All you need to know to develop your IC career


All you need to know to develop your IC career

Are you looking to make your next career move within the world of corporate communication?

Every week I am contacted by professionals who are on the hunt for a new role, want to know what events are on, find courses to attend or books to read.

There are 1000 articles on this blog packed with advice and guidance to help you excel in your chosen comms role.

Today I’m going to share my resources to help you/your team members or people you mentor make smart decisions to benefit your careers. That could be in your existing role or a brand new one.

So grab a cuppa and have a look through to see what you could benefit from.

Where is the best place to look for internal communication jobs? 

I get asked daily if I’ve heard of jobs and am contacted by people in my network who are on the hunt to add to their teams or make their own move.

I’ve started featuring vacancies on my website and every week it’s updated with the latest roles. You can also see them @AllthingsICjobs on Twitter.

The majority are direct with the employers – so not through recruitment agencies.

You can advertise for just £50+VAT per role per week. So whether you’re looking for a comms intern or Global Comms Director, see the place your job ad page for all you need to know.

I recommend joining Groups on LinkedIn and ensuring your profile is up to date if you’re looking for a new job because it’s the first place people look when they receive applications.

Use your profile to highlight why you work in communications, what your skills are and what you’re looking for.

Make the most of the features including options to include links to more information about yourself. See my profile as an example.

Use LinkedIn to search for roles and to sign up to receive alerts when new ones are posted.

See the All Things IC jobs page for the latest adverts.

Learn about internal communication via All Things IC

In 2016 I introduced All Things IC Masterclasses to help professional communicators achieve excellence.

These are day-long courses in London and are designed to boost your skills, provide a confidential space to ask questions and bring peers together.


See the Masterclasses website for full information and to save your space.

Courses cost from £399+VAT per person. If you’re a nonprofit organisation, save 20% using the code NFP20 at checkout.

All Things IC MasterclassesUpcoming courses include:

Recruitment agencies

There are lots of recruiters who specialise in placing communication professionals in new roles. The most popular here in the UK are:

Badenoch & ClarkBirchwood KnightCIPR job siteComma PartnersEllwood AtfieldHarknessKennettInternal Comms jobsVMA Group and CorpComms Mag jobsite.

What can I learn from other comms pros?

Through my Question of Comms feature, in-house and freelance communicators have started to share their career advice.

From the one thing they couldn’t do their jobs without, to the best comms book they’ve read, there’s a wealth of information on my site to help you.

Search the tag to read their stories.

What books are worth reading about internal comms and PR?

I’ve published regular recommended reading lists since creating this blog in 2009.

The latest one – Recommended books for comms pros (2014)

Previous lists:
2013: Internal comms and social media books (2)
2013: Recommended comms and social media books
2012: Recommended comms and social media books
New reads for internal communications 2011
Internal comms must reads
Internal comms and social media list – created 2009.

books_2Books featuring Rachel

I’ve contributed to a number of books and ebooks over the years including writing chapters in:

Share This Too: More Social Media Solutions for PR Professionals

Share This Too: More Social Media Solutions for PR Professionals. It was published by Wiley in 2013.

Read more about my chapter: review by Richard Cooper“Rachel brings her ideas to life with contemporary case studies and gives clear guidance on how to get the best from social media in your organisation”. 

You can find the book on Amazon.

Share This: The Social Media Handbook for PR Professionals

Share This: The Social Media Handbook for PR Professionals The book was published by Wiley in 2012).

I wrote the chapter on Employee Engagement: How social media are changing internal communication. Share ThisVideo overview and info about Rachel’s talk at Facebook during Social Media Week 2012. You can find the book on Amazon.

Maximize Your Social: A One-Stop Guide to Building a Social Media Strategy for Marketing and Business Success

Contributed to Maximize Your Social: A One-Stop Guide to Building a Social Media Strategy for Marketing and Business Success by Neal Schaffer.

It was published by Wiley in 2013 and my chapter focused on social media and internal communication strategies.

You can find the book on Amazon.

Where can I read about internal communication?

I publish presentations about internal communication via SlideShare and use Pinterest extensively to pin images and articles relating to internal communication:

IC_glossaryI’ve also collated a blogroll featuring comms bloggers where you can read the thoughts of other people working in comms.

Guest articles
I have published guest articles by 150+ comms pros over the years. Access my guest post archive to read their stories.

Internal comms glossary
Following feedback from readers, I created a glossary of internal communication to help demystify some of the words and phrases that are commonly used.

What events are on for IC pros to attend?

See my comms calendar for a round-up of events taking place around the globe for comms pros to attend. It includes training courses, awards to enter and conferences.

Keep an eye on the Free Stuff page for the latest deals.

Want to know even more? See my Rachel’s Resources page.

Thank you as ever for stopping by, I hope you found this article helpful,


First published on All Things IC blog 23 January 2015.

Updated February 2017.


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