With an unemployment rate that rose to a record-breaking 27,5% between July and September this year, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to successfully navigate the job market. Even those with top qualifications and years of experience in their field are struggling.

This has resulted in some candidates being forced to consider alternatives to the field they’re qualified to work in. Applying for a job in a new field may seem daunting, but carefully analysing your skills that are transferrable to other job titles could open up a larger pool of career opportunities.

Here are few tips to consider if you’re about to apply for a job in a new field:

Audit your skills

If you’ve seen positions that seem right up your alley in a different industry, take some time to carefully audit the skills you’ve acquired throughout the years and consider how they can be applied to a different business or field. You may be pleasantly surprised to discover how your knowledge can be an asset at any organisation. Don’t forget to include your awards, accreditations and employment references to boost your application.

Consider adapting and optimising your CV to highlight the skills that are most relevant.

Reflect on your interpersonal skills and character traits

Another area to audit is that of your interpersonal skills and character traits that will make adapting to a new environment and field easier. These range from your verbal and non-verbal communication skills, knack for negotiating, ability to work with people from all walks of life and willingness to ask for help and learn from others. Think of practical, professional situations where these attributes have come in handy when least expected.

Mention these in your cover letter as added motivation.

Research the day-to-day demands and challenges of the new role

Where possible, speak to someone who occupies a similar role to the one you’re considering because job descriptions may not always accurately reflect the day-to-day requirements of the position.

Look into what accreditations, qualifications or skills you’ll need to hone, the challenges the sector may face and how easy it is or how long it takes to move up the ranks. Doing this will give you valuable insights you can mention in your interview.