A friend of mine lamented on Facebook that it has been difficult to get a job because he has an employment gap (since August) so he (and many others) are stuck in this Catch 22 of not being to get a job because he does not have a job. Was thinking of ways to productively address the gap in a way that would make him more valuable in the job search.
One conventional piece of wisdom that I think needs to be re-addressed is "looking for a job is a full time job".
People hear this and decide they are going to search for jobs and apply plus go to job fairs.
Other courses of action that may be a more effective use of time besides the merry go round of job postings/applications etc is
Think about the last five jobs you got and how you got them. Chances are it did not come from responding to a job (I am doing a poll)
1) Set up a consulting practice related or startup to the job you are looking to get. The people that will hire you would be the same ones that would be possible customers. Domain names, business cards are really cheap. Attend conferences (many conferences have expo only passes which are free)
2) If a networking event exists related to the space you are looking for a job volunteer to help. You meet far more connections as someone working the event than someone simply attending. If one does not exist start one (meetup is a great tool)
3) Take classes or get additional training. The value of education often comes not from the subject matter but rather the connections made in the class (or project)