Choose Your Target Carefully
Put your time and energy into opportunities which interest you. Focus on those that give you the best chance of receiving an offer. Pick a few companies you're interested in and pursue them, no matter if they have openings or not.
Work Your Network
Flip through your contacts, business and social media contacts and let them know you're looking.
Learn how to talk about yourself in a way that's meaningful and powerful. One great way to do this is to type a list of potential interview questions along with bulleted answers. This will give you some great talking points.
If you are in a field that supports freelancing, don't think twiceâ€”take the opportunity. It's a great way to keep money coming in and your skills sharpened until full-time work comes along.
Take a Temporary Position
If freelancing isn't an option, consider interim staffing. No matter what the economy does, work still needs to get done. Many staffing agencies pay well. Like freelancing, this will keep money coming in and your skills well-honed until you can secure a full-time job.
Sweat the Small Stuff
Personal touches make a huge difference. Make sure each letter addresses your specific skills and qualities which may interest the company. Remember to always send a thank you note or e-mail after the interview.
Above All Else, Stay Positive
In tough economic times, a positive attitude is the most important thing. Here is another perspective: Even if there was a 10 percent unemployment rate, that still means 90 percent are still employed. Plus, with an average of 3 million jobs available each year in the U.S., each job seeker is only looking for one. Those are pretty good odds.
A key part of this is setting-in and learning the ropes. Here's a few tips to help make the transition easier: