It is definitely a tough job market out there and it's hard to not start losing hope. But we will all find new jobs eventually. We will. (No, I'm not really Pollyanna, I just am trying to keep hope up.)
So you asked for tips. I check a ton of job posting websites almost daily, and get alert emails from many of them as well. I'll just list them here in case there are one or two that people haven't checked out yet.
Sologig.com - for temp, consulting, contract work
CPGJoblist.com - Consumer Packaged Goods jobs in all functions
CareersInFood.com - Food Manufacturing jobs, from Maintenance Supervisors to Food Scientists to Sales Managers
AmericasJobExchange.com - I got there through the NYS DOL website, some other states have their own state-specific job boards on their DOL website
recruitstaff.com - can search a ton of national job postings in their database
I found this website to have good ideas for the Buffalo and Rochester, NY areas, but it's also got some good websites listed for national searches. http://www.infobuffalo.com/employment.htm
I've also gone to the websites of companies I'd like to work for and signed up for job alerts from their career postings (not all companies have this, but it's nice when they do). I also have a list of company websites that I check about once a week for new postings.
I've also started checking out blogs to find advice and motivation. I found one recently that I think is just great. http://timsstrategy.com/ He writes about every other day and asks good insightful questions, makes good points, and helps to keep the job search motivation level a bit higher than it would otherwise be. He's also got some great tools (free and downloadable) for making a watchlist (to keep your eyes peeled to help your friends with their searches), a one pager to bring to networking events and job fairs, and other stuff.
I also keep a notebook and write down everything I do for the search, whether it's check websites, make calls, anything. That way when I'm feeling stuck, I can flip through it and see if there's something I haven't done in a while or something to follow up on.
Whew! So that's a whole lot of information overload from me. I would love to hear about what everyone else is doing.
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