Due to economic downfall a lot of job opportunities were cut-off and some were laid off. Slowly, but surely the economy is under repair and opportunity is rising according to Lawrence Summers on CNN’s State of Union with Candy Crowley. Link: http://articles.cnn.com/2010-04-04/politics/us.economy_1_unemployment-rate-economic-growth-council-of-economic-advisers?_s=PM:POLITICS
Now is the time to send in your cover letters, resumes and portfolios. For some companies the fiscal period starts in June/July in which the budget is examined. This budget meeting determines where their money will be disbursed, rather it be for upgrades within the company, charitable causes and most importantly jobs. Take notice of the frequency of postings a company is making. If they are posting at least three times every two weeks that means they have a lot of opportunity which means a bigger competition pool. This does not mean to apply for every job they have open, but focus on two/three that fit your qualities best.
Here is where consistency takes place. Focus on those jobs that fit your expertise and contact the company for updates. If you can, contact the hiring manager and ask thought-provoking questions that show your interest. Maybe discuss an article you read about the company and pose questions from there. This in fact does not mean to pester the HR department with a daily newsletter, yet to make subtle attempts to secure your interest and knowledge for the company. This tactic works well with actual jobs and/or internships.
Also, use your resources. Never burn bridges because you never know when you will need someones help in the long run. You may know someone that works in the company so have them pass your resume along to the right people. Be sure the person you send your resume with is a credible employee to the company, this will raise your chances of getting a call.
What if the company I want to work for is posting jobs frequently, but it is not the position I am looking for?
Be innovative. Create your position. If your skills would enhance the company in more ways than one send a job proposal to that company stating why you would be an asset. Maybe the company does not know they need your particular knowledge/skills or it just may very well mean that your position is filled.
For example, you notice that company is not up to date with social media sites. Suggest that you would make an impactful Social Media Coordinator or to increase your income Social Media Manager. Different titles equals different pay, in this case Manager would be paid more than a Coordinator. Make job suggestions that fit both your knowledge and education. You would not suggest being a Social Media Manager if you are only skilled with Myspace.
Taking initiative to create a position shows your interest to work with the company and help them advance in many aspects.