How do you find a job these days?
Things are Not Good right now. We have a fifty dollar check and a negative 16 dollar bank account to our name. We need my blood pressure medicine and gas. I/we have freelance work (what might as well be considered a part time job, which makes about $500 dollars a month, which goes to rent). Circumstances prevent me from working outside the home, but I'm perfectly willing to take on more freelance/homework - if I can find any. Which so far is a no go. Unemployment from the previous job ran out during his schooling period. We lived off of our tax refund for a while but that money's run out, and the economic stimulus check won't be here for another month or so. My husband Aus was working at the same job for seven years, but back injuries due to a car accident rendered him unable to do that job and he lost it. Vocational rehab sent him to school, and after seven months, he is now a Microsoft certified database administrator. The problem? He can't find a job, in his field, or any other computer-related or receptionist type field, at all. We've tried online job services - Dice, Monster, etc. and we've tried the old fashioned method of buying the paper and circling the jobs and applying for those. We've gone down to the unemployment office and searched their job listings. We've faxed resumes, emailed applications, and made phone calls. Temp agencies say there are no jobs available in our area that match his qualifications. Out of the countless jobs he's applied for.. he's only received three responses. One saying the applications won't be reviewed until end of May and the job won't start until June; one saying that he was under-educated (bachelors degree was what they were looking for); one saying that he had insufficient experience in his field (how do you get that if someone won't hire you?). This will make the third week of the job search. Are we just expecting things to move too quickly? Is there some secret to job searching we're missing? Help! Any tips that will help with our situation, either with the job search or finding additional freelance work, or living on a very,very limited income are very much appreciated. NO TROLLING. I'm stressed out enough as it is, thanks.