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Looking for Jobs – Desperate Times require Desperate Measures

Updated on July 22, 2014

Desperate Times

The usual way of job searching is to go to the Job Centre, search Newspapers or online for Recruitment Agency Ads etc. Thousands of people do this for months and still don’t find employment. Annoyingly, some companies don’t even bother acknowledging Job applications. It then gets to the point when people get so behind with Bills, the Mortgage/rent is in arrears and they are swimming in Debt. It’s even worse if they have kids. These are Desperate times and I think we might need Desperate Measures. Anyone in this situation might want to consider the following:

Send your CV to a company

Send it with a cover letter even though they haven’t advertised. Some will acknowledge it, keep it on file and might call you back weeks/months later, when you least expect and even offer you a job. What you don’t know is you saved them the time/cost of advertising, short listing, interviewing lots of people etc.

Place Free Ads

Use Free Websites to place an Ad. Write the type of Job you are looking for or the type of Service you offer. People will call and hire you. It might take off on a small scale but if you are good – they will refer you to others and before you know it, you are a busy bee.

Approach people personally

Don’t be afraid to do this. You could walk into a company and politely ask for the Manager. Also, ensure you are dressed smartly for a good response. (It sounds strange, but remember – Desperate Times / Desperate Measures). Ask the Manager if there are any vacancies. Whatever the case, they will politely inform you, or refer you to their website, or even give you other useful info etc. When I worked with Asylum seekers in 2001, some of them wanted Jobs.  I took them to shops in my spare time and I’d ask the manager if they had any jobs going. Some did the above, some gave us application forms.

T D Jakes (from America)

IGOC Seminar (London)

My Story

In 2005, I was out of work for a few months and attended KICC IGOC. International Gathering of Champions. It was a Christian seminar in London and we even had TD Jakes in the house. The venue was massive and there were little Stands given to Business people who wanted to market their business at the venue. During break, a lady handed out leaflets about FREE IT Training –she gave me one. I asked her to point me in the direction of where her Stand was. The leaflet was for people to learn about computers. I went to the Stand, met the owner and told him I was an IT Trainer and asked if he needed anyone to help with the Training. We talked a bit and he asked me to attend an interview in a few days time. I attended and he offered me a job. I worked with that company for 2 Years.


Create your own Job

OK. So no one is hiring – Think of something you can do. I covered this in detail in: Lots of ways to Create a second Job/income

For anyone thinking – "Oh my God, where do I start?"


It’s not a lot of money to set up. In the UK, its free to set up a one man business. This is what your to-do list will look like.

  • Name of the Business – Think of a good unique one.
  • Business Bank Account – Apply for Free. (Cheque book/pay in book, card will arrive with your Business name printed on) Ps. You don’t need a Business Plan to apply for a Business Account.
  • Business Cards – cost under £20 for may be 250 – 500 for a start. (Vistaprint is one of many)
  • Letter Heads – if you can’t afford one for now, design on Microsoft Word and maybe print in Coloured.
  • You need a Computer and a Printer.
  • Email Address - If you can afford to, its about £25/year to have one in your business name, other wise use googlemail or yahoo. Ps. People take you more seriously if its in your business name.
  • Create an Invoice – if you are not good with computers, buy a pre printed one.
  • Use a FREE Website, submit it to Search Engines.
  • Advertise on the Internet for free and include link of your website.
  • Search for people who need your service and do a Mail Shot to them.


Search the internet for FREE Government Schemes that help people with small Businesses. Business Link is very useful and supportive. E.g, if you need a Business loan, they will help you put your Business Plan together.

Ps. You will have to do yearly accounts for your Business, but you will find it easy if you keep records of everything you do in Business financially and might not have to use an Accountant.

For anyone not working, I really hope you found this Useful. Feel free to ask me questions as I have used the Measures above. Some people lose their families, houses or other things due to being unemployed. Sadly, some even go Bankrupt.

** Desperate Times call for Desperate Measures. **




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    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Susan; Your comments will encourage a lot of people. Some people do actually think that their idea is not good enough. So lovely to read from you again. Regards. :)

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      Susan Carter 8 years ago

      Your content was excellent. Thank you for sharing all your ideas. I think the main point of your article is to be creative in desperate times. Never think an idea is too stupid to try. The worst thing that can happen is you don't get the job. The best thing is that you do.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Anglnwu - Thanks for stopping and I hope the survivor is able to find a way. Best Wishes.

