bookcareers Job Club Initiative

Apr 2, 2020

As a direct response to the current employment situation caused by Covid-19 we will be re-instating the bookcareers Job Club Initiative, in association with The Book Trade Charity (BTBS).

Through regular online daytime meetings we will provide FREE specialist advice on all aspects of job hunting including CVs, covering letters, interview skills, industry trends, and more. We also aim to offer all bookcareers job club members a strong network of supportive contacts, helping you to regain your confidence in a fast-changing and highly competitive job market.


The Bookcareers Initiative is open to those who:
– are already from the UK book trade (bookselling, book distribution, literary agents, publishing, publishing services, literary festivals etc) who are currently unemployed
– have completed a MA in Publishing or a recognised publishing degree, who are still unemployed six weeks or more after graduation. [GRADUATING THIS YEAR 2020 – Do not register – you still have full support from your University Careers Service, use it!  Instead please subscribe to our newsletter via the blue panel at the bottom of this page and we will let you know when our Entry Level Job Club starts, currently scheduled for September 2020.]

We may consider those who have completed extensive publishing 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 register here.


If you do not qualify but would like the help of Bookcareers, please check the other services we have available. Those who are employed and would like to access the high quality of advice we deliver to our bookcareers Job Club, do check out our How to Job Search in Book Publishing course which is our ‘job club in a day’ and open to all.

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.


This is how you can help with the Bookcareers Initiative:

1. Working in HR, Recruitment or currently have vacancies? Volunteer to talk to our Job Club group.
2. Are you a Trainer within the industry? Our Initiative consists of people who need new skills. Come and talk to us about what is important right now.
3. Make a donation to The Book Trade Charity BTBS.
You can do this by clicking this link or to the BTBS directly (mentioning


David Hicks, The Book Trade Charity (BTBS)
“We are delighted to put our name to such a positive initiative at this time. are experts at providing career support for the book industry and getting people into work. Over the years we’ve seen bookcareers help countless people into employment and we are confident that everyone who participates will be in the best possible hands.’


Carl Smith, SYP UK Chair 2020
‘We at the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) are always proud to partner with Suzanne and Bookcareers. Not only because they have been integral to our organisation in the past and present, but because many of our members – committee and participants alike – have first-hand experience of being aided by their career-focused courses and advice. That this guidance can now be accessed online, and thus from any location, will mean more and more people can receive help going forward.’


Bookcareers Job Club 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 online during the daytime.

The group meets online, usually on a fortnightly basis and is open to people at all levels of their careers, from Managers and Senior staff to first/second jobbers. As we are online, your UK location should not be an issue. As the demand for the job club will be high, we aim to be focussed entirely on those who are already based in the UK and want to work in the UK book industry.  If there are more applicants than spaces we will aim to run more than one group.

These are NOT ‘open’ meetings – registration and participation is essential. You will be given actionable tasks at the end of each meeting.

This project is in association with The Book Trade Charity BTBS.  We’ll update our list of supporters and endorsements as they come in.


Please complete this registration form.

Each online meeting will start promptly at the scheduled time, like any business meeting, where news and highlights will be announced. We will then focus on an area of job searching and after a brief presentation there will then be an online discussion and you will be given an actionable task before the next call.

The main advisor will be Suzanne Collier from, a Registered Career Development Professional (RCDP) who has over 20 years of experience of helping people like you into work. Sometimes there may be a guest 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. To create a supportive network you need to attend every meeting; you cannot pick and choose which meetings to attend.

All meetings will be ‘off camera’: what is said in the meeting room stays in the meeting room.

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. You need to attend as many meetings as possible. To create a supportive and strong network, you cannot pick and choose which meetings you attend

Numbers are strictly limited and membership is solely at the discretion of – 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 or social class.

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 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. are giving their time freely.

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.