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The big CV dos, and definitely don’ts

Get your CV up to scratch for the job hunt.

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Digging behind the job title

Recruitment specialists give advice on breaking through the jargon.

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Write the perfect cover letter

A good cover letter is like a confident handshake. Use our template to ensure you don't offer employers a limp hand.

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Building your first CV

If you don't have a lot of work experience, use your first CV to showcase your skills, strengths and ambition.

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The interview top 10

Got an interview? Check out our tips and make sure you ace it.

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The 10 biggest interview mistakes

Congratulations! Your CV’s done its job and you’ve got an interview. Don’t blow it by…

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10 things you should have in your CV

When it comes to CVs, there are some key things to remember.

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10 top tips for handling interview nerves

Follow our top tips and keep your cool at interviews.

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How to research an employer

Preparation is key to a successful interview. Find out how to research an employer before you go in.

Samuel Rennie

What's it really like to be an MA?

We asked five totally different Modern Apprentices for a peep at their working days.

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Pitch perfect

Could you sell yourself in 30 seconds? We find out how to craft an elevator pitch, whether you're a budding entrepreneur, going for an interview or networking.

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Is an MA right for your child?

Got questions about Modern Apprenticeships? We asked an expert for the answers.

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Getting into the right frame of mind

How you can help your child prepare for an interview.

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Filling in the blanks

Advice on how to help your child complete an application form.

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A quick guide to assessment centres

Group tasks, interviews, role play and presentation all in one day? Use our tips and be prepared.

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How to handle a bilingual interview

We asked an expert what you can do to prepare.

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Is a Gaelic CV a good idea?

Find out the best way to highlight Gaelic skills in your CV.

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Testing times

Applying for an MA? Find out what to expect if you're asked to sit an aptitude test.

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Show it off

Volunteering at the Commonwealth Games? Make sure the experience you get gives you the edge on a CV or at an interview.

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Work experience that makes a difference

Fiona Boyle of Third Sector Internships Scotland explains why paid internships benefit your studies and future career.

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Zero hour

Zero-hour contracts are hitting the headlines. Here’s what you need to know.

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How would you like to work for the First Minister?

16 year old Kelly Ward tells us about her Modern Apprenticeship in Alex Salmond’s office.

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Wake up, rave on

Londoners are popping in to a morning rave on their way to work. What’s the best way to kick off your working day?

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Your CV: The Movie

Could your smartphone hold the key to your job hunt? We find out about video CVs.

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Learning to care – from MA to degree

The practical experience from her Modern Apprenticeship helped Zoe kick-start her degree in nursing.

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What’s in a handshake?

Whether you're networking or at an interview a firm, but friendly, handshake is key.

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How can Andy Murray help you get a job?

Take a tip from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for your job hunt.

Beat the job hunt

Uni graduate Maria Godfrey spent six months trying to find a job. Here she tells how she finally landed one and passes on some top job hunting tips.

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What it's really like to be an intern

Thinking about an internship after you graduate? Worried you'll be stuck making the tea? Interns tell us what their placements were really like.

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Your ticket to festival freebies

Want more big weekends? We find out how you can work or help out at Scotland's festivals, and see your favourite bands for free.

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What should I wear to a job interview?

We get some workwear advice ahead of Topshop's Dress to Impress events for Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

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Pick your summer job

Want experience and contacts for your CV and cash for the summer and next term? Find out who's likely to be hiring and what kind of job you could do.


A graduate matchmaker

Striking out in your graduate job hunt? A recruitment agency can help you make your perfect match.

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Be one of Scotland's Best

Want to volunteer at the Ryder Cup? Scotland's Best is offering unemployed young people the chance to develop skills for work at exciting events around the country.

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Looking for an internship?

Hear from the student who can help you get a foot in the door.

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Selling your strengths when applying for jobs

Try out our improved My Strengths tool to help you with application forms and your CV.

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Social networking: What not to do

Have you been using Twitter for 8 years? Be aware of what you've posted as it could catch the eye of a potential employer.

My Account

Create an account and find the right career advice, tools and information for you.

SDS Individual Learning Accounts

Did you know you could be eligible for up to £200 towards the cost of learning?

Modern Apprenticeships

All the information you need on how to become a Modern Apprentice.

Weekly poll

The Commonwealth Games have begun, which athlete would you most like to bump into?