Survey of 7000+ high tech employers in the middle of the recession reveals why traditional Job hunting methods no longer work. According to the survey Executives expect Job-Seekers to have researched their company and be able to tell them specifically how they can add value.
Among Executives 97%
thought Target Marketing to companies was the best way to find a new job,
regardless of the seniority of the job being sought. Less than 1% thought "networking" was an effective strategy.
In the long run it's easier to decide what you want to do - who you want to do it for and then figure out how to articulate your "value" to your target employers. Fortunately most people are way too lazy to bother, preferring to play Job Board Roulette instead OR Blast My Resume [resume spammers]. So, when you actually analyze the market and map your skills against it you'll be invited to a party of 2 thanks Shania - where they want only you!
Of course the direct approach requires work. It's far easier to do what everyone else is doing and blame your lack of results on a poor market. Your friends will buy you coffee - lunch - smily cards even... but after a while their concern will turn to pitty - and they'll start avoiding your calls.
Guerrillas only eat alone by choice. Go download and read the complete survey right now. It opened my eyes ... I can see clearly now...