Some of your best guesses might be, well, not good ones. Just because your ideas are intuitive and creative does not mean they will land you a job.
According to the world’s most popular career manual, What Color Is Your Parachute- 2012 (pp. 58-68), Richard Nelson Bolles identifies a 4-10% rate of success finding a job through an employer’s internet job posting. At a 7% success rate is mailing/posting your resume to an employer. Also successful 7% of the time is answering ads in professional journals in your field. 5-24% goes to local newspaper ads. Finally, going to firms or agencies that search for you only bags a 5-28% rate.
Finding your passion, what you are good at, and what “makes you tick” are no small tasks. Seeking out a trained career counselor can be an important first step in figuring out not only your next job, but why you do what you do and finding fulfillment in it. There are various approaches used, involving everything from career and personality testing to addressing barriers of substance abuse and mental health problems.
Okay, so what are the MOST successful ways to land a job? 1) 33% rate of success: ask for leads from friends, family, and staff at career centers. 2) 47% success: Literally show up at a place that interests you and knock on the door. 3) 65%: after locating places of interest through Yellow Pages, etc., call or visit employers in that field and ask if the type of position you do well is hiring. 4) 70%: doing #4 while in a group with other job-hunters. 5) Finally, at a whopping 86% success rate is doing an inventory of yourself.
There are no magic bullets. No quick fixes. These approaches take work and dedication. Check out Bolles’ book for more detailed information. The worst thing you can do is go at this alone!