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”

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 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”

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”

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?

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 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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Interview Question: Why do you want to work for our company?


There is a difference between coming across as “enthusiastic” as opposed to being “desperate”. This article answers the question many interviewers will ask about why you want to work for them.

How to prepare questions to ask at your interview, by Matthew Coppola


So you have finally go the the interview stage and they tell you its next Monday at 4:00 pm. And you are excited as anything, probably throwing your fists  in the air, jumping up and down in hysterics! But then it dawns upon you that they are going to ask you serious questions and probe youContinue reading “How to prepare questions to ask at your interview, by Matthew Coppola”

Why it’s important to write a ‘thank you letter’ after your interview, by Matthew Coppola


It is very important and can even persuade a potential employer to hire you, by sending a thank you letter or email right after an interview. Most employers appreciate the effort and initiative taken by the interviewees when they follow up right after the interview. If you have an interview soon, my recommendation is to follow upContinue reading “Why it’s important to write a ‘thank you letter’ after your interview, by Matthew Coppola”

Does randomly posting out your resume deliver results?


I have been asked this question before by my clients. Majority of the time they are either not feeling confident enough to cold call employers or they are unable or again not confident enough to go an cold visit employers face to face. In answering this question, well yes it can deliver some results andContinue reading “Does randomly posting out your resume deliver results?”

Why should you research the employer before being interviewed?


Matthew Coppola is an Australian Careers Advisor, Employment Specialist and Resume Writing Expert. If you are interested in having him as a speaker or utilising any of his services, please contact him by clicking here. Going for an interview is like going out on a date with someone.  Now both are similar for many reasons,Continue reading “Why should you research the employer before being interviewed?”

Common Interview Questions – A Brief Overview


Matthew Coppola is an Australian Careers Advisor, Employment Specialist and Resume Writing Expert. If you are interested in having him as a speaker or utilising any of his services, please contact him by clicking here. Common Interviewing Questions 1 – Tell me about yourself. This seems to be an innocent enough question. But be awareContinue reading “Common Interview Questions – A Brief Overview”

Why every job you apply for should have a personalized cover letter


Every job you apply for whether it be online, in the paper, internally with the company you work for or by networking, needs a personalized cover letter specific to that company and the objectives of the role. Too many times people apply for numerous jobs with the same resume and the same cover letter andContinue reading “Why every job you apply for should have a personalized cover letter”

Should I include a photo of myself in my resume?


I was recently asked by a client if he should include a photo of himself in his resume. Now unless you’re going for a job as a model or entertainer, putting a photo on your resume is very unprofessional and does nothing to support your application for employment! There really is no point in doingContinue reading “Should I include a photo of myself in my resume?”

What to do if you don’t hear back from an employer after the interview.


Matthew Coppola is an Australian Careers Advisor, Employment Specialist and Resume Writing Expert. If you are interested in having him as a speaker or utilising any of his services, please contact him by clicking here. Time and time again I have clients agitated because they haven’t heard back from the employer after their an interview. They want toContinue reading “What to do if you don’t hear back from an employer after the interview.”

When should you bring up salary expectation?


I get asked this question a lot by my clients. When should I talk salary expectation? During the interview? Before or after? It’s like as if in our mind we think that if we start talking money, then it’s going to turn off the employer and we wont get the job. Well I have someContinue reading “When should you bring up salary expectation?”

What Makes a Good Resume Stand Out?


Time and time again I have clients asking me that they apply for so many jobs but they never hear back from an employer. Some have even applied for jobs to only minutes later receive an email saying that their application has been unsuccessful. They then ask themselves “Did the employer even bother looking atContinue reading “What Makes a Good Resume Stand Out?”

Ways to find a job by Cold Canvassing employers


Many job opportunities are never advertised. It’s been estimated that more than half of positions vacant in Australia are filled through an informal network rather than formally advertised. Often called the “hidden job market”, these jobs can only be accessed through networking or cold calling. These techniques are among the most powerful and effective wayContinue reading “Ways to find a job by Cold Canvassing employers”

Why Your Goals Should Be S.M.A.R.T


Establishing clear goals in writing is the responsibility of managers and their superiors, and of managers and their staff. This should occur at least annually, and should be aligned with the company’s corporate mission and strategic plan. The way we word our goals is the biggest factor in helping us achieve them. And some smartContinue reading “Why Your Goals Should Be S.M.A.R.T”

Is It Good to Include a Summary for Each Employer you Worked for?


In every resume there is a part of it set aside for employment history, this includes employer name, their email address, your job title, duration worked and job responsibilities and key achievements if applicable. However it doesn’t stop there. In the resumes I write for clients, I include a summary which I put before theContinue reading “Is It Good to Include a Summary for Each Employer you Worked for?”

Why do we need a resume?


For the most of us, unless we own a business or work in the entertainment/arts industry, need a resume. According to Wikipedia, a resume can be defined as  a document used by persons to present their backgrounds and skills, with the intention of gaining employment with a prospective employer. So someone might start a business, now toContinue reading “Why do we need a resume?”

Why we feel nervous on the first day of a new job, by Matthew Coppola


Yesterday I started my first day on the job at a job find company in Victoria. Although it was only an internal transfer for the same position with the same company, I still felt nervous, timid and shy around my new fellow colleagues. I understand now just what its like for my job seekers when theyContinue reading “Why we feel nervous on the first day of a new job, by Matthew Coppola”

How to Effectively Build Credibility With Others, by Matthew Coppola


If we want to build our credibility with other people, we have to first of all be credible to ourselves. That means selling ourselves on our products or our services first. If you believe you are selling a good product, or offering a valuable service, you won’t have much difficulty selling that product or serviceContinue reading “How to Effectively Build Credibility With Others, by Matthew Coppola”

You can write an effective resume! By Matthew Coppola


A resume is your opportunity to present all of the facts that show you have the essential skills and experience for the job you wish to apply for. Writing an effective resume takes a while – you need to ensure that you have included all the correct information clearly written and laid out in yourContinue reading “You can write an effective resume! By Matthew Coppola”

I’m out of a job. What now by Matthew Coppola


Think about the following scenario. You’re sitting in the manager’s office and he tells you he has to let you go, giving you two weeks to find another job. Just like that. How do you think you would feel? For many of us, the possibility of losing our job can seem very disheartening, especially ifContinue reading “I’m out of a job. What now by Matthew Coppola”

Why is everyone getting promoted except me by Matthew Coppola


It is only normal to want to see yourself progressing through an organisation. Understandably, then, you may feel somewhat discouraged or even left out if you have not been promoted – especially if many of your colleagues have moved forward in the company. For some, being stuck in the same role can begin to seemContinue reading “Why is everyone getting promoted except me by Matthew Coppola”

How do I keep a job by Matthew Coppola


Tough economic times and volatility in the jobs market over the years has prompted many to feel insecure about their job and keeping it. Added to that, it is even more difficult for youths and lower skilled individuals to get and keep a job they are happy with. There is a saying that goes”there isContinue reading “How do I keep a job by Matthew Coppola”

How do I find a job by Matthew Coppola


A ‘job’ means different things to different people. For some, it can mean a hobby that pays an income, or something to keep them busy during the week. But for many, it’s what is needed to feed, clothe and house their family. Which means for many being out of work can cause financial hardship. TheContinue reading “How do I find a job by Matthew Coppola”