1. NETWORKING Start meeting with friends and/or colleagues to let them know you’ve started your job search. Really make a list of people who will help you with your search. It’s time to put them on notice and send them your resume.
2. USE YOUR CURRENT JOB. You are currently employed so this is an advantage. Use your current job as leverage. It gives you the appearance that you’re not desperate but seeking your next opportunity. There’s a huge difference! Also, ask for new projects that will help strengthen your resume.
3. SEVERANCE STRATEGY. Just as you negotiate your salary, you should negotiate your severance. Your employer will end your relationship as cheaply and quickly as possible. It uses a script to tell you that your services are no longer needed. Make them break the script and be prepared for the end. The employer hopes it catches you off guard. Flip the script! Be ready! Same rules apply in negotiating your salary – the answer could be yes, no, or a counter offer.