One of the biggest challenges we find with jobseekers, especially if they have been in a job for a long time, or it is in a very specialised area, is convincing them that they have really useful skills for other employers.

In fact this is often our first task. To explore with them exactly what the challenges have been in previous positions, how they have coped with those challenges and how they have added value for their employers.

And the strange thing is? Everybody has added value, and everybody has skills that can work elsewhere. But it is often a matter of confidence, or the effort of taking a leap into the unknown.

But if you have worked in, say, a pub for a long time then you have probably been good at it. And probably good at dealing with people. And almost certainly reliable, making sure you turn up on time and well presented.

All skills that employers are looking for. And many are looking for the individual and not the experience. How you come across, how you interact with people, how disciplined you are. All skills you have almost certainly learnt elsewhere and can easily transfer to another environment, once you have learnt the ropes.

Every day we see tales of musicians working as delivery drivers, sales managers working in A&E, technicians working in the maintenance departments of hospitals. The list is endless, but everybody has skills they can transfer elsewhere, are you confident enough to do so, can you make the effort to start again?

But it might, just might, be the start of a new career. And one you enjoy much more than the career you had before.