I am currently almost homeless and without job. Can someone please help me in right direction of finding an academic or non-academic job? Minimum salary will be acceptable.
I hold a PhD in mathematics. I am 43 years old and I am from middle east but citizen of a European country (Germany). I have been away from academia for 4 years (mostly to take care of parents) and I can not get any recommendation letter.
I can teach and have experience in teaching most mathematical topics up to PhD.
I have been applying for many teaching jobs around the world with no luck. With no recommendation letter my applications don't go through.
I also have a few unfinished research projects.
Edit: addendum in response to Buffy's answer.
If you are just four years past finishing your doctorate it isn't too late to re-connect with your previous professors, and maybe your advisor. If you wait much longer it will be, however.
In fact I got my phd before I was 30. So it was, relatively, a long time ago. Contact with my previous professors isn't a possibility.
Another thing, not very palatable, is to get some low-level position in a decent university where you can do more than is required by the job.
I have tried applying to many "low-level" positions but recommendation letter is a real obstruction.
Further down the list of suitable options is to look at good secondary institutions, rather than universities. There are many of them that find people with doctorates to be very desirable. The job is mostly teaching, and mostly introductory subjects, but it can pay the bills.
Secondary institution as a high school? I am trying to find a position in a high school too but a "license or teaching certificate" is needed in most cases and in my situation it takes time and money to get that.
get connected to a research group so as to get some papers into publication. Initially they might be joint papers, of course.
I have a few publications which I guess are relatively good. I try to publish preprints too. But it is getting hard because I will be out of money very soon.
What surprises me is that when I look at my cv it doesn't look extremely bad but still I have got not even one interview or any offer. And asking people in the subject to write recommendation letter has not been successful.
I was hoping maybe someone with similar situation who managed to solve his/her problem can help me by sharing a bit of his/her experience.