New year, new job?


It’s that time of the year. December 2019.

Right before another year ticks over.

You may start wondering whether you want to continue working for the same employer for another year, or start fresh in a new job. Perhaps for change of scenery, better pay, more interesting and varied work, or maybe the job you’re currently is not part of what you vision for the next 12-months.

If you are looking to apply for jobs next year, why not make your job applications count. After all, you’ve worked hard for the experience and skills obtained over the course of your work history to date.

The team at Client Centric can help make this happen. They can turn any ordinary CV into something attractive, comprehensive, detailed and tailored, designed to market and promote you.

Whether it be a new resume and cover letter, interview skills coaching or assistance addressing key selection criteria, Client Centric is across many platforms.

Why are employers impressed when candidates put effort in their job application? By Matthew Coppola


Employers really appreciate it when job seekers put effort into their job application because it shows initiative, attention to detail and commitment on the job seeker’s part in trying to make an impression and show that they want the job and want to prove it.

To put effort effort in your application means that you personalised your cover letter, your resume is informative and detailed, and your writing is grammatically correct and easy to read.

Effort means time in customising your application and personalising it to the job that you are applying for.

Matthew Coppola, Consultant 

www.clientcentric.com.au 

What if I don’t know who to address the cover letter to? By Matthew Coppola


Occasionally a job advertisement will not mention a contact person. It may just ask for you to submit your resume and cover letter for consideration.

So, what can you do in this instance?

One option is to call the company advertising for the role and ask who is the best person to attention your application letter to. Doing so, can show enthusiasm and a keen interest in the position, along with helping you to get noticed by the employer.

The other option is to just put: ‘To Whom It May Concern:’.


Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions

How to stay motivated and positive despite set backs in securing work, by Matthew Coppola


It can sure get tough finding a job. We want the right job, but often is the case we settle for anything just to be employed.

I don’t see anything wrong with that. It can certainly look good on a resume as opposed to a lengthy unemployed history, and it also helps to keep us focused until the right job comes along.

We often say to ourselves – ‘stay positive’ or ‘don’t worry, something will come up’ – however the bills that need to be paid are at the back of our mind in how important it is to have a job.

But often is the case when we lose focus on our job search efforts, the result is:

  • Incomplete and inaccurate job applications.
  • Cover letters that are not properly tailored.
  • Messy applications and we rush the job search process.

Loss of focus can have a serious impact on the success of our job search efforts.

One approach that can really help build up an individual’s confidence is by having their resume and cover letter written by the experts at client centric.

They can professionally write for you a new and tailored resume and cover letter that work to sell and market your skills and highlighting, highlighting what you have to offer.

Visit their website today at www.clientcentric.com.au

They service every capital city and regional areas across Australia including Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Gold Coast, Hobart and Adelaide.

Client Centric: The specialists in writing resumes and cover letters for clients looking for work in Geelong, Victoria.


Geelong is indeed a beautiful town southwest of Victoria, well known for its Art Deco boardwalk, colourful sculptures and a rich history.

There are many and varied jobs available in Geelong, from a wide range of industries and sectors to work in.

Finding a job in Geelong can at times be challenging. However, the team at Client Centric are available to assist clients put their best foot forward with a professionally written resume and cover letter designed to market and promote their skills and experience.

The service that they provide is primarily online/phone based. They are very responsive and eager to assist.

If you live in Geelong and would like help with your job applications and interview skills, look no further than the team at Client Centric. They are ready and waiting to help you.

Client Centric: The Professional Key Selection Criteria Writers.


The team at Client Centric have considerable experience in addressing key selection criteria.

They know how to write tailored responses that capture the readers attention, relate to the position and align the individual’s experience with the job description.

From administration to government, to education and healthcare – they have assisted clients at all levels put their best foot forward.

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au for more information.

Client Centric provide a personalised and tailored service for all their clients. They are responsive, professional and very helpful.

Australia’s specialist in etiquette training: Auersmont School of Etiquette


#etiquette
#etiquettetraining
#etiquettespecialist

I recently chatted with Elizabeth Soos, consultant and principal of Auersmont School of Etiquette. 

Auersmont is a boutique etiquette consultancy firm that provides professional advice and expert knowledge in the world of etiquette, social conventions and good manners.

Prestigious British etiquette educators, Emma Dupont in London and Paris and Shanghai-based etiquette and service consultant, Guillaume Rue de Bernadac at Academie de Bernadac, trained Elizabeth.

Her training, coupled with a European background and extensive knowledge in cross-cultural issues, has enabled her to build Auersmont School of Etiquette to what it is today.

Elizabeth believes that it is crucial to start with etiquette in the formative years of a child’s life, setting them in good stead for the future in their adult years.

The courses that Elizabeth provides at Auersmont School of Etiquette have been tailored to match etiquette to the needs of all ages, from children to teens and adults.

She has even devised specific training for business professionals and those newly entering the workforce. One of her speciality subjects is Interviewing Etiquette.  At any age, applying for work and attending an interview can seem daunting,  so this course that she offers will guide you through the interview process to be prepared and equipped.

Visit their website today at https://auersmont.com.au.

 

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Matthew Coppola, Client Centric

About marketing services offered by Client Centric


Client Centric offer a range of marketing services for companies.

These include:

The range of marketing services offered by Client Centric are aimed about helping businesses of all sizes to present and highlight their services and/or products in an attractive, presentable and engaging format, both in print and digital forms.

Who would benefit from the various marketing services on offer?

Marketing professionals and sales people may benefit from having some great materials and resources that they can use to bring to business meetings with potential or existing clientele. The materials can also be used by management staff when holding conferences.

Do they use templates?

No. Although they have their own style of design, they create every piece of marketing marketing material from the ground up.

How do I make contact with Client Centric?

Visit their website at: www.clientcentric.com.au

One of their friendly team will be happy to attend to your requirements and provide you with an appropriate quote.

 

Responding to the interview question: “What do you look for in a job?” By Matthew Coppola


What do you look for in a job?

Asking this question provides the interviewer with insight and understanding of what it is that you are after in a job and what is going to motivate you to stay and put forth your best effort.

By finding out what you look for in a job, the interviewer can then compare that with what they have on offer and to see if it matches up with what you want.

My suggestion is to be genuine and sincere about what you are looking for in a job. You can the finish up your answer by mentioning about how you feel that the job you are being interviewed for will meet your expectations and requirements in a position.


Would you like interview skills coaching? Contact Client Centric.

Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

 

 

Responding to the interview question: “What made you apply for this role” By Matthew Coppola


What made you apply for this role?

With this question, the interviewer is trying to determine your reasons for applying and what exactly drew you to the position they have advertised.

In responding to this question, my suggestion is to talk about the role, what really interests you and why the role meets your search criteria for a job.


 


Would you like interview skills coaching? Contact Client Centric.

Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

Responding to the interview question: “How well do you handle stress?” By Matthew Coppola


How well do you handle stress?

Stress in the workplace is unavoidable.

By definition, it’s that emotional strain and pressure that comes with demanding circumstances. We may feel pressured at times, but being stressed at work is the next level, and it’s not nice to go through.

The interviewer is just trying to ascertain what your coping mechanisms are when it comes to stress at work and how well you handle it. The employer may know that the job at times is very stressful, and so they want to make sure that you have coping mechanisms in place to get through stressful periods at work.

My suggestion is first to start talking about stress in the workplace, how it is unavoidable, why stress can occur in the workplace, why it’s not good to let stress get the better of us and what our resolve should be.

Now this introductory comment doesn’t need to be long-winded and extensive. Keep it brief and to the point.

After you have made your introductory comment, then talk about the techniques and strategies that you implement to cope with and manage stress as best you can.

But my biggest suggestion is not to come across that you are immune to stress. Sure, some of us cope better than others. But the person interviewing you may feel that stress is tough to manage, and in asking you the question, they may, subconsciously, appreciate the way you deal with stress and something they can think about.

And also too, if you come across that stress is non-existent to you, they may not believe you, even if there is some degree of truth to that.


Would you like interview skills coaching? Contact Client Centric.

Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

Responding to the interview question: “How would your peers describe you?” By Matthew Coppola


How would your peers describe you?

Asking this question to an interviewee provides the employer with an insight from the candidate’s perspective on how their friends and peers see them, providing some kind of indication on what kind of person they are and what they will be like in the workplace.

When trying to find someone for the best fit for the team, asking this question is a good starting point.

My suggestion is to talk about the most positive, up building points that your peers would say about you and then explain why they would say those things.

Just saying that your peers think your the best person to go to when problems arise may not come across genuine, but backing it up with an example or further explanation will help create some kind of verification to what you are saying.


Would you like interview skills coaching? Contact Client Centric.

Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

Responding to the interview question: “What is your best accomplishment to date?” By Matthew Coppola


What is your best accomplishment to date?

This is a question asked by an interviewer to find out something in your career thus far that you are most proud of and an achievement that can show the kind of person you are in the workplace.

Indeed, an individual’s achievements say much about who they are. The same goes for helping to determine the right person for the job.

When responding to this question, my suggestion is to either bring up your best accomplishment, providing details of employer/job/role/outcome, or, if you have multiple achievements and you just can’t pick one, choose to either say a couple great achievements or pick the one most relevant to the job you are being interviewed for.


Would you like interview skills coaching? Contact Client Centric.

Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

Responding to the interview question: “Why are you leaving your current position?” By Matthew Coppola


Why are you leaving your current position?

There are many reasons why someone would leave their job.

They may have been made redundant, left for personal reasons or lost their job either for performance reasons or did not pass the probation period. Whatever the reason is (There could be so many reasons) this question usually comes up in an interview.

WHY IS THIS QUESTION ASKED

The employer/recruiter wants to know why you left your job because it’s a fair question and they want to be aware of your intentions and reasons for applying.

