Jessica Pfeiffer, 35, Detroit
This is a story with a happy ending, but the conclusion is not the most important point. It's how Jessica Pfeiffer, who job hunted for eight months, decided to spend her time.
There's not much that she didn't try. The attorney offered pro bono services, taught a law-school class, served as a board member for two nonprofits, was a guest blogger, a tutor, and a babysitter. In between she called employers, submitted résumés, and handed out business cards by the hundreds. "I viewed my search as a job," she says.