YOU are probably doing all the right things. Continue doing what you know is the smart way to reach out for job offers.
Just keep doing the good things you know you need to do to strengthen your network and your personal brand. Be out in front with and for them. Go to professional organizations, talk to your colleagues and keep your references updated on your education, accomplishments and plans whenever you can. I would also "write to" your target more in other blogs/letters to editors and magazines, e-zines etc. I think a lot of short, smart and to the point articles strategically positioned can help build your personal brand. Branding is something the coaches have telling people to build for years and now more and more are understanding this fine art.
It really is a "GIG Nation" now a days...and as you tend your network you will see the quality of your Gig's increasing so long as you leave em happy in your last gig.
Many have started their own blogs. USE CARE! This can be a good idea for many professionals who want to keep current and continue to stay on the radar. Just remember that blogs and your Linked In profiles and Facebooks and the myriad of social media have the ability to hang around forever so please only write that which you will be OK with showing up on the front pages of USA TODAY or the Walls Street Journal. Media trainers have warned for years, there is no such thing as "Off the Record"
Public directors and officers of SEC and other larger corporations are usually are discouraged from email and blogging. So use caution and unless you are very very skilled at minding your words, you may wish to have one or two proof readers give it a sniff test before you launch yourself "out there".
One final tip for those seeking recognition for past accomplishments.
We welcome your comments. Patty DeDominic