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Recruiting for potential
Most companies approach hiring with false assumptions. The author shares what she learned about making and keeping great hires during her 14 years as the chief talent officer at Netflix.

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Featured book

Essential documents employment
D. Callow (Indicator, 2015, 1296 pages)
This book compiles more than 350 documents, policies and procedures that can be used in the workplace, including recruitment and probation related documents.

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Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

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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

Practical guidance for creating good cover letters.

24 hours to the perfect interview: quick steps for planning, organizing, and preparing for the interview that gets the job

Short guide to performing well in interviews.

Assessment methods in recruitment selection and performance

A manger's guide to psychometric testing, interviews and assessment centres.

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Helping you to recruit
ICAEW programmes and services to help ACA employers promote their firms to students.

Job portal advertising qualified accountancy roles in business, practice and the not-for-profit sector.

Why your recruitment strategy for hiring Partners is failing
An ICAEW Talk blog post by James Nathan, published in October 2013 - now hosted on the James Nathan Experience blog site.

Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.

Employing younger workers - Acas guidance

March 2016

Acas step-by-step guide to employing a younger or ‘new to work’ employee, aimed at employers and managers. Covers recruitment, expectations and responsibilities, employment rights, supporting a younger worker and retaining a younger worker.

Guidance: recruiting staff

May 2018

Acas guide for employers on recruiting staff, covering all recruitment stages from hiring a new employee up until their first day, including: essential documents required, advertising the job, sifting and selecting, completing final details and reviewing if the process was effective and non-discriminatory.

Recruiting an employee: A step-by-step guide

Special guide aimed at SMEs, explaining simple employment best practices and how to avoid pitfalls. Contains two myth-busting case studies examining possible real-life recruitment scenarios a business might face.

Recruitment advice and guidance

Acas advice for both employers and employees on a wide variety of recruitment topics, including recruiting an employee, social media and recruitment, references for employment and unconscious bias.

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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.

A board's mission, vision & values: trustees need to define their own obligations and aspirations to build a strong culture

The article talks about the mission, value and vision statements of the governing board of an organisation in health care setting. Topics include the importance of culture in the effectiveness and success of boards; and the impact of corporate culture on employee satisfaction, talent recruitment and retention, sales, service, customer satisfaction

Psychometric testing no longer meets business needs

Discussion of the tendency of human resources (HR) leaders' to rely on psychometric tests to recruit and support talent development. Topics covered include the commercialisation and expansion of psychometric tests, reasons why psychometric tests should be used only for informing decision-making and not to make decisions, and the matching of psychometrics to job roles.

Recruiting for potential

Most companies approach hiring with false assumptions. The author shares what she learned about making and keeping great hires during her 14 years as the chief talent officer at Netflix.

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Useful links 

Access Accountancy
A collaboration between employers and professional bodies to improve access to the profession for young people. The Member Resources section has a set of messages for talking to young people about a career in accountancy (requires login). ICAEW Chief Executive Michael Izza has written a blog post on the scheme - Work experience placements should happen all year round.

Diversity and inclusion guide for businesses
Produced by the Professional and Business Services Council (PBSC). The guide gives techniques for implementing, managing and monitoring diversity initiatives, with best practice advice and a handy checklist. Published in 2015.

How to secure top talent in the BRICs
During 2013, EY surveyed 1,109 professionals in high-demand roles in the BRICs — Brazil, Russia, India and China — to identify targeted strategies for the attraction and retention of key talent.

Job description templates
Standard job descriptions for key corporate governance roles, created by MemberWise.

Recruiting and hiring
Set of recruitment guides from from GOV.UK covering apprenticeships, criminal record checks, employers' responsibilities and more.

Recruitment: an overview
Factsheet by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), last revised November 2015. Topics covered include defining the role, attracting applications, managing the application and selection process and making the appointment. Registration is required for access.

Resourcing and talent planning 2017
A June 2017 report produced by CIPD in partnership with Hays. It is based on 520 respondent organisations from the UK and examines the key challenges they face in recruiting and retaining talented staff.

Sponsorship: guidance for employers and educators
Extensive guidance from GOV.UK for businesses sponsoring foreign workers.

Tell HMRC about a new employee
Step-by-step guidance from GOV.UK on the tax and payroll aspects of taking on a new employee, including dealing with P45s and P46s.

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