Why it Matters More than Ever to Stand Out from Other Applicants


You hear it regularly on the news. Job losses in the thousands. People being made redundant from organisations trying to downsize and go leaner to cut costs to better weather a harsh and multifaceted economic climate. Today, the news seems to form a large part of our life, grabbing our attention more than ever it seems.

Going back twenty or thirty years ago, finding work many would say was much more straightforward. Some individuals found that they could rock up to a business, say that they were looking for work, what they could do and their experience, then to be interviewed there on the spot or be offered the job to start right away.

How important is a well written CV in the process of applying for jobs?

Article by Matthew Coppola

It’s incredibly important now more than ever to stand out from other applicants and make an impression simply because of how competitive the jobs market is and just how flooded are positions advertised because of so many candidates vying for the same position.

You can stand out from other applicants by having your resume professionally revamped, cover letter expertly worded and tailored and write accurate responses to key selection criteria. The team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions offer these services to clients all over Australia. And, once you have secured an interview, unfortunately, it’s not as straightforward anymore.

You need to be able to sell your experience and skillset to a prospective employer which you can do so by refining and finessing your interview technique. You can receive interview coaching from Client Centric too.

Is It Okay To Send A Follow Up Email After A Job Interview?

Article by Matthew Coppola

Have you ever looked at a large crowd of people, and for some reason, your attention is drawn to a person in the crowd.

They might be wearing a bright coloured outfit. They stand out. The same is true for job seekers.

While I’m not suggesting that you need a colourful CV with pretty pictures, the content must stand out and not only capture the potential employer’s attention, but hold it too.

Tips on finding a new job, by Matthew Coppola


Finding a new job can be a challenging and frustrating experience; however you can make it easier for yourself when you use proactive strategies. The below tips are applicable for all job seekers, both new to the job market and those with many years’ experience.

Here are some of my best tips for finding a new job at any career level.

1. Be clear and know what you want. Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and the type of work that you enjoy doing. What do you want in a job?

2. Research the organisations that you are targeting. This will help you to get a feel for the organisation’s culture, what you are likely to be paid and if they are the right fit for you.

3. Tailor your resume to each position. By doing this, the recruiter or hr manager will know straight away that you have the skills they are looking for. Remember that your CV is one of the most critical tools for when it comes to job searching.

4. Have an online career profile. By having a career profile like on LinkedIn, you are showcasing your experience, knowledge, and passion online where employers and recruiters search the web for potential employees. Maybe it’s time to get your LinkedIn profile professionally revamped?

5. Be organised. Have a system that works for you, with organising your job searching. Even just a simple spreadsheet to keep track of the positions that you have applied for.

6. Utilise your network of contacts. People you know may want to help you in finding a job or may know that a position is currently available at their workplace and could refer you to their HR manager.

7. Don’t just apply online. Limiting yourself to only online could make the process take longer. Contact companies directly via cold calling or recruiters to let them know you are looking for work, or even leave your resume in their letterbox.

8. Have daily job-related goals to reach. By having a daily goal to achieve, this will help you to stay focused and motivated with finding a job.

9. Prepare for all your job interviews. Develop responses for common interview questions and practice them with a friend or interview coach. The more prepared you are, the more comfortable and confident you will be. Client Centric offer interview skills coaching via face to face or Zoom/Skype.

10. Email thank you messages to all interviewers after the interview. A brief email of thanks highlighting your keen interest and fit with the role and employer is a great way to help make you stand out from the majority.

By Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions

South Australia: A Growing State With Great Potential For Development


At the time of writing this article (May 2020) according to the Government of South Australia on their site ‘Growth State – Our Plan for Prosperity’ there are around 9 growth sectors identified, each with specific strategies developed as part of a growth plan.

What I really like is that there is a plan attached to each major sector.

Applying for jobs in Adelaide, suggestions and tips by Matthew Coppola

South Australia is an incredible state with a rich and vibrant history, known for being an affordable state, with less traffic and easier commute to work.

For people searching for gainful employment, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions offer a professional resume and cover letter writing service for clients in Adelaide and throughout South Australia. These guys are brilliant. Experts in their field and know what it takes to make a CV go from good to great.

I think it’s important for any state throughout Australia to grow. Growth helps to boost employment, creating thousands of jobs which mean more opportunities for job seekers and professionals to expand their reach, push forward and better themself.

If, though, you happen to come across a job that asks you to respond to a set of key selection criteria, Client Centric are the number one Adelaide selection criteria writers that can write for just about any job.

Gainful work means much to all of us.

I personally believe it’s so important to love what you do, and to do all you can to professionally develop and grow in your knowledge and skill set.

From memory, I can recall my last visit as being memorable. I stayed in the Adelaide central business district, and visited the Adelaide hills region. I remember it was raining at the time, but what I loved was the greenery of the area. The air was fresh, you could smell the open fireplaces and how clean and crisp the environment was. A memory that I think I will certainly cherish for years to come. May even prompt me to go for another visit to Adelaide in the future.

New South Wales: Finding Work, Securing Employment And Getting Ahead In Sydney


Sydney, one of the largest cities in Australia, is known for the diverse range of industries that employ many thousands of people. Industries such as manufacturing, finance, education and distribution. 

According to the City of Sydney, the city is recognised for leading a knowledge-based economy in the country.

Employment, like in any major city, depends on many factors.

When there are more jobs and fewer candidates applying for work, there may be less competition as opposed to when there are fewer jobs and more people seeking employment.

It’s imperative to stand out in a crowded jobs market and make an impression.

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

You can do this by enlisting the help of the experts. That is, by utilising the services of a professional business which deals with the writing of resumes, cover letters and responses to key selection criteria.

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

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is one such business that provides these services and they do it very well.

Specifically, they provide a professional resume and cover letter writing service for clients in Sydney, as well as assistance for clients in Sydney who need help addressing key selection criteria for positions in Government, community services, education and health care.

