BOOKCAREERS INITIATIVE (JOB CLUB)
We are pleased to announce the relaunch of the Bookcareers job club Initiative, in assocation with The Book Trade Charity (BTBS), with special thanks to the Centre for Publishing, Department of Information at UCL.
The job club has previously helped over 40 people back into paid employment. Through our meetings we have provided specialist advice on job hunting, writing a CV, interview skills, industry trends, and more. The job club also offered its members a strong network of supportive contacts, helping them to regain their confidence in a fast-changing and highly competitive job market.
The Bookcareers Initiative is open to:
- people from the UK book trade (publishing, bookselling), with at least 1 year of experience, who are currently unemployed
- people who have completed a MA in Publishing or a recognised publishing degree, who are still unemployed six months or more after graduation
We may consider those who have completed extensive work experience and are now unemployed, but this is very much at our discretion. (Please do not complete work experience under the assumption you will qualify).
If you feel you qualify for the job club and would like to join, please get in touch by sending your CV to jobclub @bookcareers.com. We aim to respond within 14 days.
If you do not qualify but would like the help of Bookcareers, please check the other services we have available (and a new one still to launch!).
You can access our services by
- asking your employer to use us as your outplacement consultant
- a charitable grant from The Book Trade Charity (BTBS)
- being referred to us by your job centre ‘Advisor Discretion Fund’
- covering our nominal fees yourself.
WHAT IS IT?
Bookcareers Initiative is a networking group/job club specifically created to help those already within the industry who are currently unemployed and facing a prolonged job search. Unlike other groups, the Initiative will meet during the daytime.
The group meets in central London on a fortnightly basis and is open to people at all levels of their careers, from Managers and Senior staff to first/second jobbers. We hope to reinstate regional groups in the future (we have previously held meetings in Oxford and Scotland).
These are NOT ‘open’ meetings – registration is essential.
THIS PROJECT HAS ALREADY BEEN ENDORSED BY THE BOOK TRADE CHARITY BTBS, THE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION, SFEP, THE SYP AND WOMEN IN PUBLISHING UK.
Read their comments.
HOW DO I JOIN?
Please send an email to jobclub @bookcareers.com with your CV. If you are already registered with the CV Clearing House, there is no need to attach your CV, just mention in your email that you are already registered.
ARE YOU AN EMPLOYER, RECRUITER OR A PUBLISHER?
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WHAT WILL HAPPEN?
Each meeting will start promptly at the scheduled time, where news and highlights will be announced. You will then be divided into smaller groups, to allow for discussion and feedback.
The meeting will usually then have a formal presentation or speaker, who will be invited to give you specialist advice or training that you would not be likely to hear elsewhere. It is also hoped to invite particular employers within the industry who are currently recruiting.
We are still in the testing period and the format may change from time to time; there is no guarantee that there will be a speaker or guests at every meeting.
All meetings will be ‘off camera’: what is said in the meeting room stays in the meeting room.
You are requested to come dressed for work; jeans are NOT permitted. This is to recreate a professional atmosphere and for you to be prepared should a potential employer be ‘dropping in’.
We aim to compile a database of those attending and send a summary of skills to recruiters within the industry. There will currently be no charge to recruit from the group, although companies will be asked if they can make a donation to The Book Trade Charity (BTBS).
Usually tea and coffee will be provided (but this may not always be possible). The cost of this will be donated by The Book Trade Charity (BTBS).
WHO IS ALLOWED TO JOIN?
Membership is open to those who are unemployed and from the UK book publishing or bookselling industry, which has suffered major redundancies in the past year. Membership will be free to qualifying individuals. Entry level candidates will be taken on at our discretion but should be expected to have either a publishing degree, considerable relevant work experience and perhaps membership of the Society of Young Publishers (SYP membership on its own does not guarantee entry).
Numbers are strictly limited and membership is solely at the discretion of Bookcareers.com – it is important that we capture those who meet our key criteria first. We DO NOT discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race or disability.
I might meet someone at this group who is going after exactly the same job as me. Will I have to share with people what interviews or jobs I am applying for?
No. You share with the group as little or as much personal information as you wish.
The date/time of the meetings clash with the time that I am due to ‘sign on’. What should I do?
Let Bookcareers.com know and we will write you a letter for you to take to the job centre, requesting that your signing on time is moved as it clashes with an excellent opportunity for you to look for work within your chosen field.
Is there a membership fee?
Currently there is no membership fee or charge; this is a not-for profit- venture. Bookcareers.com are giving their time freely; University College London (UCL) are providing the venue; The Book Trade Charity (BTBS) are sponsoring the tea and coffee.
I’ve been doing work experience for 6 months, do I qualify?
Relevant work experience will be taken into consideration for entry level candidates wishing to join the job club, however places are strictly limited and entry will be granted according to our discretion.
I’m having a terrible time at the moment… will it be one of those groups where you have to stand up and share all your problems?
No. This is a dignified, positive work-focused group, there will be no whinging and no self-pity – everyone here will be in the same boat.
Can I turn up, see the guests and leave?
No, this is not a ‘drop in centre’, it is a formal meeting and you will be expected to commit to the whole meeting. If you are seen to be abusing the meetings you may be excluded from future meetings.
WHAT THEY ARE ALREADY SAYING ABOUT
David Hicks, The Book Trade Charity (BTBS)
“Our work with mid-career problems has been developing over the years and we are delighted to support this Initiative”
Women in Publishing UK
“Women in Publishing UK have collaborated with Suzanne Collier on a number of occasions and we are sure her new initiative will again be very beneficial for many people within the industry. Last year, we were honoured to present Suzanne with the Pandora Award for her extensive contribution to the publishing industry, and it gives us immense pleasure to support her as she relaunches this essential service.”
Other endorsements have come from the Publishers Association and The Society of Young Publishers.