"What should I do?"
That's absolutely the wrong question. This Baby Boomer in her early 60s who just lost a job and needs to continue bringing in income should be asking: What should I try? As she tries this and that, she will soon enough discover that the solutions for how to make a living are developed out of the box.
Why we assume there are ready-made answers is primarily because we are America's first over-educated generation. To succeed in academic programs we had to identify the right answer, at least according to standardized tests and the teachers grading our papers and exams.
But, in a turbulent economy there are no right answers. There are only approaches which work for this professional this hour. All might change in another hour. This weekend I sent out unsolicited pitch letters to energy trade associations, publications and companies. I had put together enough experience, shown by my portfolio of samples, in that niche to experiment with marketing myself. I did it out of the box. That is, I didn't wait for help-wanted to be posted.
Since I struck gold - a few well-paying, long-term assignments in energy - I will continue leveraging that tactic. No, no expert recommended I try that. My hunger screamed to focus, as do scientists, in trial and error.
Reflection: If the experts were so on the money, why aren't they famous and wealthy? Like us, most of them are hustling for new business.