Looking at your profile, I notice you're in Buffalo, NY - one of the most depressed areas of the country. I also see interest in software, so you and I are one the same page.
First, in general, what you're describing is the 'flying fling at a rolling donut' (the original saying uses a different word). Retail locations have no idea what to do with resumes, unless you're a tire changer at the tire store. They will not, for instance, fax it to HR in another city assuming someone there will add it to their file. Most likely, it's next destination is the shredder.
The cardinal rule is 'know your market'. Therefore, you need to become aware of what the demand is for the various skills you're offering. In some cities such demand is nearly absent. I have family living in Melbourne, FL - pickings there are slim. However, across the state in Tampa there's loads of work.
Just a little hint - one of the most heavily trafficked 'Software/QA/DBA' sites on CL is in a city about 100 miles from where you are. However, it isn't in the US.