Many people tie their self-worth to being employed. Jobs give meaning and purpose and offer a sense of belonging and value. This explains why finding yourself unemployed sometimes damages your confidence. It can feel as though you no longer have an identity.
As you seek to re-enter the workplace, start by acknowledging the fact that your confidence has been injured and needs to be rebuilt.
Take time to re-evaluate what you want out of your career.
Take a step back and look at the big picture. Create a list of your priorities, interests and values. These can change over time; it’s important to know where you currently stand. Do you value workplace flexibility or higher base pay? Are you willing to work 100 hours a week or do you want to be home for dinner? Do you want to remain in the same industry? Be willing to ask yourself the hard questions. Take time to reflect and determine what you want out of your career.
Take inventory and draft a plan.
Once you have taken the time to evaluate your priorities and interests, take inventory of your skills, experiences, and relationships. Do you know someone that has your ideal job? If so, pursue him/her on LinkedIn and learn more about your ideal position. Identify the jobs/companies that appeal to you and determine if you know anyone within the company whom you can contact.
Source: The Ladders