I know many job seekers look forward to the day when they can accept a job offer, settle into a nice work routine with their new employer, and never have to network again. Meeting new people can be awkward, especially if you feel you're in a disadvantaged position and need their help. I get that.
But that's exactly why you should network when you have a job. Instead of feeling like a second-class citizen, you can approach people more confidently, you have more value to add, and you can build mutually beneficial relationships that can help you over the long-term in your career and your life.