I woke up this morning ready and determined to get a job- not that I expected to actually get one today, but feeling very motivated to do whatever I can to get back in the workforce. I've been taking mental note of suggestions I hear on tv news shows, from here, VA, etc, so I figured now that I have a computer at hand again, I'll pursue whatever I can. What I noticed is that the places hiring around here are mostly in limited markets- like health care and requiring some sort of specialized training or certification. Fed government is hiring around here but I can't go for that until my BK discharges and I think I'll have to work some place else for some time first before having a decent chance with them. I did find some since I expanded my search area and tailored each and every thing I sent out to each place. I sent a lot out but am back to feeling discouraged. Maybe it's because I feel like I've gone thru this so many times over the past year or so and really haven't gotten much opportunity. And yes, I am looking outside my field and not just trying to find ideal jobs. I'm willing to do dirty work or whatever so please don't assume that my unemployment is because I'm not willing. My only feedback usually includes hearing that the employer gets hundreds of applications/resumes for each job advertised. The only ones I am skeptical to apply for are those that pay on commission only. Obviously, many I can't do because I can't lift 100 pounds or drive a tractor trailer or speak Spanish, etc. What I find most discouraging is that I rarely get any feedback at all. I feel like I'm sending all this stuff out to a black hole. One guy called today about something I have for sell and he mentioned that he is driving from the middle of our state to an adjacent state daily because that's the only job he could find. I hate feeling this discouraged. I know I'm not the only person going thru this because I hear about all those others in dire straits daily on tv like everyone else. I feel like I'm getting blown off by the people at VA now that difficult child is out of the home again but I'm trying to find a balance between not putting all my eggs in one basket there (depending too much on them and expecting too much) while still remaining faithful that they are trying to help. I guess I'm just asking for a little support right now. It's tough knowing that there will be court at least once more, difficult child's sentencing again, moving to who knows where, sending the dogs to who knows who, and doing who knows what over the next few weeks. I was also wondering how those of you in similar situations with yourself or husband being unemployed are doing with the job hunt lately. Have you seen any improvement in the job prospects in your area? (Don't worry- I'm not trying to find far away states to move to.) Have you learned any more strategies you can share?