Clinic at London Book Fair 2016

Mar 24, 2016 Clinic at the London Book Fair 2016
Supported by The Publishers Association

Thursday, 14th April 2016
2.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Olympia Room, London Book Fair
[A ticket is required to enter the London Book Fair; it is free to attend the Careers Clinic]

If you are at the London Book Fair as part of your research before applying for jobs (do not come to the London Book Fair expecting to find a job – please read this first) the our Clinic should be an essential part of your visit.

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Do you want to have a quick chat with a Human Resources Manager from a UK book publisher? Or speak to one of the industry Recruitment Consultants? Maybe get Careers Guidance from Then join us in the Clinic where we will have a room full of industry specialists waiting to answer your questions. Time is limited to approximately 5-10 minutes per person, and you will be seen on a first come, first served basis. You can also leave your CV to be shown to those recruiting after the show, or view the vacancies on our job vacancy noticeboard.

The Clinic will be taking place on Thursday, 14th April 2016 between 2.30 pm and 5.00 pm, in the Olympia Room at the London Book Fair.  You need a ticket for the London Book Fair for entry into the Careers Clinic.  If you are unemployed or unable to gain a ticket from your place of work, we have a limited number of free tickets available – see the FAQs below.


Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions.
How much does it cost?
There is an entrance fee to the London Book Fair. Follow this link to purchase your ticket. There is no charge for the Clinic, which is supported by The Publishers Association.  We are both who are committed to careers within the industry. We have a limited number of free tickets for those who are unemployed or unable to get a ticket from their place of work.  Please email us at (If you can get a free ticket from another source, please access this first, so that we can help as many unemployed as possible).

Who will be advising?
At time of writing we have 10 Human Resources Departments drawn from across the industry and 3 Recruitment Consultants.  The Human Resources Departments include Bloomsbury Publishing, BMJ, Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Wiley Blackwell.   Recruitment Consultants include Atwood Tate, Inspired Selection, and Redwood Recruitment. Please note we cannot guarantee that any particular advisor or consultant will be free to see you.  Suzanne Collier of will also be around to give qualified careers guidance.

Will I be offered a job at the London Book Fair?
No, but there will be job vacancies advertised on our noticeboard at the clinic.  If you want to know how to use the London Book Fair if you are looking for a job, please read this.

Should I hand my CV to exhibitors?
Not a good idea. Most exhibitors are too busy to talk to prospective applicants and there is no guarantee that your CV will reach the person who you want to see it. We offer a CV Clearing House and circulate profiles of CVs after the Fair to prospective employers and place them on our website. Those who are already registered with our CV Clearing House are automatically included in this. Click the CV Clearing House link, and it will explain more about what we do.

What should I use the Fair for?
Use it for research in your job-hunting. Visit stands of companies that you would like to work for, look at how busy they are, what kind of books they are publishing, take away a copy of their catalogue for you to study later (or make a note to view their website online after the show, to save you carrying too much). Now go and visit their competitors, and make comparisons between them. Market awareness is everything in book publishing. When you go to an interview you need to demonstrate your enthusiasm and knowledge of the company. The book fair is a great place to start as the whole publishing industry is under one roof.
This article How to Use the London Book Fair if you are looking for a job gives you more insight into how to plan your visit.

What do Exhibitors use the Fair for?
The London Book Fair has become the number one invent in the UK for those connected with books in some form. It now attracts a wide range of national and international visitors. These include booksellers, other retailers, librarians, publishers, literary agents, authors, printers and production staff. Publishers and companies relevant to publishing exhibit their products and wares to UK and International customers, both who purchase finished books and the right to publish their books in other editions or languages. Visitors to the Fair can range from your local Librarian or the Manager of your local bookshop, to a South African Publisher, looking for books to publish in Afrikaans. The other major exhibition which all publishers attend is the Frankfurt Book Fair held in Germany in October.

I can’t get to the London Book Fair or Clinic, can I still participate?
We run a telephone Careers Clinic all year round where you can have a quick chat about the help you need. Appointments book up very quickly.    We also offer reasonably priced assistance with individual job applications, and longer face to face consultations for in-depth career guidance and development as well as interview coaching.  You can book a Careers Clinic appointment online here.  Any other provisions we make for people who cannot attend the London Book Fair will be announced on http:/www/