So, it’s a tougher economic climate out there than it was a few years ago.
What are you doing to stir up conversations with prospective employers? Are you reading the trade journals, business journals and such to see whose career is advancing, whose company is growing or where new shoots of growth and opportunity are appearing?
From there, you can send a meaningful note to the specific person or company (sleuth around to find name/email of company representative) featured in the article, taking genuine ‘notice’ of their expansion and success.
Perhaps, even, after initial conversations, you will find they are experiencing growing pangs and need more help – you could be their next great hire. But sometimes you must START the conversation (versus passively awaiting a job posting to appear on a nameless board).