iFlipWith 200 applications, I'm guessing (reasonably so) that you're sending generic applications with a generic cover letter. Dial it back a bit and go for quality over quantity. Find a handful of jobs you're interested in. Research those companies and departments. Write a personal, detailed cover letter (no more than a page in length). Make it sound like this is the job for you, and that you are taking it seriously. Hopefully they will take you seriously in turn.
If you land an interview, research the company again. It absolutely floors employers when you walk into your interview and can greet everyone by name, just from seeing them. Sure, this takes some effort, but with the Internet it is certainly doable.
Ah I wish I could say that but in truth I've personally tailored each of those cover letters and resumes. There is nothing better than spending a few good hours working on an application, only to never hear back. Many job posts even state "Do not call or email." And then I've called or emailed (which I think is reasonably so after putting in so much effort on my end) to check on an application, only to get that typical snobby "Yeah there isn't anything else you can do" response.
Of those 200 jobs, I'd say 75% of them I was really interested in. My job search has been fairly broad nationwide too.
Never actually used Monster/LinkedIn/etc to apply for a job. I mostly try to talk to people first, if possible, directly from the company, NGO, agency, etc. then specifically apply through their website.
And I agree to whoever said networking is BS. I've literally been told by someone before "Everyone hopes they talk to people to get a job, but look we don't all have jobs in our back pockets." It's true, most of these people don't magically have jobs, and most of the time the shit heads who do get jobs have wealthy parents who donated, volunteer, etc.
Lastly, fuck the saying of go volunteer. If I had a job with a steady income, I'd feel financially secure first, to then donate some free time. But when I'm barely scraping by anyways why would I want to volunteer at a bullshit company just to get my foot in the door. Where I'm from, "volunteer" means to actually help people i.e. soup kitchen, farm work, etc
So yah, not trying to make excuses but I'm just frustrated still feeling stuck.