You may however decide not to tell them the real reason why you left. You may feel that they will think negatively of you or that you may lose the opportunity to secure the job because of your reason/s for leaving.

This is indeed a tricky question.

You may decide to be upfront and honest about your real reasons for leaving.

Or, you could approach the question the following way:

  • Explaining that you left for personal reasons, but then conclude by talking about the positive points of your experience, what you learnt and how you are ready to now take the next step in your career.

By taking this approach, no specific reason is provided but the prospective employer sees that you are positive about it all and just wanting to progress and move forward.


Would you like interview skills coaching? Contact Client Centric.

Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

Responding to the interview question: “Why do you want this job?” By Matthew Coppola


Why do you want this job?

Fairly straight forward question, right?

For most people, the real reason why they want the job may not be exactly what they decide is appropriate in the interview to say.

How so?

Some of the real reasons for wanting the job are:

  • Unemployed – need to pay the bills and so having a job is high priority. 
  • More money/higher income and greater job challenges.
  • To be involved and part of the work force.
  • Really need a job to sustain a certain lifestyle.
  • Desire to be industrious, hard working and busy.

I have highlighted the main reasons which I believe are the most common.

But should you prefer to provide another reason other then what I have listed above, you may opt to say the following:

  • Role really interests me and is exactly what I am looking for to make next step in my career.
  • As much as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in my currently role, I feel now after ____ years, I am ready for a change.
  • Since being made redundant/leaving my last role, I have been actively searching for work. This job is precisely what I am seeking.

Would you like interview skills coaching? Contact Client Centric.

Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

Dealing with nerves during a job interview, by Matthew Coppola


When conducting interview coaching, I am often asked by individuals about how they can deal with their nerves during a job interview.

They feel that that they get so nervous and flustered, that they forget what to say, have a ‘mental blank’ and end up either saying something brief and short, or talking extensively around the question.
 
Then, they feel what they have said isn’t right and start to question what the prospective employer will think of them besides what is written in the resume.
 
Has this ever happened to you?
 
Indeed, this has certainly happened to me, as you can read here.
 
Below is a list of my suggestions on how you may be able to better cope with those nerves during the interview:
 
  • Have an introduction to your response, finishing it off with a concluding remark.
  • If you have a glass of water in front of you, take regular sips before responding.
  • Slow down your responses – don’t feel you need to rush your answer.
  • Emphasise certain points, stress certain parts of what you are saying, then take a pause – this helps buy you some breathing space and will also encourage them to really meditate and digest on what you are saying and trying to get across.
  • Thoroughly prepare, prepare, prepare for your interview before hand.
  • Get an early nights rest before the day of your interview.
  • Arrive early to the employer’s location and take the time to sit down and relax.
  • Read through the job description before your interview and really think about how your skills and experience match with what they are asking for. By having a good understanding of what they are after, you will hopefully feel more confident in yourself and feel less of a surprise when questions are asked of you.
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If you are interested in receiving interview skills coaching, please do not hesitate to contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be very happy to help.
 

About employment services from Client Centric for Defence Force members and their partners, by Matthew Coppola


Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions offers a special tailored and expert service for members of the Australian Defence Force needing help transitioning into the civilian workforce and require a demilitarised resume and cover letter.

The range of tailored services that they offer to help individuals transition out of the army, navy or airforce include:

  • Professionally Written CV/Resume
  • Targeted Cover Letters
  • Interview Skills Coaching 
  • Revamped LinkedInTM profiles

​Their services are designed to market and promote an individual’s skills, experience and training gained from their time in service (as well as prior experiences before entering service) to a prospective employer in the civilian work force. 


Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in your career to date? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Link to the specific page on Client Centric’s website is: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/defence

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help.

www.clientcentric.com.au

 

How many words should my responses be to the key selection criteria? By Matthew Coppola


So, as part of your application you need to address a set of key selection criteria. How long should your responses be?

Firstly, my suggestion is to find out if the employer/recruiter has asked for a certain number of words per response or how many pages your application should be. Will help you determine the length and size of your answers.

However, as a rule of thumb, my suggestion is to stay around 300-350 words per criteria. Or best to stay less than half a page long, with multiple paragraphs rather than a couple of long paragraphs that may be a little difficult to read.


Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in your career to date? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help.

www.clientcentric.com.au

 

How many pages should a cover letter be? By Matthew Coppola


The cover letter is equally as important as the resume. Although the CV summarises your skills, experience, education, personal details and references, the tailored cover letter takes the next step further to explain why you are suitable for a particular job.

So, how many pages should the cover letter be?

Unless the employer has stipulated their requirements for the length and size of the cover letter that they expect for each application, my suggestion is to stay to the general limit of a page.

However, every job application is different and it’s important to find out if the employer/recruiter has any expectations on how they would like the applications to be formatted and written.


Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

What size font is best suited to a resume? By Matthew Coppola


So, you want to make sure that your resume can be easily read. What size font is best suited for a resume and cover letter?

My suggestion is size 10 font for the CV, and either size 10 or size 11 font for the cover letter.

Generally speaking, most job applications are viewed online, rather then printed out and read in paper form. The reason being is that a recruiter/employer may receive hundreds of applications. In the interests of saving paper/environmental sustainability and cost reduction (costs in paper and ink), they may opt to just view the application documents online.

Viewing documents on a computer screen allows you to expand and zoom in on the document, depending on the reader’s preference.


Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

Why we should never worry about candidates vying for the same job, by Matthew Coppola


Many individuals going for a job interview worry about the other candidates who will be interviewed too – thinking about what their competition is. But there is a good reason for not worrying and thinking about the other candidates vying for the same position.

With a small business, studies say to not worry about the competition and what they are doing. Yes, it is essential to be aware of what they do and what they charge, but not to worry about them.

The reason for this is that it distracts the business owner. It may cause discouragement, and instead of the attention going toward continual innovation and business improvement, the focus is going to the competition.

So the same goes for being interviewed. Don’t worry about the other candidates, and instead focus on what you have that makes you a valuable candidate for the role and how you can make a meaningful contribution.

So go into that interview with your head held high, confident that you can do the role and that they will want to hire you.


Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

How the saying ‘dead-end job’ invokes negativity, and why it shouldn’t, by Matthew Coppola


I am sure for many of my readers, it’s happened to us or someone we know. Why does the saying ‘in a dead-end job’ invoke so much negativity? And, why shouldn’t we see it so negative?

The saying ‘dead-end job’ implies that the job has little prospect of progressing, moving forward and advancing.

It hurts because the person that is said to may not view their job that way. For example, that job pays the bills. Contributes to the overall business’ operation and the person in that job is helping in so many ways to their community, their family and their workplace.

Every job. I mean every single role is essential and necessary. That’s why it’s a job. There is a need for that person to perform that type of work and duties. Without a person in that job, things won’t get done.

Furthermore, every job that we have in our life helps us develop and gain valuable skills, qualities, traits, life-experiences and self-fulfilment about what we have accomplished.

I have fond memories of my time working in various roles in the past, which some may consider ‘dead-end’ jobs.

For example, jobs that I had before and during university taught me much about dealing and conversing with difficult people, perseverance, workload management, organisation, and so forth.

So, I firmly believe that we should never see any genuine and legitimate job as a dead-end because it may only de-motivate and discourage us from really seeing the positive points about what we are learning and developing as individuals in those jobs.


Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

How to deal with having a lack of industry experience, by Matthew Coppola


We’ve all heard it before. The typical response from an employer/recruiter saying that you lack industry experience. So, face with this issue, how do you deal with it?

Employers generally say this because they genuinely need someone who has experience in their industry, whether it be in the same role or a completely different position. Especially needed when a set of key selection criteria need to be addressed.

Every industry is different. Having an understanding of the industry, what the market is like, any regulations, policies or other intricacies of the industry can be very important to an employer. To them, you understand their business and their industry. They can relate better to you and discuss industry matters with you knowing full well that you have some level of familiarity with the sector that their business.

So, the question is, how do I respond to that answer?

You may decide to talk about your experience in another industry that is similar, and how it relates to their industry. But, that isn’t always easy.

The next step may be to obtain some work experience or volunteer your time in the industry that you need to gain exposure to. This may help and be beneficial to put on your resume.

Another option is to do a course/workshop/attend a conference relevant to that industry.

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Equipping yourself with a brand new tailored and personalised CV and cover letter can be a great way to improve your chances of getting noticed by a prospective employer.

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions – they have the expertise and experience to help clients from all different professions and trades, and all kinds of industries.

Visit their website today at:

www.clientcentric.com.au

Why for some it can be a challenge to get up to go to work, by Matthew Coppola


For many, they look forward to going to work, and so getting up in the morning can be a joy, because of the job that they have to go to. This is great, and the way it should be. But, for some, they find it a challenge to look forward to going to work. But, why is this the case?

Reasons are going to differ from person to person. However, for many, some of the reasons for a lack of motivation to get up to go to work can include:

  • The job may not interest us as it once did.
  • We feel it no longer provides any challenge or excitement.
  • We feel that the job is not going anywhere for us.
  • We want a change of scenery.
  • We want a better, more fulfilling role. A step up.
  • Need for a better income.
  • Job is too difficult or too easy.
  • Comparing ourselves to others.

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Do you feel it’s time to move on to a new job? Would you like assistance with resume writing and interview skills coaching?

So, why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions – they have the expertise and experience to help their clients be better equipped to apply for work.

Visit their website today at:

www.clientcentric.com.au

Applying for jobs in Adelaide, suggestions and tips by Matthew Coppola


It’s commonly known now that the process of applying for a job can indeed be a challenging exercise for many. But, there are ways to make the process easier, especially for individuals seeking a job in Adelaide, South Australia.

Most jobs these days are advertised online, both on formal large job search sites as well as smaller community websites, social media and community boards.

