When you’re trying to find your first job, it seems that every business wants you to have experience. With today’s bad job market, it seems that even entry-level jobs in Eastern New Mexico like retail sales clerks and fry cooks require at least a few months of experience, and most jobs that require a college degree also want applicants to have at least two years of experience.
Fortunately, there are jobs that do not require you to have any prior experience. Most of these jobs require you to market yourself, meaning that you have to find your own clients. In some cases, larger companies are more likely to hire you as an independent contractor if you have no documented experience in these fields. At the very least, the time you spend with these jobs can be counted as experience towards the job you really want.
There are a lot of internet start-ups looking for content. Write articles about what you know, and either market them yourself or sell them through one of the many websites looking for content. Payment is usually determined by the amount of traffic your articles generate. Expect about $5-$10 per article, paid in installments over a year. On a resume, use your time writing articles as consulting experience.
A lot of people and businesses who hire professional cleaning companies are looking to save money in this economy. By not having office space or a receptionist, private housekeepers are much cheaper than professional companies. Advertise on craigslist or by dropping of business cards at local businesses. Pay is about $25 per hour. Use the experience to get jobs in customer service or retail.
While many jobs in this field state that they require experience, odds are you have plenty of experience cooking for large groups of people if you make dinner every night. For many of these jobs if you know the basics of food preparation and can show up on time the position is yours.
The elderly and young families often need help with bigger projects such as lawn mowing and weed removal. Pay is about $30 an hour. Use your experience from this job to apply for jobs in construction or landscaping.
Laws vary by state, but typically you don’t need a license as long as you are watching less than 3 kids for less than 30 hours a week. A lot of parents just need a safe place for their children to go after school since after-school programs are getting cut. Elementary aged kids usually just need some basic homework help and a snack. Pay is about $5 per hour, per kid. This is excellent experience if you’re applying for teaching positions.
Survey Taker/Mystery Shopper
Scams for these kind of jobs abound on the internet, but there are some legitimate opportunities. Avoid anything that asks for money up front (no legitimate site will do this). In general, taking surveys works best if you live in the suburbs or a rural area of the country and have (or used to have) an above-average income, as this seems to be the demographic most companies are interested in selling things to. Mystery shopping works best if you live in a city, since most national chains that hire shoppers have stores located in these areas. Payment is not reportable on your income taxes, but most of it is in the form of free sample and gift certificates. Expect about $25 to $50 a month.
The average length of time that someone is unemployed for in America today is eight months. In many states, unemployment benefits only last for six months. Although this has been extended through several federal programs, the best way to extend your unemployment benefits is to take on small jobs while you continue your job search. In most states, reporting the income from a part-time job can lead to an increase or an extension of your unemployment benefits. These jobs are part-time and flexible, so they won’t interrupt an interview schedule and can be done around free childcare options.