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      anglnwu 8 years ago

      Good advice and much needed in this economy. Desperate times call for desperate measures, that's so true and the survivor will do whatever it takes. Thanks for sharing.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Wrath Warbone

      Thanks for stopping and for sharing it with others. :)

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      Terry Chestnutt 8 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Thanks for the help. I'm going to email this to my brother.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Duchess, nice of you to share it and I wish them all Good Luck. Best wishes to you.

      ** Loveofnight, I'm sending you lots of positive thoughts and hope your steps are guided towards the right person/people who will give you a Job you'd love.

      Good luck.

      ** Hi Support Med - Thanks for your encouraging, warm comments. I hope things improve for all of us too. In UK, it's got to the point where people are offering to even take pay cuts instead of losing their jobs. Thanks so much for stopping.

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      Support Med. 8 years ago from Michigan

      Lady E, you are so economically aware!! Always ready with helpful ideas. Being in the right place at the right time means much these days. You were blessed for your two years with that company. Hope things improve soon for us all. Good hub.

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      loveofnight 8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      some good advice here and since i am unemployed it is well recieved......thx

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      Some very useful tips here. I will be passing this one on as I know some people who can use all the help they can get.

      Thanks for taking the time to put this to "Hub".


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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Sky321, sorry to hear that but I hope you start looking for another one and find one you look forward to going to. Good Luck.

      ** Thanks Andromida, I thought you lived in India. Now I know its Dhaka. Regards. :)

      ** Cheers Mike - nice to read from you. I hope you bump into a Big contract really worth your while. :)

      ** Hi Fishtiger, I hope he finds one soon.

      Best Wishes. :)

      ** Thanks theherbivorehippi, it must be frustrating. Sadly, some are even turning to crime. Some men broke into a bank recently at night and removed the ATM Machine. Desperate Times - Bad desperate measures! Thanks for stoppping.

      ** Thanks rosario, for your warm comments. Best wishes to you. :)

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      rosariomontenegro 8 years ago from NEW YORK

      No wonder you have so many followers Lady E. Great job, not pun intended ...

    • theherbivorehippi profile image

      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Great hub and helpful information! There are so many people out of jobs right now. It has to be so incredibly frustrating and stressful. This advice is sure to help!

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      fishtiger58 8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks for all the great info, finding a job is getting worse and worse in the US my son needs one so badly.

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      Mike Lickteig 8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Elena, thanks for the advice. Shall we say I've personally seen better days financially than the ones I am experiencing now? These are difficult times, and lots of folks will benefit from your advice here.

      Thanks again.


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      syras mamun 8 years ago

      Oh Elena, I just came back to check out this hub once again-I am from Bangladesh and currently living in Dhaka,though I lived in India for several years for my education :)

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      Sky321 8 years ago from Canada

      Good information! I'm getting tired of my job.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Hello, Hello. Good luck if you did the Aintree Races. Regards.

      ** Thanks Jai for your comments. Hope things have worked out well for you now - Job wise. Best Wishes.

      ** Nice to read from you Hypnodude - Thanks.

      ** Andromida, I really hope it works out for you. I hope it's free to set up a small business in India. Best of Luck.

      ** Hi Roy - thanks for stopping. We are in a period of scarcity of Jobs. Nice to read from you.

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      H P Roychoudhury 8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is a timely written hub. I liked it. But in a crisis period of the scarcity of jobs, it is always preferable to create your own job.

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      syras mamun 8 years ago

      Great tips Elena. I love the second part-"create your own job".At present,I am trying to start my IT security consultancy business.Thank you my IT business Guru :)

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      Andrew 8 years ago from Italy

      I forgot: thanks.:)

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      Andrew 8 years ago from Italy

      Great hub as usual Lady_E, and full of good advices. Rated and stumbled.:)

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      Jai Warren 8 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Well done, Lady E. Being aggressive and creative in your job search is what makes employers notice you. Thanks for the great advice. :)

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      A very down-to-earth, helpful and informative hub. Thank you.


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