Most of the individuals I speak to who are looking for a new job have been searching for at least two months. When I ask them what techniques, tactics, resources, and professional help they have been using, there is usually a long pause.

Most executives consider a job search campaign to be the act of sitting at a computer for over 4 hours a day filling out online applications. Some executives will include a resume distribution service or some form of resume writing assistance and believe that they are on their way to the job of their dreams and are doing everything they need too.

This is not a job search campaign. This is also what the majority of job seekers are doing with no success. It is baffling that people continue to expect better results than others even though they are doing the exact same things. There is currently an estimated 1 job for every 6 job seekers, and with that kind of competition you have to do what others are not to set yourself apart. Let me say it again, "You have to do what others are not."

"So what do I do then?", is the question that always follows.

Listen to the experts and network. Below you will find a list of five actions I recommend you set as goals to accomplish every day. I have included 2 resources that will assist you in making this happen. This is the foundation of a quality job search campaign. These are also actions that will set you apart from the crowd because very few professionals who are looking for a job are accomplishing these goals. You will be amazed at how many more interviews you are scheduling, the people you will meet, and how much better you will feel about your chances of securing employment fast.

1. Use at least one free job seeker resource per day. There are literally thousands available online. I am amazed at the number of people that pay over $1,000 for help with their job search when there are 10 free resources, that accomplish the same goals, for every 1 high priced service.

2. Email your resume directly to at least 1 hiring manager per day. There is an estimated 100 to over 500 applicants for every online job posting. Many companies do not post their job opening anymore because they don't want to get inundated with resumes. For this and many other reasons it is imperative to email your resume directly to hiring managers. Otherwise, you get lost in the shuffle, you will never know about unpublished jobs, and you will be relying on luck to get hired. I say this because you will be lucky if a hiring manager picks your resume to review out of the 100's of applicants.

3. Call at least 1 hiring manager per day, introduce yourself, ask about current opportunities within their firm, request them to review your resume, and ask them to keep you in mind for future opportunities. If they say, "I am not the person you should be talking too", ask them who is, and then give that person a call. This is the essence of networking. Speaking from experience I always remembered the professionals who directly called me and when an opportunity arose down the road this small group of people that contacted me where the first candidates I considered for the job.

4. Call at least one career counselor or recruiter per day and ask about opportunities, network for future opportunities, ask for advice, and extract any other information possible that will help your job search. Recruiters love to talk to qualified candidates, and you will be amazed at the knowledge you can attain from an initial, free, phone call to a career counselor. These are the people that have devoted their career to talent search and acquisition. This is all we do all day every day, and it is foolish to not utilize this knowledge and information.

5. Read at least 1 blog post a day written by a quality career counselor or recruiter and try to implement the advice given in the article.

In conclusion, keep your head up. If you have been searching for a new opportunity with no success you have something in common with over 15 million people in the US alone. The key is to set yourself apart by doing what others are not. If you do you will be amazed at how dramatically every aspect of your job search campaign improves.

Are you a business owner or hiring manager who has a position that needs to be filled? If so, you might wonder “what is the best way to find job candidates who are qualified for and are ideal for the job?” Here are five methods to get you started:
There are a number of job search sites online and classified websites, like the popular, that have employment sections. Unlike a newspaper ad, you typically pay a flat fee for a listing on a job search site. This means you should have more room to go into detail about the position, the requirements, and so forth. Thousands of job searches a day are performed on most job search sites; therefore, there is a good chance that your listing will be seen by multiple candidates who are consider qualified for the job.
Granted online job search sites have increased a lot in popularity, there are still a lot of individuals who read the good old fashioned newspaper. For that reason, it won’t hurt to spend around $10 to place a job listing in a local paper. Provide a quick job description, any must-have requirements (such as a degree), and leave a method of application.
Searching online resume databases is one of the fastest and most successful ways to find qualified job candidates. How so? You do the searching. You seek out the job candidates, as opposed to letting them come to you. This means you have more control as a business owner or hiring manager. As previously stated, there are no guarantees that the resumes you get will be from qualified workers when you post a job listing online or in a local paper.
Placing a sign in a window is another way to find qualified job candidates, but this approach is pretty hit or miss. There is chance that someone who has the skills and job experience will come walking through your doors but there are now guarantees. Luckily, most now hiring signs cost $2 or less. While common practice for retail stores, any company can put a now hiring sign in their window or even make a note on their online website.
Promoting from within is a great way to find qualified job candidates. How so? It is easy, free (aside from the raise you might need to provide), and you already know the employee in question is familiar with your company’s wants and needs. Promoting from within is also a great way to improve company morale. It is no secret that most people prefer working at a company where there is a chance to move up the company ladder. So if the position is anything other than an entry level position, examine your current workforce.