Consider the scope of your ambition. Really thinking about the job you want and why you want it will help you determine how hard you are willing to work to get it. This may result in longer periods of unemployment or financial burden, or simply requires the bravery to go after a job that may be a stretch for you. Women typically need to feel confident that they can do every aspect of a job before applying for it. I encourage you to have confidence in yourself—if you think you can do it, don’t let the fact that you haven’t done it before hold you back.
Prioritizing mental health is also important. Part of self-reflection means giving yourself the necessary time to process what has happened, and taking time to mentally right the ship isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. Don’t just dwell on mistakes you may have made in your prior role—as much as we tend to blame ourselves, things are not always our fault or within our control. Accepting this will go a long way towards being able to interview with confidence and a positive attitude.
MAKE YOUR FREE TIME AN ASSET
Once you’ve had a chance to engage in some self-reflection, it’s time to figure out what to do with your extra time. I recommend adding structure to your day by thinking of the job search as a personal project. Create a schedule and come up with rituals, like setting aside certain hours of the day specifically for job searching, updating your résumé and LinkedIn profile, or acquiring new skills or certifications.