You have posted to every internet job board and every job on Indeed, Seek etc. etc. You’ve followed up with calls and networking until you are blue in the face. Each Sunday you take the newspaper and apply for every job in your field with little to no results. Well try some unique ways to find a job.
Send Half of Your Resume
Find a company you want to work for. Write a great cover letter on why you are a good fit, pointing to the enclosed resume. Don’t seal the envelope and don’t enclose a resume. They’ll think the resume fell out in the mail. They will call and engage in a conversation. Sell yourself shamelessly.
Write A Prospecting Letter
Make use of the power of direct mail. Locate 5 to 10 companies and write up a letter to your contact network and ask them if they know any of the companies on your list. When a contact says they know someone on your list, send them your resume and ask them to forward it to their contact. Alternatively ask them for permission to send it to their contact yourself.
E-Mail Chain Letter
Create a list of 20 companies you want to work for and send an email to everyone you know to see if they know anyone who works for these companies. Ask them to contact you if they do, so that you can ask for a referral. Finally, ask them to forward your email to 10 more people. However, don’t do this if you're currently employed.
Distribute A Booklet
Write a booklet with information relevant to your industry and give it away. Everyone loves free information and demonstrates your expertise. Give the booklet away electronically, use social media to publicise it. You will be seen as proactive and someone who uses their initiative.
Call Human Resources
Call the human resources department. Ask them what outside agency or third-party recruiting firm they use. They will ask why do you want to know. Tell them that you are looking for a position with them and were wanting to register an expression of interest. If they are thinking about hiring they will be happy to get you in for an interview and not pay recruiting fees.