(July 23, 2013)

You're having a hard time finding a job? Join the club. Instead of sitting around with your head in your hands, drag yourself off the couch and get to work. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Remember that you’re not alone in your job search.

“Find another person who’s looking for a job to swap war stories with,” says Denver-based career expert Lissa Gallagher. “You’ll need the extra support and you’ll be helping someone else at the same time.”

Stop looking for shortcuts. You're probably not going to find a job using some mumbo-jumbo positive mind tricks you've read about. Just go out there and get to work.

Create a list of 100 people to call — just don’t ask them for a job:

“Ask for guidance and advice,” says Cheri Swales, a human resource consultant based in Columbia, Mo. “It’s important that people don’t think you’re calling them for a job. You’ll get more results if you ask for input on strategies and options.”

Approach every interview as if it’s you only chance to get hired by that company.

“Every interview is important,” says Brian Krueger, author of “College Grad Job Hunter” (Adams Media Corporation , $14.95). “You need to leave it all on the table. You may not get another chance to meet with anyone from the company in person, so you need to do everything you can then and there to get the job.”

Don’t jump at the first response but be sure to choose wisely whether to accept an offer. If you’re running out of money, accept a job, then continue a stealth job search. Loyalty is a two-way street in today’s world of business. Make a decision that is best for you and, if applicable, your family.