Here are some suggestions for making a start with your next career move:
Undertake an inventory of your skills, knowledge, interests, experiences and job preferences. Consider these questions:
- Who are you?
- What have you done?
- What are you good at?
- What do you like to do?
- What do you want to do next?
- What do you want to avoid?
- What can you offer hiring managers and organisations?
Take advantage of the self-assessment products available. The internet is a good source as are many self-development books.
Put your last job and organisation behind you. Resentments about the past sap your energy and do not help your efforts to create the future you want. Avoid being perceived by others as a complainer.
After losing a job, answer the questions about your employer:
- What did your employer tell you? (the official version)
- What do you believe? (what you really think happened)
- What are you going to tell people? (anyone you speak with, but in particular, potential interviewers)
Forget your answers to 1 & 2 above and concentrate on your direct and concise answer to Q3 - which, if possible, includes a positive statement about your former company and manager.
Devise a reasonable response to "why are you on the job market?" question. Next, devise and write-up a plan of action that will kick-start your job search. Whatever else you do, the most important thing is to take massive action!