After 6 frustrating months--2 weeks left until my unemployment money runs out--I received a decent job offer, which I happily accepted. The job is not in the planning field. Not even close. It is actually one that may bring personal happiness through work. I am looking forward to that. It is a social work type job with an assisted living facility. I like people. I like problem solving. This is the best of both. Hopefully it works out well and I won't have to be unemployed like this again. While I did enjoy not working during the summer months, having plenty of free time, having a clean house and sleeping in each morning; the overall lack of money really sucked. If I have to work in order to afford the basic necessities then at least I can work with something that provides some enjoyment.
Granted it doesn't come close to what I have made hourly in the last 10 years either but I can work my way up and the freedom, flexibility and reliability are worth it. Additionally, my friend (whose job I am filling because she quit to fulfill her dreams--and I wish her luck because that takes balls) says it is a wonderful place to work and she absolutely loved it. I trust her because she is the most straight forward person I have ever met and if it were a crap-hole full of nasty politics and unhappiness like the last black hole of ectoplasam where we worked together, she would have told me and she would have worded it like a sailor and there would be no mistaking how she felt about it. It was on her glowing recommendation that I even applied for it. So props to you, Mare, you rock! Hope you succeed in the next endeavor because I don't plan on giving you your job back should you want it again :)
What I learned: I had no luck applying for jobs on craigslist. Yahoo! Jobs, Monster and CareerBuilder all seem to be shams. No luck ever--only scam jobs or job listings ripped from other sources. In the end, good old fashioned job service proved to be one of two viable sources. The other source was usajobs.gov. I found a contract position through it however I don't want to move so that offer wasn't accepted.
Finding work this late in the game was stressful. I wasn't sure what I was going to do beyond August. At least the feds approved the extension of unemployment so technically I could have received another 33 weeks of unemployment but still, it is not enough to live. I will be happy to no longer qualify for food stamps. I will be happy to have benefits. I will be happy to a have job. Now that I cashed in my retirement, I can go shopping so I can have nice new clothes for my nice new job. Woot! Woot! Now that is also something to be happy about.