We begin with good news: there are two ways you can go about the job-hunt. Most often we're only told about one of them, namely the way that everybody goes about the job-hunt, instinctively, because that’s the way you do it, and that’s how it’s always been.
We’ll call this The Traditional Way. Most of us know how to do this, or can quickly learn. It doesn’t demand much time. Slap together a resume. Post it. Send out bushel baskets of resumes. If that doesn’t turn up any job offer, send out another ton of resumes. Post it everywhere. Wait to see if you get any responses. Look at the ads online and off for vacancies. Approach those companies via your resume. If this works for you, great! (But then, if it did, you wouldn’t be reading this piece, would you?)
With the second way to hunt for work—let’s call it The Parachute Way (everybody does, except me)—you begin with yourself instead of the job-market. You figure out who you are, and what you most love to do. Then you decide which organizations match you. And you do not wait until they announce they have a vacancy. You approach them anyway, not through a resume but through a person, specifically a bridge person—someone who knows them and also knows you. Here's a comparison of the two approaches: