Benefits of tailoring your covering letter to the position description


As important as it is to have a tailored and well structured CV that accurately markets your skills and experience, it is also vital to personalise the covering letter to the requirements of the position description. You can imagine just how many applications come through to employers and how many applicants send through just their resume with no covering letter. And if they do send through a covering, three common mistakes occur:

  1. Writing too much about themselves and not enough about what they have to offer the employer.
  2. Writing too little and coming across that they are not that interested in the position.
  3. Writing a covering letter that is completely irrelevant to the position advertised. 

So if on the job advert for example, they are asking for someone who has thorough knowledge of Government training programs, then it would be wise to write about your knowledge and experience on that, but keep it to a couple sentences, obviously taking into account the number of criteria.

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“Effective job hunting is about making tailored job applications that match the vacancy and employer” By Matthew Coppola


Please take a moment now to think about the heading of this article:

“Effective job hunting is about making tailored job applications that match the vacancy and employer”

Job hunting means to be actively looking and applying for work. Scouring job vacancy websites and apps to find the right job or one that you are interested in doing. You like the employer and the job and feel that you are well suited to the position. More often than not however, many will send out job applications one after the other, with a standard covering letter, generalist resume and a couple sentences in the email saying that they are interested in the position and all about them. That’s right, all about them. 

Well it shouldn’t be all about the job seeker but rather all about the resume. You do not need to elaborate on everything you have done in your 20 year career. Rather, talk about the experience that relates to the job.

Many people send out job applications that are not tailored for the position and that actively addresses the employer’s interests. If you are a fire fighter but want to work in an accounts office, well then you wouldn’t send your firefighting resume and talk about how many fires you have eliminated when writing your job application. No, rather you would change your resume for office work and address the requirements for the position and how you feel your skills and experience would add value in that position and for the employer in meeting their business goals.

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Author: Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him more than 6 years experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. 

He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview.

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Avoid lying in your resume – it will bite you back later!

We may feel that putting a little so called “white lie” on our resume will be harmless and we will justify this by saying to ourselves “I am only pronouncing my experience”. But what were really are doing is lying to ourselves and to the employer. Avoid lying in your resume, it will bite you back later!


We may feel that putting a little so called “white lie” on our resume will be harmless and we will justify this by saying to ourselves “I am only pronouncing my experience”. But what were really are doing is lying to ourselves and to the employer. Avoid lying in your resume, it will bite you back later!

Here are 5 reasons why it’s best to avoid lying on your resume:

1. Most important of all – it’s illegal to do so and can result in your immediate dismissal. In fact it really isn’t fair on the other candidates who are in competition with each other. If one or people lie on their resume, it makes it really unfair competition in being considered for employment.

2. Employers will do reference checks on your resume as standard procedure. They will ask your referees about what you did and clarify with them if it is true and correct.

3. If you are asked to do something at work that you said in your resume you could do, only to not be able to do it, is embarrassing and very awkward. The employer or your manager will catch on.

4. A lie is a lie. No such thing as a white lie. You either worked for that particular employer in that role, or you didn’t. There is no in between.

Author: Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions

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The 5 signs of a quality build CV, by Matthew Coppola

As it gets harder and harder to secure employment and stand out from other job candidates, it is becoming increasingly important to have a powerful resume that really sells and markets your skills and abilities to prospective employers.


As it gets harder and harder to secure employment and stand out from other job candidates, it is becoming increasingly important to have a powerful resume that really sells and markets your skills and abilities to prospective employers.

Here are 5 signs of what makes a quality CV:

1. It is specific

Is your resume effectively marketing you toward one particular type of industry or role? Or does your CV have little direction about what career you are heading towards and how you define yourself in your field?

2. It is well written and structured. 

The CV must flow and be readable. Employers have limited time reading your resume so you want to make sure that it has clear headings, bullet points, and is in order from your name to the selling summary then competencies and your education and training and so forth.

3. It expands on your skills and experience and clearly outlines your success. 

Mention some of your notable achievements both at work/school. If you have recently graduated, make sure that the CV reflects the grades you achieved and some successful projects you completed. A brief summary will be sufficient.

For every job role, make a list underneath it of your achievements with that employer/in that position.

4. It is readable.

Does it sound clear to you when your read it aloud? Does it make sense? This is important. You want to impress the person looking at your CV with your exceptional skills in your attention to detail.

5. It is personalised.

Make sure that it is tailored for the positions that you are applying for. Use key words employers in the industry are looking for and make sure that your CV is a good reflection of what is best practice/desirable in the industry.

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Adelaide Resume Writing Services | Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions


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Established in 2010, Client Centric has become one of the leading boutique employment services firm in Australia. We deliver career and employment solutions for  jobseekers and employers throughout the employment lifecycle. 

We offer a variety of employment and HR services for both jobseekers and employers. We specialise in writing professional and tailored Resumes that really market and sell the individual. We are also experts in writing high quality responses to Key Selection Criteria that have resulted in very successful outcomes and the results prove this.  

Our expertise includes Sales & Marketing, Transport & Logistics, Manufacturing & Operations, Healthcare & Education, Community Service & Non-Profit, Engineering & Technical, Office Administration, Energy & Utilities and Mining.

We service clients in every capital city in Australia and regional areas throughout Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Hobart and Canberra.

Every selection criteria that we address is personalised and extensive research is undertaken to write quality answers.

When addressing the key selection criteria, we make sure that each answer is maximum half a page long and specifically addresses the statement or question being asked.

We conduct extensive research by going through the position description and deciphering what the employer is looking for, what is involved in the role and then using terminology used in the job description and including it where appropriate when making an answer to each criterion.

We follow the ‘SAO’ approach when writing out a response. This is is by addressing the “Situation”; “Action” and “Approach”. Each answer is also structured to have an introduction, body and conclusion which then ties everything neatly in a readable and understandable manner. In writing out each response we believe it to be very important to be truthful and positive, not exaggerating or downplaying your skills, capabilities and experience.

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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, but generally speaking, if you went out on a date with someone and it wasn’t a blind date, you would be more prepared and confident if you knew a bit about the person with whom you were about have dinner or a drink with.

That kind of research might entail conversations with friends among other things. What if your friends told you that she was no good, she would hurt you and she is untrustworthy. And this is from multiple sources including  Facebook page where you see her photos and posts with are in line with the reputation your friends gave her.

Armed with this information and research, how do you now feel about this date? Well not only would you be uncertain about her but you would be more prepared with what kind of questions you want to ask her and you would not let her pretty looks cloud any of your judgement! So research is key to being prepared and confident!

Same with having an interview with an employer.

It’s always best to find out everything you can about the companies you want to work for including: their product lines, competitors, prices, growth prospects, organisational structure, employment policies, key staff and overseas trends and developments which may affect local operations.

You can find this information in places like:

  • annual reports;
  • customer newsletters;
  • trade magazines;
  • product brochures and catalogues;
  • sales representatives.

The best way to approach this is speaking in person to someone who works there or knows someone who does. This is where your personal contact list will be important and this can be found through online sources like LinkedIn, a professional networking website where you can connect and message professionals in your industry.

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Author: Matthew Coppola

Matthew Coppola – Employment Advisor

BComm(Econs), GradCert (CE&D)

Matthew Coppola has more than 6 years’ experience in the recruitment, staffing and training industries with a focus on employment services, specifically Job Services Australia and Disability Employment Services.  He has experience in business development, marketing, sales and training.