A different approach
Talking purely in hypothetical here.
Been looking for a new opportunity since late June and have not had success in converting a role on the HF side of the business. While I’ve had 4 different shops extend offers, I unfortunately have not been able to accept them due to a multitude of reasons (most commonly because of offers being rescinded due to economic headwinds). My question is simple. I need out of my current gig and have the means to take a full pay cut for a while dude to low lifestyle costs and tons of saving, but I don’t want to miss out on potential experience and just quit. Is it likely that I would have success convincing a shop (obviously a smaller one) to allow me to come on board on a trial basis (unpaid) until I prove my worth? Also, are there any potential cons to doing this other than the fact that I obviously might not ever convert to being compensated?