And, once you have secured an interview, these guys can even help you make a greater impression and improve your confidence during the interview process with one-on-one interview coaching for clients in Sydney.

Remember, sure it may be tough out there. But as I have always said in the past, it’s important to not lose focus. Remain positive, upbeat and confident that the right job will come along.

 

 

What’s It Like To Find Work In Townsville, Queensland?


[14th May 2020 update – article has been adjusted for greater accuracy]

According to the City of Townsville, Townsville is the largest city in Northern Australia, renowned as the gateway to mining and agricultural regions.

At the time of writing this article (May 2020), some reports say that the coronavirus pandemic has had a serious impact on work opportunities and growth across many parts of Queensland, with some areas according to the ABC facing double unemployment figures – see ‘Unemployment skyrockets in Wide Bay region, now more than double state figure’ article by ABC News.

At times I receive feedback and comments from my readers, some negative, others positive. I do however sincerely appreciate genuine constructive feedback. Such feedback is that job prospects in Townsville are excellent. Hence why this article has been updated.

One source noted that there are many projects underway, including a new private hospital (see Mater Private Hospital 10-year plan article) re-development and many homes under new construction.

Indeed, many opportunities for job seekers to secure gainful employment.

I no longer have a job. What should I do now?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions service clients in Townsville, providing a contact-less, online-based professional employment service to help support job seekers to secure employment sooner than later.

About Aussie Employment Firm, Client Centric: Who They Are, What They Do.

They do this by professionally writing tailored and expertly-worded resumes and cover letters that help to market the skills and experience their clients in Townsville have. As Townsville resume and cover letter writers, they have experience in all sorts of professions and trades, assisting clients to move into many different sectors or make career changes into industries such as:

  • Mining
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
  • Construction
  • Wholesale trade
  • Retail Trade
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing
  • Information Media and Telecommunications
  • Financial and Insurance Services
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Education
  • Health Care

For more information, please visit their website by clicking here.

Is It Okay To Send A Follow Up Email After A Job Interview?


You just had a job interview with an employer and you’re feeling quite confident. Or maybe you’re freaking out, carefully considering whether or not you performed well and what you could have said differently.

Frustrated You Didn’t Hear From Back From an Employer? You’re Not Alone.

It’s a waiting game. You need to let the interview process proceed and finish. Once they have interviewed all shortlisted candidates (and let’s face it, who knows how many people they actually interviewed) then they will discuss and make a decision about who gets the job.

The problem with the whole job interview process is that you never really get to know what the employer is going to ask you and what they’re specifically looking for.

How long can it take to secure an interview?

But you may be wondering whether or not it’s okay to send a follow up email to the interviewer thanking them for their time.

Well, for many, there are mixed views on this.

I think it’s okay, but only if your email is super short and straight to the point.

Something like this:

Hi, Just a quick note to say thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed by you. Whatever the outcome may be, I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

So something short and sweet. No pressure whatsoever on the employer to make a decision sooner or in any way influence their decision-making. At the end of the day, you want the employer to hire you because they want you not because they felt compelled or pressured.

I believe it’s a good idea to send a follow-up email because it shows that you’re keen and enthusiastic about the job. A genuine, heart-felt show of interest can go a long way to making a difference. And of all the candidates that they may have hired, if there is any slight confusion as to hiring you over someone else, a simple email might just be the trick to push you over the edge to a yes to hiring you.

The best thing anyone can do is work on their interviewing technique. Learn about the art of the interview by receiving one-on-one interview coaching with an experienced coach will guide you and provide you with feedback. Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions offer this service and they do a great job at it.

5 Ways To Write Winning Responses To Selection Criteria


Not everyone likes to have to address a set of key selection criteria for a particular role. And, for good reason. It’s time consuming.

Furthermore, many find it hard to write about themself.

Below are my top 5 suggestions that you can use to write winning responses to selection criteria:

  1. Actually address the criteria. Don’t write about anything unrelated to what the criterion is asking for you to explain or demonstrate. Don’t go off-track.
  2. Incorporate real-working examples into every selection criteria as best you can. If you are unsure of how many examples to include, read this article on deciding how many examples to use.
  3. Don’t waffle on. Get to the point.
  4. Have a clear and logical structure to every response.

To summarise, it is vital that your responses tie your experience and skills back to the position, incorporating relevant examples.

If however, you do find yourself stuck and you need help, the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions are the go-to people when it comes to asking for help with addressing selection criteria. As selection criteria writing service, they are experts in writing for all industries and professionals, including executive and government roles.

Frustrated You Didn’t Hear From Back From an Employer? You’re Not Alone.


Client Centric Executive Employment Solutionsan Australian-based professional job seeker services firm, recently published an article entitled:

“Why Employers Don’t Always Respond To Unsuccessful Job Applications?”.

A good question to ask indeed.

If you’re frustrated that you didn’t hear back from an employer after submitting a job application, you’re not alone.

More often than not, job seekers receive a response back from an employer saying that they were unsuccessful and wish them all the best, or they don’t hear back at all. Or, it’s just one of those cold replies that are worse than not hearing back anything at all:

You were not successful, thank you.

The article makes a good point. Employers can receive anywhere up to a thousand applicants for a single position. So you can imagine how time-consuming it would be to provide personalised responses to each and every unsuccessful applicant.

Sure, you take the time to prepare your application and tailor your resume and cover letter, only to be unsuccessful.

I have written in the past on coping strategies for dealing with job rejections, as well as an article entitled: How long can it take to secure an interview?

The article also makes the point to stay focused and keep applying. Not letting one or ten job applications let you down or demotivate you.

Ways you can prepare yourself now to enter the workforce in Brisbane post Covid-19, by Matthew Coppola


No doubt many will agree that the jobs market in Brisbane is tight, especially given the current Covid-19 climate. But what about post-COVID-19. You may be wondering what you can do now to prepare yourself to re-enter the workforce or even make a career change.

Firstly, I suggest looking at what jobs are available now and will be available in the future. I have written an article on this entitled What can I do when there are so many places online to find work? By Matthew Coppola.

The first step is to get your resume in order. Maybe have more than one CV prepared so that you open up your options to suitable employment. You can write a CV and cover letter yourself. Or get help from a professional resume and cover letter writer based in Brisbane, who will craft for you job application documents that work to highlight the best that you have to offer a prospective employer.

In your search to find those suitable jobs, you may come across positions that ask you to address a set of key selection criteria. Don’t dismiss them! Most roles in Government will include selection criteria as part of the application process. You can address them yourself, or seek assistance from the Brisbane selection criteria writers at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. This Australian based business has the expertise to write winning responses to any criterion, in any industry.

Getting to the interview stage is half the battle, but it’s a battle worth fighting to achieve. Once you’re in front of the employer in an interview setting, you know that they liked your application and that you have a strong chance of securing the position, which makes it so essential to get it right. You have the option of finessing your interview technique by receiving interview coaching by an experienced coach in Brisbane, Australia who will guide and teach you to build up confidence. Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions offer this service. And frankly, very good at doing so.

Remember never to give up and to stay focused and in control. For my insight on staying focused, please feel free to read this article How to stay motivated and positive despite set backs in securing work, by Matthew Coppola.

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.

 

How to condense your resume, by Matthew Coppola


photo of woman using laptop
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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.

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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:

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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.

Snapshot about the CV and cover letter writing services offered by Client Centric


Keep calm and get your resume professionally written by the experts.

Allow Client Centric to create you a professionally written CV and Covering Letter to market your skills and experience more effectively to the line of work you are seeking. Their CV’s are structured and written in a manner to be easy to read and applicable to what employers are after.

Please visit the following page for more information:

https://www.clientcentric.com.au/resume-writing-services

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 us focused until the right job comes along.

We often say to ourselves – ‘stay positive’ or ‘don’t worry, something will come up’ – however the bills that need to be paid are at the back of our mind in how important it is to have a job.

But often is the case when we lose focus on our job search efforts, the result is:

  • Incomplete and inaccurate job applications.
  • Cover letters that are not properly tailored.
  • Messy applications and we rush the job search process.

Loss of focus can have a serious impact on the success of our job search efforts.

One approach that can really help build up an individual’s confidence is by having their resume and cover letter written by the experts at client centric.

They can professionally write for you a new and tailored resume and cover letter that work to sell and market your skills and highlighting, highlighting what you have to offer.

Visit their website today at www.clientcentric.com.au

They service every capital city and regional areas across Australia including Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Gold Coast, Hobart and Adelaide.

About marketing services offered by Client Centric


Client Centric offer a range of marketing services for companies.

These include:

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 and digital forms.

Who would benefit from the various marketing services on offer?

Marketing professionals and sales people may benefit from having some great materials and resources that they can use to bring to business meetings with potential or existing clientele. The materials can also be used by management staff when holding conferences.

Do they use templates?

No. Although they have their own style of design, they create every piece of marketing marketing material from the ground up.

How do I make contact with Client Centric?

Visit their website at: www.clientcentric.com.au

One of their friendly team will be happy to attend to your requirements and provide you with an appropriate quote.

 

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, the interviewer can then compare that with what they have on offer and to see if it matches up with what you want.

My suggestion is to be genuine and sincere about what you are looking for in a job. You can the finish up your answer by mentioning about how you feel that the job you are being interviewed for will meet your expectations and requirements in a position.


Would you like interview skills coaching? Contact Client Centric.

Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

 

 

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 find someone for the best fit for the team, asking this question is a good starting point.

My suggestion is to talk about the most positive, up building points that your peers would say about you and then explain why they would say those things.

Just saying that your peers think your the best person to go to when problems arise may not come across genuine, but backing it up with an example or further explanation will help create some kind of verification to what you are saying.


Would you like interview skills coaching? Contact Client Centric.

Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

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. The same goes for helping to determine the right person for the job.

When responding to this question, my suggestion is to either bring up your best accomplishment, providing details of employer/job/role/outcome, or, if you have multiple achievements and you just can’t pick one, choose to either say a couple great achievements or pick the one most relevant to the job you are being interviewed for.


Would you like interview skills coaching? Contact Client Centric.

Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

Dealing with nerves during a job interview, by Matthew Coppola


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, or talking extensively around the question.
 
Then, they feel what they have said isn’t right and start to question what the prospective employer will think of them besides what is written in the resume.
 
Has this ever happened to you?
 
Indeed, this has certainly happened to me, as you can read here.
 
Below is a list of my suggestions on how you may be able to better cope with those nerves during the interview:
 
  • Have an introduction to your response, finishing it off with a concluding remark.
  • If you have a glass of water in front of you, take regular sips before responding.
  • Slow down your responses – don’t feel you need to rush your answer.
  • Emphasise certain points, stress certain parts of what you are saying, then take a pause – this helps buy you some breathing space and will also encourage them to really meditate and digest on what you are saying and trying to get across.
  • Thoroughly prepare, prepare, prepare for your interview before hand.
  • Get an early nights rest before the day of your interview.
  • Arrive early to the employer’s location and take the time to sit down and relax.
  • Read through the job description before your interview and really think about how your skills and experience match with what they are asking for. By having a good understanding of what they are after, you will hopefully feel more confident in yourself and feel less of a surprise when questions are asked of you.
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If you are interested in receiving interview skills coaching, please do not hesitate to contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be very happy to help.
 

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, rather then printed out and read in paper form. The reason being is that a recruiter/employer may receive hundreds of applications. In the interests of saving paper/environmental sustainability and cost reduction (costs in paper and ink), they may opt to just view the application documents online.

Viewing documents on a computer screen allows you to expand and zoom in on the document, depending on the reader’s preference.


Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

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 hurts because the person that is said to may not view their job that way. For example, that job pays the bills. Contributes to the overall business’ operation and the person in that job is helping in so many ways to their community, their family and their workplace.

Every job. I mean every single role is essential and necessary. That’s why it’s a job. There is a need for that person to perform that type of work and duties. Without a person in that job, things won’t get done.

Furthermore, every job that we have in our life helps us develop and gain valuable skills, qualities, traits, life-experiences and self-fulfilment about what we have accomplished.

I have fond memories of my time working in various roles in the past, which some may consider ‘dead-end’ jobs.

For example, jobs that I had before and during university taught me much about dealing and conversing with difficult people, perseverance, workload management, organisation, and so forth.

So, I firmly believe that we should never see any genuine and legitimate job as a dead-end because it may only de-motivate and discourage us from really seeing the positive points about what we are learning and developing as individuals in those jobs.


Would you like a new and tailored resume and cover letter that helps to highlight the valuable skills and experience you have gained in past roles? Would you like assistance addressing key selection criteria?

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be happy to help. 

www.clientcentric.com.au

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. Especially needed when a set of key selection criteria need to be addressed.

Every industry is different. Having an understanding of the industry, what the market is like, any regulations, policies or other intricacies of the industry can be very important to an employer. To them, you understand their business and their industry. They can relate better to you and discuss industry matters with you knowing full well that you have some level of familiarity with the sector that their business.

So, the question is, how do I respond to that answer?

You may decide to talk about your experience in another industry that is similar, and how it relates to their industry. But, that isn’t always easy.

The next step may be to obtain some work experience or volunteer your time in the industry that you need to gain exposure to. This may help and be beneficial to put on your resume.

Another option is to do a course/workshop/attend a conference relevant to that industry.

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Equipping yourself with a brand new tailored and personalised CV and cover letter can be a great way to improve your chances of getting noticed by a prospective employer.

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions – they have the expertise and experience to help clients from all different professions and trades, and all kinds of industries.

Visit their website today at:

www.clientcentric.com.au

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, why is this the case?

Reasons are going to differ from person to person. However, for many, some of the reasons for a lack of motivation to get up to go to work can include:

  • The job may not interest us as it once did.
  • We feel it no longer provides any challenge or excitement.
  • We feel that the job is not going anywhere for us.
  • We want a change of scenery.
  • We want a better, more fulfilling role. A step up.
  • Need for a better income.
  • Job is too difficult or too easy.
  • Comparing ourselves to others.

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Do you feel it’s time to move on to a new job? Would you like assistance with resume writing and interview skills coaching?

So, why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions – they have the expertise and experience to help their clients be better equipped to apply for work.

Visit their website today at:

www.clientcentric.com.au

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 well as smaller community websites, social media and community boards.

It takes time and patience to apply for a job. Many employers can tell if a job application has been rushed.

Equipping yourself with a professionally written and tailored resume and cover letter can be a great way to get better noticed by a prospective employer in Adelaide.

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Most jobs these days ask for individuals to submit a copy of their CV and cover letter. When it’s in front of the employer, it’s important to make an impression.

So, why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions – they have the expertise and experience to help their clients be better equipped to apply for work.

Visit their website today at:

www.clientcentric.com.au

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 the local paper and local job sites for the communities.

Finding and applying for work can certainly be a challenging and emotional time for anyone. Finding the right job, with the right pay in the right area requiring the right level of experience and skills can be tricky. Sure, it takes time, patience and positive thinking to move forward in applying for work.

The west coast of Australia is quite large and spread out, with jobs in all kinds of areas, not just the central business district.

Public transport and road/bike/path access does however make it easier to get to work.

Having lived in Perth myself, I understand first-hand what it’s like to get to one place to the next.

Here are a few suggestions to help you get noticed:

  • Personalise your cover letter for each job – address the employer’s requirements.
  • Make sure your resume and cover letter are easy to read.
  • Be specific about each job and take the necessary time to apply. Avoid rushing.

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Equipping yourself with a brand new tailored and personalised CV and cover letter can be a great way to improve your chances of getting noticed by a prospective employer based in Perth.

Why not contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions – they have the expertise and experience to help clients from all different professions and trades, and all kinds of industries.

Visit their website today at:

www.clientcentric.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 looking for someone who has the relevant experience, education and meets the criteria as outlined in the job advertisement.

When the hiring agents come across job application documents that specifically outline and stipulate how and why the candidate meets their selection criteria, this can help largely to motivate them to want to at least interview the candidate.

It means that the candidate is really putting their best foot forward for the job, and really showing to the reader how important the job is to them and that they are genuinely confident in their ability to perform the role.

A recruiter may spend very minimal time reading through applications as they scour through (often the case) the hundreds of submissions.

So, job application documents which help to grab their attention and stand out from the rest may improve the chances of the hiring person taking the time to read and take interest in the candidate’s CV and cover letter.

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Why not have your CV professionally written by the experts at Client Centric. Talk to the professionals today. They would be more than happy to help.

Visit their website today:

www.clientcentric.com.au

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?

Online job sites in Australia such as seek.com.au and au.indeed.com are wonderful sites to use, straight forward, clear and easy to apply for the right job.

Other ways that you can apply for work is by cold calling prospective businesses and recruitment agencies to send through a copy of your resume to see if there are any suitable roles available or if they could keep your CV on file for any future vacancies.

Other approaches include signing up to recruitment agencies for any permanent or temporary vacancies.

But, most importantly, the best tool that you can have in your job search tool kit is a professionally written and tailored CV and cover letter that will help market and promote you to a prospective employer.

