After a long and ulcer-inducing search, I finally found a new full-time job. I'm now a graphic designer in the Marketing Department at Shoe Carnival.
If you're a regular reader of my blog (as millions are) you'll remember that the bank in which I worked closed forever last December. I then got a part-time job in a frame shop to help make ends meet until I could find a full-time job. I was beginning to wonder if that was ever going to happen, but I finally found my new job last month and started today. Best of all the work I'll be doing is very similar to what I did at the bank, so there shouldn't be too steep of a learning curve.
Hopefully this will be a more secure and stable place to work than the bank was. I hope so. I can't take many more years like 2011.
I'm trying my best not to get too excited or happy about my new job though. You see, the Universe can sense when I'm happy, and it is then compelled to destroy that happiness. I know what you're thinking; go ahead and scoff. I know the truth though. I've lived through it over and over again. Whenever my happiness rises above a certain level, the Universe must slap me down. Hard. So I'm trying to keep my feelings low-key. So, hooray.
To anyone out there who is unemployed, my advice to you is don't give up. There ARE jobs out there. It just takes a really long time and a little bit of luck to find them.