About a year ago, I was sick and depressed, and managed to sleep through two days' worth of what was supposed to be scheduled work hours. I was assumed to have left without notice and let go from my job (retail) as a result. It was a position I had held consistently for over 5 years.
Since then I've been doing better mentally and physically, but not financially. I was able to do some traveling and even got an associate's degree. But, my financial situation is only getting worse over time, and if I'm not able to become employed again soon I don't know if I'll be able to continue attending university.
I've been trying to land halfway decent positions with no luck so far for a while now, and I'm a little tired of no results. I want to work in and I have experience in digital illustration, graphic design, and web design, but haven't actually been employed in any of these in a capacity I can put on my resume.
To make things worse, I'm kind of an introvert and I haven't maintained any connections with any relevant references: previous employers, coworkers, teachers or classmates. Even family isn't much of an option: Either they live outside the country, or I haven't talked to them in months and they aren't aware of my situation.
So, what can I do? I personally know that I'm up to working and putting in the elbow grease to dig myself out of my hole, but my resume is an absolute disaster...