1. Keep up your motivation - I am putting motivation at number one, because, finding a job can be an up and down experience. Some days are good and some (probably most) could be tedious and frustrating. Anyone can be up during the ups but the best job seeker puts the effort to stay motivated during the down days. Keeping motivated is up to the individual. Whatever it is to keep you motivated for your job search do it. Read good books, read good blogs, affirmations, call a friend for a pick up, write, think about what the money can buy your children, etc. Do whatever it takes to stay motivated and the solutions will come.
2. Work hard on improving your work ethic - I am putting work ethic right up there with motivation. You can be as motivated as you want, but you still have to work for it. Are you waking up early enough to start your work day of finding a job? Finding a good job requires a full-time effort. You gotta put in the time and the effort. Working hard and motivation go side by side. I feel that if you put in the effort and combine that with motivation, you can accomplish almost any obstacle.
3. Update your resume on job boards (Monster,CareerBuilder, etc) at least twice a day - This goes first on my list of tasks, because the recruiter is calling you. If a recruiter finds your resume on a job board and takes time to call you, that is a high grade call.
4. Always be ready to answer the phone - Answer phone calls within 3 rings. Never let a recruiter hit your voice mail, or risk the recruiter not returning a message.
5. Be the first person to apply for the job - seek job postings and apply for it as soon as you see it. Often times a recruiter will only call the first few people who apply for the job. Your resume may never get to the eyes of the recruiter if you are down on the list.