Yes, gentle readers, there are storm clouds on the horizon.
It's not exactly looking good on the mortgage forbearance front. Nonetheless I do have a touch of good news to report.
Clearly what I've been doing to search for a job isn't working. Common sense dictates that I rethink my strategy and formulate a new plan.
With the help of a friend that's exactly what I did
In the middle of March I started the process to enroll in the WIA (Workforce Investment Act) program which gives funds to the unemployed to receive training. Specifically technical and trade certification training that is usually too expensive to consider when one is concerned about paying the bills.
My intent is to sit for and pass the PMP exam (Project Management Professional) which should greatly increase my marketability in this horrific job market. I also plan on taking Business Analyst classes so I should be able to better meet the requirements of those rolls as well.
I finally put together all of the components of my final set of paperwork and turned it in last Monday. Don't think that if you simply waltz in to a Chicago Workforce Development center and ask for a voucher that they'll hand one over to you.
The process is rigidly structured and must be followed and documented before your application for a voucher is even considered.
If you have a college degree, you won't have to take (and pass) a basic skills test which greatly reduces your start to finish procedural time. Remember, these are federal funds and there is only so much to go around. I've heard stories of offices running out of funds because this program is highly in demand.
If all goes well, I should have my voucher and be in class by the end of this month.
It's a glimmer of hope in an otherwise dismal search but at least it's a positive step in the right direction.
Let's hope and pray all of this effort isn't coming too late.