When you’re actively looking for a job, you need help. When you’re thinking about getting a new job, you need contacts. Make networking an everyday thing.
Stay active on LinkedIn. Attend networking events locally or online. Start your own group. Join a friend’s. It doesn’t have to be work related or professional. You can make as strong a connection through shared interests. The key to networking on a regular basis is to make it a goal: Decide who/what you want to connect with ahead of time and devise your plan. The more strategic you are with your approach, the easier it will be to form a habit.