It’s hard, but I believe that if you can’t find a job then make a job. I have been working or in school (or both) since age 11 or 12. I had a shared a paper route with another paperboy (delivering alternate weeks) for a couple years. I worked odd jobs while in junior high and high school including painting fences, mowing lawns and babysitting. In late high school I had summer jobs doing things like HVAC maintenance (as an assistant/gopher), a surveying assistant, and installing Ethernet cable. I even did freelance work for a small/medium-sized publishing company, producing graphics and slides and sent in over a 2400-baud modem.
I always found a job, because a) I needed the money for college, b) I was willing to take what I could find.
Now that I am a professional I have steady work. I’ve also continued to be an entrepreneur as I worked. If I was laid off and couldn’t find work I’d like to believe that I would continue to pursue my entrepreneurial effort. I’d take part-time work (like I did during my school years) to pay for the basics.
I write this after having returned from an internet entrepreneurial group meetup. I get to meet and reacquaint with other entrepreneurs at varies levels in the entrepreneurial process, from “haven’t a clue, just getting started” to “been self-employed for 20+ years”.
If your are unemployed, I’d encourage you to consider what job you would like to create for yourself. Sure, keep applying for “regular” jobs to, and if a good-enough one comes around, take it. In the mean time apply yourself to developing your own small business. I recommend something with low start-up costs, and something that you have a passion for. You may find yourself developing new and valuable skills in the processes… Discover talents you didn’t know you had.
You may, just may succeed in creating a wonderful business. Even if you don’t, you will learn more about yourself, your talents and what you really like (and don’t like). So when you do land that cushy corporate job, you will have a better idea of how to shape your career. Even after landing that job, you might find yourself dabbling in entrepreneurial enterprises.