Client Centric is an Australian provider of high-quality professional services for job seekers and employers. They deliver comprehensive career and employment solutions that are personalised to suit, designed to market and promote the skills and experience their clients have to offer.

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Why not have your resume professionally written by the experts? The team at Client Centric are happy to help their clients apply for jobs in Sydney by equipping them a with a tailored, customised and personalised CV and cover letter.

Get in touch with them today by following the below link:

www.clientcentric.com.au

 

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 job seeker. These benefits include:

  • Great way to get into employment quickly and provide some breathing space while out of work and searching for a permanent position.
  • Generally speaking, the pay rate tends to be higher than a permanent role.
  • Opportunity to add experience to your CV, so that at your next interview, you can show that you have taken up opportunities to work while searching for a role.
  • The temporary role may (not always) turn into a permanent position, in that if the employer likes your work, they may find a suitable position within the organisation. Although, you cannot always expect this.

Are you interested in having your resume and cover letter professionally written and tailored to help boost your chances of securing a role?

Visit the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions as they are experts in providing tailored and custom written job application documents personalised to every client. Contact them today.

www.clientcentric.com.au

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 and attention (remember that a recruiter would most likely have hundreds of resumes to read through) it makes sense then to keep the letter short, brief and specific to the role your applying for, taking into account what they are asking for and what kind of experience you have that matches with what they are looking for.

I usually stick to a one page cover letter – with fair margins and a font size of 11.

If you are interested in putting your best in for an application with a new and tailored Resume and Cover Letter written by the professionals, I welcome you to speak to the team at Client Centric as they offer a range of convenient services and packages to help market and promote yourself to prospective employers.

Visit their website at www.clientcentric.com.au

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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 that have come through, they most likely will take more time to read your application, but less time most likely if they have many applicants vying for the position.

It, therefore, makes sense to put in an application early. But even if your application isn’t submitted first, it is essential to make sure the documents are easy to read. That is, the cover letter is tailored and the resume markets effectively your full range of skills and experience relevant for the position.

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Would you like to have your resume and cover letter to be professionally designed and written when applying for work?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that provides interview skills coaching, assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

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 then walk into the front reception area.

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Do you have an interview coming up and would you like to be better prepared?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that provides interview skills coaching, assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

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 long as what you have written to a prospective employer is clear, easy to read, concise and professional, it will help to make a good impression.

If you have to, read out loud to yourself what you have written. That can always help.

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Would you like to have your resume and cover letter to be professionally designed and written when applying for work?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that provides interview skills coaching, assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer.

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

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 raised to them by a former supervisor or colleague.

So, you may decide to be upfront and honest that to your knowledge, there are no weaknesses that you can think of which need to be dealt with so that you can effectively undertake your duties.

Answering no when asked this question might not be the best approach to take.

Why is that?

I believe this may not be the best approach to take because a prospective employer/the recruiting agent may not entirely view it as truthfulness. But this is only an assumption. It may even impress them. We don’t know.

Another option to take is to think about an area of ‘professional development.’ that you would like to pursue. It might be to learn another language so that you can converse better with customers from other backgrounds, or it might be a challenge that you recently faced (ie. Being confident on the phone) but recently you have worked on this and it no longer presents itself as a ‘weakness’ as such.

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Do you have an interview coming up and would like one-on-one coaching?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that provides interview skills coaching, assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

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 they want you to have questions to ask? Generally speaking, most likely.

Why?

It shows a genuine interest in the position. It can help demonstrate that you are seriously considering the role and that you have paid attention to what has mentioned to you and you have a sound knowledge of the position thus far.

Asking questions such as:

  • What is the workplace culture like?
  • What would you expect the prospective candidate to deliver in this role?
  • Are there any challenges that may be faced in this role?
  • Are there any areas of training/professional development that would make one further excel in this position?

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Do you have an interview coming up and would like one-on-one coaching?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that provides interview skills coaching, assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

 

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 include your certificate/degree/diploma as well as your high school education.

But, when you have many years of experience in a particular role or industry – 7+ years, you may wish to take out your high school education and leave in those qualifications and courses that have contributed to your professional development.

Unless the high school that you went to is known to be highly prestigious, then it may be a good option to leave it in.

Some, however, feel that mentioning their high school education gives away their age – something that they don’t want the prospective employer to initially know – so it is really up to you whether you feel it is necessary to include.

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Would you like to have your resume professionally revamped to help apply for a new job?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that provides interview skills coaching, assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

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 if they say that they have seen your resume, you can always place this beside you if it is not needed.

Sometimes the interviewer/s may forget certain aspects of your experience. They may have overlooked or not even thought about printing a copy of your resume to refer to during the interview. So bringing one or two copies of your resume may work in your favour.

It can also help as a talking point. But again, it is completely up to you. Some may opt not to. Others may decide to bring a thin folio with the CV/resume inside.

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Would you like to have your resume professionally revamped to help apply for a new job?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that provides interview skills coaching, assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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 Centric offers a range of professional services to help with obtaining work, especially during times when relocating and so new employment is sought out. The services that they provide include CV writing, targeted cover letters, individualised interview skills coaching as well as revamping LinkedInTM profiles to help with an online presence and be better noticed by recruiters and potential employers.

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Are you a partner of an ADF member and would like assistance to find new employment when relocating for a post? 

 Have you recently left the Australian Defence Force and are now making a move into the civilian workforce?

 Client Centric is a leading Australian provider of high-quality professional services for job seekers and employers throughout Australia. They deliver comprehensive career and employment solutions that are personalised to suit.  

Their specialty is in providing a professional and tailored resume/CV writing service to promote and market their clients to prospective employers. They are also experts in writing high-quality responses to key selection criteria that have resulted in very successful outcomes. Plus, they are experts in providing personalised interview skills coaching.