It takes time and patience to apply for a job. Many employers can tell if a job application has been rushed.

Equipping yourself with a professionally written and tailored resume and cover letter can be a great way to get better noticed by a prospective employer in Adelaide.

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Most jobs these days ask for individuals to submit a copy of their CV and cover letter. When it’s in front of the employer, it’s important to make an impression.

So, why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions – they have the expertise and experience to help their clients be better equipped to apply for work.

Visit their website today at:

www.clientcentric.com.au

Searching and applying for work in Perth, WA – What you need to know, by Matthew Coppola


The jobs market in Perth, Western Australia is indeed varied and broad, being such a large state with opportunities in both professional and trade roles.

There are many ways that job seekers can search for work in this state, such as through online job search websites as seek.com.au and indeed.com.au, as well as in the local paper and local job sites for the communities.

Finding and applying for work can certainly be a challenging and emotional time for anyone. Finding the right job, with the right pay in the right area requiring the right level of experience and skills can be tricky. Sure, it takes time, patience and positive thinking to move forward in applying for work.

The west coast of Australia is quite large and spread out, with jobs in all kinds of areas, not just the central business district.

Public transport and road/bike/path access does however make it easier to get to work.

Having lived in Perth myself, I understand first-hand what it’s like to get to one place to the next.

Here are a few suggestions to help you get noticed:

  • Personalise your cover letter for each job – address the employer’s requirements.
  • Make sure your resume and cover letter are easy to read.
  • Be specific about each job and take the necessary time to apply. Avoid rushing.

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Equipping yourself with a brand new tailored and personalised CV and cover letter can be a great way to improve your chances of getting noticed by a prospective employer based in Perth.

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions – they have the expertise and experience to help clients from all different professions and trades, and all kinds of industries.

Visit their website today at:

www.clientcentric.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why having a great resume matters to obtain a job in Ipswich, by Matthew Coppola


Finding work can certainly be a challenging and frustrating time for many. But, if you reside in Ipswich, Queensland, why does having a professionally written resume and cover letter help improve one’s chances of securing an interview? The answer is relevance.

When an employer or recruiter puts out a job advertisement, they are really looking for someone who has the relevant experience, education and meets the criteria as outlined in the job advertisement.

When the hiring agents come across job application documents that specifically outline and stipulate how and why the candidate meets their selection criteria, this can help largely to motivate them to want to at least interview the candidate.

It means that the candidate is really putting their best foot forward for the job, and really showing to the reader how important the job is to them and that they are genuinely confident in their ability to perform the role.

A recruiter may spend very minimal time reading through applications as they scour through (often the case) the hundreds of submissions.

So, job application documents which help to grab their attention and stand out from the rest may improve the chances of the hiring person taking the time to read and take interest in the candidate’s CV and cover letter.

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Why not have your CV professionally written by the experts at Client Centric. Talk to the professionals today. They would be more than happy to help.

Visit their website today:

www.clientcentric.com.au

Finding work in Tasmania – and why having a professionally written CV matters, by Matthew Coppola


Having your CV expertly written in a professional way, tailored to market and promote the skills and experience you have to offer, can be a great way of obtaining work in Tasmania.

The best tool anyone can have in their job search is their resume and cover letter. Job seekers based in Tasmania may certainly benefit by revamping their job application documents to help market and highlight their skills and experience.

Whether you are a student, graduate, professional or tradesperson, being able to submit a well structured and orderly CV and cover letter that is personalised to the employer, may indeed draw the readers attention and encourage them to contact you for an interview.

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Why not have your CV professionally written by the experts at Client Centric.

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Dealing with low motivation at work, by Matthew Coppola


Getting up in the morning becomes a real struggle. Having any interest to get up out of bed and go to work is almost non-existent. And, when you do get to work, your not as productive, motivated or enthusiastic as you once were.

These feelings are generally a good sign that your having to deal with low motivation at work.

So, the question is, what are a couple of ways I can improve my sense of motivation in the workplace? How, can I change my attitude to my current work situation?

I can just imagine that for many, this is a real challenge.

But there are ways to put the oomph back into your level of motivation.

Here are a couple suggestion that may be good for consideration:

  1. Having a goal in place to work towards. 

Maybe there is a new car or item that you would like to purchase. Perhaps, a holiday that you can save up towards. Maybe, your goal is to obtain experience and move on to a new and better position?

Goals are great to have. They are like the end objective, the aim that you can work towards. And, that may mean, a certain number of more months or years until you can reach that goal or plan.

This is just one way that may help improve one’s level of motivation at work.

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Are you looking to move on from your job into a new position? Would you like to have your resume professionally revamped by the experts?

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How can I apply for work in Sydney, Australia? By Matthew Coppola


The jobs market in Sydney can certainly be fairly competitive, depending on the industry you are seeking employment in. But, if someone was searching for work in Sydney, how can they best apply for work?

Online job sites in Australia such as seek.com.au and au.indeed.com are wonderful sites to use, straight forward, clear and easy to apply for the right job.

Other ways that you can apply for work is by cold calling prospective businesses and recruitment agencies to send through a copy of your resume to see if there are any suitable roles available or if they could keep your CV on file for any future vacancies.

Other approaches include signing up to recruitment agencies for any permanent or temporary vacancies.

But, most importantly, the best tool that you can have in your job search tool kit is a professionally written and tailored CV and cover letter that will help market and promote you to a prospective employer.

Client Centric is an Australian provider of high-quality professional services for job seekers and employers. They deliver comprehensive career and employment solutions that are personalised to suit, designed to market and promote the skills and experience their clients have to offer.

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Why not have your resume professionally written by the experts? The team at Client Centric are happy to help their clients apply for jobs in Sydney by equipping them a with a tailored, customised and personalised CV and cover letter.

Get in touch with them today by following the below link:

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Is cold calling prospective employers looking for work still effective in 2019?


Applying for jobs online is indeed a great method in searching for suitable employment. But, does cold calling businesses to market and promote yourself for any potential employment still a good way to find a job?

It most certainly is an effective way to find a job that’s suitable and right for you.

If you are comfortable cold calling businesses, then you can target potential employers in areas that are close to where you reside, and whose line of work and business direction/products and services closely aligned with the types of companies you have worked for in the past.

By cold calling a business in a field that you have worked it, it may capture their interest because you have an understanding of their industry.

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What if I don’t want a recruiter to contact a reference without my permission? By Matthew Coppola


It’s fair to say that a candidate may not want a prospective employer or a recruiter to contact their employment references without their knowledge and permission. So, what can a job seeker do to help make sure that this doesn’t happen and they can notify their references in time?

My suggestion is either put ‘The contact details of my referees may be made available upon request’.

Or if you want to mention and display those references, then you can always decide to include/not include their contact numbers and put underneath the following text:

‘Please notify me first prior to making contact with any of my referees.’.

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Are you interested in having your resume professionally written by experts? Contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions today and they will be happy to help.

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Professional Capability Statements by Client Centric


The Capability Statements that are designed by Client Centric are professional brochures/prospectus documents that outline a company’s services and/or products in an attractive, eye-capturing way to draw in the reader’s attention.

They do this through the right mix of images, graphics and content, which is easy to read and understand.

Examples of past capability statements that they have created can be viewed on their website, by clicking here.

Although, every statement that Client Centric create is original and personalised to the theme and direction of the company, as intended.

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Contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions for a discussion about how they can assist.

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Why are hiring processes quite lengthy? By Matthew Coppola


Hiring processes can be quite lengthy – going across 3 weeks or more, involving multiple interviews, both over the phone, in person, in group situations and with different managers/recruiters at varying stages of the interview process.

And, until candidates are shortlisted, a final interview is made (Interview coaching works well at this stage to help prepare the candidate) and the right candidate is made an offer.

The prospective employer really wants to find the best candidate for a position.

This may mean conducting multiple interviews, especially if a significant number of people applied for the position or is a major recruitment drive happening and there are multiple positions available.

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Are you applying for a position and have been asked to submit a resume and cover letter as part of your application?

Contact the team today at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They are experts in writing professional and tailored CVs and letters.

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Dealing with a job description/advert that is uninformative, by Matthew Coppola


It can be rather frustrating when an employer puts out a job description or advertisement and it isn’t clear. There is not much to go by in terms of information about the job, what is expected and what will be involved.

So, faced with this kind of situation, what can the job seeker do to deal with this?

There are a couple of options:

  • Contact the employer/recruiter for a friendly, brief call if appropriate, to find out more about the role.
  • Research similar positions and look at what would be involved to give you a better idea.
  • If you do apply for the role and then invited in for an interview (this is where interview coaching helps) that will give you the opportunity to ask more about the job.

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Are you keen to apply for a job that has a set of key selection criteria to address, and you require assistance?

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Is it best to send a resume in PDF or Word format to a prospective employer? By Matthew Coppola


The great thing about converting the resume to a PDF is that it can be easily viewed on most devices – phones and tablets.

It’s also a great way to ensure that the CV will be delivered in the right format as intended and can be viewed clearly by the prospective employer or recruiter.

Having your resume professionally written by the experts is also a great way to get noticed.

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Would you like help with a customised and expertly written CV and cover letter that you can use in your job application and search efforts?

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Is it really necessary to put personal interests on my resume? By Matthew Coppola


Outlining what your personal interests are on a resume does provide some insight into what you enjoy and the activities that you partake of outside of your professional work life.

Having insight into the passions and interests of a potential employee can help the employer gain a better understanding of what you may be like, potentially in terms of engaging with others and sharing interests, contributing to the diverse nature of a team.

In terms of including it into job application documents, this may be a separate section or included as part of the summary.

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Would you like help with a professionally written and tailored resume and cover letter to be better equipped to apply for work?

