June 9th will be my One Year Anniversary--no, I won't be celebrating (although maybe I will have chocolate).
On that date, one year ago--I was reluctantly laid off. I am on my 2nd extension of Unemployment Benefits. I have had many many interviews (some with staffing agencies, some with actual employers). I still don't have a job. And time is running out.
Frankly, I am not sure what more I can do. I am on all the job sites. I have honed my interview technique--I even get comments like "you are great" "you are setting the bar high" "I'm thrilled with you"---all of which end up with me getting my hopes up--but being told I was a second or third choice candidate (or they never call back at all). I have started to make concessions on what I can and cannot do as per location and salary (unfortunately, there is not a lot of wiggle room there).
When the benefits go away--I have no idea what we will do. I have never been unemployed this long. The budget is already tight--I can only make it so much tighter.
The end of July will be the end of my 2nd extension. I may qualify for a 3rd. The pressure is on.
UPDATED: Well, it is official. I got the letter today in the mail. I will not be getting a third extension. I believe I will be cut off at the end of July. If anyone has some ideas about how to cut costs, please let me know...I am running out of ideas.