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au/defence

 

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 if you take it out, then they may not consider you as someone who has extensive industry experience.

So what do you do?

An excellent option to deal with this situation is to summarise your experience in a table format. Include only a summary about your role, any key accomplishments (Maybe three or four) as well as the employer’s name, role title and duration.

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Would you like to have your resume professionally revamped to help apply for a new job?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that provides interview skills coaching, assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

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 through – which most likely will be brief.

One benefit to just listing them down is your CV is that it makes it easier for the interviewer to see all the certificates you have completed in one snapshot – the certificate name, year and issuer.

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Do you have an interview coming up and would like one-on-one coaching?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that provides interview skills coaching, assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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.

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Would you like to have your resume professionally revamped to help apply for a new job?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that provides interview skills coaching, assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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 they have taken their time to interview you and considered you for the role. It also shows that you are genuinely interested in the position and that if they have any doubts as to your desire to be considered for the role, this will help confirm your keenness for the job.

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Do you have an interview coming up and would like one-on-one coaching?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that provides interview skills coaching, assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

 

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 grab the attention of the prospective employer to move them to want to invite you in for an interview.

You can also use the resume over and over again, even making any adjustments or additions as your career progresses. A professionally written resume should market your skills and experience. Highlight your strengths and promote the valuable work experience you have gained over the course of your career. A good cover letter should be well tailored and specific to the role you are applying.

Essentially it should say “I want this job. I know what you require in a suitable candidate, and this is what I have to offer for this role and specifically your company/organisation.”.

 

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Would you like to have your resume professionally revamped to help apply for a new job?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that provides interview skills coaching, assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

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 mindful of the person who may be reading your application.

An example of a typical response to a key selection criterion can be viewed by clicking on the below link: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/selection-criteria-writing

 

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Are you applying for a role which has key selection criteria to be addressed and would like assistance with this?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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 may show disinterest in the role, or it may be perceived by the potential employer that the candidate has not taken much thought about the role.

Good questions to ask include:

  • What is the workplace culture like?
  • What makes a successful person in performing this role?
  • What kind of challenges do you envision in this role?

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Do you have an interview coming up and would like training on interview skills techniques and how to best answer typical standard and behavioural type questions?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with interview skills coaching to help with answering interview questions and promoting yourself to the employer. 

They also help with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

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 way for the candidate to approach the employer and explain why they want the job and what they can bring specifically to that role.

However, in saying that, some recruiters and a few employers may feel that a cover letter involves too much reading and because they are too busy and have too many applications to read through, so they scan through the resume and look for keywords.

Now that may be true. But without surveying hundreds if not thousands of employers and recruiters, at this stage, it is only a generalisation.

A cover letter nicely complements the resume because the resume may not be tailored for a particular company and what they specifically require from a candidate. Every company and organisation is going to be different.  Their needs and requirements although similar for a role will still vary.

So given this, a cover letter is still suggested to be attached as part of an application.

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Are you interested in having your resume and cover letter professionally revamped and written? 

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

Whether you require a professional CV writing service in Sydney or a great resume writing service in Melbourne, Client Centric can help.

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 during the study.

So a good resume will not only have this information, but it will also be clear and concise, articulating every detail to support a prospective employer in making their hiring decision.

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Are you interested in having your resume and cover letter professionally revamped and written? 

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

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 adequately and fully address each key selection criterion may make an impression upon the employer. Essentially it says to them that you not only want the job, but you know you can perform it and are willing to sacrifice time (without any guarantee of securing an interview or hearing back) to write out an application to them.

Generally speaking, a response to key selection criteria should be maximum half-a-page long. This is being mindful of the reader’s time. And if there are six or more criteria that you have to address, that is a lot of reading on the employers/recruiters part.

An example of a typical response to a key selection criterion can be viewed by clicking on the below link: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/selection-criteria-writing

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Are you applying for a role which has key selection criteria to be addressed and would like assistance with this?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writingaddressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

 

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 the role, along with writing an introductory paragraph and including relevant examples.

They use appropriate keywords and concrete answers that accurately respond to the question and help to demonstrate your suitability in performing the role.

For more information on their key selection criteria writing service, please visit their website:

https://www.clientcentric.com.au/selection-criteria-writing

 

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 you are a better candidate in various ways.

It is good to know what the ideal applicant for the position is and clearly comprehend the job and how you are the perfect candidate.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. They also assist with interview skills coaching via online video link in London and surrounding suburbs. For more information, please visit:

https://www.clientcentric.com.au/londoninterviewcoaching

 Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

 

 

The importance of addressing key selection criteria. By Matthew Coppola


More and more jobs these days require a set of key selection criteria to be addressed. From positions in Government to roles in the Health Care sector, the human resources team want to know that you can demonstrate that you have the right level of experience and practical skills that match up with the key selection criteria.

So, is it essential to address the required set of key selection criteria for a job that you want consideration?

It most certainly is!

By not addressing the set of selection criteria may work against your chances of being considered for the position.

Are you applying for a role which has a key selection criteria to address and would like assistance? Are you interested in having your resume professionally revamped and written? 

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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


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 addressing key selection criteria. Visit their website today: www.clientcentric.com.au

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 Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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 quality and conciseness and also length of reading. Some applications ask for a page CV. Others may not. It is a preference of the person’s resume to make sure that is captures the readers attention and is not too lengthy.

Are you interested in having your resume professionally revamped and written? 

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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 selection criteria can certainly help with the application as it may show to the employer the potential candidate’s keenness and enthusiasm to be considered for the role.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

For more information on their key selection criteria writing service, please visit: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/selection-criteria-writing

What is one approach that I can take in answering a behavioural based interview question? By Matthew Coppola


Most interviews these days will involve both standard and behavioural type interview questions being asked of the candidate. Standard type questions including that such as ‘Why should we hire you?’ and ‘What makes you the best person for this role?’ and so forth. Behavioural questions, on the other hand, are asked of the candidate to find out the approach that they took in a particular situation to accomplish a task or handle a matter.

