Don’t rely too much on recruiters. They can work out in certain circumstances, but ultimately they are motivated to offer the highest value candidates to the highest paying companies so they can siphon off a decent commission.
Try more creative approaches to getting introduced to employers - attend meetups, hackathons and conferences to make contacts. Reach out to companies that offer internships to see if you can get a foot in the door that way. Consider working out of a co-working space for tech workers and getting to know devs and potentially get intros to their network. Be visible in the community associated with the stack you are interested in - write, produce helpful content, participate in online conversations around the technology in a mature and likeable way. Get involved in open source, especially if a local company you like has any open source projects you could contribute to.
Try everything you can think of