Have you heard that it's easier to find a job when you have a job? It seems to be true, so don't do anything drastic right now. While companies are still hiring, the numbers aren't what they used to be. The mantra for now is "patience."

Have you heard that it's easier to find a job when you have a job? It seems to be true, so don't do anything drastic right now. While companies are still hiring, the numbers aren't what they used to be. The mantra for now is "patience."

Many people have trouble finding a new job because they make a half-hearted attempt to do so. They poke around Monster.com a little but don't really spend that much energy on it.

The better strategy is to create a structure and action steps so you are consistently, persistently working toward your goal.

The first thing you need to do is ensure that your resume looks amazing. It should be filled with accomplishments, ways you've saved the company money, ways you've generated money and sales goals you've beaten.

Most of us aren't particularly good at crafting language that jumps off the page, so consider having your resume professionally written. Your resume is you on paper and it has a huge effect on your career-search success.

Next, set a goal for when you'd like to start your new job. Be realistic - it might take longer than you'd like. Then create a series of action steps you'll use to actively pursue your goal.

Start by informing your friends and family that you're looking for a job; be specific as to what you're looking for and ask them to keep you in mind.

Craft a database of places where you'll look for jobs - classified ads, employer websites, Monster and professional association websites. And don't forget to contact recruiters who specialize in your field. Recruiters often have access to choice jobs that aren't publicized.

Lastly, don't forget to manage your mood. People tend to be their own worst enemies during job searches. They get discouraged and start to expect the worst. Not helpful.

So keep your chin up, be patient, work persistently on your action steps and eventually you'll find the job you're looking for.

Molly Luffy, MBA helps people create more career satisfaction through her coaching programs and articles. E-mail your career question to molly@jobpromotionsecrets.com