Don’t wait too long in doing nothing after your decade/s long job finishes before you start job hunting. It will not look good on your CV to have gaps.
One of my post in October was about having a strong CV, send them to as many employment agencies as possible. I mean a lot, especially on email. Try and look for job adverts in the field that you want to be in and send your CV to the contact on the job advert, even if the job is not really what you are looking for. A personal touch is always the best option instead of just sending your CV to some random and generic email address, that will be looked at by no one in particular or with no one taking responsibility to follow up.
In the past, when I have actually sent my CV to someone and followed it up with a telephone number, I have been able to speak to someone who then tells me if there is something else better suited for me or that my CV does not match what they are looking for or that they will put my CV and name forward.
Another thing I learnt is sending a nice covering letter to go with your CV. You want to make it short and to the point. I will talk about this next time. In the meantime, get cracking with your CV, send them out and follow it up with a phone call.
Job hunting in itself is work; you have to think about the job, dig deep inside to see if you match their skill set or person specification, read between the lines of the job advert. I mean it can be exhausting! Sometimes going via an employment agency is the best way as they will look for jobs that match your CV for you. Good luck!
There is no time like the present, go for it, time waits for no one.