When the job market started to slow down in March 2001 and was about to exit it in August 2001, terrorists destroyed The World Trade Center. In the aftermath, millions of people lost their jobs and struggled for years to find work. Because the job market collapse was so sudden and so deep, few were prepared for what happened. The pandemic and its effect were just as sudden and with even more extreme consequences.
You should never wind up being in a situation with no access to people or resources. Ultimately, you need to
- Make sure you have a functioning network of resources in place at all times in case you need it. Connect with as many people as you can on LinkedIn, Facebook, Xing (the European network), and any other social network sites that you can. Networks like gardens the cultivation. Your numbers don’t matter. Your real relationships do.
- Exchange personal email addresses and phone numbers with co-workers and former co-workers.
- Stay in the “good graces” with as many leaders in your organization and former organizations as you can.
- Have lunch with someone new and/or different every day.
- Write your resume.
Get involved with a networking group proactively. Don’t wait for a crisis to take action.
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