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CVs and interview skills

If you're looking for a new job, or need to brush up your interview skills, we have a range of books, articles and guides to help you succeed.

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  • Online articles
  • Company and industry profiles
  • Useful links
  • Books and articles from the library

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Linkedin secrets that showcase your value
Advice for accounting professionals on enhancing your Linkedin profile to attract employers. Some little-known techniques can help you reveal your value in an attention-grabbing way.

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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. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

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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Online articles

The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. This resource is available to ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

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Do you hate your boss?

At least half of all employees have quit a job at some point because of their supervisor. People complain of bosses who bully them, micromanage, steal credit, hoard information, and otherwise make them unhappy—which threatens their productivity and the organization’s success. But don’t despair if you don’t get along with your boss. This article lays out steps you can take to improve the situation: Practice empathy. Behavioral research and neuroscience suggest that being mindful of the pressures on your boss and responding empathetically can trigger reciprocal support. Examine your role. Consider how you might be contributing to a negative dynamic, and seek training or advice to help you change your behavior. Talk to your boss. Start by asking how you can improve your performance and the relationship. If that isn’t fruitful, launch a frank conversation about the dysfunction in your interactions. Go to HR. As a last resort—and only if you have evidence to show that your boss is unfit—file a formal complaint. Leave. If you see no potential for change, it’s probably time to start job hunting

Things to think about before a job interview

Tips for job-seekers on how to best prepare for a job interview. Includes how to learn about a company, its culture and the industry it operates in.

10 hiring mistakes to avoid

The authors share their top ten examples of where hiring managers go awry when recruiting accounting and finance staff. These include limiting yourself to "active" candidates, forgetting to sell the job to the candidate and moving too slowly.

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Company and industry profiles

If you have an interview coming up, you'll want to prepare by researching the company and the industry in which they operate. The following resources can all be accessed online via the Library website.

Company profiles
Company profiles are available providing background information on major companies across the world. See Company research for information about our full range of company information services.

Industry profiles
Market research reports and Business & Industry Guides for a range of sectors provide useful background information. Sectoral and macroeconomic indicators are also available.

Online journals
A wide range of trade journals, for the latest 'hot topics' and industry information, are available via the Library's online journals database.

Useful links

One-to-one career advice service
Whether you're looking for advice on taking your career in a new direction or need help creating a stand-out CV, ICAEW's career consultancy service offers personalised advice for the accountancy and finance market.

CABA: Career development
Tips and advice from the Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association on dealing with work-related issues.

CABA: Careers microsite
Dedicated careers support from the Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association, focusing on their number one area of enquiry - work. The microsite offers a range of resources to support members and their families through all stages of their careers.

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