I “stumbled” upon this post this morning and think it gives some good advice for job seekers. Most importantly, make sure you take note of point #1:

Tap your contacts. Do you know anyone who works for the organization already? Do you know anyone who might know someone who works for that organization already? Try to get ahold of people already in the organization and see whether or not they can put in a good word for you somewhere. This works best in smaller organizations where people generally know each other and wear multiple hats.