In here I will search my top IT Job Search Tips which I use for my search in UK.
Tip #1 - Market Research
It's important to have a very clear idea about the jobs you want to apply for. I use ITJobWatch for IT job market research.
The reasons are simple:
1) Apply for jobs you will enjoy or will help you to move on in the direction you want.
2) You need to know if the jobs you are after exist in the location you are after
3) You need to meet the requirements before you apply (may require studying).
4) You need to have a CV that is suitable for this type of jobs.
Tip #2 - A suitable CV
When you are clear about the job you are after, then it's easier to create a CV for this kind of roles. You may need more than one CV to increase changes of getting the role.
Bear in mind the purpose of the CV is very simple. Get you an interview, secondary goal is to support your actual interview to get the jobs.
It's important to understand that recruiters and employers review your CV, and check how well it matches the role they have (it's not about you personally), this is why having several CV or a template to easily adjust CV based on job post can be very benefitial.
Think about it, if a recruiter or employer scans 30 CVs and there is one CV that emphasises exactly the skills and experience the employer is after (based on Job Spec), than guess how much these small adjustment will increase the changes of being shortlisted?
If you are not getting phone calls then you probably should revisit your CV. Call recruiters and ask politely if there is anything that you can change on the CV that would make it more suitable, or if there is anything you lack; experience or skills (Sometimes you have it, but you don't show it clearly).
Tip #3 - Upload your CV
I have a list of job boards and I typically upload one of my CV every week. The reason is simple most recruiters need to see "fresh" CVs and usually will filter based on your location, so it's important to update CV or profile. Different job boards may different criteria to identify "fresh" CVs, and I typically just re-upload my CV once a week, seems to work for me.
This typically results in a number of phone calls without anything concrete and that's ok as most recruiters need to update their internal databases first.
Tip #4 - Make it a routine
Next is applying for jobs, and in here I recommend to have a list of most popular job boards and create shortcut URLs or job alerts. I typically create shortcuts with what I'm after and check on a daily basis (takes only several minutes).
It's worth looking for new job boards from time to time.
The job boards I use are:
How to track your progress?
Make a note of how many jobs you apply for and see if it's a reasonable amount, if not you may have to revisit tip #1
Check how many phone call you get, if you are not getting many than try to call recruiters and find out the reason.
If you are getting interviews, that's great, your CV is working.
If you don't pass the interview, try to get feedback from employer and recruiters, remember to be positive and polite.
Hope that helps