Budgeting and Jobs
My fiancee and I are trying to work towards moving into a place of our own. We are a family of three, he has a 3 year old daughter. We share a very small room with his daughter and have pretty limited access to the rest of the house, which is why we want to move out as soon as possible. We are trying to develop a budget for when we do move. What we cannot figure out is utilities. The house we live in now is pretty large (5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms) and currently has 4 adults and 4 children living in it. So the utilities are through the roof price wise, and nobody in the house is big on conserving energy or anything. We live in Fremont, CA and are hoping to stay in this area. So how much should we expect to pay for utilities in a 2 bedroom apartment with 2 adults and one child keeping in mind we will be trying to conserve as much as possible? Also part of this future budget involves me getting a job. I have been unemployed now for over 2 years. I have been trying, but well I always bomb the interview. I get extremely nervous in the interviews. I've always been fine once I actually have the job but I am HORRIBLY shy in the interview, stuttering and fiddling my thumbs, obviously not inspiring much confidence in my potential future employer. Does anyone here have any personal experience being a horribly shy persone and getting through interviews? I mean should I just fake not speaking any english and apply at a fast ood joint? How can I get back into the work force? Also what should be included in a cover letter for a resume? I mean I'm guessing it's not "Hey Bob, how are the kids? Give me a job." What is a cover letter supposed to sound like?