I finally managed to land a job in my area. It took about 3 months from lay-off to hire. With an unemployment rate around 6.3% in California, I thought the job hunt would taken longer; I’m glad it didn’t. If the job hunt had gone any longer, I would have run out of unemployment altogether. It’s been a little over a month since I started working in the aggregate industry, and so far I like it. Some of the tasks I’m obligated to do are a little outside my comfort zone (like occasionally batching concrete), but that the hazard of taking a position with a broad title like Operations Specialist. I do at least get to gain experience doing things I went to school for. My next goal is to steer the this position toward the environmental compliance work, since that’s the most applicable to my career prospects.