There are a few things you should do no matter what's going on in the economy, simply because you never know what's around the bend.

For starters, your resume should always be up to date, and you want to continue to network with other people in your industry or the industry you want to become a part of.

You should also keep a journal of your successes, so you have a concrete list of the things you've been able to accomplish at work in case you need it for an annual review or job interview.

And finally, don't rely solely on your work computer. "You should always be sure to have a mirror image of your contacts on your home computer. This means all the people at work who you want to continue to network with, so you can get a hold of them if you need to use them for a job search," advises Epstein.

And if the worst does happen to you, follow my layoff survival guide.

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