Hmm. I don't have a driving record, because I've never had a license. I have a Facebook account and also MySpace, but pretty much never use them. It's been years since I updated anything, and there are NO photos of me online. Even the photo of the human holding one of my cats doesn't contain me, as it's somebody else holding my cat. I've noticed that pretty much anybody who wants to make money in sales or services has some kind of blog. Even a basic one is better than none at all, and there are some excellent blogging hosts that don't charge. Of course they encourage you to allow ads on your blog, and many people do that. On the flip side, that doesn't help if your primary readers don't like ads and use various means to not see them. This is why trackbacks and networking is so important. Example: I shop frequently on the Etsy site (it's an online craft marketplace). Many of the sellers there also have eBay shops, ArtFire shops, and blogs where they showcase their wares and update customers on new items or techniques. And how I got pointed toward Etsy in the first place is because one particular item got featured on the Cheezburger network: an utterly adorable cat tag that I decided I HAD to have. From there I started exploring the site and found all kinds of interesting things, techniques, and am seriously considering reviving my own craft business I had back in the '80s and '90s. It's true that job hunting is often a frustrating catch-22 of "need experience, but how can I get experience if nobody will let me get any?" So you need to find the employers who can either be convinced to train you, or who don't care what you did or didn't learn before - they want you to do it THEIR way, so they expect you to "unlearn" what you knew before. Or, as somebody once said to me: "It's better that you don't have experience. That way, you don't have any bad habits to unlearn." CivGeneral, please come here so I can give you a swift kick in the posterior. Seriously (figuratively speaking, of course). Volunteering does pay. It pays in experience. It pays in contacts. It pays in learning marketable skills. It opens the door to meeting people who may be useful to you later (or even immediately). It opens the door to new experiences - and yes, it may even open the door to meeting women, although I honestly think you need to stop worrying about that for the purposes of job hunting. And getting interviewed for a volunteer position? One of my volunteer jobs was for a bookstore clerk at the wildlife sanctuary in Red Deer. The day I showed up for the interview, I was told that the person who would be interviewing me would be a little late, since she was out at the lake gathering some food for some of the live animals we had (garter snakes). Well, the interviewer showed up dripping wet, because she had fallen in the lake. The interview went well, I got the position, and had a blast. That volunteer job taught me many things, and even though this all happened over 20 years ago, the head naturalist still remembered me a few weeks ago when I went out there to take my photo for the "around the world" photography project some of us in OT are involved in. Depending on the volunteer job, they may not even ask about previous employment. Some organizations just ask if you can do what they need you to do, and if you're willing to commit the time. CivGeneral, is there an agency in your city that matches up volunteers and organizations/people who need them? If so, you should check them out. Granted, volunteering doesn't mean a paycheque. But as previously said here, neither does sitting around not working at all. The point is that you will gain experience, skills, and contacts. And trust me, you will feel better about yourself. There is dignity in volunteering, and you can contribute toward making other peoples' lives more enjoyable or even just livable. And temporary jobs don't hurt, either. Stores are hiring for the Christmas season - some places may offer something more permanent afterward, if you show that you can learn quickly, do the job well, and be reliable.