I can't tell you how many times I've had people--my peers, friends, and former coworkers, ask me to help them find jobs these past few months. They come to me because according to them, I'm well connected and active in the online marketing community. I try to help them, connecting them with people who might be hiring or offering some sort of advice. If you really want a job, I recommend two things.
1. Establish yourself as a thought leader in your industry or specific skill set
It's a really simple idea. You go to networking events, hand out business cards, have conversations. It's easy. In these conversations, you may feel comfortable stating that you're looking for a job. You may decide to take the business card, check out the website and see if the company is hiring. At that point, you'd contact the person you met that works there. But this won't happen unless you actually go to networking events.
There is a networking event Thursday, August 23rd at the Omni Hotel in downtown St. Louis from 4 to 7 pm. The event is #HomelessHelpSTL put on by the St. Louis Salvation Army. They actually need help stocking homeless shelters with toiletries. This event will bring area professionals for food, drinks, and conversation. It's still not too late to register. It's $5 at the door or two toiletry donations.
If you're serious about looking for a new job, get out there and network. Talk to people. Let them see how great you are. There is no need to wait. I will see you tomorrow at #HomelessHelpSTL.