Where is your network when you need it?

News broke last week of 65 people let go from Patton Boggs. Whenever I see news of layoffs or hear of someone forced to find a new job, I wonder how many of those people are scrambling to connect with their online (Linkedin, especially) and in-person networks. I know they are to updating their online profiles and scheduling breakfasts, lunches and dinners with friends, business contacts and clients. I assume some are searching for networking events to attend with their newfound free time or have decided now is the time to join a trade group to connect with people who may hook them up with recruiters or new jobs. If they are all doing all this now, it is going to be a long, painful and frustrating process. But, it did not have to be. Building a network should be done on an ongoing basis – especially when you are…

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