( My God I type like a half wit some times!) Here's a catch22 companies are reluctant to hire laid off workers. http://www.businessinsider.com/job-...sinesses-refuse-to-hire-the-unemployed-2009-6 Job Seekers Screwed As Businesses Refuse To Hire The Unemployed Joe Weisenthal|Jun. 30, 2009, 7:17 AM|11 Print Tags: Economy, Unemployment As if finding a job weren't difficult enough in this environment, the WSJ report on the trend of businesses who will only hire people currently employed, in part on the belief that anyone while still has a job must be "first string" The bias extends from front-line workers to senior managers. Charlie Wilgus, managing partner of executive search for Lucas Group, based in Atlanta, says a manufacturing client looking for a division president recently refused to consider a former divisional president at Newell Rubbermaid Inc. whose department had been eliminated. The client doesn’t want candidates who have been laid off, Mr. Wilgus says. Employers’ preference for the employed adds another hurdle for those who have been laid off. Job seekers frequently are competing with dozens of other applicants for the few available positions. Bobby Fitzgerald, a partner in five restaurants in three states, says these days he gets two dozen or more unsolicited résumés each day at one of his Phoenix restaurants, the White Chocolate Grill. But Mr. Fitzgerald says his top candidates, for jobs from servers to management, usually are people who are employed elsewhere. He currently has 50 openings across his five restaurants and has told recruiters to bring in only people who are working.