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’reContinue reading “New year, new job?”

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

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

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

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

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 putContinue reading “Client Centric: The Professional Key Selection Criteria Writers.”

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 andContinue reading “Australia’s specialist in etiquette training: Auersmont School of Etiquette”

About marketing services offered by Client Centric


Client Centric offer a range of marketing services for companies. These include: Capability statements Brochures Presentation folders Meeting slides 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 andContinue reading “About marketing services offered by Client Centric”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dealing with nerves during a job interview, by Matthew Coppola


#interviewnerves #nervousinterview #interview #jobinterview 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,Continue reading “Dealing with nerves during a job interview, by Matthew Coppola”

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/ResumeContinue reading “About employment services from Client Centric for Defence Force members and their partners, by Matthew Coppola”

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

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 stipulatedContinue reading “How many pages should a cover letter be? By Matthew Coppola”

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, ratherContinue reading “What size font is best suited to a resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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

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

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.Continue reading “How to deal with having a lack of industry experience, by Matthew Coppola”

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

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 wellContinue reading “Applying for jobs in Adelaide, suggestions and tips by Matthew Coppola”

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

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 lookingContinue reading “Why having a great resume matters to obtain a job in Ipswich, by Matthew Coppola”

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

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 dealContinue reading “Dealing with low motivation at work, by Matthew Coppola”

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?

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 youContinue reading “Is cold calling prospective employers looking for work still effective in 2019?”

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 ‘TheContinue reading “What if I don’t want a recruiter to contact a reference without my permission? By Matthew Coppola”

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 statementsContinue reading “Professional Capability Statements by Client Centric”

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 helpContinue reading “Why are hiring processes quite lengthy? By Matthew Coppola”

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 toContinue reading “Dealing with a job description/advert that is uninformative, by Matthew Coppola”

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. HavingContinue reading “Is it best to send a resume in PDF or Word format to a prospective employer? By Matthew Coppola”

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,Continue reading “Is it really necessary to put personal interests on my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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 toContinue reading “How can I show better initiative at work? By Matthew Coppola”

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 jobContinue reading “How valuable can temporary employment opportunities be? By Matthew Coppola”

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 andContinue reading “How many pages should my cover letter be? By Matthew Coppola”

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.Continue reading “Retail customer service – A personal experience observed, by Matthew Coppola”

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 thatContinue reading “What is an employer looking for when they see my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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 thenContinue reading “How early should I arrive to an interview? By Matthew Coppola”

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

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

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

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 includeContinue reading “Should I include my high-school education in my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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 ifContinue reading “Should I bring my resume along to an interview? By Matthew Coppola”

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 CentricContinue reading “Job application assistance for ADF members and their partners offered by Client Centric Employment Solutions”

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 ifContinue reading “What should I do with older experience on my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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

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.Continue reading “Is it necessary to include colour in my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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

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 grabContinue reading “What’s the benefit of having my resume professionally written? By Matthew Coppola”

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 mindfulContinue reading “How many examples should I include in my selection criteria?”

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 mayContinue reading “What kind of questions may I ask in an interview? By Matthew Coppola”

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 wayContinue reading “Should I attach a cover letter with my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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 duringContinue reading “What makes a good resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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 adequatelyContinue reading “How long should a selection criteria response by? By Matthew Coppola”

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 makeContinue reading “How far should I go back to in my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

Need help addressing key selection criteria?


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 theContinue reading “Need help addressing key selection criteria?”

Interview skills coaching in London and surrounding suburbs


Highlight your expertise. Would you like help in responding with more confidence to perplexing interview questions? Do you find it a challenge at times in being able to highlight your strengths to a prospective company and clearly express why you would be a strong candidate for their team?  An employer can ask you questions on why youContinue reading “Interview skills coaching in London and surrounding suburbs”

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

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 qualityContinue reading “How long should a resume typically be? By Matthew Coppola”

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 weContinue reading “Is there any need to include colours in my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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 selectionContinue reading “Key selection criteria – the importance of addressing, by Matthew Coppola”

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

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 lengthContinue reading “How long should each key selection criteria response be? By Matthew Coppola”

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

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

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”

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”

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 thatContinue reading “Importance of displaying positive body language in an interview setting, by Matthew Coppola”

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 itContinue reading “What it means to actually tailor a cover letter for a position, by Matthew Coppola”

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

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 thatContinue reading “Making the move into the civilian workforce after service in the Defence, by Matthew Coppola”

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. BeforeContinue reading “Interview question: How would you deal with the resulting situation? By Matthew Coppola”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 forContinue reading “How long should my responses be in addressing key selection criteria?”

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 wantContinue reading “Should I include a covering letter in my application?”

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

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 CVContinue reading “How important is it to have my CV professionally written? By Matthew Coppola”

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

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. ThisContinue reading “Is volunteer work useful and beneficial? By Matthew Coppola”

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 theContinue reading “How can I best market myself to an employer? By Matthew Coppola”

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

Why is being dishonest in submitting job applications unacceptable? By Matthew Coppola


A person may naturally be a good, honest hearted person, but that does not necessarily stop them from performing acts of dishonesty. This can be particularly true with applying for work. An individual may feel that if they cut out some truths or include some small lies in their job application, they will have aContinue reading “Why is being dishonest in submitting job applications unacceptable? By Matthew Coppola”

Interview coaching for IT professionals delivered by an experienced and knowledgeable coach


Are you in the IT sector applying for work and feel that you really could benefit with some guidance and help with being interviewed for a job? Many interviews these days consist of a panel of interviewers of 2 or more individuals, which may include both the Human Resource Manager and/or the IT Manager/Team Leader. TheyContinue reading “Interview coaching for IT professionals delivered by an experienced and knowledgeable coach”

The benefits of utilizing an interview coaching service and what it can mean for you .


For most of us, securing a job is a 3 step process. This includes first applying for the job by submitting your resume and cover letter as well as any other supporting documentation, then being called in for an interview and if successful, accepting or rejecting the offer followed by negotiation. But the most importantContinue reading “The benefits of utilizing an interview coaching service and what it can mean for you .”

Ways you can sell yourself in the interview and on your resume


At the end of the day, no matter how good your resume is or how incredible your credentials and experience look on paper, what matters most is your ability to really sell yourself to the employer by demonstrating with solid evidence why you are a suitable candidate for the job. So I have put togetherContinue reading “Ways you can sell yourself in the interview and on your resume”