Good luck to u hope u find what u are looking for
One word, cdl never would have to worry about a job again
So sorry to hear about your situation, McKenna. That happened to me back in 2004 when I relocated to Green Bay, Wisconsin where I lost my job after about a month and a half, as the owner of that business decided to close shop, so I was lost in Green Bay for most of that year. Since the Internet was still in its relative infancy, I ended up relocating out of Green Bay back to NJ later that year since I could not find anything. Normally, I would suggest to relocate back to where you came from, but today, there are so many resources out there since we now live in a .com world, that I feel you have more of a chance of landing something worthwhile in Phoenix. If you have to relocate again to a better situation, then go for it! I did it, and it eventually worked out for me in the long run.
Another thing you might consider is driving for Uber or Lyft, and the passengers that you would pick up may have opportunities for you as well, as this would be an innovative way to network. I have a friend here in NJ that drove for Uber and he developed a relationship with one of his regular customers, and he eventually found a great job just by networking with one of his passengers.
So in essence, you are not totally lost like I was 15 years ago. Good luck to you McKenna, you will find that niche.
So sorry to hear about your situation, McKenna. That happened to me back in 2004 when I relocated to Green Bay... see more
I was in a similar position to you in the early '90s. I had a series of unfortunate events befall me in my hometown of New York, so I decided to relocate to Phoenix, as I had family in nearby Scottsdale. I hadn't yet finished my college degree, but I had a NYS EMT certification. I initially lived with my aunt while I looked for a job, but after 3 months, I moved into an apartment with someone who I had known from New York, who just got laid off from his job and was looking for a roomate to help him with the rent. I looked and looked for a job, sending out hundreds of resumes, and filling out dozens and dozens of applications. I got called for a few interviews, but because I didn't have an Arizona EMT certification, I couldn't get any jobs. I finally settled on a job as a paratransit driver, which payed minimum wage. Within a few months, my friend told me that he was moving out, as he was out of money and couldn't afford to pay his share of the rent. I couldn't afford to pay the entire rent myself, so I also moved out. I moved back in with my aunt, but I did so reluctantly. One day, my father called me and told me that I got a letter from the NYC Fire Department. I had taken the firefigjter entrance exam and physical a couple of years before, but I had forgotten all about it. I returned to New York and I was told to come to the FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn with all of the documentation and paperwork that they requested. I did as I was requested, and later appeared for the medical . Within 6 months I was called for the Fire Academy. I completed the Academy, and was eventually assigned to a Ladder Company in the Bronx. I eventually completed my degree and after taking more EMT courses, I became a certified paramedic. Fast forward to 2015, and after 20 years in the FDNY, 9 as a firefighter and 11 as a Lieutenant, I retired. After almost 25 years since I last lived in Arizona, I just bought a house in Fountain Hills, and now, thanks to my pension, I now have the luxury of taking my time looking for a job to supplement my income.
My advice to you is try to look for a Federal, State, or County job, as they pay better and usually have better benefits than civilian jobs. One job that is always hiring in Phoenix is the Department of Homeland Security. They are looking for people to fill positions as a Airport Security Screeners at Sky Harbor Airport. This might not be the most glamorous job in the Federal Government, but at least you'll have a job with benefits. Good luck!
I was in a similar position to you in the early '90s. I had a series of unfortunate events befall me in my hometown... see more
I had something similar happen when I moved to FL, leaving everything behind. I lost the job I had moved here for and was totally lost. I did a couple things that helped. I applied for part time jobs and was able to start one pretty quickly. It didn’t pay much, but something was better than nothing. In addition to applying for full-time positions, I applied for jobs with staffing agencies - Robert Half, Apple One, Insight Global, CSI Companies, or local recruiters in your area - any agency that was looking to fill positions in fields that I would remotely qualify for. I was fortunate and interviewed for a 3 month contract position that I absolutely ended up loving. It wasn’t represented as such, but ended being a temp to perm position and they offered me a permanent full-time position. A few days prior to that, I had actually been offered a permanent full-time position with another company. It was a difficult choice as I really liked the contract position, it was just far - 45 miles one way and took me over an hour each way to get to work. So I opted for the other job which was much closer to home. The point I am trying to make is that temporary jobs are a great way to go, you are not committed to staying long term if you end up not liking it (have had that experience as well and was thrilled when that contract was over), but it may lead you to your next great opportunity. They also pay benefits and most staffing agencies pay their contractors weekly. I highly recommend looking in to it, and apply with as many agencies as you can find. Some are better than others and will really look hard to find you something that matches your skills. Good luck, keep us posted!
I had something similar happen when I moved to FL, leaving everything behind. I lost the job I had moved here for... see more