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How can I show better initiative at work? By Matthew Coppola


Initiative, by definition, is to take the opportunity to act or take charge before someone else does.

It’s about using common sense, thinking on your feet and taking that important step forward to help get something done.

From a workplace perspective, it’s about taking the opportunity to get work done, even without being asked to do or, or asking first if anything needs to be done or where you can help and assist as required to support team and organisational objectives.

An employee who regularly shows initiative (Regularly) is viewed very favourably by all employers, prospective and current. Usually, this is a question that’s asked during the interview, which is why interview skills coaching is a great way to receive help on these types of questions.

If you see work that needs to be done, or observe that an improvement can be made or that your team is struggling with the workload, you can show initiative by stepping in as a resourceful person and taking up the opportunity to support your fellow colleagues.

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How valuable can temporary employment opportunities be? By Matthew Coppola


So, you have just recently been offered temporary employment. Say, around 2 – 4 or more weeks of work to either cover for someone who is away, or to help with a backlog of work.

Temporary work opportunities, although short in nature and not permanent job opportunities, they do present many benefits to the job seeker. These benefits include:

  • Great way to get into employment quickly and provide some breathing space while out of work and searching for a permanent position.
  • Generally speaking, the pay rate tends to be higher than a permanent role.
  • Opportunity to add experience to your CV, so that at your next interview, you can show that you have taken up opportunities to work while searching for a role.
  • The temporary role may (not always) turn into a permanent position, in that if the employer likes your work, they may find a suitable position within the organisation. Although, you cannot always expect this.

Are you interested in having your resume and cover letter professionally written and tailored to help boost your chances of securing a role?

Visit the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions as they are experts in providing tailored and custom written job application documents personalised to every client. Contact them today.

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Adapting to a new work environment, by Matthew Coppola


So, you’ve just started a new job. All you know is the employer, the person who interviewed you. As far as your concerned, this is new territory, and you’re not sure what to expect.

Your working in a new team. In a different workplace environment. Sure, it can seem daunting.

But, it doesn’t have to be.

How can you adapt to a new work environment? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Get to know everyone individually – have a brief conversation with each person by introducing yourself and that you look forward to working with them.
  • Get involved in conversations during lunch breaks and join in a brief discussion around the coffee machine during your break.
  • Most importantly, be patient. These things take time.

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Do you have an interview coming up and would you like to be better prepared?

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How many pages should my cover letter be? By Matthew Coppola


Okay, so your about to email across a copy of your resume and cover letter to a prospective employer, but decide first that you want to tailor your cover letter to make it more personalised.

So how long should your cover letter be?

Generally speaking, taking into consideration and respect for the reader’s time and attention (remember that a recruiter would most likely have hundreds of resumes to read through) it makes sense then to keep the letter short, brief and specific to the role your applying for, taking into account what they are asking for and what kind of experience you have that matches with what they are looking for.

I usually stick to a one page cover letter – with fair margins and a font size of 11.

If you are interested in putting your best in for an application with a new and tailored Resume and Cover Letter written by the professionals, I welcome you to speak to the team at Client Centric as they offer a range of convenient services and packages to help market and promote yourself to prospective employers.

Visit their website at www.clientcentric.com.au

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Retail customer service – A personal experience observed, by Matthew Coppola


What does it mean to deliver good customer service in a retail or similar industry (which involves close interaction between seller and customer)?

Well for one thing, it’s all about ‘service’ – of course by being courteous, helpful, friendly and engaging. Not judging or determining a customer’s buying behaviour by what we see or hear.

It’s about the experience for the customer. Making the customer feel invited, welcomed and not pressured.

Speaking from a real personal experience, I was in a retail shop and the store was about to close in 5 minutes. At that point in time, I was at the service desk finalising a transaction for a purchase. Then suddenly two customers opened the door and just as they were about to come in, the retail sales person at the POS desk said abruptly “the store is closing in 5 minutes so you know” in a tone that I perceived as unwelcome – and so it turned out, so too did the potential customers, with them reverting back out and on the way out one of them said to the other “obviously they don’t want our money”.

The retail person then said to me that they would have just browsed anyway – not verbatim word for word, but along those lines.

Now the question is, was that a poor example of customer service?

I personally think so.

These are my reasons why:

  • It didn’t create good will – will they come back? I don’t think so.
  • The store wasn’t closed. If the open sign is up, don’t push people away.
  • If you don’t want customers to walk in, put the closed sign up 5 minutes to close.
  • Any customer that a business engages with may or may not purchase. You cannot assume and should not.

Well there you have it. An interesting scenario that teaches much about customer service from a customer’s perspective.

Matthew Coppola, Consultant

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What is an employer looking for when they see my resume? By Matthew Coppola


When an employer or a recruiter reviews your resume and cover letter, they are essentially screening your application to determine whether or not you meet their business’ needs and job criteria and if so, whether they will invite you in for an interview or not. If it is one of the first few applications that have come through, they most likely will take more time to read your application, but less time most likely if they have many applicants vying for the position.

It, therefore, makes sense to put in an application early. But even if your application isn’t submitted first, it is essential to make sure the documents are easy to read. That is, the cover letter is tailored and the resume markets effectively your full range of skills and experience relevant for the position.

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How early should I arrive to an interview? By Matthew Coppola


Aim to arrive around 10 minutes early, that is, 10 minutes early from when you arrive to the reception desk. So, it would make sense then to arrive to the employer’s business site and park by about 20minutes early. That leaves enough time to find a parking spot, compose yourself, fix your suit and then walk into the front reception area.

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Why it’s not okay to use overly casual and slang language in job applications, by Matthew Coppola


Using casual, slang or relaxed/highly informal language in job applications may come across that your approach to your interactions with other professionals and even the way you view your potential boss as unprofessional and careless.

It is imperative that you double check (if you have to triple check) your spelling, grammar and punctuation. As long as what you have written to a prospective employer is clear, easy to read, concise and professional, it will help to make a good impression.

If you have to, read out loud to yourself what you have written. That can always help.

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Would you like to have your resume and cover letter to be professionally designed and written when applying for work?

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Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

What if I don’t have any weaknesses when asked at an interview? By Matthew Coppola


You may not have any professional working weaknesses that you are aware of that hinder your ability to perform a job to the best you can. Many professionals and tradespersons perform their job very, very well and do not have any areas of concern that they feel they need to address or has been raised to them by a former supervisor or colleague.

So, you may decide to be upfront and honest that to your knowledge, there are no weaknesses that you can think of which need to be dealt with so that you can effectively undertake your duties.

Answering no when asked this question might not be the best approach to take.

Why is that?

I believe this may not be the best approach to take because a prospective employer/the recruiting agent may not entirely view it as truthfulness. But this is only an assumption. It may even impress them. We don’t know.

Another option to take is to think about an area of ‘professional development.’ that you would like to pursue. It might be to learn another language so that you can converse better with customers from other backgrounds, or it might be a challenge that you recently faced (ie. Being confident on the phone) but recently you have worked on this and it no longer presents itself as a ‘weakness’ as such.

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Do you have an interview coming up and would like one-on-one coaching?

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What if I don’t have any questions to ask at the end of an interview? By Matthew Coppola


You may not have any questions to ask in an interview. You might be genuinely happy with everything that you have heard during the meeting and felt that there is nothing you want to ask.

But is this always the best approach to take? Think about it from the standpoint of the employer/recruiter.

Do they want you to have questions to ask? Generally speaking, most likely.

Why?

It shows a genuine interest in the position. It can help demonstrate that you are seriously considering the role and that you have paid attention to what has mentioned to you and you have a sound knowledge of the position thus far.

Asking questions such as:

  • What is the workplace culture like?
  • What would you expect the prospective candidate to deliver in this role?
  • Are there any challenges that may be faced in this role?
  • Are there any areas of training/professional development that would make one further excel in this position?

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Do you have an interview coming up and would like one-on-one coaching?

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Should I include my high-school education in my resume? By Matthew Coppola


Depends really on what stage you are in your career.

If you are starting out in the workforce – straight out of high school, it makes sense to include your high school education and mention the subjects you studies in your senior years.

If you are graduating from university/vocational education, it makes sense to include your certificate/degree/diploma as well as your high school education.

But, when you have many years of experience in a particular role or industry – 7+ years, you may wish to take out your high school education and leave in those qualifications and courses that have contributed to your professional development.

Unless the high school that you went to is known to be highly prestigious, then it may be a good option to leave it in.

Some, however, feel that mentioning their high school education gives away their age – something that they don’t want the prospective employer to initially know – so it is really up to you whether you feel it is necessary to include.

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Should I bring my resume along to an interview? By Matthew Coppola


It is entirely up to you.

You may want to have your resume as a form of reference – something that an interviewer can refer to, or if you are interviewed by a panel of interviewers, something that one individual can look at and read while the other interviewer is asking a question.

Even if they say that they have seen your resume, you can always place this beside you if it is not needed.

Sometimes the interviewer/s may forget certain aspects of your experience. They may have overlooked or not even thought about printing a copy of your resume to refer to during the interview. So bringing one or two copies of your resume may work in your favour.

It can also help as a talking point. But again, it is completely up to you. Some may opt not to. Others may decide to bring a thin folio with the CV/resume inside.

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Would you like to have your resume professionally revamped to help apply for a new job?

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Job application assistance for ADF members and their partners offered by Client Centric Employment Solutions


For ADF members transitioning out from service into the civilian workforce, Client Centric can help highlight your transferable skills and relevant experience from your time in service, promoting this in your CV to help market your job application documents for the roles that you are interested in applying.

For partners of ADF members, Client Centric offers a range of professional services to help with obtaining work, especially during times when relocating and so new employment is sought out. The services that they provide include CV writing, targeted cover letters, individualised interview skills coaching as well as revamping LinkedInTM profiles to help with an online presence and be better noticed by recruiters and potential employers.

