The very first step you can take is to stay positive! Next, Identify your marketable skills and reflect on the successes in your life. If you are stumped, ask friends or family members what they think your strengths are. Just remember, everyone has something unique to offer an employer.
If you find any gaps in your skills, it might be a good time to upgrade them so that they match your desired job. There are many free resources including, Linkedin Learning from the Greater Victoria Public Library: https://www.linkedin.com/learning-login/go/gvpl or Coursera: https://about.coursera.org/ .
If you are looking for more customized employment support, WorkBC Centres offer free employment services. Depending on eligibility, your local WorkBC Centre could help you obtain a short-term occupational certificate (STOCs). Additionally, we offer a variety of workshops to help you learn the current trends in resume and cover letter writing, and interview techniques.
Finally, research potential employers online, go to networking events, and visit workplaces. It is key to look for a workplace culture that aligns with your values.