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How to get a job during a downturn

If you are looking for a new job and the country you are based in is going through an economic downturn, the Library & Information Service has collated a range of information to help. Includes resources reflecting the current post-pandemic environment and lessons learned from the global financial crisis of 2007–2009.

What's on this page?

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

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ICAEW insights

Covid-19: The changing landscape of job hunting
Hear from expert recruiters on the impact the pandemic has had on the job market, and gain tips on how to still successfully job hunt during Covid-19. On-demand webinar recorded on 9 June 2020.

5 Tips for job searching during Covid-19
Article by Claire Brandon, Head of ICAEW Jobs, providing advice for jobseekers during the coronavirus pandemic. Published in April 2020.

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.

You will need to be logged-in to the website to gain full access to the range of articles available online.

'Feel' your way to a new gig

Searching for a job in 2020 has brought a number of challenges, including a move away from in-person meetings and interviews. The author provides advice on how to navigate the process of finding a job during the pandemic.

Maintaining well-being in a drawn-out job search

Advice on how to maintain a positive mindset during a prolonged job search. Discusses establishing a daily schedule, generating income in creative ways, using your network, staying positive and helping others.

How to job hunt during the coronavirus pandemic

Discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the US job market with tips on how to find a job during the pandemic.

Rebounding from career setbacks

Recovering from a big career disappointment can be difficult but it can be a springboard to success if you respond in the right way. The authors provide practical advice on how to turn a career setback around through a three step process of determining what went wrong, identifying new paths and picking the right opportunity.

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.

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Useful links

How to find a (great) job during a downturn
Article by Claudio Fernández-Aráoz on how to use personal contacts to secure a good position in tough economic times. Published by the Harvard Business Review on 15 June 2020.

CABA: Career development
Tips and advice from the Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association (CABA) on career development, including job hunting. CABA also provides a range of career services including career coaching.

Find a job
Job hunting tips from ICAEW and information on further support including career events and the ICAEW jobs website.

Further resources

Further resources are available from the Library & Information Service to help you at the interview and applications stage:

CVs and interview skills
Access online books and articles and carry out company and industry research to help you prepare for an interview.

Psychometric and personality tests and assessment centres
Find out how these tests work, and how to survive them on your interview day.

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post or email through our document supply service.

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