Seth's blog today is on the difference between quickly filling a vacancy (hiring) and the art of finding the perfect person and convincing her to quit her job and join your team (recruiting). I believe the same holds true for finding a job. There is always lots of work available--it might not be what we want to do and it might not pay well, but there are jobs. The art of finding the perfect job may be in convincing an organization that you are so valuable that they cannot live without you--even if they did not know that they needed you. Every now and then, I have found someone who struck me as so remarkable that I knew I had to create a position to hire him. I've also had employees so good that I created positions so that I could promote them.
I'm hoping that through this blog ("Your Next Executive Director"), I will be able convince an organization with the potential to be amazing that they need me--even if I am more qualified or differently qualified than the person that they had originally envisioned.
It seems to me that the Art of Finding the Perfect Job is as much about being remarkable and creating demand as it is about being in the right place at the right time.