Help wanted: unemployed in the Tampa Bay area
Previous job and salary: Senior project manager, $118,000 plus bonus
Weeks unemployed: 36
Job seeking: Project manager
"This has been a huge blow to my psyche. I'm used to simply posting my resume and having my choice of positions within two weeks. Not having a position has really forced me to reconsider who I am if I'm not a project manager."
35; Pinellas Park
Previous job and salary: Sheraton Sand Key Resort store attendant, $25,000
Weeks unemployed: I am employed but I generally only get scheduled for two to three days a week
Job seeking: Web designer/marketing/information systems
"There is a lot of competition for jobs and having little to no experience has been a detriment, in addition to irresponsible decisions I made when I was 19 continuing to be held against me. I keep an attitude that God predestined me to do better and be better, and I will continue to do my part to walk in that destiny."
Previous job and salary: Vice president for community development, $200,000
Weeks unemployed: 75
Job seeking: Anything that will pay my mortgage.
"I have spent my life training for a career in the home building industry. I obtained a civil engineering degree at age 40. Designing and building great communities is my dream. Two and a half years after receiving the job of a lifetime I was laid off."
53; Indian Shores
Previous job and salary: Senior managing consultant for IBM, $135,000
Weeks unemployed: 32
Job seeking: Human resources/information technology project or implementation manager/business analyst/employee relations professional (or any job in which I can contribute to others' success and make a difference.)
Sell yourself: "For Sale. Critical Thinker with Heart. Gently Used."