Ok, I'm seriously trying not to panic. Since I panic when all I have are negative thoughts or think of the worst or beat myself up over things I can't do anything about, I'm asking for realistic ideas about what I can do now. I need a job ASAP. I have seen an increase of ads in my field the past couple of weeks and have responded to over 20 in the past 10 days. I've gotten 3 responses saying I'm not qualified- I think that's because those particualr ads were a bit of a stretch (due to being under or over qualified). I haven't heard one word from the others. One that I did hear from was a head hhunter and I asked him if there was any problem with my references and he said no, they were fine. The only thing I can figure is that there are still close to 100 unemployed people for every one of these openings and the competition is just too stiff and employers can be as picky as they want as far as finding employees that have the exact expertise they want already. Anyway, now that difficult child should be out in 10-11 weeks, I have to get a job in my state because there wouldn't be time to do the interstate study. Please don't list my state except in PM, but throw me any ideas you have about how to get a job- prefeerably that pays enough to support a child on. I want to move from this town and the only thing I can think of is to take day trips to different towns and get a newspaper and go to any place advertising. Is there any way to find out which areas have the most listings so it isn't a trial and error thing? I've already sat home and respionded to anything I can find online but I'm not getting anywhere this way. Oh- when I said realistic, I mean things like I can't do shift work because I won't have anyone else to supervise difficult child and yes, he will have to have an adult around on weekends and at night. I can't get custody if I can't provide a home myself- rental is ok but apparently, renting 1-2 rooms in someone else's home is not. Governemnt jobs are out due to credit situation and now, due to the fact that I can't wait for their extensive advertising times before they close the ad and actually choose a person. I had been trying all these things and never got any repsonse anyway.