I know the original post for this thread is ancient but I thought I’d pick it up as I know there are thousands of graduates feeling like this right now (in Nov 2010)!
I’ve just written a post on this today, which you’ll find useful - it’s called “10 ways to re-boot your job hunt NOW”:
I agree with Aj’s point that applying for anything and everything isn’t a good idea, no matter how desperate you feel! Employers can spot a ‘scattergun’ approach a mile off and they don’t like it.
My concern is that you haven’t said what sort of job you’re looking for - is this because you don’t really know (or care?). Again, your lack of focus could be part of the problem. It’s natural to think that more applications = more chance of getting a job, but actually this isn’t true…
It’s common for grads to start panicking about money - and perhaps the state of the graduate job market? - which makes them adopt a ‘headless chicken’ approach, which in turn actually REDUCES their chances of actually getting any of the jobs they’re applying for!
Having a bit more focus will help you narrow down your options better - read this article on ‘How to Choose your Career’: http://bit.ly/9f59WN
Once you’ve done that, I also suggest you have a ‘back to the drawing board’ day and spend time looking at which job-hunting techniques have worked for you (led to interviews) and which haven’t. Another common mistake graduates make is to keep doing the same thing over and over again, even if it’s not working… If anything has worked, do more of it - and don’t be afraid to ditch any techniques that haven’t worked for you - what have you got to lose?!
Also try a broader selection of approaches for different types of job - graduate schemes can be fantastic but they’re not the only option! You’ll find this article on “How to Find Vacancies” useful for helping to discover jobs that are less widely advertised (and therefore less likely to be over-subscribed): http://bit.ly/c5H4Z1
Best of luck -
Tanya de Grunwald