This week at work I received more than the usual amount of unsolicited calls asking about job openings. This is a sure sign it's getting tough out there. If you're thinking about making these calls, do it! Have your professional voice on and be ready to fax or e-mail resumes as soon as possible.
I appreciate when people call me looking for jobs. If their background might match a possible future opening, I'll let them know I don't have anything now, but will keep their resume on file.
Check out my eHow article http://www.ehow.com/how_4847662_unsolicited-calls-potential-employers.html for more tips and suggestions. Good luck with your job search!