Here's an idea I have, because it worked for me. Figure out which radio station needs a part-time grunt, and supplement that with other jobs, but be AMAZING at the radio job. Then, when a FT position comes up, after you've proven yourself, APPLY. That's where a whole lot of my contacts and copywriting experience, and my award came from. (I found that once I won a Silver Microphone Award in 2000, it suddenly didn't matter to people anymore that I don't have a degree.)
I'm doing a couple of things in order to get published. I'm being really tenacious, for one. I've picked out 3 local papers and I'm submitting to them, MERCILESSLY. (Start by picking a genre, finding out who the editor for your genre is, and contact them to find out submission guidelines.) The amount of things I've written FAR OUTWEIGHS the number I've had published...but you know...with a few published things, you stand a higher chance of getting more.
Finally, check to see if there are any local publishers who use freelance editors. It's decent money but pretty tedious. I edited 9 manuscripts one year and made about $1,200.
And while these are my proactive ideas, make no mistake....the job market DOES SUCK, especially for anyone with a "liberal arts" type of skill set. You may have to move where the jobs are....like...AUSTRALIA?