Certainly, the example is important and would even be great if it was relevant to the role being interviewed for, but on many occasions, candidates simply cannot think of any relevant examples which makes it so important to both prepare for an interview and think about how your experience relates to each of the job duties and/or the key selection criteria.

Examples of behavioural questions include:

“Can you recall a time when you had a disagreement with a fellow colleague. What was the disagreement and how did you seek to resolve it?”

One approach to answering this behavioural question is to first start off by talking about the importance of resolving disagreements/conflicts with colleagues and how it can affect the workplace. Then proceed with an example using the STAR format.

S – Situation: What your role/company was and what the issue was.

T – Task: What was needed to be done?

A – Action: What approach did you take?

R – Result: What was the outcome?

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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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 reader in mind, just like anything else put in writing. The reader will want to know about your experience and know exactly how you address the statement. Remember, the reader may be the Human Resources Manager, Recruitment Consultant or Manager/Supervisor who will be the direct report for the position.

A response to key selection criteria should be detailed and personalised by incorporating not only a relevant example but also other specific details from your experience in a clear and concise manner. It should be personalised by being less vague and general, to be more relevant and specific to you as a potential employer and what you have done in the past that meets with what they require.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

For more information on their key selection criteria writing service, please visit: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/selection-criteria-writing

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 advertised out there in the open employment market and so many companies that you would love to work for. But, you have been an IT Business Analyst for the past 5 years and that’s all you really have known for quite some time now.

The first question to ask yourself is “Do I want to find another job in the same industry that I have been working in, or do I want to find a job doing something else?”.

Let’s say you decide that you want to stay practising your current field of expertise, so you search for jobs close to where you live and start applying after you have written your resume and cover letter, then tailor your cover letter for each role you are applying for.

Some candidates also identify other factors that help in their job search efforts which include:

  • Preference for location
  • Times/days I would like to work
  • Skills that I have and achievements that I have attained to
  • Preference for the industry type of employer
  • Preference for type of job – part time/full time

These are just a few of the factors that can be considered with searching for a suitable job.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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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 specified in the job advertisement.

A resume is what helps you with getting your next opportunity.

Recruitment agents or employers could only devote 3 minutes or less reading through your resume, so first impressions are important.

You would want to ensure the resume jumps out at them, stands out from the rest and is informative and applicable to the employer’s requests so that it inspires them to select you for an interview.

When your resume is professionally written it helps with endorsing your career experience, knowledge and skills and assists in selling you to the company.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

Melbourne CV writing services and resume writing assistance:  https://www.clientcentric.com.au/melbourne-resume-writing-service

What kind of information can I include in my 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 true with your resume!

First and foremost to include are the main details such as name, address (Can be optional), contact number and email address. If the employer is interested in meeting you for an interview, how can they get in contact with you?

Other important information to include is employment history such as company name, position title, dates start to finish and role responsibilities. Achievements are also good to include as well.

Some jobs these days require that the successful candidate have completed a tertiary or vocational qualification. Preferably related to the job and industry. So, it makes sense to include this type of information by including course name, year completed and the training institution.

Other information you may wish to include are details of any memberships, awards or volunteering experience.

For professional references, some people choose to put “available upon request” while others will list their referees including name, job title, company and phone/email address.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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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 to make sure that your resume is nice and tidy, and that there are hopefully no formatting errors when viewing the resume.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

Melbourne CV writing services and resume writing assistance:  https://www.clientcentric.com.au/melbourne-resume-writing-service

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 than just a couple words – you may actually help the employer gain a good insight and understanding into you as a person and what you are interested in. These additional details can say a great deal about your qualities as a person.

If you are a more seasoned professional with years of experience and substantial qualifications behind you, then it’s best to leave it out. Some may argue that there is nothing un-professional with putting hobbies and interests in a resume, others will say that it’s not appropriate and that a resume/CV should only provide the employer with insight into you as a professional and what your expertise and abilities are, not what you enjoy doing on the weekend.

Whatever you do decide to put down in your resume, the question you may want to ask yourself before listing all your interests and hobbies is “Is this necessary and can I be giving the employer the wrong perception about what it will be like working with me?”.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

Sydney CV writing services and resume writing assistance: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/sydney-resume-writing-services

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, but for several reasons, they may decide not to advertise. Their preference may be to head-hunt/search for potential candidates that match with the skills and experience they are specifically after, rather than advertise and have people applying who may not be suitable.

Picking up the phone and calling a prospective employer to briefly introduce yourself to find out if your skills and experience would be of benefit to their company and of course if there is a potential job availability, can be a great way to get your foot in the door and tap in to the hidden job market.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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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 development and implemented that resulted in a noticeable improvement in efficiency at work. Whatever the achievement may be, it is something that you would want to remember and keep track of.

The benefit in keeping a list of your achievements at work is that when you apply for another job, you can add those achievements into your resume to demonstrate clearly to the employer that you not only performed the required duties of your position, but you also when that step further and attained to a number of achievements while performing your role.

A potential employer may than feel that if you have achieved so much in your last role, that you may also do the same for their company and deliver more than what is expected of you.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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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, faced with such a dilemma, what options do you really have?

Generally speaking, it’s good for a resume/CV to be around 4 – 6 pages long, depending on your profession or trade. More technical resumes require extra information to be included in that would otherwise not be needed for non-technical resumes.

One option available to you is to read through all your responsibilities and experience, then try to shorten the sentences by either removing unnecessary information or re-writing a long sentence into a short one with the same meaning.

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 above, I have omitted information such as the nature of all the staff member’s employment – full time and part time.

