Congratulations on your new job! It's great that your mortgage, cars, utilities, insurance, etc all all current.
It sounds like you want to hear, "stay on the CC arranged payment plan" and that others have indicated that your should pay off the CC first as a "no brainer". However, I would advise you look at your immediate financial issues as well as planning a more holistic approach to get your savings back on track and keep your sanity.
First, you didn't know about the 2 weeks back pay, so that's an added bonus - i.e. unfound money if you will. I would use that immediately to pay off or down some of your credit card debt. $8k is a lot to be floating (or "circling the toilet"). Start by assessing which card or cards have the highest interest rates. Start tackling those now! You will end up paying a whole lot more in the long run with the arrangement plans.
Second, with the unemployment monies, have taxes have been taken out - make sure you keep that in mind. You don't want to owe a whole bunch of money this time, next year. With that money, perhaps you want to put some toward paying down the CC debt and put a couple hundred in your savings.
Third, given your impending employment, and that you will be making "a boatload", take a real hard look at what you really need to be spending your money on and figure out what you can start contributing to your savings immediately. I would elect for a direct deposit into your savings account so a portion of your salary goes into that and you never really miss it from your paycheck b/c you never relied on it before. Ideally, you should have approximately 3-6 months worth of savings to cover basic living expenses. You will get there again!
I'm not sure who you do your banking with, but often times, they offer free financial planning advice. Take advantage!
These are trying economic times, but it sounds like you've managed really well thus far given 3 lay-offs in a 5 year span. You can get back on track! Good luck.