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History BA: IMDHIS316 Career Planning


Welcome to your Career Planning reading list! Here you will find the resources to support you throughout your module.

Recommended reading

Online Resources

Be warned: much of the advice about resumés and cover-letters found on US websites or in books published in the US should be used with caution. American employers often look for different qualities in candidates and American CVs and covering letters follow different rules that wouldn’t work in the UK or Europe. Stick to advice on the UK job market and CVs and covering-letters.

Check out this guide—and template—for finding the CV format to sell yourself best

Guardian article on what your CV really says about you

Cover letters and CV for history graduates from the AHA, from the US but useful for history graduates, adjust accordingly

Look at TargetJOBS guide to perfecting your CV


Branine, Mohamed, ‘Graduate recruitment and selection in the UK’, Career Development International, vol. 13, no. 6 (2008), pp. 497-513.


Where to look for jobs

Below is a selected list of resources history graduates commonly use in their job hunts.

Directories of graduate recruiters

TARGETjobs directories are annual guides to job-markets and training schemes in most trades and professions, from engineering to finance to local government

Professional bodies and societies

Such as industry societies and associations, trade organisations and professional bodies:

Charity jobs 

Civil Service

NHS jobs

Online vacancy listings


The Careers Group (Uni of London)

Target Jobs

National, regional and local newspapers

East Anglian Daily Times jobs

Lists of local employers

Found in public libraries, town halls, chambers of commerce, local authority careers services.

Specialist trade journals

The Bookseller

Recruitment agencies

See the Federation of Recruitment Agencies directory

UoS Careers office

See MyUoS

Vacancy email lists and job-alerts

Usually sent through professional and trade bodies.

For work in FE and HE, as well as for funded postgraduate schemes

Guardian job search

Readings for a Heritage job-track, including Museum work

Readings on Heritage

No Recommended reading for this week

Readings on education and teaching

Online Resources 

Arts and Humanities Research Council Society of Archivists
Jobs in the Arts, Arts Council England


Featherstone, Mike, ‘Archive’, Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 23 (2006), pp. 591–596.

Academic journals on library and customer services
These and others are held by the UoS library e-journals: see the link on MyUoS
Journal of customer service in marketing & management
Journal of Library and Information Science Research
The Electronic Library

Libraries and Archives

Atkinson, Sarah, and Sarah Whatley, ‘Digital Archives and Open Archival Practices’, Convergence, vol. 21 (2015), pp. 3–7.


Retail and Management