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Are you a partner of an ADF member and would like assistance to find new employment when relocating for a post? 

 Have you recently left the Australian Defence Force and are now making a move into the civilian workforce?

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Their specialty is in providing a professional and tailored resume/CV writing service to promote and market their clients to prospective employers. They are also experts in writing high-quality responses to key selection criteria that have resulted in very successful outcomes. Plus, they are experts in providing personalised interview skills coaching.

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au/defence

 

What should I do with older experience on my resume? By Matthew Coppola


As your career progresses, you will most likely find that some of your experience is past ten years, and although it is valuable and vital to how you have developed as a professional, you may feel that it was quite a long time ago. You may feel you need to condense your resume, but if you take it out, then they may not consider you as someone who has extensive industry experience.

So what do you do?

An excellent option to deal with this situation is to summarise your experience in a table format. Include only a summary about your role, any key accomplishments (Maybe three or four) as well as the employer’s name, role title and duration.

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Is it necessary to bring a folio of certificates to show in an interview? By Matthew Coppola


It is up to you if you want to bring a folio of certificates that you have completed over the course of your career.

Generally speaking though, it would be wise to include these certificates in your resume for an employer to refer to, instead than handing them a folio for them to sift through – which most likely will be brief.

One benefit to just listing them down is your CV is that it makes it easier for the interviewer to see all the certificates you have completed in one snapshot – the certificate name, year and issuer.

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Do you have an interview coming up and would like one-on-one coaching?

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Is it necessary to include colour in my resume? By Matthew Coppola


It is entirely up to you.

A good question to ask though is whether or not having colour in the resume makes that much of a difference in persuading/motivating/encouraging the employer or recruiter to shortlist you in for an interview.

Can colour make a difference?

That’s for you to decide.

Personally, I prefer not to.

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Would you like to have your resume professionally revamped to help apply for a new job?

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How long should I wait to send a thank-you email after an interview? By Matthew Coppola


It’s always good to send a brief; follow-up thank you email after a job interview.

You may ask though ‘what am I thanking them for?’

Sending a thank you email that is brief and short is an excellent way to show your appreciation for being invited in for an interview and the fact that they have taken their time to interview you and considered you for the role. It also shows that you are genuinely interested in the position and that if they have any doubts as to your desire to be considered for the role, this will help confirm your keenness for the job.

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Do you have an interview coming up and would like one-on-one coaching?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that provides interview skills coaching, assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

 

What’s the benefit of having my resume professionally written? By Matthew Coppola


Just about every job advertised asks for the applicant to submit a copy of their resume and a cover letter.

Unless the prospective employer is very familiar with your skillset and experience, or has spoken extensively to you and required a resume and cover letter for formalities, indeed you have only one opportunity to grab the attention of the prospective employer to move them to want to invite you in for an interview.

You can also use the resume over and over again, even making any adjustments or additions as your career progresses. A professionally written resume should market your skills and experience. Highlight your strengths and promote the valuable work experience you have gained over the course of your career. A good cover letter should be well tailored and specific to the role you are applying.

Essentially it should say “I want this job. I know what you require in a suitable candidate, and this is what I have to offer for this role and specifically your company/organisation.”.

 

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Would you like to have your resume professionally revamped to help apply for a new job?

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How many examples should I include in my selection criteria?


Generally speaking, one to two examples is great to include in a selection criteria response. Two the better, but it’s always best to give at least one example. If you can fit in three examples then great, but it may make the response quite lengthy.

The best thing to do it is to be mindful of the person who may be reading your application.

An example of a typical response to a key selection criterion can be viewed by clicking on the below link: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/selection-criteria-writing

 

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What kind of questions may I ask in an interview? By Matthew Coppola


Generally speaking, at the end of most interviews conducted, the prospective employer may ask the candidate if they have any questions before they conclude the interview.

It’s always best to have at least one or two questions to ask the employer. Too many questions can be off-putting, not enough questions or any at all may show disinterest in the role, or it may be perceived by the potential employer that the candidate has not taken much thought about the role.

Good questions to ask include:

  • What is the workplace culture like?
  • What makes a successful person in performing this role?
  • What kind of challenges do you envision in this role?

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Do you have an interview coming up and would like training on interview skills techniques and how to best answer typical standard and behavioural type questions?

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They also help with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

Should I attach a cover letter with my resume? By Matthew Coppola


Most job applications these days request for a cover letter as part of your application. It is almost now the appropriate thing to do when applying. The resume outlines the candidate’s skills and experience; then the cover letter takes the next step further to be tailored and directed towards a particular position. It’s a way for the candidate to approach the employer and explain why they want the job and what they can bring specifically to that role.

However, in saying that, some recruiters and a few employers may feel that a cover letter involves too much reading and because they are too busy and have too many applications to read through, so they scan through the resume and look for keywords.

Now that may be true. But without surveying hundreds if not thousands of employers and recruiters, at this stage, it is only a generalisation.

A cover letter nicely complements the resume because the resume may not be tailored for a particular company and what they specifically require from a candidate. Every company and organisation is going to be different.  Their needs and requirements although similar for a role will still vary.

So given this, a cover letter is still suggested to be attached as part of an application.

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What makes a good resume? By Matthew Coppola


There are varying opinions that people will express about their view on what makes a good resume. The fundamentals are still there.

A resume is a document which outlines the individual’s employment history, education details, references, qualities and competencies that they feel they have gained over the course of their working life or time during the study.

So a good resume will not only have this information, but it will also be clear and concise, articulating every detail to support a prospective employer in making their hiring decision.

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Are you interested in having your resume and cover letter professionally revamped and written? 

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How long should a selection criteria response by? By Matthew Coppola


For many, the task of writing out a response to a key selection criterion can be very daunting. Many feel that by writing many words and a lengthy response that they will have a higher chance of being shortlisted for the position.

But is that true? Maybe.

Either way, actually taking the initiative to adequately and fully address each key selection criterion may make an impression upon the employer. Essentially it says to them that you not only want the job, but you know you can perform it and are willing to sacrifice time (without any guarantee of securing an interview or hearing back) to write out an application to them.

Generally speaking, a response to key selection criteria should be maximum half-a-page long. This is being mindful of the reader’s time. And if there are six or more criteria that you have to address, that is a lot of reading on the employers/recruiters part.

An example of a typical response to a key selection criterion can be viewed by clicking on the below link: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/selection-criteria-writing

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How far should I go back to in my resume? By Matthew Coppola


Although every candidate’s application and background will vary in determining how far you’re your resume should go, in general terms usually the past ten to fifteen years is a reasonable time frame to go back. Any time before that can list as an outline.

The main point to be aware of is not to make the resume too long and lengthy. Generally speaking, a reasonable length of a resume maximum 4-6 pages long depends on the complexity and scope of the candidate’s background.

The main point to take away from this is to be mindful of the person who is reading your application and their time.

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Are you interested in having your resume and cover letter professionally revamped and written? 

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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Are you applying for a role and need to address a set of key selection criteria in order to be considered for the position? At Client Centric, they help with writing personalised responses that are unique and concise, straight to the point.

They will incorporate your experience and demonstrate how it relates to the requirements of the role, along with writing an introductory paragraph and including relevant examples.

They use appropriate keywords and concrete answers that accurately respond to the question and help to demonstrate your suitability in performing the role.

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An employer can ask you questions on why you are a better candidate in various ways.

It is good to know what the ideal applicant for the position is and clearly comprehend the job and how you are the perfect candidate.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. They also assist with interview skills coaching via online video link in London and surrounding suburbs. For more information, please visit:

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The importance of addressing key selection criteria. By Matthew Coppola


More and more jobs these days require a set of key selection criteria to be addressed. From positions in Government to roles in the Health Care sector, the human resources team want to know that you can demonstrate that you have the right level of experience and practical skills that match up with the key selection criteria.

So, is it essential to address the required set of key selection criteria for a job that you want consideration?

It most certainly is!

By not addressing the set of selection criteria may work against your chances of being considered for the position.

Are you applying for a role which has a key selection criteria to address and would like assistance? Are you interested in having your resume professionally revamped and written? 

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

What is the best minimum size font for a Resume/CV? By Matthew Coppola


Generally speaking, the minimum size font (as a rule of thumb) would be best set around 9. Size 8 and below font can become more difficult to read and thereby grab the attention of the reader.

Are you interested in having your resume professionally revamped and written? 

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

How long should a resume typically be? By Matthew Coppola


The main point to take from this is that the resume should be written with the reader in mind. If the resume/CV is 10 pages long, the question to ask would be ‘is the person reading my application really going to read all 10 pages?’. Generally speaking, there should be a balance between a quality and conciseness and also length of reading. Some applications ask for a page CV. Others may not. It is a preference of the person’s resume to make sure that is captures the readers attention and is not too lengthy.

Are you interested in having your resume professionally revamped and written? 

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

Is there any need to include colours in my resume? By Matthew Coppola


Colours can be an expression of creativity and certainly for a creative type resume, making use of colours and imagery of the individual’s work may actually help with their application – but it is more about showcasing their work. So, then, do colours really make a difference?

Personally, I don’t think so.

The question we want to ask ourselves, is an employer really going to choose one resume over the other because they liked the candidate’s use of the colour blue?

Again, personally, I don’t think so.

The use of black and white colours helps to make the resume look more professional and easy to read. Colours can be a distraction from what is actually written.

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Are you interested in having your resume professionally revamped and written? 

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

Key selection criteria – the importance of addressing, by Matthew Coppola


Many jobs these days will ask for a set of key selection to address. Some candidates are put off from answering the criteria as part of the application, and others are happy to accept the challenge and show their strong interest in the role available.

