clothing pantry, community housing collaboration, places like Love Incorporated. If you look up online your geographical location online use different keywords, I stated above. Usually there is the term Human Services. Some communities have a local resource number you call, where they hook you up with local non-profits.

I used to volunteer in a clearing house that was a center for Human Services. You can also go to your local church and they know all the non-profits as well. The help is out there if you search for it and ask around.

You do have to show your in need, validate with documentation you've been evicted, that you've already filled out paper work with DHS, and what services they already provided. You do have to show you're registered with a job search program in your state, working with them, and usually you do have to scan in there.

You will have to have a assessment intake at most of them. They don't just hand out help. You have to prove you need it with your utilities bills, or hardship documentation from events.

I hope you have more of a story than you just quit your job and started entrepreneurship. That just looks foolish to them.

There's a lot of red tape there for you to learn to be responsible for your life. They don't mess around. Department of Human Services in your state sometimes has one time emergency assistance for some things, and other non profits. Salvation Army may be another non-profit, United Way.

If you need help finding stuff in your area, you will have to give me your geographical location in private IM and I can try to point some resources out to you, if you can't manage to do it yourself first.
 

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If you have a car, become either an Uber/Lyft/UberEats driver. From what I understand, it’s pretty easy to become one, so it should keep you going before finding more permanent work.
I see all kinds of these positions online.
 

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Do you know your Job Search Websites? There's multiple job sites that list jobs in every state. Study your interview skills on You Tube. Look up the latest updated 2018 resumes, questions they ask in interviews, cover letters.
 

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Have a lawn mower sitting around? Can easily make $200 a day with a little hustle.
Whats your rent right now?

I assume you have until the end of the month, but even then you have extensions before you are even booted out (can take months at a time to evict people in Canada)

Get your number and hit it, you have the whole month correct? You can make rent by then with hard work, you'll need to sell yourself quite hard to the landlord aswell asking for an extension if needed.

Finding a job in the meantime shouldn't be impossible. Espcially labour jobs, walk onto a construction site and talk to whoever is in charge.
 
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The economy is pretty much at full employment right now.

Drive along the main street in my town and it's one "Now Hiring" sign after another. Businesses are begging for employees. And it's not all fast food either. Retail, construction, light industrial.

If you can't find work now you just aren't looking. If you consider some work "beneath you" you are making a huge mistake. Once you actually are homeless, that hole is ten times more difficult to crawl out of than just being unemployed.

Of course, you should be hitting your field as hard with resumes and phone calls and meetings as you can. Looking for a job is a job, so treat it as such and be disciplined about it daily.
 

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