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.
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.
You will need to be logged-in to the website to gain full access to the range of articles available online.
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.
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 are available providing background information on major companies across the world. See Company research for information about our full range of
company information services.
Market research reports and Business & Industry Guides for a range of sectors provide useful background information. Sectoral and macroeconomic indicators are also available.
A wide range of trade journals, for the latest 'hot topics' and industry information, are available via the Library's online journals database.
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.
Tips and advice from the Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association on dealing with work-related issues.