Tip #1: Use LinkedIn as a Tool NOT a Turnoff
If you haven’t already done so, create a LinkedIn page. Include a professional picture and make sure your profile is up to date with any awards and past job descriptions.
Unless you are a professional athlete, keep the action shots for Facebook. The same goes for selfies and partying. Recruiters on LinkedIn aren’t looking for the next best party. They’re looking for professionals who have a welcoming and friendly profile picture.
Tip #2: Contact your friends.
Look for job openings at companies your friends work for. If you find something you’re interested in, ask your friend if they will put a good word in for you. Warning: Don’t ask your friends to go to bat for you unless you are truly serious about the position. Turning the job down after they stuck their neck out for you is the best way to NEVER have that friend help you again.
Tip #3: Look at the job search as a full-time job.
Spending one hour a day on the job hunt just isn’t enough these days. Look at the search as a full-time job. For each position you apply to, write a cover letter specific to that company and job description. Using a generic cover letter isn’t going to grab the attention of the hiring manager.
Tip #4: Don’t get discouraged.
Most importantly, don’t get discouraged. The second you begin to feel desperate, take a step back and breathe. Sometimes, depending on the market, it takes 100+ applications before you find “the one”.