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 specifiedContinue reading “Is it Essential to Have a Professionally Written and Designed Resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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 trueContinue reading “What kind of information can I include in my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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

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 thanContinue reading “Is it appropriate to put my interests and hobbies on my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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

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

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,Continue reading “How can I condense my resume? By Matthew Coppola”