Here are some points to consider when job hunting:
Be flexible in what you are willing to do
You may have a degree that specializes in Area51, but that may be a small job pool. As such:
Find related areas that you qualify in
Be on the lookout for interesting areas related to your main field
Don’t get trapped in Area51, think creativily
Does Area51 make you happy? If not, explore…
Use and Prioritize Your Personal Network
Your personal network maybe a more logical way to find work. That is because a personal reference gets you in the door faster than any cold calling (web) strategy. As such:
Develop your personal network:
Bartenders (Hey, they know alot of people!)
Systematically spread out the word that you are looking for work.
Prioritize those in your network that are well connected super-spreaders.
Be willing to meet, discuss, and explore
Go to trade shows, happy hours, whatever, and network
Be Radically Positive
Put yourself in a positive frame of mind, whatever it takes.
Always gravitate to work that makes you happy
Use exercise, yoga, music, whatever it takes to get there
Be active, pro-active and constantly push forward
Remember, even in a down-market there are jobs available, they exist, they always will.
Make sure your contact info is correct
Make it no more than one page
Customize your resume for the job requirements
Make sure your summary is specific and relevant to the employer
Remember it might be scanned, so include all relevant key words.
Make a clean and error-free format:
Ensure the format is simple, neat, and visually easy to read
Make sure dates make sense
Keep your resume short and concise about your history
Highlighted skill at top
Include RELEVANT work experience:
Dates of employment
Major achievements and awards: this should be the emphasis
Brief highlighted summary of relevant duties
Include publicly available resources of your work: Ex: Github, Gitlab
Educational info at college level or above
Include any personal hobbies or activities not related to work
Include educational info below college level
Embellish or exaggerate your experience
Some Random Words of Advice
Learn from youth
Be positive in all things
Cultivate an attitude of eternal optimism
Be at peace with yourself
Pride isn’t the opposite of shame, its the cause of it.
Learn fromm history, live now
Dont let fear run your life
Never go shopping on an empty stomach :)