Actually taking the time to address the required key selection criteria can certainly help with the application as it may show to the employer the potential candidate’s keenness and enthusiasm to be considered for the role.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

For more information on their key selection criteria writing service, please visit: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/selection-criteria-writing

What is one approach that I can take in answering a behavioural based interview question? By Matthew Coppola


Most interviews these days will involve both standard and behavioural type interview questions being asked of the candidate. Standard type questions including that such as ‘Why should we hire you?’ and ‘What makes you the best person for this role?’ and so forth. Behavioural questions, on the other hand, are asked of the candidate to find out the approach that they took in a particular situation to accomplish a task or handle a matter.

Certainly, the example is important and would even be great if it was relevant to the role being interviewed for, but on many occasions, candidates simply cannot think of any relevant examples which makes it so important to both prepare for an interview and think about how your experience relates to each of the job duties and/or the key selection criteria.

Examples of behavioural questions include:

“Can you recall a time when you had a disagreement with a fellow colleague. What was the disagreement and how did you seek to resolve it?”

One approach to answering this behavioural question is to first start off by talking about the importance of resolving disagreements/conflicts with colleagues and how it can affect the workplace. Then proceed with an example using the STAR format.

S – Situation: What your role/company was and what the issue was.

T – Task: What was needed to be done?

A – Action: What approach did you take?

R – Result: What was the outcome?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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How detailed and personalised should my response be to each key selection criteria? By Matthew Coppola


Generally speaking, every response to key selection criteria should include at least one example of how you demonstrate that you fulfil the requirements of the position and essentially the criteria statement itself.

The first and most important point that I would like to stress is that your response should really be written with the reader in mind, just like anything else put in writing. The reader will want to know about your experience and know exactly how you address the statement. Remember, the reader may be the Human Resources Manager, Recruitment Consultant or Manager/Supervisor who will be the direct report for the position.

A response to key selection criteria should be detailed and personalised by incorporating not only a relevant example but also other specific details from your experience in a clear and concise manner. It should be personalised by being less vague and general, to be more relevant and specific to you as a potential employer and what you have done in the past that meets with what they require.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

For more information on their key selection criteria writing service, please visit: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/selection-criteria-writing

How long should each key selection criteria response be? By Matthew Coppola


 

Depends.

Generally speaking, it is good for a response to be half-a-page long, although it really depends on the criteria question/statement and what is being asked.

Some employers will stipulate a word limit for each response. This may range anywhere from 300 words to 1000 words, so it makes sense to adjust the length according to the requirements of the employer and what they are asking for.

The general rule of thumb when writing out a response to key criteria is to decide what kind of examples and content will be included in the response and how much needs to be written so that the question/criteria is accurately addressed in the best possible manner.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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The dilemma “I am looking to move on to a new job, but I just don’t know where to start!” By Matthew Coppola


So, you are not happy working for your current employer and you have decided that now is the time to make and make that change on to a new role that will bring new challenges, excitement and most of all, a change of scenery.

But you face a dilemma.

There are so many jobs advertised out there in the open employment market and so many companies that you would love to work for. But, you have been an IT Business Analyst for the past 5 years and that’s all you really have known for quite some time now.

The first question to ask yourself is “Do I want to find another job in the same industry that I have been working in, or do I want to find a job doing something else?”.

Let’s say you decide that you want to stay practising your current field of expertise, so you search for jobs close to where you live and start applying after you have written your resume and cover letter, then tailor your cover letter for each role you are applying for.

Some candidates also identify other factors that help in their job search efforts which include:

  • Preference for location
  • Times/days I would like to work
  • Skills that I have and achievements that I have attained to
  • Preference for the industry type of employer
  • Preference for type of job – part time/full time

These are just a few of the factors that can be considered with searching for a suitable job.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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Should my cover letter be the same for every job I apply for? By Matthew Coppola


More often than not, when we are searching for jobs that we want to apply for, there is more than one job that captures our attention and motivates us to want to put forward our application.

A challenge that many people face when looking for work is finding the energy and patience to tailor an application letter for each and every job. So, many forego the task of personalising their cover letter and just write up a standard, generic type letter and send it out to all the different kind of jobs they submit their resume for.

The positive side of this (Now I am scraping to find something positive from doing this) is that you can apply for more jobs more quickly in less span of time. The downside of sending out a generic cover letter is that the document may not capture the essence of what the employer is asking for. Nor will it demonstrate to the employer that you as the candidate would particularly like to work for their company/organisation and what you can bring to the role specifically for what they are asking for.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

Melbourne CV writing services and resume writing assistance:  https://www.clientcentric.com.au/melbourne-resume-writing-service

Is it Essential to Have a Professionally Written and Designed Resume? By Matthew Coppola


When an employer is going through the decision process and deciding whether or not they should offer you the job, your resume assists them to make an informed choice. Sending a cover letter along with your CV gives you a more personalised touch for the position, by answering the requirements of the position as specified in the job advertisement.

A resume is what helps you with getting your next opportunity.

Recruitment agents or employers could only devote 3 minutes or less reading through your resume, so first impressions are important.

You would want to ensure the resume jumps out at them, stands out from the rest and is informative and applicable to the employer’s requests so that it inspires them to select you for an interview.

When your resume is professionally written it helps with endorsing your career experience, knowledge and skills and assists in selling you to the company.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

Melbourne CV writing services and resume writing assistance:  https://www.clientcentric.com.au/melbourne-resume-writing-service

What kind of information can I include in my resume? By Matthew Coppola


An important point to remember when writing any type of document is that the writer considers the needs and desires of the reader.

We can ask such questions as why is this document being read, what is its purpose and what does the reader hope to get out of the document?

The same is true with your resume!

First and foremost to include are the main details such as name, address (Can be optional), contact number and email address. If the employer is interested in meeting you for an interview, how can they get in contact with you?

Other important information to include is employment history such as company name, position title, dates start to finish and role responsibilities. Achievements are also good to include as well.

Some jobs these days require that the successful candidate have completed a tertiary or vocational qualification. Preferably related to the job and industry. So, it makes sense to include this type of information by including course name, year completed and the training institution.

Other information you may wish to include are details of any memberships, awards or volunteering experience.

For professional references, some people choose to put “available upon request” while others will list their referees including name, job title, company and phone/email address.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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Should I send out my resume in a picture/non-editable version or in an editable document file? By Matthew Coppola


The benefit of sending out your resume in a Portable Document Format (PDF format) is that it can be easily read on a mobile phone/table and does not require the user to have a particular word processing software to view and open the document.

Also, by putting your resume in PDF format, it can help to make sure that your resume is nice and tidy, and that there are hopefully no formatting errors when viewing the resume.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

Melbourne CV writing services and resume writing assistance:  https://www.clientcentric.com.au/melbourne-resume-writing-service

Is it appropriate to put my interests and hobbies on my resume? By Matthew Coppola


The short answer is it depends. 

It really depends on what stage of your career you are at.

If you are a high school student/university graduate, then most likely you wont have a great deal of work experience and credentials behind you. By listing your interests and hobbies – with a little more detail than just a couple words – you may actually help the employer gain a good insight and understanding into you as a person and what you are interested in. These additional details can say a great deal about your qualities as a person.

If you are a more seasoned professional with years of experience and substantial qualifications behind you, then it’s best to leave it out. Some may argue that there is nothing un-professional with putting hobbies and interests in a resume, others will say that it’s not appropriate and that a resume/CV should only provide the employer with insight into you as a professional and what your expertise and abilities are, not what you enjoy doing on the weekend.

Whatever you do decide to put down in your resume, the question you may want to ask yourself before listing all your interests and hobbies is “Is this necessary and can I be giving the employer the wrong perception about what it will be like working with me?”.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

Sydney CV writing services and resume writing assistance: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/sydney-resume-writing-services

Is cold calling employers to find a potential work opportunity old fashioned and not worth doing? By Matthew Coppola


The short answer is no.

Many jobs are still not advertised online or in the paper.

Some jobs are filled internally by employees within a company being the first to know about a job opening within their department or another department in the company.

Some employers and hiring managers may be interested in hiring someone, but for several reasons, they may decide not to advertise. Their preference may be to head-hunt/search for potential candidates that match with the skills and experience they are specifically after, rather than advertise and have people applying who may not be suitable.

Picking up the phone and calling a prospective employer to briefly introduce yourself to find out if your skills and experience would be of benefit to their company and of course if there is a potential job availability, can be a great way to get your foot in the door and tap in to the hidden job market.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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Why it is beneficial to keep a list of your achievements at work, by Matthew Coppola


There may have been numerous occasions throughout your time working for a company where you have achieved something that you were quite proud of and which was highly valued by your employer.

One achievement may be that you brought on a new major client or it may be a change in policy/procedure which you development and implemented that resulted in a noticeable improvement in efficiency at work. Whatever the achievement may be, it is something that you would want to remember and keep track of.

The benefit in keeping a list of your achievements at work is that when you apply for another job, you can add those achievements into your resume to demonstrate clearly to the employer that you not only performed the required duties of your position, but you also when that step further and attained to a number of achievements while performing your role.

A potential employer may than feel that if you have achieved so much in your last role, that you may also do the same for their company and deliver more than what is expected of you.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

https://www.clientcentric.com.au/melbourne-resume-writing-service

 

How can I condense my resume? By Matthew Coppola


You may be looking at your resume thinking that is far too long, messy and unstructured. Your resume may be 7 or 9 pages long, but you really want to keep all the information in because you feel that you have a lot to offer and that a prospective employer needs to know this. So, faced with such a dilemma, what options do you really have?

Generally speaking, it’s good for a resume/CV to be around 4 – 6 pages long, depending on your profession or trade. More technical resumes require extra information to be included in that would otherwise not be needed for non-technical resumes.

One option available to you is to read through all your responsibilities and experience, then try to shorten the sentences by either removing unnecessary information or re-writing a long sentence into a short one with the same meaning.

