I would stop aiming so low. You say that you've volunteered before, well who for? Try to get a job with them. If they're a smaller organization without much hiring potential then go volunteer for a BIG organization that is hiring massively. Get a leg in. That is my advice.
Well I don't think it's "aiming low," if people with more experience then me are applying for the same "crappy" jobs as me. I volunteered at a zoo, and you need a LOT of experience to even get a chance to work there. Of course, volunteering is a huge advantage, and a great majority of the time the new people they higher volunteered there for years, but that won't suffice alone.
I agree with you. You get a job where you can get a job. There is nothing shameful about supporting yourself through hard, and often under appreciated, work.
This is more what I was commenting on, "I only apply at places that say no experience necessary." Why? Volunteer experience IS experience!
How long did you volunteer at the Zoo? Did you meet anyone there who could help you get in? If not, maybe you didn't volunteer there long enough or regularly enough. I'm not suggesting that you'll suddenly become a Zoo Keeper or an Animal Behaviorist. However, I think it's incredibly possible for you to sell tickets, work at a concession stand, the gift shoppe, or if you're really lucky maybe even help in some very minuscule way with the animals daily routines. (Even if it's only part-time, a few hours a week it will help you get a better job.)
If you don't think that there is any chance of you getting in at the Zoo, well then volunteer somewhere that you do think you'll be able to get in at eventually! Make sure that you ask them to teach you tasks that will be useful to you in your future job search.
GOOD LUCK!!! TONS OF IT!!! I wasn't trying to be rude or derogatory. I just get the sense from your original post and comments that you might be under selling yourself even to yourself! (Something we've all probably been guilty of at one time or another.)
It's like a paradox. In some places (like near where I live) you have to have experience to get a job, but to get experience you need a job. I know a lot of people who look and look but never get hired, and some who just walk in and get the job. Idk why people do that, but I am just lucky my mom needed help and her company hired me as a part-time intern for her so I have a summer job while I am in college.
I know. >.> I'm trying to not get too discouraged, though. I mean part of it is definitely me; I've always felt inferior to everyone else, especially girls my own age. I'm sure this comes through in my body language. Between me and a girl with sparkly personality, they will obviously pick her. And even with all of that aside, everyone I know who got their first job with no prior experience got it because they knew the owners or workers some how. I don't really know how to fix my personality.