'Luck' is a word used to describe a whole category of phenomena. Right place at the right time, etc. To a large degree, you can make yourself 'luckier'. You can increase the odds of something happening to you through increased exposure to it.
If I join the military, the odds of me sustaining a firearm-related injury increase as a result of increased exposure to firearms. If I got shot, no one would call me lucky! But you get the idea. If you want to catch fish, increase your exposure to fish - get ye to a fishery. You need a job, increase your exposure to employers. From your OP, it sounds like you're already taking steps in this direction (job fairs, etc.). Everything you do to increase your exposure to employers is going to increase your "luck".
Have you see indeed.com
? It indexes and searches a bunch of other job search sites.
Commenting on two other points...
3. Savings were used in round 1, this time savings have already taken a huge tumble. Pulling money out near the bottom seems like a bad idea.
Don't liquidate investments unless you have no alternative. Sell stuff, cancel subscriptions, downsize your apartment, etc. Aside from taking potential loses and/or paying cap gains tax, it will take FOREVER to rebuild your portfolio. I know two guys who tapped their 401k's for down-payments on homes/condos. I don't think this is ever a good idea, but especially not in today's climate. Now that the economy sucks and their jobs security isn't so secure, they're "house-poor" and they killed whatever they had accumulated for retirement. And since their income is tie up in house payments, rebuilding retirement funds is near impossible.
4. I've applied for a simple desk job at SS, but I suspect my technical resume will work against me. My resume actually places limits on my getting a lower paying but steady job.
Keep applying for "simple" jobs. If "out of work too long" hurt you last time, prevent it from hurting you this time. Make your luck - find employment anywhere
. Consider occupations that you wouldn't normally entertain. A friend of mine started waiting tables after the dot com implosion. He's STILL waiting tables because he loves the work. In HS and college I worked as a bicycle mechanic - I'm still good friends with many of former coworkers and managers from those shops and occasionally work for them part-time. The physical labor is a refreshing change from my normal desk job. In your case, what skills can you apply to non-IT jobs?
It might vary state by state, but I'm pretty sure you can still get partial SS benefits with a part time job. Don't know the circumstances of your termination - any severance? COBRA extension obviously sucks due to the expense. My state has a state-coordinated "shared risk" pool - basically a way to pool purchasing power people who buy insurance out of pocket. Similar to how small businesses can pool together to purchase insurance, but for individuals. My mom uses this service. She fought and beat bladder cancer years ago, but as a result her risk profile = expen$ive. Then her employer offered health insurance. Her current employer does not. So the pooling keeps costs down a bit.
To summarize: misery, fear, paralysis = bad. Action = good.