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Job search techniques

 
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What methods have people found effective for searching for a permanetn or contract position in the current market?
 
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Spamming the web doesn't work.
I sent out a few CV's each day (fewer than 12), write a proper cover letter for each (in the body of the email, not as an attachment), and make one or more follow-up telephone calls for each position I apply for. Even in a really mean job market this usually got me a client submittal a day. Eventually an interview a week. Keep this up for long enough and eventully you hit, as I eventually did.
When I bodged an interview I analyzed why and studied to improve my knowledge for the next interview.
I did my SCJP and SCWCD which helped get me past the programming tests.
 
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