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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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  • Company and industry research
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Maintain your network: tips on returning to work after parental leave.

Four lawyers share tips on returning to the workforce after taking a break to raise a family

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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. 

Don't underestimate the power of allowing employees to unplug

Many companies on American Banker magazine's 'Best Places to Work in Fintech' list offer sabbaticals or generous vacation time, which helps attract young talent and lets long-term employees re-energize. The article showcases the sabbaticals offered at Ascent Funding, Wise and Alkami as examples.

Maintain your network: tips on returning to work after parental leave

Four lawyers share tips on returning to the workforce after taking a break to raise a family.

A working parent's survival guide

Techniques for reducing stress and successfully balancing your professional and family roles. The author recommends five powerful strategies: rehearse for transitions (including returning to work after parental leave), audit your commitments, communicate effectively, put losses into perspective, and recast your professional identity.

Sabbatical Success: How to have a business to come back to after six weeks away

Discusses the benefits of sabbaticals for businesses and employees and how to plan and prepare for a successful time away.

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.

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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.

6 tips for getting hired after a career break
Practical tips from Robert Half to increase the chances of getting hired following a career break. Published in September 2018.

How to Return to Work After Taking Parental Leave
Article by Rebecca Knight on the challenges of returning to work after parental leave and how to ensure a smooth re-entry. Published by Harvard Business Review on 2 August 2019.

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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