I have been unemployed since 11/09.. After searching for jobs with no success for 10 months I thought I would go back to school and obtain my associates degree, hoping that it would help. I did the 2 yr degree in 11 months, and graduated with honors.. while doing this I kept applying for jobs, doing whatever I thought I was qualified to do. I had several interviews, but nothing came of it. I volunteered for a 30 day job with possible employment at the end of this period,, I did this to gain experience with scheduling for dr’s etc.. but after 30 days they said I was too far away from my graduation date. Onward, I continued to apply and have had several more interviews but far and few between. I have called places to check on status of applications and no one answers the phone, leave messages and no one calls back. I have gone to places to hand my resume to a person and they tell me everything is done online… where you get lost in cyberspace ..my unemployment ran out last august, I had enough saved to pay rent thru Nov. in which case someone my roommate and I helped out for over a yr, said he would pay my part of the rent b/c he owed us/me. He has since left,(without notice) and now roommate and I are scrambling, b/c I don’t have an income yet and I am unable to pay my portion of rent. Will be homeless in a few wks. I also filed for disability, but that can take up to 2 yrs to get, if you get it .. I am not able to do the jobs I used to do, because of medical problems, which is one reason I went back to school. It would be nice if companies went back to the old way of applying for a job, where you could actually go to the place, fill out the application, and hand in your resume.. I feel that would be a better solution than filling all these unseen applications in on line. It might even create a few jobs.. Its not that I dont want to work.. because nothing would make me happier than to have a job. ITs actually easier working than it is to find a job. The government has to get off their kiesters and start to do something about the unemployment epidemic this nation is facing. Good luck to those that have run out of unemployment benefits, and God bless everyone.