Originally Posted by Satori
Any suggestions for someone who hasn't worked in a couple of years? Before that yeah I had 10+ years IT experience but I've barely worked the past several years and not at all the past 4 or so plus I don't have any references that I'm not related to so I have no idea how I would fill out a job application, wondering if I could pull off 1-2 days a week some where as a seasonal worker.
First of all, you give your references a heads up. That way they don't slip up and say "yeah, my niece is terrific....I haven't seen her since she was three, but I get a card every christmas!"
Just used family/friends who have seen you in action doing whatever it is you need a reference for....cleaning, childcare, whatever. Not to have them lie, certainly, but they don't have to vlounteer information that wouldnt' help your case.
also a good way to get references is to do a few gigs on craigslist and save their numbers. craigslist has saved me so many times....in fact I'm supposed to be working right now on an online gig I got from there.
Honestly, if I had a car and was in your situation, I would print up a bunch of flyers for housecleaning and distribute them in the more upscale neighborhoods. That was my original plan, actually, but I dont' have a car so I can't get to the clients.
Also family type restaurants like chili's, hooters, applebee's don't usually call references or even do background checks. I know a LOT of people with active warrants who have worked for years in the restaurant business, file taxes, get paychecks/tips, everything, with no problem. You basically just walk in off the street, say you have experience, and get hired. sorta scary, actually. but it might be a good starting place to at least build a work hsitory.