Finding an apartment can be tiresome, in this market of low vacancies. Your price range is also limiting, so this can add to the difficulty. Rents have risen fast over the past 5 years, and it is no longer easy to find something in your price range anymore. This may be a big part of your problem, in my opinion. Even if you can find something that you can afford, plan on to paying additional security deposit. If your credit score is significantly less than 650 , (you do not define low so I do not know what your score is) You will also have to meet the income requirement, not just be employed, The general rule is a yearly income of 40x combined monthly rent, so your yearly income requirement for an 1100 dollar apartment would be $44,000. dollars.
You may need an agent who has a very good relationship with an independent landlord to help you find something that you can succeed in renting, as you have slim chance of getting anywhere with a strict management company,as they are completely impersonal,.