Follow up after an interview. If you are genuinely interested in the job after the interview, make a habit of sending a follow-up note of appreciation. While a thank-you note doesn't guarantee you'll get the job, it certainly won't hurt you. Not only is it a gesture of common courtesy, it's a perfect place for you to reiterate your interest and show the hiring manager why you are the right person for the job. It also gives you the chance to add a detail about your background that you may have not had the opportunity to explain in the interview or to just simply reinforce the connection. Sending a follow-up note via email is acceptable and quick, however, a hand-written note will set you apart from the competition.
Create your own business. When you look at the history of business over the last 100 years, you will find that many of today's most successful companies started in the 1930s—the same decade as the Great Depression. The fact is, innovation and business growth comes out of downed economies because entrepreneurs are problem solvers (and there are certainly enough problems to be solved in times such as these). We are in the age of the entrepreneur. The new economy has forever changed the social norms of yesteryear, so 2012 is as good a time as any to join the entrepreneurial revolution. So break free of the resume life, start something small that can grow organically with hard work and undying passion, and make it in this world on your own.