Any time find yourself in the position of looking for a new job, you should explore all your options. That means looking at the resources that you already have at your fingertips and may not even realize. Everyone, whether they think so or not, has an inner circle which should be utilized first when on the prowl for a job.
Simply stated, your inner circle consists of those who you know already and talk to quite frequently. This can include your friends, family, former co-workers, various colleagues, and on and on. If you know them and have even slight communication with them, they are in your inner circle.
To take advantage of your inner circle as a job finding resource, you need to begin by first formulating a list. Sit down and write out the name of every person you can think of whom you can put on the list and also how you can contact them.
Once your list is complete, the real work begins. If you have e-mails for a majority of those in your inner circle, then the job is made a little bit easier as you can send out a blanket e-mail to them. For the others you will have to either call them or write them to make contact.
Basically, all you will tell them is that you are looking for a job. You can list what you would like to do, but always say you are open for suggestions. Usually what will follow is a whole bunch of responses from your inner circle members with either job leads or even a job offer.
The worst case scenario will be them not returning your e-mail or not answering the phone. However, since they will be part of your inner circle, chances are they will help you out if at all possible.