Check with your town's library for any resources they offer.
I'm more familiar with what we have in the city. Central Branch downtown has the most stuff available. There's a whole department, the Job Resource Center (in the new B&L building), who can help. They can assist--one-on-one--with resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation.
Thank You TSL. Next week it's "off to the library" for this old fellow.
I believe you have just steered me towards the portal to my future.
Job stuff - maybe the opportunities are there, but not within the normal view.
(What do I mean? Well, I'm an HRD fellow in Middle Eastern oil companies. Have been since I was 23. I was sent an email today saying a UK supermarket chain wanted older people to be trained as in-company bakers. I spend a quarter of my weekends pounding dough and making Chelsea buns, and I'd love to be trained to do it right. Maybe some employer wants to pay you for what you'd do as a hobby?)
Bicycling related: I also need to forget about all the extended bicycling tours I was going to participate in during the next ten years. With three daughters just starting out in three different parts of the country, my two weeks vacation from my anticipated new employer won't stretch very far.
I was thinking about this today. I get 32 HOURS of vacation/sick time a year. I make it stretch three ways
My schedule. I have a four-day work week with three-day weekends. I can do a lot in three days every week.
Combine with holidays. Monday holiday weeks are pure gold. I get the paid holiday, and only have to use three days vacation to get 10 days off.
Budget ahead and take non-paid time off. We get paid bi-weekly, 26 checks a year. My household budget is based on two paychecks a month, or 24 a year. Twice a year I get an extra one. (This year March and August.) After subtracting grocery and pocket money for those two weeks, I set the rest aside to "pay" myself for unpaid leave.
We're allowed to carry over half our hours. I've been carrying over 16 for several years now, waiting to use them on my next big trip.
An example of getting the most out of a three-day weekend:
I work until 7pm on Thursday. If I'm already packed, I can get home, have dinner, and catch the train to Chicago at 11pm. It arrives Friday mid-morning. I have nearly the whole day Friday, all day Saturday and most of Sunday in Chicago. The train home leaves at 9:30pm. It arrives back in R-Town at 10AM on Monday. I have to be to work at 1:30 Monday afternoon. I could never do that driving, but by sleeping overnight on the train, it's quite an easy trip.
I am so relieved to hear of Mrs. Cranky's results. That is just great! Hopefully, something good will happen on the employment front. I can only imagine how frightening that must be. Hang in there and find some time to revel in your wife's good news.