Are you unemployed? Do you have a skill that you are marketing to employers? Why not use that skill to start your own business? The people that you want to work for started somewhere.
If you market yourself right, you can find customers for your skill. You know the business that you were in? Well what about the contacts you made? Can they help you?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, believe in yourself and you can do it.
It take as much effort to find a job a lot of times, as it does to create your own income. I have been doing it for nearly 20 years. I have never been unemployed since I started working for myself. I don't mean that there has been all good times, but I have raised a family, provided a home and I'm still here. I'm nothing more special than you, it just that I went out and tried years ago the thing I telling you to try now.
YOU CAN DO IT!!!