I feel your pain. I've been out of work over 2 years, my money is gone and I'm getting ready to move back home with mama at 30 something because I can't land a job (which I'm thankful to have a home to move back to!). It sucks when you do all you're supposed to do as a job seeker and the end result is still no job, not even nothing simple like retail or fast food. It's a sad case of the demand for jobs well outweighing the supply.
We all deserve the right to be employed in order to remain self sufficient, especially when we really want to work. However, it's hard when employers nitpick over every little thing and have ridiculous requirements that not even Superman can fulfill. All for peanuts in pay. I've seen too many job postings asking asking for all these degrees and requirements but only pay $10 and hour. I'm in California. That wage won't work with someone who is already mid career with kids, rent/mortgage, food, bills, car note, etc...C'mon!
Also, the fact that employers look down on the long term unemployed like we're crap should be another form of discrimination that should be banned, along with age and race, among others.
Didn't mean to hijack your thread, but I just wish this horrible economy would go away. And I also wish that these employers would wake up and see the economy we're in and be more understanding towards the long term unemployed. After all, we didn't ask to loose our jobs through no fault of our own, nor are we lazy.
Also, don't think it can't be you on the other side of the desk, dang near close to begging and pleading for someone to hire you. The economy ain't turned around yet!