An example of this would be:

  • LONG – Managing all administrative personnel (including part-time/full-time staff members) by overseeing their work, providing direction and training. 
  • SHORT – Managing administrative staff by providing direction, supervision, and training. 

With the sentence above, I have omitted information such as the nature of all the staff member’s employment – full time and part time.

Also, the words staff members and personnel were used – so I took out both and replaced them with the one word – staff.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

Importance of displaying positive body language in an interview setting, by Matthew Coppola


Sometimes it doesn’t matter what we say or how we say something. Because if our body language – that is our physical mannerism and stature – does not match up with what we are saying, then the message that we are trying to get across will be skewered and misinterpreted.

In fact, research suggests that our body language accounts for upwards of 90% of our communication and what we are really trying to say.

This really is why it is so important to be aware of our own body language, particularly in an interview setting where the interviewer may be reading into everything we say and do in front of them.

I will address a couple areas where we need to be mindful of our body language in an interview setting:

Face to face sitting in front of an interviewer – This can be very daunting. We might feel as though we are being interrogated and there is a bright light shining in our eyes! Okay, I am exaggerating here. But the fact of the matter is, it’s not easy being in front of another person knowing full well that they are trying to make a decision on whether to hire you or not, and it all rests upon what you say and do.

So try to have an open posture and keep your hands clasped together. Don’t fidget. And if naturally, you are someone that uses your hands when talking, try to keep this minimal and relevant to what you are saying. Try to avoid crossing your arms or resting your hands on your legs like you are ready to finish up with the interview.

Facial expressions – Don’t be afraid to smile or show facial expressions. Obviously, don’t overdo it. But show a nice smile and use your facial expressions intermittingly.

To sit back or not. To lean forward or not. What should I do?? Help! – There is nothing wrong with sitting back or leaning forward. Or doing both intermittingly in the course of the interview. Just avoid slouching and coming across disinterested. If you are trying to make a point or elaborate on something, feel free to lean forward but not too much.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website at: https://www.clientcentric.com.au

They also assist with interview skills coaching either face to face or via online video link. For more information, please visit: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/interview-coaching-for-melbourne

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What it means to actually tailor a cover letter for a position, by Matthew Coppola


A clothing tailor will make sure that your suit, shirt and pants are made to fit your body shape and preferences for comfort. They make sure that your suit is tailor made for you. When you try on the suit, they want you to feel that it was made exactly for you and that it fits like a glove.

The same is true for a tailoring a cover letter for a particular position.

The whole purpose of tailoring a cover letter is to create an impression that your letter was made for the employer. That is, it fits their position – like a glove. Many cover letters fail because they are too general, broad and open ended. Sometimes a candidate will write too much about themselves, and not what they can do for the employer.

Put yourself in the shoes of an employer seeking to fill a position and so decides to create a job advertisement.

They are setting aside a large sum of money to invest in another employee, or it may be the first person they are about to hire. So there is a fair amount of money on the line and they want to make sure that they hire the best candidate for the position. Someone that will bring in more value and contribute more than what they are being paid to do.  Although not all employers would feel this way,  the main point is that an employer wants someone who is genuinely interested in the role and genuinely interested in contributing their time and expertise to the benefit of the employer and their operations.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Further information can be found at: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/resume-writing-services

They also assist former Australian Defence personnel and their partners with their job applications into civilian employment. Further details can be found at: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/defencetransition

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

Life after the defence – Dealing with unstructured days and flexibility in the workplace, by Matthew Coppola


A career in the military can be very structured and regimental. Not surprising then that it can be rather challenging for a former defence personnel member in handling the unstructured days and flexibility that present themselves at a workplace in a civilian setting. Not knowing what each day will bring and what will need to be done, and not having a proper structure for each day can be very hard to adjust to.

A good way of handling this challenge is to have a set structure that allows for the normal set day to day activities that won’t change, such as working Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, as well as time set aside for any social activities and other extra-curricular activities or family time. In structuring your job, it’s a good idea to take note within the working week of all the standard and typical duties that you will be performing, and rather than setting those activities for particular times (ie. 3 – 5pm ‘Write up reports’) allow for a longer period of time, say the whole day and then list those activities/tasks which you can then cross off once completed.

This isn’t the most perfect way of structuring and unstructured day, but at least it helps to provide you with a measure of structure and orderliness to your day.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Further information can be found at: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/defencetransition 

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Making the move into the civilian workforce after service in the Defence, by Matthew Coppola


For many servicemen and servicewomen, coming out of the Defence force and into employment in a civilian setting can be a very daunting move, and for good reason.

There are many different types of duties and areas of responsibility that do not apply to a civilian job. Many former Defence service people may feel that a potential employer will not understand what skills they have, or how relevant and valuable their experience may be to an employer’s business or community organisation.

It is therefore up to the individual to make it clear to the employer what they can contribute with their transferable skills and experience coming out of the Army, Navy or Airforce.

Sure, there are many duties that a soldier may find irrelevant and not needed in the Australian labour market. But there are also many qualities and skills that prospective employers will find valuable in hiring a former soldier. These can include:

  • Excellent time management abilities – Being able to prioritise and stay organised, ready to handle any change in circumstances that may come their way.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – Being able to converse with just about anyone, even in the most distressing and difficult circumstances, especially when it comes to conflict resolution and negotiations.
  • Self-discipline and focus – Being able to correct oneself, stay focused on the task/s at hand and motivate oneself.
  • The ability to act and think with conciseness and focus – Even under the most stressful of situations.
  • Excellent team working skills – Soldiers are well known for their ‘camaraderie’ and supporting one another while out in the field.
  • Specific technical/artistic and/or professional expertise and skills – Many soldiers obtain a trade or a technical qualification that equip them with skills that they can use in the civilian workforce. These can include skills in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, administration, project management and so forth.

In the up and coming articles, I will talk more about the many ways that Defence personnel can make the transition out of the Defence force and into the civilian workforce with ease.

Stay tuned!

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Further information can be found at: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/defencetransition 

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

Interview question: How would you deal with the resulting situation? By Matthew Coppola


During the interview, the prospective employer may pose a question about a scenario that may be problematic to see what your response would be to that situation and how you would manage it.

You are put under pressure to think then and there what it is that you would do in such a situation.

Before making a reply, think about exactly what it is that the employer is trying to find out and how that situation relates to the job that you are applying for.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website at: https://www.clientcentric.com.au

They also assist with interview skills coaching either face to face or via online video link. For more information, please visit: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/interview-coaching-for-melbourne

Interview question: Why haven’t you gone further in your profession? By Matthew Coppola


The employer may be curious as to what your career goals are. Are you career driven? Or are you contempt with your current role? Or is there something holding you back from moving further in your profession.

Avoid taking it personal.

At the end of the day, you don’t really need to justify as to why you haven’t gone further in your career. There may be a multitude of reasons for this.

Maybe quite simply you are not career minded, nor do you have great expectations of yourself in the future. Maybe you are contempt with your current state of employment and the level of workload that you have is just enough to cope with.

Or it may be that you genuinely have tried to move up into a higher paying position with more responsibility. Your reasons for this may be varied too. But you have not been successful in moving up because either you don’t have the skills to or you don’t have enough experience that will meet the essential requirements of the new position.

 

Its best to show a contempt attitude with your current level of employment by talking about all your accomplishments, what you have learnt, how good you are at your job or certain aspects of it, and that you are happy either way whether you move up or stay in your current role and just do really well, that is, perfect your role.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

 They also assist with interview skills coaching either face to face or via online video link. For more information, please visit: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/interview-coaching

 Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

Interview question: How are you a greater choice than the other applicants that have applied? By Matthew Coppola


The employer will usually ask this kind of question near the end of an interview. 

The employer may be looking for you to sell yourself a bit more. They are looking for you to give them a good reason why they should hire you and not the other candidates.

An employer can ask you questions on why you are a better candidate in various ways.

You need to know what the ideal applicant for the position is and clearly comprehend the job and how you are the perfect candidate.

Don’t go over the top with your response. You most likely wont meet or know who the other applicants are.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and writing tailored covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

They also assist with interview skills coaching either face to face or via online video link. For more information, please visit: http://www.clientcentric.com.au/interview-coaching

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

Answering the interview question: What does your job involve currently on a daily basis? By Matthew Coppola


The employer has read your resume. They want to hear you talk about your experience. 

Even though the explanation on your resume is descriptive and understandable, when answering this question, you are best to concentrate on what the position your applying for is about and miss all the unnecessary extra information.

It would be unwise to respond by stating everything that is already mentioned on your resume. You want to concentrate mostly on the parts of your current job that relate to the position you are going for.

You don’t want the employer to become uninterested in you.

When talking about your responsibilities and what your job involves, make it interesting and expand on what you do and how the tasks you perform relate to the overall purpose of the position.

Show enthusiasm and interest in what you do. It’s best not to come across uninterested even if you really don’t like what you do for work. Your attitude to work no matter what kind of job it may be, can reflect on you as a person and as a potential employee.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

 They also assist with interview skills coaching either face to face or via online video link. For more information, please visit: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/interview-coaching

 Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

 

How to answer the interview question: “Why are you changing jobs?” By Matthew Coppola


This is a common question that employers ask during the interview.

 

The employer doesn’t want someone half-hearted about their decision to change employment.

To be half-hearted means that you are neither here nor there. The main thing is that you come across credible.

When you desire to want to leave your job, there can be many circumstances surrounding your decision. Some of the reasons can be that:

  • You honestly want a job that brings with it new challenges
  • You are searching for better prospects and more opportunities.

But above all, try and avoid saying anything negative about the company or that you had issues and matters unresolved with your superiors or teammates.

Always put other organisations, companies and individuals in a positive light.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with putting your best foot forward to an employer.

