If you're looking at jewelry stores and don't have enough skills to
offer, that could be the problem.
go spend a month or two at trade school, improving your trade
skills and marketability
stop looking at jewelry stores, and look at factories
Woo hoo! Just what you went to college for, right? To work in a
factory. It's a start, and you can work your way up.
My first job out of college was in a wedding and engagement ring
factory. My boss was a hunchbacked old guy, who was coming to work
in sweats because he'd just had a heart attack. He had no
fingernails. I thought it was from jewelry. No, he said, that
happened in the war.
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
Hard to Find Tools for Metal Clay