Looking for work in an area with high unemployment

Looking for work in an area with high unemployment

I've been looking for a job for awhile, and it's getting frustrating. After having repeated experiences of showing up at a place that was hiring, only to find a roomful of people applying for the same position, and then getting the inevitable letter politely saying that they found a better match, I'm thinking the normal approach to a job search isn't getting me anywhere. I've been a stay-at-home mom for the last few years, and some places won't even consider anyone who hasn't had a recent stable work history, as if being a SAHM doesn't involve any responsibility at all. I've got a BA, but it seems like every job that requires a degree also requires years of experience in that exact job, while jobs that don't require a BA or specific experience write me off for being overqualified. On top of that, I did a search on the bls site, and found that the metro area we live in has a relatively high unemployment rate. While we are planning to move somewhere with a lower unemployment rate this summer, I need a job now. I'm not being picky. So, if there's 100 people applying for the same job, won't there inevitably be someone who is better qualified, has more experience, a better credit history, etc? Does anyone have any tips on getting your foot in the door when there's a crowd of people competing with you?
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