Your choice of subject -- database management/administration -- is a pretty good one. Job opportunities in that area are a bit more open than for entry-level network or system administrators. That said, I urge you to consider checking national (or international) job postings and advertisements as part of your search for new work, and to be open to relocation in seeking employment. This will increase your options greatly (and hopefully your job choices as well).
I'm curious to know what kinds of positions you've been looking for recently without success and where you've been looking for work. Please e-mail me to tell me a bit more about your current situation -- if you don't mind sharing that information.
This was first published in January 2003