Coping with a challenging jobs market in Sydney: What you need to know!

There is no question that many will agree that the jobs market in Sydney is challenging, especially given the current Covid-19 situation. You may be thinking about how you can prepare yourself to re-join the workforce or make a career change.

I suggest beginning with looking at jobs that are currently available and jobs that will be offered in the future. There is a great article on this entitled What can I do when there are so many places online to find work? By Matthew Coppola.

Start with getting your resume sorted and up to date. As strange as it may be, have more than one resume ready and tailored for different roles. This will help open your options with employment. You can write a CV and cover letter yourself. Or get help from a professional resume and cover letter writer based in Sydney, who will create for you job application documents that will highlight the best that you have to offer a prospective employer.

With your search in finding suitable jobs in a challenging jobs market, you could discover positions that require you to address a set of key selection criteria. Do not ignore them! A majority of Government roles will include selection criteria as part of the application process. You could address the criterion yourself or seek assistance from the Sydney selection criteria writers at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. Client Centric is an Australian based business with the expertise to write successful responses to any criterion, in any industry.

Reaching the interview stage is a challenge, but it is definitely worth fighting for. When you have reached the hurdle of sitting in front of the employer for an interview, you are then confident they liked your application and that you have a solid chance of acquiring the role. So, it is important you get it right. You can refine your interview skills by getting interview coaching by an experienced coach in Sydney, who will be able to provide you with guidance and teach you to build up confidence. Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions offer this service and are very good at it. I know this as they have received great feedback from clients.

As challenging as it may be, never give up; stay motivated, focused and in control. A great article to read on staying positive during these times is How to stay motivated and positive despite set backs in securing work, by Matthew Coppola.

A high level of verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.

This particular selection criterion is asking for you to prove that you can speak and write at a high level and that you can engage well with others at an interpersonal level.

If you would like assistance with addressing this criterion, contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions by clicking here

No matter the role, no matter the industry, they have the expertise to address the selection criteria for you.

Experience liaising with community organisations and other key stakeholders to collaborate on the clients’ needs.

This particular selection criterion is asking about your experience engaging with community organisations, as well as other stakeholders relevant to the community sector and who you collaborated, or worked closely with, on meeting the needs of your clients.

If you would like help with addressing this selection criterion, then contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions by clicking here.

They are specialists in addressing key selection criteria

Why have a collection of CVs/resumes as opposed to having just the one CV? By Matthew Coppola

There’s a saying “It’s good to keep your options open” and how true that is, especially when it comes to searching and applying for suitable employment.

Some job seekers opt to have a collection of different CVs that they can use in applying for work, and there are many reputable professional resume writers that can help with this.

Often, we find ourselves out of a job and not sure what to do. There are a few different roles, perhaps in related or completely different industries that we know, after reading through the employer’s requirements and selection criteria, that we can do the job. (By the way, if you do find a job that asks you to address a set of key selection criteria, Australian employment services firm Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions can provide assistance in addressing them for you. Learn more by clicking here.

And, if you find that the job description is fairly uninformative, there’s an article I have written on about how to deal with uninformative job descriptions.

In fact, having a one-page CV can be powerful too in terms of getting straight to the point about your knowledge and experience, as well as providing the employer with a brief page to read.

So, having multiple CVs for different jobs can be helpful because you can apply for more jobs and therefore increase your chances of gaining suitable employment. That’s right, you’re keeping the options open. The same goes for your cover letter.

And, once you secure a job interview then fantastic! The Australian company mentioned earlier – Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions – provide interview coaching and will teach you the techniques and skills to handle standard and behavioural type questions, personalised for you and your needs. Learn more about their interview coaching service by clicking here.

Client Centric is an Australian-wide business providing an online employment service for job seekers wanting to get an edge over other candidates in the jobs market. They write resumes and cover letters for clients in Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast as well as across Tasmania. Feel free to contact the team today and they will be more than happy to help.


Coping with rejections from unsuccessful job applications, by Matthew Coppola

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So you are looking for work and find the perfect job—precisely the type of role you want to do and take the next step in your career. You may start to visualise yourself in the position, imagine the pride and joy that you will have and can share with your family and close friends. It’s a great feeling start to a new job, and you are excited about what may be in store for you in the future.

So, you go ahead and apply. And because this role is perfect for you, it warrants the extra time and attention to detail in your application. You tailor your resume, modify your cover letter to help increase your chances and make sure that your job application accurately addresses the employer’s requirements. There’s a good article on the benefits of tailoring your resume written by Client Centric.

So yeah, you could say you’ve put in the time and effort to make a great application, and after proof-reading both documents over and over again, you’re confident attach them and hit the submit button.

And there it goes, off into the wide world web.

You wait, wait and wait.

Finally, you get a call from the prospective recruiter. I often write about articles dealing with the recruitment process, such as why hiring processes can be so lengthy. Recruiters often dismiss application and pigeon-hole you into one particular field. The field that you’re trying to get out of and move into something new. It’s disheartening. It’s mean. Maybe you have found yourself in a similar position. Perhaps you applied only not just to be rejected, but not even have the chance to speak with anyone as to why you were not successful.

The thing is not to give up. To not let anyone tell put you down. To lift your head high and persevere, keep applying and believe in yourself. Indeed, take on constructive feedback and see where you can improve, and view any criticism like water off a duck’s back.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Which is why it can be so helpful to have your resume and cover letter professionally written by the experts in Brisbane, as well as other states throughout Australia. Feel free to learn more about Client Centric and what they can do to support you with your job search efforts.

And if you want to know what makes a resume stand out, read this great article by Client Centric entitled “what makes a good resume stand out?”.

How to condense your resume, by Matthew Coppola

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You may feel that your resume is too long, messy and unstructured, but you want to keep all the information because you think that you have a lot to offer and employers should know this.

An option is trying to shorten sentences in your responsibilities and experience by either removing unnecessary information or re-writing the sentence with the same content but shorter. 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, you can see that I have omitted information such as the nature of all the staff member’s employment – full time and part-time, all which is unnecessary information. Also, the words staff members and personnel were used – so I took out both and replaced them with the one word – staff. This has shortened the sentence, making it briefer yet with the same meaning.

What name should I give to each CV I create?

My suggestion is to allocate a version number to each CV. So, you could put v1, v2 and so forth. Just make sure that depending on the job you apply for, you use the right CV.

The other option is that you put a profession title at the end of the file name. So, for example:


My only concern taking this approach is that the employer may get the sense that you are  applying for different industries and different roles, rather than being set on one specific  area.

But at the end of the day, do what works best for you. Come up with a system that is convenient and right for you in organising your different resumes and cover letters.

If you need help with revamping your CV, contact the team at Client Centric. They will professionally write for you a brand new and tailored CV and cover letter, designed to market and promote your skills and experience.