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First time in the job market

Still in education and thinking about your career options? Left school, college or university and preparing to put together your first CV? Whatever stage you're at, it can pay to take advantage of the information and guidance on offer.

Career planning and finding your first job

Spending some time looking at your options and putting a plan together could help improve your chances of getting into the career you want. Once you're ready to start applying for jobs, make sure you're not missing out on any vacancies. It’s also worth checking that your CV and interview technique are up to standard.

Help from Jobcentre Plus

There are a number of schemes to help people in particular circumstances who are looking for work. These include New Deal for young people, run by Jobcentre Plus.

Getting advice on your options as a graduate

You can get careers advice and resources to help you with job hunting from your university or college careers service.

Making the most of what you earn

Make the most of your first wage packet by arming yourself with the facts about budgeting, saving, taxes, debt and more.

Boost your skills

Improving your skills could be a way of opening up new options in the job market – and you could qualify for financial help while you're learning.

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