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

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How to..write the perfect CV
Tips for directors on how to write a successful CV.

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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.

What color is your parachute? 2018 : a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers.

The world's most popular job-search book gives guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today's job-hunters and career-changers. Gives advice on which job-hunt strategies work--and which don't. This revised edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics. The entire job-search process is demystified, from writing resumes to interviewing to networking.

Essential job interview handbook, The

Designed to help job seekers prepare effectively for interviews and become familiar with different types of interview questions and styles of interviews. Offers multiple answers for each question ranked by effectiveness.

Great answers to tough CV problems: CV secrets from a top career coach

Covers the purpose of CVs, their role in recruitment, personal brand management, researching employers, communication and presentation skills, formatting CVs, covering letters, and performing live presentations for interviewers. It also includes several template CVs for a variety of job markets and circumstances.

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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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How to write the perfect CV

Tips for directors on how to write a successful CV. Includes the importance of keywords and formatting, outlining achievements rather than responsibilities and ensuring your CV complements your LinkedIn profile.

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.

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.

LinkedIn or LinkedOut? Your profile makes a difference in job search

For those stuck in the job market, social media can be the great differentiator. Use it effectively and it can give you a big boost. Ignore or misuse it and you'll be treading water in the job pool. LinkedIn is becoming a job-search must, but many users haven't learned how to maximize the social network to find prospective employers and increase the chances of getting a job interview.

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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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