Job openings will not find you. It is up to you to locate the job openings. The days of passively posting your resume on a job board and waiting for an employer to call are long gone. So too are the days of scanning the newspaper and responding to want ads. Many employers require an on-line application and will not accept a hard copy of your resume. This means you must be proactive in your search and use every resource you can find.
This must be a "part" of your plan, but not the entire plan. The internet can be very useful in finding openings, but do not rely on job boards like monster.com or career builder. You will only find postings that were sent to them and there are some dubious postings on these sites as well. The same goes for craigslist. Though much more time consuming, visit the websites of companies you would like to work for or that you think may have positions in your job field. Many times this is the only place you will find these postings. A good place to start is with our web links.
You may hear this all the time, but what does it mean? Meeting people and establishing connections. The more professional people you know, the better chance of finding those "hidden" jobs. Get involved with community organizations, professional groups, social groups, volunteering, etc. Let the people in these groups know you are looking for employment and what your qualifications are. A referral generally goes a lot farther than an application from an unknown source.
Instead of mailing, or emailing your resume, put on your interview attire and deliver it in person. Make sure you do this in the morning hours, not after sleeping in until noon. Many managers are impressed with someone who shows up early in the morning with their resume and is ready to interview. Some employers may not be able to accept your resume in a hard copy form, but even if you have the chance to make a good first impression, get a feel for the business, and put names to faces. This will help when they do call you.
Finding that next job is not easy. You will be faced with many challenges and setbacks, but a dedicated and diverse approach will greatly improve your chances.