Recently, one prospective employer looked at me suspiciously and asked, "I see you haven't worked in a while. What have you been doing?" (Like I'd been lying on the couch watching soap operas and eating potato chips.)
After the first five minutes with this guy, I already knew there was no way I was taking a job there even if he offered, so it didn't matter anyway. I asked him, "How long have you had a hiring freeze? Let me guess. About the same time I've been out of work?" In actuality, it was longer. Jerk.
Finally, the hospitals have started hiring again. I just recently got a job after searching for more than a year.