I have been babysitting a few hours a week.
I start training at a neighborhood restaurant tomorrow--that'll be a few nights a week.
I applied for umpteen receptionist/secretary/administrative assistant jobs and heard nary a peep from any of them.
Overqualified? Not using enough "key words" in my cover letter/resume? It's a very different world, this job hunting job, than it was a decade ago when I was looking for work. Before, you called a place, you mailed or faxed or dropped off your resume. You called back a week later to check on the status. Now, you email or upload or copy/paste your materials to a website. And you can't call. And you can't check the status. It's unsettling. It's as impersonal as impersonal can be.
Besides, it was discouraging to know that I was applying for jobs that were very much NOT what I want to be doing and trying to convince myself that this would be a way to move up in the company. And maybe it would. But maybe it wouldn't. I don't want to answer phones, make coffee and fill soda refrigerators or office supply cabinets for a living. I prefer to get back into restaurant work, volunteer at my old internship and network within the library/archives community.
I may be the most foolish unemployed adult with looming student loan payments walking the earth... guess we'll just have to see how it all turns out.