Have you ever been desperate enough to hang a signboard around your neck to advertise that you're looking for a job? You can read about the outcomes of such extreme job search approaches in Joann Lublin's "Lessons of Extreme Job-Hunting"and Dana Mattioloi's "Brave or Brazen? Bold Tactics Don't Always Get the Job" in the September 1 edition of The Wall Street Journal.
Bottom line? "Recruiters say the best ways to stand out don't change with the unemployment rate: network, craft a well-written resume and cover letter, and be prepared during interviews."