Searching for your ideal job can be a full time job but it really doesn't have to be, ensuring that you only apply for the job you know that you are qualified to do and have relevant experience for, is the only way to find a job. Narrow your search to specific fields or area's where you have experience by looking at your own skill base and finding areas of work that will suit your experience. Thinking about which of your skills or qualifications are transferable to all kinds of working environments, will also widen the search of jobs you can apply for, especially if you are struggling to find suitable openings.
You need to be grounded and realistic, especially with the current financial crisis. Your expectations of pay need to be in line with the recession and the fact that the job market is saturated. Salaries are usually given in terms of ranges (depending upon experience), so looking at jobs that mean a step up for you in terms of salary might not work in this current job market. Looking at a job you know that you're slightly over qualified for but that you know it's not entirely a step down, may be beneficial. As you will probably have experiences other candidates wont.
Making a contact within the company you have applied for a position within can sometimes be helpful and a polite call to make sure that your email or application has been received safely might seem like a waste of time but depending on your manners, can be making a good impression. If you have sent a CV for a position and heard nothing, then follow up that contact with an 'I was just wondering if the interviews have happened yet?' phone call can show that you are eager and really interested in this position.
Showing your potential employer that you are really keen and interested will make them see you as someone who is pro active and positive in your approach to being out of work, it may even make them see you as someone they would want to work with.
Marie is a avid recruitment consultant who likes to aid many jobless and unemployed people with skills re-training. Marie works for www.RecruitmentRevolution.com who specialise in small business recruitment in the UK.