dmaul99 writes "It seems whenever somebody submits an Ask Slashdot question regarding career paths and what not, they invariably rattle off a fantastic resume of accomplishments and leadership experience. Well I don't have such a terrific resume, and I can't find a job. I've been unemployed for 8 months now and I'm starting to get desperate. I'm a C++ programmer, having worked for some 20 odd years on legacy systems in various industries (I'm 46.) I'm not the best at what I do but I contribute. Sometimes things in life happen (illnesses, family issues) or just plain bad life decisions that get in the way of making your resume so fantastic. Programming is the only thing I know how to do that pays what I need to afford a decent dwelling, and companies with IT departments are usually the only ones that provide good insurance for the whole family. So, besides the patronizing "become a rock star" suggestions, what else can the slashdot community suggest for us not-so-special folks?"