Seek guidance and grow your network.
"Job-seekers will gain a valuable new perspective and guidance through the use of career mentors," says Heather R. Huhman, founder and president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy.
"The right mentor can give beneficial advice, critiques and access to job openings. By talking to them, you can gain insight into how they're searching and make necessary improvements to more quickly land a job."
Don't be afraid to break away from the job boards and get out and meet people in your industry. Seek guidance from people in your network or who you'd like to bring into your network, she says.
"Referrals are essential to getting hired. Job-seekers should consider building their network of connections by attending networking events, getting involved in industry-related organizations and utilizing online forums," Huhman says.Revamp your resume. This one may seem obvious, but as a job-seeker, your resume is one of the best ways to advertise yourself, says Amanda Augustine, job search expert at TheLadders. "Your resume is one part of your personal marketing campaign. Use it to show employers how you're the right fit for their open position. Remember, recruiters and hiring managers aren't looking for a jack-of-all-trades; they want someone who fits exactly the role they're trying to fill at that moment," Augustine says. Job-seekers should tailor their resume to highlight relevant accomplishments, skill sets and credentials and remove any information that isn't necessary. "Rule of thumb: Keep your resume to one to two pages, depending on your experience level, and only show the most recent 15 years' worth of experience. Save the bullets for your 'braggable' accomplishments," she says. Also, even though you might think you've been thorough, re-read your resume to make sure you haven't left anything out, says Daniel O'Shea, chief creative officer for Caterpillar Career Consultants. "I often find that after interviewing a job candidate, a lot of great information was missing from their resumes and online profiles; important information that could be beneficial to perspective employers," he says.