Life after layoffs: How to move forward after a job loss.
Beyond that, job seekers should tap their network immediately and stay connected -- and in today's career environment that means being online, as well as at in-person events.
"Networking has changed in that it has now expanded from human interaction, face-to-face or over the phone, to online social networking. It's not that the online social networking has replaced traditional social networking. But it has broadened it and supplements it. Networking, using all the different methodologies of networking, is still the way people find jobs," Dib said.
The big mistake people make with networking is to ask everyone they know for job leads, according to Dib. "That's the kiss of death. What they need to do -- and this is going to sound crazy to someone who is out of work -- is go into networking as a 'give-to-get gig.'
"It's all about service. It is about being useful to other people. Build your relationship, developing that bank account of goodwill so that when you need something you don't feel shy about asking. Even more than that, it's letting people get to know you in a way that you become top of mind when they hear of something," she said.