Andrew Burnett killed a dog in a road rage incident. While in jail, he decided that the incident had caused him mental anguish and post traumatic stress disorder. So he sued the dog’s owner.

4) Be open to temporary or part-time positions, especially if you’re set on working in a part of the country that has more rehab therapists than current openings.

Despite my expertise and the care I took, I remember looking back at resumes I sent at the early part of my search and remarking (to myself), “WHAT was I thinking?” Now, mind you, these resumes were solid – well done. I even got interviews from several of them – including some that I wasn’t technically qualified to do (but I digress). The point – even though I knew what I was doing, actually updating my own resume and resending it over and over made me a much better applicant. Practice (and waiting) paid off in the job I landed – heading up the career center at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Free Events. Find free things to do in your local community. Hiking, picnics, beach combing, swimming, berry picking, music concerts in the park, library visits, and more. Expensive trips to the theatre can be replaced by fun family activities in the sun or expanding your horizons at the library.

Persist (politely). Sometimes the job goes to the person who is in the right place at the right time. This means you must stay on recruiters’ radar screens by regularly reminding them of your interest and your fabulousness. Some ideas: Check in every few weeks with an additional suggestion for what you can contribute to the company, drop a note when you see the company mentioned in a news article (another great reason to set up those keyword news alerts) and check in whenever you have a new accomplishment to share. Warning: Don’t make contact more than once a week. I said persist, not pester!

Even after four years of schooling it would be expected that a graduate would have the necessary skills to conduct themselves in the job market. But even with all the time and money invested students are finding the need to enter graduate school. The Rutgers work trends division found that “62% believe they will need more formal education if they are to be successful in their chosen careers” (Godofsky, Zukin, Van Horn 18). This may further their entrance into the job market and increase the debt total that has accumulated. But on the other hand they can gain valuable work experience considering many graduate students become teacher assistants or lab techs with the professors in their area of study.

Network with your neighbors. Seventy to eighty percent of jobs are found through networking, so get out there and talk to the people you know. Tell everyone you’re related to, everyone you see each day and everyone you meet (association members, friends of friends, airplane seatmates) that you are looking for a job and you’d love any advice or ideas they can provide. Most people are happy to offer some suggestions-or, even better, a hot lead.

The only downside of this strategy? It elevates the chances you send a resume out with a typo in it. Don’t rely on spell check. You’ve got to make yourself be extra vigilant to read.every.single.word. to make sure it’s the right word, spelled the correct way.