WASHINGTON, D.C. —
If you have worked for your employer for a while, make sure that others (from other firms or agencies) know who you are. Attending meetings builds your presence and network. Spend a little time each week looking at new opportunities for jobs just to see what is out there. Make sure your skills are current. (Do you need to take any additional training or certification courses to get up to date?) There are so many ways of enhancing skills these days (from regular courses in colleges to online opportunities for continuing education), that it would be good to have relevant skills.
All of these strategies are things you can do to better position yourself for reentering the market and for knowing what else is out there. This is important whether you lose your job or not.