I suggest refraining from including a photo of yourself in your CV. Unless it’s something that’s requested of you as part of your job application and it’s absolutely essential for the role requirements, then include a photo of yourself. Related article: Should I include a photo of myself in my resume? Some jobs in fashion, modelling,Continue reading “Should You Include a Photo in Your CV?”
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 theContinue reading “How to condense your resume, by Matthew Coppola”
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, forContinue reading “What name should I give to each CV I create?”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
Many who ask this question are faced by either having had a number of jobs with multiple employers throughout their career, or they have 15 – 20 years plus experience and they need to present this on their resume. But when they do, their CV spills on to 5 or more pages and it becomes farContinue reading “How far back should you present your employment history on a resume? By Matthew Coppola”
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Recently I was asked by a client what is best practice,when it comes to putting the contact details of their referees, on their resume. Some argue that if you do include their phone number, the prospective employer may call them without you knowing and catch the referee person off guard. Some feel that it mightContinue reading “Should I put my referee’s contact details on my resume or not?”
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”
Article by Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Looking for a new job? Wanting to move on to a new role? Client Centric can help by professionally writing for you a new and tailored CV and cover letter designed to help market and promote you to prospective employers. They also provide interview coaching and assist with addressingContinue reading “How to Write a Resume Concisely and Clearly”
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?”
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?”