The only decent way to counteract unemployment is to get a job, and the best way to get a job is to consider finding a job to BE your job. Decide how many hours you're going to work (I like 50 per week), and plan your work just like any other job. [ Unemployment rarely exceeds 8 %, so that just means you have to be in the top 92%. Most of us can manage that. You don't have to find a company which has a vacancy, you just have to convince the hiring manager that you're better than their worst employee.
The traditional way to hunt a job is to read the help wanted ads, and apply there. Problem is that you will be one of a million applicants. If you just walk into a business, dressed nicely, an politely ask to speak with the manager, you'll be the only person this month who has done that, probably.
Be prepared for each interview - have a resume in hand, and know something about the company - internet research, ask around, etc.
Don't ask a friend to get you an interview - that creates a lot of "side loaded stresses" - the prospective employer will be concerned about upsetting the current employee, will worry that if you don't work out, he or she will lose their current employee, and all that stuff. Just walk in confidently, and ask for the manager.
Remember, a rejection isn't a personal rejection - it just means that you weren't right for that company right now. Don't let it distress you, just consider it to be one of the "no" answers you'll get before you get that "yes". Take pretty much any job offered, if it's safe and honorable - when you have a job, it's easier to get a better one. ] (More)