I do live in a fair size city. I have registered with several temp. agencies. I am not getting anywhere there either. I have had one, one day assignment. I would love to find someone who would call my former employer for reference but I can't find anyone who will do it for me. I do have a question about temp. agencies. Lets say they give you an assignment and you accept. While doing the assignment some place you have applied at for permanent work calls and wants you to come in for an interview. How do you handle that? I have always thought that was the advantage of working temp. You are able to do the things you need to do. One temp. co. told me that their clients do not want temp. people takeing any time off to interview for a perm. job. You want the temp. position so you can be working but you cant afford not to be able to interview for a job you really want. I can't afford to pass a chance for a perm. job but I also do not want to be black listed with a temp. agency. I really need to find something. You are right, I will be better off once I find work again. I am not good at interviewing either. My other problem with interviewing is I do not know what to say when asked why I was terminated from my last employer. Any help or suggestions would greatly be appreciated. I really appreciate the support I have found here.