single mom crisis: recent biochem grad can't find work and more
(Kansas City, Missouri)
I will try to keep this brief: I am a single mom of a 5.5 yr old girl. I am also a recent graduate (graduated May 2012) with biology/chemistry degrees. I live in Kansas City and cannot find work here so I have been submitting my CV everywhere.
I get interviews. I get call backs for second, third, meet the VP, meet the CEO, interviews. I get asked to fly to other states for first and second interviews. However, I can't seem to get the job. All the while, I am so incredibly broke (as in right now I am looking at our last $5 bill broke).
I am also struggling with her school's cooperation in that she has now missed too many days of school to complete kindergarten because when I have to travel out of state for interviews, she has to go with me. I do not have a support system here. My parents, her dad, his parents, etc. do not help out and I can't seem to find a parent co-op. (not that it would be fair at all to expect anyone else to care for her for such long periods of time.)
Since I know I needed to be as frugal as possible I bring her with me and pay a hotel sitter. It is MUCH cheaper than paying someone for several days of nannying.
I do have an inheritance that I have set aside for the expenses of a move out of state. I do anything I can to not touch it. Therefore, I have been doing private tutoring and cleaning houses for extra "quick" money. I haven't gotten a call for those services since after Christmas and finals, though.
Anyhow thid is the nitty gritty background to each of my questions:
1. Where is the best place in the US for a single mom to raise a child AND have a science career that has great schools, etc.?
2. Do you have any interview advise that I can perhaps gain some insight as to where I may be flubbing up in my final interviews?
3. What is the best way to look for jobs? I am using the online approach and doing keyword searches and also using MANY staffing agencies.
4. I am highly energized as long as I work out every morning. Are there any tricks I need to know of that perhaps saved your sanity, your beauty, or your life all together?