Just recently graduated from graduate school, and as such lost my teaching assistanceship. This is the first time in almost 11 years that I have been unemployed! I have to admit it's kinda nice! I am getting lots of projects done, and stuff around the house.
Hopefully at least by the fall, something will come up. I've been applying to lots of college teaching positions. I forgot how exhausting job searching can be!
As nice as it is being unemployed I really hope it doesn't last too long! While I live cheaply I still have a few expenses, namely an engagement ring!
I'm actually in process of gaining some self-employment program benefits. A friend and I (also an ecologist/entomologist who can't find work) are in process of developing a business together using biocontrol agents to eliminate agricultural pests. Unfortunately, I can't really talk about it, as part of the process involves not being active in business, including anything that might be construed as advertising, until actually accepted into the program...
Not sure if the plan will work, and we have to make the business a regional thing, rather than local, as the local agriculture industry is too small to be sustaining... but, with the current climate in science in my country (the federal government doing all it can to eliminate anything with an environmental/ecological focus), jobs just aren't available :/
I know that feeling where you're just graduated and you have so much free time on your hands. However, I'm slowly getting into that funk where I'm feeling lazy and I don't have the energy to do any job searching. I need something to get me started and more productive. It sounds like you are doing that, so props to you. Sometimes its hard to get motivated when you're not doing much in the first place and it you like feeling lazy and doing lazy things.
One good way to make the job search easier is to maintain good contacts with your friends and making new friends. Nothing works like a direct reference. At least it can give you the opportunity to introduce yourself. Most of the employer usually are more comfortable in recruiting a person whose background is known by any existing employee of the organization rather than recruiting a completely unknown person.