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Ok, we moved to San Francisco recently from Alaska. We've been here for a month and I still don't have a job or even an interview. My husband has a good gig doing freelance work, but it's not enough to get by on and he doesn't get paid until the job is done (later in October) Our sublet is up at the end of July and I have no idea where we are going to live after this. I have a children's book I wrote that I'm editing and getting ready for publication (already have a publisher) but again I won't see any money from that for a while. I've applied for tons of jobs and not heard back from a single one. If we don't have some kind of immediate cash flow by the end of the month we're going to have to go back to Alaska and my husband will have to quit his great job. We've already borrowed so much money from relatives just to get here, I don't feel comfortable asking for more. I'm getting really upset and depressed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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If your situation is as described, just get a credit card. You should have no trouble getting credit if you can present evidence that you are eventually going to have money to repay it. Don't tell them abt the money u owe relatives.
 

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Look into local programs that may be able to help you get on your feet.<br><br><br><br>
I would advise against a credit card at this point, since it looks like you already owe money to various people. Do the credit card perhaps after you are on your feet and can use it to build credit.<br><br><br><br>
Yikes, I lived in San Francisco, and i know for a fact you could hardly have picked a higher cost of living area. Unless you decided to live in the Monterey/Carmel area (also been there, done that). I was a student in SF and never was able to land a job. What about temping? Do you have temp skills? If you could get on with a temp agency, you would most likely be able to get good work from there. Other places to start are high turn-over jobs. Child care? Look into some child care centers that may be able to fit you in part time (esp if you have a children's book ready for publication)...bookstores? My law is to get there and get a job. First job that pops up if I have to, no matter what the pay. Because once you have a job, it's much easier to find a job.<br><br><br><br>
Well, that's my advice...good luck.<br><br><br><br>
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Are you open to all types of jobs? I work at Whole Foods Market, and there's one in SF now, and another opening later this year. I will tell you that many people apply to work at WFM however.<br><br><br><br>
I'm assuming that most retail jobs in SF have high student ratios and that they will hire hoards of people at the end of August and the begining of September to replace those lost at the end of the summer. That would explain why you can't find a job in July. They were all sucked up at the end of the last semester.<br><br><br><br>
You may want to try seeing if you can find a job outside of the city and use the BART system to get there and back. You may have better odds.<br><br><br><br>
Ooh, I just thought of another thing! Look up Greenpeace, Sierra Club or California PIRG and see if you can work for them. They usually accept anyone willing to work. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> You'd probably have to go door to door to increase their membership. My cousin works for PIRG and calls up the local PIRG wherever she is and works during her vacations, summers off, and during school. They may have office jobs or other orginazation jobs available as well.
 

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depending on what family members and how financially they are secure. i dont see why credit card would be a problem. credit cards cant really wait but family generally can wait to be paid.
 

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Can't get a credit card either. I have very bad credit from old medical bills and student loans.<br><br><br><br>
I've considered working outside of the city but I figured out how much I'd be spending monthly in BART fares and it wouldn't even be worth it.<br><br><br><br>
The only skills I really have are in retail. I have a two year art degree but it's not much good here I'm finding.<br><br><br><br>
I'll check out Greenpeace and such. Thanks!
 

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A waitressing job would allow you to eat most of your meals for free...<br><br><br><br>
Childcare in your home/apt?<br><br>
A newborn doesn't need much space...and I bet daycare is expensive in your area.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck.
 

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If you still have issues with student loans, I might be able to help. My husband works with student loans. He's a pro at helping people with these things.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by mushroom</i><br><br><b>A waitressing job would allow you to eat most of your meals for free...<br><br></b></div>
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Waitressing is a great fill-in job - especially if you work somewhere with good table turnover. It's also good as a second job when you need the extra income. Most places will train you too (I prefer NOT to hire "experienced" waitresses - I'd rather hire a great attitude and teach them the rest)<br><br><br><br>
I'm sorry for your situation Mosquito; I've spent most of my life paralysed career-wise fearing just this sort of thing. Try and grab any job you can until the tide turns (and maybe your husband could get a second job temporarily).
 

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Hmm, I'd totally be willing to do that but the only ads for waitresses/servers I've seen so far require 2-3 years of experience. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
SallyK -I'm still behind on my student loans. Wasn't aware there was really anything i could do.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by mosquito</i><br><br><b>Hmm, I'd totally be willing to do that but the only ads for waitresses/servers I've seen so far require 2-3 years of experience. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
SallyK -I'm still behind on my student loans. Wasn't aware there was really anything i could do.</b></div>
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As for the waitressing, apply anyway. You are in a desparate situation, try not to look for reasons not to apply for a job. In your job descriptions, show strong interpersonal skills and experience working with the public. Also show that you can multi task and work under pressure. Put on your application you are willing to do other jobs like bartending, dishes, prep work, hostessing. You may be able to get a foot in that way. Stress that you want to work a lot of hours and can stay very late or come in on short notice.<br><br><br><br>
With the loans- you can get a forbearance for economic hardship. Call them and explain the situation TODAY. Once I called only to say that my payment would be about 6 weeks late. They gave me about 3 months off from making payments. As a general rule, if you have a bill you can't pay, it's always best to call and explain. You can often get them to not report you or work out a deal.<br><br><br><br>
Have you looked at your credit report lately? Are you really sure it's bad? You may be surprised. You can get a full report for free many places, and for about $30, I was able to get my score. The score is the number that lenders use to judge how good or bad your credit is. It can help to know what you can actually get.
 

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Avoid getting in to more debt. Cut costs. Default on anything that isn't required to live (shelter, food, utilities), and keep looking for work.<br><br><br><br>
I'm unloading my two cars to help out my balance sheet (especially since my auto insurance is schedule to go up $1000 a year). It's amazing what you don't need if you can figure a creative way around it. Once our debt's paid off, I won't have to work a job-job ever again.
 

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Yes, I've looked at my credit report, and yes it's bad. We don't even have a car. I'd sell something but we have nothing to sell. We only brought the absolute neccesities with us.<br><br><br><br>
On a positive note I have a job interview tomorrow morning! Think happy thoughts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Well that was... interesting. Apparently the manager was not in today. I think she said something about having to go to the hospital. So needless to say I did not get interviewed. Hopefully this will be straightened out. It's a good paying job and I'd love to get it.
 
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