Linda long.... read if you like and give me feedback. Esp if you work in HR :-)
So I've been out of work for about a year now. I was laid off from a very good IT job in the public sector so with my severance/weekly unemployment/savings/Hs job etc I was not desperate to take the first low paying job that came along. I've applied to other good paying jobs (when I can find them) but just haven't had any luck.
Now I'm feeling the urge to go back to work asap. I still have unemployment for a number of months, and my state's rules actually say I don't have to apply to jobs that pay less than 80% of my previous wage but I'm wanting to anyway. DD is almost starting preschool, I go kind of stir crazy not using my job experience and education, there's a fear that if I wait til I absolutely need to find a job it will be too late etc etc
Soooo question is, how do I explain in a cover letter and/or interview "Oh well I haven't found a job yet because I'm kind of a job snob and was not willing to work for anything less than X amount of money but now I am because I'm bored/anxious."
I mean, if I was an HR person, I would wonder what was off about someone who hadn't worked in a year- even if they had stayed active in other ways, but maybe I'm wrong. Maybe with this economy its more common than I think??