Image via WikipediaAndrea needs a job-hunting goddess. She needs Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt.
Artemis was a single gal who spent her days hunting in the woods. She was an unstoppable archer, which is pretty impressive when you consider that she brought 50 hounds and 50 nymphs with her wherever she went. You'd think that would create enough ruckus to scare away just about anything, but maybe deer were stupid back then.
The point is, Artemis knew how to catch her prey, and that's exactly what you need to do, Andrea, catch your prey: the elusive job. And in this case, 50 hounds and 50 nymphs will really serve you well. The 50 hounds will help you sniff out the right job (plus, then you can cuddle with them when you watch TV, and that will help you feel good. Especially if they are puppies! PUPPIES!!!) The nymphs are your network. You know that the best way to get a job is through networking, right? Craig's List. Monster.com. Those are for the birds. You need to connect with all the people you know, and you need to connect with all the people they know. Join things: alumni associations, church groups, civic organizations, and show people in those groups that you are awesome by volunteering to do things and then actually doing them. Of course, ideally, you're going to do all of those things before you even need to start looking for a job so that your nymph network is in your corner from day one. But most nymphs are very forgiving. They're going to be ready to help you even if you haven't manned a single bake sale. Why? Because they're your nymphs! They love you! They want you to succeed! So let them help you.
In the meantime, remember that, while it may feel like it, this isn't all about you. Lots of good, smart people are looking for work. These are hard times. Dare I say it: you might, perhaps, be the 99%. Maybe you need to occupy something.