thats what they say, right? that getting the degree is the easy part, and the morning after when you wake up not knowing what to do with the rest of your life is the hangover.. :)
anyway, where are you looking? country, state, etc.? any specific skills? i understand you don't want to mention location and phd topic as that would be naming yourself but some information would be ... interesting :)
i did my phd some years back and while i am currently employed, looks like i will be looking soon. and interesting jobs are few, development jobs always ask for some very specific technologies that you don't have deep expertise if you didn't work in that specific industry in that area past few years, etc. so if you are able to move, maybe looking a bit farther helps. with a phd it seems there are few jobs and those are always far away. maybe if you can sell yourself as someone with abilities to learn, do research, come up with (innovative) solutions without someone giving a detailed spec, etc. some place they might like it. for example, google job ads often mention phd as a plus. but i have no idea if that matters where you are at.
anyway, interesting topic as i guess i will be there in the future. and sure, networking is the best way to do it if you can, but also depends on your local situation. and it seems the more distance you want to go, the thinner is the network. but of course, then you can look wider. if you are just yourself with no other ties, now would be a great time to go..