Diane Stafford who writes a column for the Kansas City Star recently made these job search suggestions for new grads. They're also pretty solid suggestions for folks who have been out of school for a few years and still don't have a lot of work experience.
—Instead of applying to the same big-name companies that everyone knows and covets, learn about the smaller up-and-comers. Read national business magazines and trade journals, search the Internet, and read your local newspaper and business publications for ideas.
—Be flexible and prepared to relocate.
—Talk to people. Don't just search online. Talk to family, friends' parents, neighbors, former educators, Scout leaders, coaches — anyone who knows you and, presumably, thinks well of you. Someone may have a job lead or be looking to hire someone just like you.
—Don't forget your college career office. They get leads year-round. Use your alumni network, too.
—If your heart is set on a certain employer, try for part-time, temporary or entry-level openings below your skill level or goals. It's a foot in the door.
—If you have no idea what to do, sign up with staffing companies and check out different jobs through your (hoped-for) placements.
—Spell your job hunt with volunteering at social service organizations. Job paths may open, and you'll feel better.