I am out on the boards having a fit these days on people who say let's eliminate long-term unemployment payments and make "these slackers" take some job.
First, there aren't even a lot of compromise, horrible jobs out there. And the people who have been out there the longest are also the last to be hired. So that's charming.
Anyhow, our work gurus Dale Dauten and JT O'Donnell recommends focusing on jobs you love despite what anyone says. Narrow your search, not widen it.
If you start to feel burned out, instead of saying, "What can I do about this today?", ask "Who can I help today?"
If you had a great interview but still did not get the job, say, "I would still love to work with you. If the person you hired does not work out, please think of me as your backup." What do you have to lose? Also, check back in six months.
If management does not seem to be bringing you along, see who is being brought alone and emulate what they do.