I have to say how much I appreciate the advice given and discussions held on this page.
I was laid off from my dream job last March due to COVID staff cutbacks. I was on unemployment most of the rest of 2020 while reading this page every day. In September I was contacted about an opening for a position in my field with global non-profit - the one that oversees the certifications in my field.
Through this group, I gained so many insights into applying for a position in today's climate (I had retired from a job after 30 years service prior to the one I lost). I used two questions I learned from discussions here during my SIX interviews for this new position I wanted - questions to ask the interviewer (1) Describe the most successful person you've supervised and what made them so successful. (2) Describe this organization's policy/view on work/life balance and give an example of how you ensure team members don't get burned out. Both of these were very well received and I was told they were great questions to ask - and the first one made the interviewer really think about their answer.
I was also able to use information I learned here when it came time for the salary negotiations - this part was conducted through the senior talent acquisition recruiter. After the entire process...the job was posted in mid-December, the SIX interviews were held in January and February, the conditional job offer was given two weeks ago, extensive background and work history checks and an occupational health screening (the non-profit is part of a hospital system), I have been given a start date for later this month.
All I can now say is thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping this former state worker get through the process of job hunting in today's world. As one of the interviewers asked me - "If you've already retired from your career, why do you want to come back to work?" I responded, "I haven't retired from my career - I retired from a job - my career's not over!"