Fingers crossed here, but it looks like the Lab Lemming has a job. And he's also got some advice worth remembering:
My best leads and tentative offers came from non-geologists with whom I had interacted professionally- representatives of instrument manufacturers, contractors, government agency personnel, and even academics.
The lesson here, far as I can tell, is to be nice, professional, and competent no matter whom you’re dealing with. ‘cause you never know which of those people will be the one who is hiring when it all comes crashing down again.
In a rough economy, it's worth remembering that.