Its important to keep in mind that although a recruiter, a job-posting, a career fair, and any other assorted sources are all tools you can use to find out about opportunities a HIRING MANAGER actually makes decisions.
Focus your efforts activities that put you in front of the person that can hire you.
So, what is the one activity that can do that?
NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK – not with recruiters, not with HR people, not with anyone other than with those that tell the recruiters to put offer letters together.
Need help putting together a networking campaign? Check out this post.
Good luck and good hunting!!