I am new to the forum and podcasts, as I stumbled upon doing a google search for career help about two weeks ago. I was laid off from middle management, female, in a "Man's World" ( but its not, sales is sales...and I am in the Natural / Organic Industry, so there are a lot of us women now in Consumer Goods Middle Management to Top level ), but have never really been unemployed before and initially after I was laid off, I dove in, but I chose to take the next/last four months off to focus on family- my career was fast tracked...and I cannot wait to return), but I did not realize just how competitive it was/is. Even just four month out of the loop and now re entering, I find the podcasts so helpful in staying focused. I download and take with everywhere, on my iPad, on my nano, on my mac while "playing LinkedIn"--just an invaluable tool. I am seriously sitting on the fence and I am thinking I should get the interview series. The resumes casts, the networking casts, the common sense approach to everything is seamless. I have listened to a few of the Manager's tools casts as well, but not as relevant for me, today. I need a new Career path. I now have a 1-page resume, a separate career document, and I am going through my contacts and reconnecting, via email and LinkedIn. There is a huge industry trade show in 3 weeks, and I will be there, walking it, and hopefully in a good place to network. I am using all the good techniques you mention, and again, most already I did/do, but really reinforcing the positive, and making notes to change all to this style and way of doing things,...always. And, now all I need are a few interviews and finding where the jobs are, too. Looking for work...is work. A thousand thank you's.