Consider working with a headhunter
Corporate recruiters, or headhunters, can be a great resource. Even if you aren't looking for a new job yet, they can show you potential options. And, if you do have to conduct an emergency job search, they'll already be familiar with your resume.
Dust off your references
Stay in touch with your former employers. Checking in with your previous bosses not only keeps them updated on your career, but also ensures that the memory of your employment stays fresh in their minds. By the same token, make sure you have their current contact information.
Put things in order at work
Get in the habit of keeping organized and detailed records. Whether you are laid off, promoted, or find employment elsewhere, one day you will be turning over your current responsibilities to someone new. The transition will be much easier if everything is in order. Keep your files organized and be sure to document as many of your processes as possible. Be sure not to neglect your relationships with your co-workers. A good workplace dynamic will improve productivity.
Contemplate your next move
All the work you have done to prepare for an unexpected job search can be a great springboard into a planned job search. Evaluate your present situation. Take the time to consider what you like and dislike about your career. Do you want to stay in your industry? Are you looking for more risk, less risk, or the same? Are you satisfied with the workplace environment? Does your current job meet your needs?
Go for your dream job
After assessing your current job, you’ll be better able to articulate what you are looking for in a new job. It might be time to take a risk and apply for your ideal job. If your heart is in your work, you’ll be a better, more efficient and more attractive candidate.