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How to manage your career during a downturn

If the country you are based in is going through a downturn, a range of resources are available from the Library & Information Service to help you re-assess your future plans and recession-proof your career.

What's on this page?

  • Online articles
  • Further resources
  • Useful links
  • Books and articles from the library

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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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Back in training

Can you really continue to grow during the chill wind of a recession, or is personal and professional development one of the first things to disappear in tougher times?

Getting unstuck in your job search

If you become the go-to person for expertise in your field and market yourself as a brand, you can create your own job opportunities.

How to protect your job in a recession

Your company has a plan to survive hard times. Do you?

Leadership in challenging times

Insights from London Business School’s Global Leadership Summit on what it takes to lead organisations during a challenging business climate.

Leave no stones unturned in your job search

Tips on finding another job based on the case of Barri Wyman who was laid off in the Great Recession of 2008. Emphasises the importance of growing a network of contacts and how such relationships should be two-way.

Me myself and I

While some companies are freezing pay to avoid job cuts during the recssion, others have no choice but to axe employees which means more directors are seeking to become consultants, freelancers or portfolio workers.

Upgrading talent

An economic downturn can give companies a chance to hire from a larger and more talented potential staff pool and better engage existing staff.

Writing a recession-proof resume

If you're applying for a new administrative job these days, chances are you will be competing with a larger pool of qualified candidates given the increasing unemployment rate. This means that your résumé doesn't just need to be good – it must capture the attention of prospective employers.

Further resources

The Library & Information Service also maintains dedicated subject pages on the following:

Useful links

Accountancy and finance career consultancy
If you're looking for one-to-one advice on your CV or with taking your career forward, ICAEW provides a career consultancy service to members.

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

Top recession-beating tips for your job hunt
Article in the Telegraph published in April 2012.

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