There's no two ways about it -- it's tough out there for jobseekers.
No one is denying things are grim. Job openings have started to increase, but hiring still hasn't picked up enough for anyone's liking. Competition for good jobs remains absolutely fierce, with dozens, or even hundreds, of candidates all vying for a single opening. And far too many companies still rely on automated resume filtering software that values keywords over finding the best talent. So yes, it's tough.
However, jobseekers need to shoulder their share of the blame as well.
It's easy to sit there and blame your lack of a job on the down market and the flawed system that is job search, but don't shirk your responsibility either. Take a good, long, hard look in the mirror and ask yourself if you've done everything you can to get a job. Because far too many people claim they've done everything they can, but really they're just doing the same things over and over again but expecting different results.
If your job search actions are on this list, it's time to shake things up a bit.