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How to Job Search in Publishing – Professionals

08/10/2019 @ 09:30 - 17:00


In association with The Book Trade Charity BTBS and supported by The Booksellers Association

If you’re thinking is this course right for you, email us at and we’ll have a quick chat to discuss your suitability.

If you are currently unemployed and from the UK book industry (publishing, bookselling, distribution) you can apply for a FREE place sponsored by The Book Trade Charity BTBS – see the instructions at the foot of this page.

An independent review of the course

“This was a well-rounded and very informative course, leaving me feeling inspired and more confident in the job search process. Thank you.”

Would you like to know EVERYTHING there is to know about job searching in book publishing?
Are you beginning your job search?
Or maybe you’ve been looking for a while and getting nowhere.

Whether you are established in your publishing career or just starting out, this course is for you. You will learn all there is to know about how to find a job in book publishing. Even if you think you already ‘know it all’ you are likely to come away from the course having learnt something new.

We incorporate all aspects of job searching – from CVs, covering letters, interviews (including competency based interviews), networking, social media, Recruitment Consultants, branding, where to find jobs – and add in lots of valuable inside information that is essential in today’s ever-changing job climate.

“An incredibly helpful day, full of useful information.”

The industry is changing at a rapid rate and so is the way that employers recruit staff. Bookcareers are right at the front of the queue when learning about these changes, as we are regularly in touch with employers and recruiters across the industry. During this one day course we will share with you the tools that you need to help you find your own job and ways forward, so that you have the knowledge to go and get the job that you really want.

“Very helpful seminar, having everything you need to know in one day is the best way to approach it”

This is a LIVE day – everything is tailored for those in the room. It is interactive; you have input and are able to ask questions and receive feedback at all times. Out of the whole day, there is only one 30 minute Powerpoint presentation – all other content is delivered with you and your unique situation in mind.

Lunch and refreshments are included, along with a notebook, pen, folder and course handouts.

Sample Agenda – all timings are approximate

09.45 am Coffee and registration
Introductions and networking
10.00 am Industry changes – career options and choices
Skills that are needed in publishing now and in the future
10.15 am How the job market is changing
Where to look for jobs
Recruitment Consultants
Social media and building your brand
11.15 am Comfort Break
11.20 am CV presentation and critiques

Skill profiles
Covering letter presentation and critiques
1.00 pm Lunch
1.30 pm Interview theory
2.30 pm Interview practice
2.45 pm Break
3.00 pm Interview practice
3.45 pm Any other questions and discussion
4.45 pm Close


“I would recommend this course, even for someone who has been in book publishing for a while.”

This is aimed at people who already have an understanding or experience of book publishing and who may be job searching for the first time in quite a while, or who have already been on a prolonged job search, although we will welcome entry level candidates who have an understanding of the book publishing industry and the jobs available. It doesn’t matter which sector you are in, be it Trade, Academic, Educational, STM etc, the skills you will learn are applicable to all areas.

If you would like to talk to us about the course before booking, to ensure that it is relevant to your needs, please email your CV to and we will schedule a time to talk on the phone.

Don’t forget to check out the independent assessment of the course


This is being held at The Booksellers Association, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR
Full directions and the room number will be sent to you once you have your confirmed booking.


We provide lunch and refreshments, a notebook and pen, a folder and course handouts.
You will be asked to submit your CV and recent covering letters in advance to the group presentation if you wish to receive a critique.
You are welcome to bring along any Job Advertisements that you wish to discuss on the day as part of the group.

Tea and Coffee will be available at breaktimes and water will be available throughout the day. A buffet sandwich lunch will be provided. When booking please advise us of any dietary requirements.


“Suzanne is inspirational”

The presenter for the day will be Suzanne Collier from, who has been described as THE person to see if you want to get ahead in book publishing. |
Suzanne has over 30 years experience in the industry and is fully qualified in Career Guidance and Development. She has spent many of those years helping others progress their career from Managing Director downwards.

“Suzanne’s manner was very approachable and helpful”


The class size will range from 6-12 people, enabling you to get your questions answered, receive feedback and advice relevant to your own situation in a group setting.


If you are unemployed and have made a commitment to a career in the UK book industry (work experience, are a member of the SYP, have an MA in Publishing, or something similar) then you may qualify for your place to be sponsored by The Book Trade Charity (BTBS). In the first instance, to apply for this sponsorship, please email your current CV and a covering letter for job you’ve recently applied for to
We may from time to time have one volunteer place per course for people who are unemployed and cannot get funding from elsewhere. Again, please email to apply.

This course is aimed at UK book publishing. You need to have the right to work in the UK to apply for a place.


The Booksellers Association
6 Bell Yard
London, WC2A 2JR
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