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Resources to help you with CV writing, interviews, assessment centres, networking and returning to work after a career break.

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  • eBooks
  • Online articles
  • Company and industry research
  • Useful links
  • Books and articles from the Library

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Featured eBook

Great answers to tough CV problems

Examines the potential pitfalls across a range of common job-hunting situations. Shows how to put together a CV that creates a good impression and makes the most of your skills and experience in order to secure that all-important job interview.

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Career confidence with CABA

ICAEW members are entitled to free, confidential support from CABA, including professional career support.

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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.

Brilliant answers to tough interview questions

How to answer the most commonly asked interview questions.

Brilliant job hunting: how to get the job you want

Practical advice on how to get the job you want.

Career cowards guide to interviewing

A step-by-step guide to interview technique, written especially for those candidates who feel that their best qualities don't always come across at interview.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Will shared parental leave ever work?

Article looks at legislation passed in 2015 allowing shared parental leave in the UK. Topics covered include possible reform due to low uptake due to the structure and employment-related barriers for fathers.

Employers assist with return to work

Discusses return-to-work schemes, including initiatives by EY, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Herbert Smith Freehills and Lloyds Banking Group.

"Managers are scared of pregnancy. And that means we're losing talent".

Explores issues faced by women when taking maternity leave or transitioning back to the workplace and how BDO is rethinking its approach in order to retain female talent.

Finding the 'on-ramp': Women who seek return to corporate life face hurdles

Article looking at how successful women are at returning to the work force after a career break.

Sabbaticals pay off

Paid sabbaticals allow employees to recharge and and boost retention, development and training at little cost.

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Industry and company research

Once you've narrowed down the industry you'd like to work in, or even have an interview lined up, you'll want to carry out some more detailed research. The ICAEW has the tools that can help you.

Researching an industry
Starting out in a new sector? Find out all you need to know to prepare you for interview with our range of business and industry guides and industry profiles.

Company reports and profiles
Interview coming up? Be prepared for interview questions with a thorough background knowledge of your potential employer.

Useful links

Career support
Resources, guidance and advice from ICAEW on career progression, career breaks and redundancy, finding a job and working internationally.

Back to the workplace
Events and advice from ICAEW for career breakers.

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

Leverage your skills as a mother into your career
Short video where Lindsey Stevenson, Vice President of Finance at 1st Financial Bank, discusses how skills mothers acquire such as negotiation, patience and prioritisation can translate to the workplace and leadership roles. Published on IFAC's Global Knowledge Gateway on 14 October 2016.

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