Survival Mode: Taking Whatever's Available

Survival Mode: Taking Whatever's Available

Survival mode is a situation everybody tries to avoid when out of work. Bills hit like sledgehammers, food is monotonous, sparse and cheap, and anything resembling cash is hard to find when needed. Everything seems like a crisis. If you've never been there, don't go there if you can avoid it.

Work, of course, is also impossible to find despite massive efforts. So you have to work with whatever's available. That's usually not much, and what are available are jobs you may have never done before. Gruesome as this is, it can also be the way out of the mess.

The jobs are the tough jobs, the dirty jobs, and the jobs with high staff turnover. These are the jobs people don't like doing for long periods.

Jobs like:

  • Janitor
  • Fast food
  • Leaflet drops and paper routes
  • Food processing
  • Postal work
  • Shift work
  • Laborers
  • Waiters
  • Kitchen hands

There are always jobs in these areas, because of sheer staff turnover over a period. A job may not be available today, but next month, for sure, something will come up. There are other benefits, too. In many shift jobs, fast food, processing and postal work, you also get paid training, which is very useful for long suffering nerves frayed by bills.

Getting the jobs

The best shot to get these jobs is to ask directly what's available. There are plenty of employers in these fields, and you will eventually find one who's hiring. This way you express interest, get your name registered with the employer, and you'll at least spend less time wading through job ads.

Getting the skills if you need them

In some jobs you need qualifications to operate equipment or handle materials. That's easily fixed by checking with the local trainers or others in the industry. If you need training in anything, they can usually figure out who does the training. For example, to get a forklift license, you don't need a job, just training and a certificate. Jobs of this type will pay their training costs many times over.

Dealing with the bills on low wages

These downscale jobs don't pay fantastically. If your expenses are high, they can only do so much, and you'll probably have to economize somewhere, but they can provide the essentials and cover a lot of basic costs. Chuck out any expenses you can live without.

It's not uncommon for these jobs to be part-time or offer short hours. That's not all bad, but you still need to balance the budget. The best way to look at a two day working week in a job is that it can pay so much of the bills, rent, etc. If you can put together a couple of jobs of this type, you can have the bills under control with a bit left over.

There's another payoff: In these jobs, if you can stick with it and make them work, you can move up the scale fairly quickly. You can wind up with a much better job than you might have otherwise had. Worth a shot, do you think?