Well, I fell victim to government budget cuts and lost my job a few weeks ago. I've been working consistently as a contractor in the IT industry for 5 years and have never had trouble getting any job. So after I was laid off unexpectedly, I started an eager search for a new job. And now 3 weeks later, I haven't even had a sniff. Admittedly, there's just not much out there. It also seems that requirements for middle tier IT positions have increased dramatically with contract rates declining sharply. It's not like I'm a young guy just breaking into the business. I have some great skills and have been improving them consistently on the job and in the classroom (Cisco classes start this week.......and before I get busted, the classes were free). So while I continue to search for IT jobs, I figured I could secure a position at a local home theater chain (Tweeter) to keep busy (I hate down time and despise being out of work). I go and apply today and to my surprise, I have to wait 5 weeks before the next training class even starts. I thought I'd go in today, get the job, and start Monday. I even explained my advanced home theater knowledge and what I could bring to the table. The snotty-nosed assistant manager didn't seem to give a shit. I'm trying not to get discouraged but my money is running out quickly and I need work. Is anyone else here having the same trouble? Am I alone in this uphill battle?