If you've been looking for work and feel like you've been getting nowhere, you might want to reevaluate your approach. The Guardian has done some research and discovered there are some key differences between "aces" – those who find work within four months of beginning their search – and the rest of us, "chasers". To ensure you're in the first category, the newspaper recommends adopting these seven strategies for finding work more quickly:
1. Think more positively. Your attitude – whether you're optimistic and can visualize yourself in a job, or negative and desperate – will likely come across in your cover letters and interviews. Make sure you're broadcasting the right message.
2. Be more proactive. Research your prospective employer thoroughly and ask questions – it will show you have a genuine interest in the position.
3. Milk your friends and family for contacts. Network, network, network. You don't know when, where or from whom you'll hear about your dream job.
4. Speculate.Look for jobs beyond the employment listings and send applications to companies, even when they aren't advertising positions.
5. Be decisive. Know who you want to work for.
6. Do more. It comes down to odds: apply for more jobs and you have a higher chance of finding work.
7. Embrace the digital age. Use LinkedIn, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and blogs to research prospects and to advertise your goals and talents.
Corinna vanGerwen is a freelance editor and writer. She has worked as senior editor at Style at Home, senior design editor at Cottage Life and is the former Canadian Director of Ed2010. She has also held the position of operations manager at a boutique PR agency, where she handled strategic planning and daily operations.