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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
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  • Online articles
  • Company and industry research
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Featured eBook

Great answers to tough CV problems

Examines the potential pitfalls across a range of common job-hunting situations. Shows how to put together a CV that creates a good impression and makes the most of your skills and experience in order to secure that all-important job interview.

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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.

Balance business and family responsibility

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Getting a new business off the ground and managing it on a day-to-day basis can be extremely demanding. It is even more challenging when you have family responsibilities to meet, such as bringing up children, caring for a child with disabilities or looking after elderly parents or relatives.

Benefit from networking

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Networking is the art of forming and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with others who are linked to your career, sector, market, region or specific interest. To maximise the benefits you need to be active in sharing your experience, knowledge and contacts with other network members. In the same way you gain from your relationship with them.

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.

"Managers are scared of pregnancy. And that means we're losing talent".

Explores issues faced by women when taking maternity leave or transitioning back to the workplace and how BDO is rethinking its approach in order to retain female talent.

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.

Sabbaticals pay off

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

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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