 They also assist with interview skills coaching either face to face or via online video link. For more information, please visit: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/interview-coaching-for-melbourne

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

 

Answering the interview question: “How did you get your last position?” By Matthew Coppola


This is a very common question that always tends to come up and often, we can find ourselves unprepared.

Even though this is a small, but straight forward question, an employer, will ask this question because it gives them an understanding of countless different areas.

It helps them to visualise your job search process and what you do to find work and secure employment.

You can interpret this question in two different ways and need to ensure you cover all areas:

Firstly, you need to address how you found your last job, whether if it was through a recruitment agency, head-hunted, etc.

Secondly, you need to address how you got the job – how you persuaded your current employer that you were the best person for the position. A career is a pathway, a measure of your success in your field of expertise. It’s viewed differently to ‘a job’. A job is something that is more of a means to an end. A task/activity/project that needs to be performed. A career is something more, it can be multiple jobs but on the same path to maybe a promotion or greater industry expertise and skill level to the point that you are possibly leading others.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer.

They also assist with interview skills coaching either face to face or via online video link. For more information, please visit: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/interview-coaching-for-melbourne

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

How to answer the interview question: “Tell us a bit about yourself?”


This question is best answered in a succinct, straight to the point, professional but personal manner.

The employer wants to know about you, mainly on a professional level but also personally.

Now the employer is not wanting to know everything there is to know about your personal life and everything you have done up until now.

The employer wants to know about your passions with work, career goal, experience in a nutshell, three of your strongest skills and even what your favourite hobby is as well as anything else about you aside from work that helps them get to know the real you, and not see you as just a professional or an employee, but someone who loves following .

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

 They also assist with interview skills coaching either face to face or via online video link. For more information, please visit: http://www.clientcentric.com.au/interview-coaching-for-melbourne

 Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

How to answer the interview question: “Why should we hire you?” By Matthew Coppola


This really is your chance to demonstrate to the interviewer why you are a great candidate for the role and the value that you can bring their company.

Think carefully about what it is that they are looking for. You will be able to find this under the key selection criteria or requirements of the position on the job advertisement. The value that you can bring in the role you are being interviewed for should relate back to the requirements. Pick 3. It will be easier to remember. For example, if they are looking for someone who is excellent at engaging clients and building solid working relationships, then it would be a good idea to say that you are very good at nurturing existing relationships as has been seen in your past role/s where you…..for company… and so forth. If you are going to make a bold statement to sell yourself to the employer, it’s a good idea to back yourself up with evidence of this.

Stick to 3 reasons why they should hire you and it would even be a good idea at the end of mentioning your 3 reasons to be more specific about what you can do for their company if they hire you.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

They also assist with interview skills coaching either face to face or via online video link. For more information, please visit: http://www.clientcentric.com.au/interview-coaching-for-sydney

 Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

How long should my responses be in addressing key selection criteria?


It’s a good idea for the response to be about 2 solid paragraphs, of about less than half a page long. Think about the person who has to read your responses to each of the key selection criteria (and there may be up to 15 to address) and how long it has to take for them to read through your responses, with another 5 or 10 applications to go through after.

You don’t want to put the employer off your application.

You want to encourage them to continue reading and vie for their attention. Every sentence must be easy to read and understand. Most important of all, it must accurately address the criteria and if the criteria has two parts to it, it should at least address all 2 parts as best as you can.

Most jobs these days have a set of key selection criteria to address and it helps the employer to sift out those applicant whom may not be really interested in the role or if they are genuinely suitable for the role, will actually take the time to complete the required criteria.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Further information can be found at: http://www.clientcentric.com.au/sydney-selection-criteria-writing

 Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

Should I include a covering letter in my application?


The short answer is yes. The covering letter is a very important part of your job application. Sending out your resume provides the employer with information about you and what skills and experience you have. The covering letter takes the next step further by explaining exactly how you meet their requirements and why you want to work for their company and what you can do for them. It’s not only polite and respectful, but it’s also professional and shows genuine interest in the company and the job. It can say to the employer “this person wants to work for me. They really want the job and they know what we are after and can meet our requirements.”

Generally a covering letter can be about 1 page long unless the job application specifies otherwise.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Further details can be found by visiting: http://www.clientcentric.com.au/sydney-resume-writing-services

 Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

Help with answering the interview question: “What are your weaknesses?” By Matthew Coppola


We all have weaknesses either personally or professionally. In this case, the weaknesses that we are referring to are the flaws that as an employee you have or have demonstrated at work in one way or another, either just once or continuously. It might be that you find it really hard to talk to customers. Or it may be that you always arrive late to client meetings. By posing this question to an interviewee, the employer is trying to find out what they are up for if they do hire you so there are no surprises. This question is usually asked either after or before the question “What are your strengths?”, so the employer is trying to learn about you and identify if there are any areas that you can improve on or they need to be aware of prior to hiring you.

Whatever your weakness is that you have identified, it is always a good idea to mention what it is that you are doing about it. That is, what you are doing to improve and overcome this weakness. For example, you might say that you tend to over-analyse. But to overcome this, when you find yourself over-analysing, you stop and then look at the situation holistically, etc.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

 They also assist with interview skills coaching either face to face or via online video link. For more information, please visit: http://www.clientcentric.com.au/interview-coaching

 Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

How important is it to have my CV professionally written? By Matthew Coppola


Your resume/CV helps an employer make a well-informed decision on their whether to hire you or not. It is usually accompanied by a cover letter that takes the next step further to being more personalised and tailored for the role, by addressing the requirements as stipulated in the job advertisement or position description.

Your CV is what helps to ‘get your foot in the door’ so to speak. The employer or hiring agent may spend less than 3 minutes going through your CV. So first appearances are everything and you want to make sure that it grabs their attention and is informative and relevant enough to their hiring needs to encourage them to pick up the phone and invite you in for an interview. That is why it is good to have your CV professionally written to help make sure that your CV promotes your skills and experience and helps to sell you to the employer.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Further information can be found at: http://www.clientcentric.com.au/sydney-resume-writing-services

 Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

 

A handy work wear guide for Men and Women, created by T.M Lewin


Promoting and marketing yourself as a jobseeker is a process with many moving parts. Crafting an appealing resume, sourcing prospective employers, completing applications, and eventually gaining and mastering interviews. These steps become milestones in the process.

Creating the right professional image is more important than one may think. When preparing for an interview, briefing yourself on the company, the position, and your past experience are all more commonly prepared strategies. Many candidates forget to consider the office culture and professional dress codes.  Although dress codes are subjective to company, culture, location, and field of work they are important to consider. We have all wondered….

Am I wearing an appropriate outfit?

Is this underdressed or overdressed? Too casual?

Do I wear the same outfit at a digital start up compared to a working for a large conglomerate?

The uncertainties can surely impact one’s confidence in these high stake situations.

Personal and professional appearances are important, the age-old expression to dress for success is something that stands true and can actually impact a job offer. Interpersonal communication studies have proven that people form opinions of others on their appearance alone. In under a minute we formulate judgements on others by the way they speak, look, and carry themselves nonverbally. In an interview, this is not an ignorable factor.

British work-wear retailers T.M.Lewin have crafted the handy guide below to help us navigate what to wear and when. This guide is filled with style tips and advice to further your professional image. If you happen to be in need of a smarter look for your upcoming interview, T.M.Lewin are the experts. Check out the impressive range of men’s shirts; formal to casual & timeless basics for the for the ladies.

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Is volunteer work useful and beneficial? By Matthew Coppola


Although it is unpaid, pursuing volunteering work can be a great way to gain new skills and experience one would not otherwise be given the opportunity if it was a paid job.

An employer may not want to hire someone because they lack of skills in a certain area or experience in an industry. This can certainly make it very difficult to secure employment.

Although there some organisations that set up volunteering work in a variety of industries and this may certainly be a great idea to look into. Volunteering work is a great way not only to gain new experiences but can also be great to put on your resume. Some employers are even happy to provide a letter of testimony that explains what they individual did and how well they performed.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

How can I best market myself to an employer? By Matthew Coppola


Employers are interested in what you have to offer them and so they are looking for a justifiable reason to invest in you by providing you with employment. Their investment for a 40 hour work week is to obtain productivity out of you and in turn make more money and grow their business.

So the question you may ask yourself is:

How best can I market myself to an employer and show them that I have the skills that they need to perform the required duties?

First step is to work out exactly what kind of requirements needs to be fulfilled for a particular position that you want to apply for. Most job advertisements these days will list these. You should at least try and qualify for 90% of those requirements, but of course circumstances vary.

“try and qualify for 90% of those requirements”

Next step is to work out exactly what it is you have to offer to meet those requirements. Best way to approach this is to think about all the transferrable skills and relevant experience you have developed over the course of your working life together with the skills/aptitudes gained from your studies. This is why work experience/voluntary work and undertaking courses and education are great ways you can develop some valuable skills and experience you can put on your resume.

The final step is to match your skills and experience that you have come up with to the requirements of the position and make sure most of these are explained in your covering letter and at least highlighted in your CV.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

What does it mean to show a lack of confidence at an interview? By Matthew Coppola


Confidence can be defined as the feeling we have about ourselves or someone else that something can be accomplished. Naturally becoming a so called ‘confident person’ is not something that necessarily happens overnight. But developing a level of confidence on a particular area, topic or matter can happen sooner with practice. It is common for an employer to mention that a job seeker lacked confidence during their interview. But what does that really mean? Signs that an interviewee is lacking confidence include twitching, speaking quietly  and even by talking too much. The best way to show confidence during an interview is to practice first beforehand by doing a couple mock interviews with a friend or family member, focusing on your strengths, what you have to offer, why you want the job and areas where you feel you add value and can contribute in the role. It is natural to be nervous and that can sometimes make us feel less confident!.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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