In case you hadn't noticed, the traditional method of getting a job doesn't work very well anymore.
When I was job hunting a few years ago, my strategy was simple. Comb the want ads, and when I found something I was interested in, customize my resume and cover letter to that particular ad - being sure to include actual verbiage from the ad itself - and then submit.
This was pretty easy, didn't take a lot of time, and had high-yield results.
Fast-forward to today, in which resume submissions happen at the speed of light over the net. You are probably already aware of this, but it's highly unlikely a human being will ever lay actual eyes on your resume. No, most probably a computer will scan your resume for key words, and if - and only if - all keywords they are looking for appear, you may be shuttled to another "closer" pile for consideration.
And this is only if the company is actually looking for someone to fill a position, as opposed to advertising for a spot simply because of HR rules. You may be applying for air.
Even if you spend the hours it takes to fill out endless online forms, and enter your resume into the company's database (field by field), when you are done and hit "submit" what are the end results? How many others are sitting at the ends of their computers doing the same thing?
The simple fact is there are more people vying for fewer and fewer positions. The computer explosion has made it possible to replace people with machines, and outsourcing takes care of much of the rest of what's left.
So is it hopeless?
Of course not! You just need to use some old fashioned nepotism, which by some estimates are where over 90% of all jobs are coming from.
That means you need to let your family, friends, and social networking groups know you are looking, and what you want to find. This seemingly powerless group of people has the capability to deliver contacts and opportunities to you in an astonishing manner - but only if you let them know what you want.
So where is your next job coming from? Your family, friends, acquaintances, and others you meet. Don't be shy about sharing your skills!
One more great trick! Find an organization you want to support, and give away your skills (volunteer). The exposure you'll get will be amazing, and opportunities will come rushing through the doors to you.