It is tough to make time to network, whether you are employed or unemployed. The engineers typically think "what a waste of time", the marketing/sales folks think, "yippee".
Networking is staying connected. It is the simplest strategy to insure your employment condition.
How often have you seen a job posting for CEO or President? Seldom, you say. Why do you think that is? Think about this for awhile. How does a company find their next CEO/President? (hint, connections).
What if you were to use that line of thinking. They are on boards, the interact with other leaders, they attend meetings, they speak to groups, they are "known".
You can do that too! In order for this to work, you have to have a strategy/plan and you have to leave your house once in awhile.
Carolann Jacobs hosts a great blog on leadership, Vivid Epiphany. Her recent post provides some pointers on how to carve out time to network when you're employed. Never stop.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.