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Resources to help you with CV writing, interviews, assessment centres, networking and returning to work after a career break.

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  • eBooks
  • Checklists
  • Online articles
  • Company and industry research
  • Useful links
  • Books and articles from the Library

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Finding the ‘on-ramp’: Women who seek return to corporate life face hurdles

Women have long been stepping off the corporate grid to pursue other endeavors both personal and professional, but how successful are they at returning to the corporate fold?

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Career confidence with CABA

ICAEW members are entitled to free, confidential support from CABA, including professional career support.

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

15-minute cover letter: write an effective cover letter right now

The book contains tips and strategies for writing a cover letter, writing other kinds of job search correspondence, CV writing, and step-by-step job hunting advice. It also includes a collection of professionally written and designed cover letters for use as templates.

24 hours to the perfect interview: quick steps for planning, organizing, and preparing for the interview that gets the job

Aims to teach you all you need to know in before attending an interview. Covers preparation and planning, interview technique, and following up afterwards.

Brilliant answers to tough interview questions

How to answer the most commonly asked interview questions. Includes how to prepare for interview by anticipating questions, an index of common questions, how to deal with questions on your weaknesses in an interview, and how to decide what question you want to put to your interviewers.

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The How To Do It guides from Atom Content Marketing are a collection of checklists providing a step-by-step approach to key business issues. Access to these guides is available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Sabbaticals pay off

Paid sabbaticals allow employees to recharge and and boost retention, development and training at little cost.

Finding the 'on-ramp': Women who seek return to corporate life face hurdles

Article looking at how successful women are at returning to the work force after a career break.

I retired. Now how do I unretire?

Article providing information to retirees who would like to return to work.

Industry and company research

Once you've narrowed down the industry you'd like to work in, or even have an interview lined up, you'll want to carry out some more detailed research. The ICAEW has the tools that can help you.

Researching an industry
Starting out in a new sector? Find out all you need to know to prepare you for interview with our range of business and industry guides and industry profiles.

Company reports and profiles
Interview coming up? Be prepared for interview questions with a thorough background knowledge of your potential employer.

Useful links

Career support
Resources, guidance and advice from ICAEW on career progression, career breaks and redundancy, finding a job and working internationally.

Back to the workplace
Events and advice from ICAEW for career breakers.

CABA: Work
Tips and advice from the Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association on dealing with work-related issues, including returning to work.

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To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.
You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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