finding work

If you are out of work or facing redundancy, looking for a new role can feel like a full-time job itself. When your job search goes on for longer than you expected, you also have to work to maintain your motivation and confidence levels. And if you’re under financial pressure to find a new job sooner rather than later, you’re likely to feel the strain even more. 

We’ll help you develop the skills you need to get back on your feet and into the world of work again. 

how we can support you with finding work

  • we'll organise sessions with a career coach to develop a career plan so you can confidently take your next step. Improve your confidence, build an effective CV and transform your interview skills 

  • we'll put you in touch with with a business coach to explore a business idea, develop a realistic business plan and cultivate the skills you need to launch and maintain a successful business 

  • we'll match you to a personal coach to define your goals, overcome barriers, discover your strengths and identify areas for development as you take up new opportunities and face new challenges 

These articles contain practical advice on finding work, from making a positive first impression in interviews to powering up your LinkedIn profile.  And if there’s something you specifically need guidance with that hasn’t been covered, you can always chat to our team of helpful advisers. 

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14 tips for creating a standout cover letter and CV

A strong cover letter and CV is the key to getting past the initial application phase and one step closer to interview stage. Take a look at these 14 tips for perfecting both of these documents.

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10 interview tips to make a positive first impression

Do you want to perfect your interview performance? Take a look at the top 10 tips in this article for best practice in-person and online interview advice.

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how to power up your LinkedIn profile

Are you using LinkedIn to its full advantage? Maybe you’re not using it at all right now? This article explains how to power up your LinkedIn profile – in 10 easy steps.

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sell yourself with the perfect elevator pitch

Have you got an elevator pitch? Having one makes it easier for you to answer the dreaded ‘tell me about yourself’ question in interviews. This article features best practice advice for perfecting your pitch.

training and events

16 August 2022

espresso mindfulness for beginners

Understand the concept of mindfulness and the ‘opportunity to give it a try’ practicing exercises like mindfulness of breath and three step …
espresso series
23 August 2022

espresso understanding mental health: skills for life

Mental health is a fundamental part of your wellbeing.
espresso series
6 September 2022

developing a compassionate mind

Learning to support ourselves with care and kindness will equip us with the internal resources we need to manage stressful times. Research has …
enhanced course
8 September 2022

espresso personal impact, make a memorable first impression

Learn how to make a memorable impact in a variety of work situations.
espresso series

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your questions answered 

Who is eligible for support?

We support past and present members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)1, ACA students2, ICAEW staff members3, and the family and carers of members and students4

  1. No matter where your career takes you, past and present members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England Wales (ICAEW) are eligible for caba’s services for life, even if you change your career and leave accountancy 
  2. ACA students (ICAEW Provisional Members) who are either an active student or have been an active student within the last three years are eligible for caba's services 
  3. Past and present staff members of the ICAEW or caba are eligible for caba's services for life, even if you leave either organisation. Please note, for former employees, our financial support is only available to those who have had five years continuous employment with either organisation 
  4. Family members and carers of either an eligible past or present ICAEW member, ACA student or past or present employee of the ICAEW or caba are eligible for caba's support. We define a family member as a: 
    1. spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner 
    2. widow, widower or surviving civil partner who has not remarried or cohabiting with a partner 
    3. divorced spouse or civil partner who has not remarried or cohabiting with a partner 
    4. child aged up to 25. Please note, children aged between 16 and 25 are not eligible for individual financial support 
    5. any other person who is or was dependent on the eligible individual supporting them financially or are reliant on the eligible individual’s care 
    6. any other person on whom the eligible individual is reliant, either financially or for care 

You can find out more about our available support both in the UK and around the world on our support we offer  page. 

Are your services means-tested?

If you need financial support, we carry out a means test where we consider income, expenditure, capital and assets.  

*Please note none of our other services are means-tested. 

I’m an accountant, but not a member of ICAEW, can you still help?

Unfortunately not. We only support past and present ICAEW members, their carers and their families. If we are unable to support you, where possible we will point you to help elsewhere.

caba has supported me in the past; can I receive support from caba again?

We understand that circumstances change. If we’ve helped you in the past there’s no reason why we can’t help you again. You can contact us at any time. Please call us if you need our help.

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