1. Leverage your network; distant business contacts often will help by making introductions or pass along contact information. Research shows that more jobs result from distant connections than from direct contacts.
2. Don't put the other person on the spot ( making them feel responsible for your future, finances, health, happiness, etc.) by asking for a job per se Encourage more referrals: don’t restrict the conversation to only official positions or job openings. Lead the dialogue towards thoughts, ideas, guidance, office rumors — and let them volunteer assistance.
3. Network Purposefully! It’s okay to ask your networking contact if they are able to connect you with a specific person. In fact, it may be an easier request to fill than if they have to research the correct contact.
4. Don’t count on recruiters to find your new job for you. Unless you happen to fit their very narrow job spec, you are not what they or their client ( the employer) want.
5. Target companies and contact senior executives directly or via introductions. Direct contact and cold calling is a very effective method for getting initial attention that you can them expand to establish a relationship by building interest and trust.
6. Make doubly sure that your resume communicates a message focused to attract the attention of the employer market you want to reach. Don’t exclude yourself by offering a less than perfect document. Zero errors are tolerated AND your positioning as the first choice candidate, go-to expert for solutions has to be undeniably clear.
7. If you insist on applying online to postings, keep the effort to the barest minimum since the probability of landing relying on this approach is minimal.
8. If there is an Internet posting that is a fit, identify the hiring manager and contact them directly rather than depending on HR or a recruiter to triage you into the short list.
9. Always remember your manners. Say "thank you," be courteous, polite, patient and cooperative.
10. Once you land, give back to others, nurture your newer connections and resolve to strengthen your online identity to promote yourself as a passive candidate. Be “Googled” and recruited in an online search instead of having to look for a new challenge. Posted by Debra Feldman