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

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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

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

Writing an Application Letter for University


Recently I was asked by a client to assist her in writing a letter of application into a prestigious University to study for a career in the health services industry. Her dilemma was that she knew why she would be a great fit for the University, but just didn’t know how to sell herself and write a letter that was persuasive, sharp, concise, informative and still fit on 1 – 2 pages maximum. I was more than happy to help her with this and gain successful entrance into her chosen course at University.

To get started and prepare to write it for her, I asked her to email me the details of the university, the course she wishes to apply for, the entrance date as well as information from her. This information that I needed about her included her employment history, what she did and specialised in and the previous courses and training she undertook in the past.

Once I had all the information about her, I went through it and culled any irrelevant information that I felt wasn’t suitable. I highlighted relevant information and then worked on the structure and layout of the letter., Before I begin writing any document, I always make sure (as best practice) that I have all the relevant resources and structure/layout to execute the document.

As with most letters, this letter of application began with an introduction, body and a conclusion. I made sure that the introduction was striking and powerful. I made sure that it mentioned what the letter was for, its purpose and the end goal or objective of her entering into University.

Throughout the body, it talked about her background/employment and training history. It had dot points and the information included skills, experience and attributes that were relevant to the course she was going to undertake. Now her background really had little to do with the course but I chose the most relevant and made it look really transferable and useful.

I’ll give you an example.

Imagine if a Police Officer wanted to become a waiter/waitress. I would look at one of their key transferable skill – dealing with people under criticism and providing customer/people service. A police officer learns to maintain composure under stressful situations. Same too required of a waiter/waitress otherwise it will look bad on the patrons!

Now back to the letter.

I also included in it why my client chose to study at the University. I had her reasons but I wanted to make it attractive to the University. So what I did was go to their website and researched the University’s values  and mission statement and picked a couple of them and then mentioned them in the letter. This worked well and my client was very happy.  I then ended the letter with a concluding paragraph that encouraged the reader to refer to her resume for more information.

If you are interested in having me write an application letter for University for you, please feel free to contact me via this blog otherwise I welcome you to visit our website www.clientcentric.com.au for more information and submit an enquiry there,.