Ok, you have posted to every internet job board that you could lay your hands on and even personally checked out anything that looked like a possibility.
You have followed up with calls and did networking until you are blue in the face. But everything always fell through though for some or other reason.
Well, it’s time to get inventive!
Send only a piece of your resume (choose a good looking piece!)
First locate company that you want to work for. Write a great cover letter on why you are the perfect candidate and refer to the enclosed resume. But don’t seal the envelope and only enclose the chosen piece of your resume. Send it.
However, you will have to be rather creative on how to close the envelope in such a way that the pages won’t get lost in the mail! They’ll think the resume did get lost in the mail. Chances are excellent that they will call and engage in a conversation.
Sell yourself shamelessly!
Write a prospecting letter
Make use of the power of direct mail.
Locate 5-10 prospective companies and make a list. Write up a letter to your contact network and ask them if they know anyone who works at any of the companies on your list.
When one of your contacts reply that they know someone at one of companies on your list, send them your resume and ask them to forward it to their contact or ask permission to send it yourself.
Use an email 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 at 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 this will demonstrate your expertise. Give the booklet away online and advertise it to newsgroups where hiring managers will see it.
Call human resources
Yes, contact the human resources departments of the companies that you are interested in. Ask them what outside agency or third-party recruiting firm they use. They will ask you why do you want to know.
Tell them that you know that their company is not currently looking for someone with your skill set right now, but that their agency may be dealing with other firms. Tell them that you are looking for a recommendation. They may very well ask you for an interview. If they don’t you could at least get a good lead.
A plus point is that they would love to save the agency fees, should they be interested in you. Also, being recommended gives you special attention. Send them a thank you note whatever the outcome.
Be respectful but also be bold in whatever you do!