Also, the words staff members and personnel were used – so I took out both and replaced them with the one word – staff.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

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 that our body language accounts for upwards of 90% of our communication and what we are really trying to say.

This really is why it is so important to be aware of our own body language, particularly in an interview setting where the interviewer may be reading into everything we say and do in front of them.

I will address a couple areas where we need to be mindful of our body language in an interview setting:

Face to face sitting in front of an interviewer – This can be very daunting. We might feel as though we are being interrogated and there is a bright light shining in our eyes! Okay, I am exaggerating here. But the fact of the matter is, it’s not easy being in front of another person knowing full well that they are trying to make a decision on whether to hire you or not, and it all rests upon what you say and do.

So try to have an open posture and keep your hands clasped together. Don’t fidget. And if naturally, you are someone that uses your hands when talking, try to keep this minimal and relevant to what you are saying. Try to avoid crossing your arms or resting your hands on your legs like you are ready to finish up with the interview.

Facial expressions – Don’t be afraid to smile or show facial expressions. Obviously, don’t overdo it. But show a nice smile and use your facial expressions intermittingly.

To sit back or not. To lean forward or not. What should I do?? Help! – There is nothing wrong with sitting back or leaning forward. Or doing both intermittingly in the course of the interview. Just avoid slouching and coming across disinterested. If you are trying to make a point or elaborate on something, feel free to lean forward but not too much.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website at: https://www.clientcentric.com.au

They also assist with interview skills coaching either face to face or via online video link. For more information, please visit: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/interview-coaching-for-melbourne

They also assist former Australian Defence personnel and their partners with their job applications into civilian employment. Further details can be found at: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/defencetransition

 

 

 

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 it fits like a glove.

The same is true for a tailoring a cover letter for a particular position.

The whole purpose of tailoring a cover letter is to create an impression that your letter was made for the employer. That is, it fits their position – like a glove. Many cover letters fail because they are too general, broad and open ended. Sometimes a candidate will write too much about themselves, and not what they can do for the employer.

Put yourself in the shoes of an employer seeking to fill a position and so decides to create a job advertisement.

They are setting aside a large sum of money to invest in another employee, or it may be the first person they are about to hire. So there is a fair amount of money on the line and they want to make sure that they hire the best candidate for the position. Someone that will bring in more value and contribute more than what they are being paid to do.  Although not all employers would feel this way,  the main point is that an employer wants someone who is genuinely interested in the role and genuinely interested in contributing their time and expertise to the benefit of the employer and their operations.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Further information can be found at: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/resume-writing-services

They also assist former Australian Defence personnel and their partners with their job applications into civilian employment. Further details can be found at: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/defencetransition

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

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 be done, and not having a proper structure for each day can be very hard to adjust to.

A good way of handling this challenge is to have a set structure that allows for the normal set day to day activities that won’t change, such as working Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, as well as time set aside for any social activities and other extra-curricular activities or family time. In structuring your job, it’s a good idea to take note within the working week of all the standard and typical duties that you will be performing, and rather than setting those activities for particular times (ie. 3 – 5pm ‘Write up reports’) allow for a longer period of time, say the whole day and then list those activities/tasks which you can then cross off once completed.

This isn’t the most perfect way of structuring and unstructured day, but at least it helps to provide you with a measure of structure and orderliness to your day.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Further information can be found at: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/defencetransition 

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

 

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 that a potential employer will not understand what skills they have, or how relevant and valuable their experience may be to an employer’s business or community organisation.

It is therefore up to the individual to make it clear to the employer what they can contribute with their transferable skills and experience coming out of the Army, Navy or Airforce.

Sure, there are many duties that a soldier may find irrelevant and not needed in the Australian labour market. But there are also many qualities and skills that prospective employers will find valuable in hiring a former soldier. These can include:

  • Excellent time management abilities – Being able to prioritise and stay organised, ready to handle any change in circumstances that may come their way.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – Being able to converse with just about anyone, even in the most distressing and difficult circumstances, especially when it comes to conflict resolution and negotiations.
  • Self-discipline and focus – Being able to correct oneself, stay focused on the task/s at hand and motivate oneself.
  • The ability to act and think with conciseness and focus – Even under the most stressful of situations.
  • Excellent team working skills – Soldiers are well known for their ‘camaraderie’ and supporting one another while out in the field.
  • Specific technical/artistic and/or professional expertise and skills – Many soldiers obtain a trade or a technical qualification that equip them with skills that they can use in the civilian workforce. These can include skills in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, administration, project management and so forth.

In the up and coming articles, I will talk more about the many ways that Defence personnel can make the transition out of the Defence force and into the civilian workforce with ease.

Stay tuned!

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Further information can be found at: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/defencetransition 

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

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 for them to read through your responses, with another 5 or 10 applications to go through after.

You don’t want to put the employer off your application.

You want to encourage them to continue reading and vie for their attention. Every sentence must be easy to read and understand. Most important of all, it must accurately address the criteria and if the criteria has two parts to it, it should at least address all 2 parts as best as you can.

Most jobs these days have a set of key selection criteria to address and it helps the employer to sift out those applicant whom may not be really interested in the role or if they are genuinely suitable for the role, will actually take the time to complete the required criteria.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Further information can be found at: http://www.clientcentric.com.au/sydney-selection-criteria-writing

 Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

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 CV is what helps to ‘get your foot in the door’ so to speak. The employer or hiring agent may spend less than 3 minutes going through your CV. So first appearances are everything and you want to make sure that it grabs their attention and is informative and relevant enough to their hiring needs to encourage them to pick up the phone and invite you in for an interview. That is why it is good to have your CV professionally written to help make sure that your CV promotes your skills and experience and helps to sell you to the employer.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer. Further information can be found at: http://www.clientcentric.com.au/sydney-resume-writing-services

 Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.

 

Why should your CV be tailored for a specific role, field of expertise or industry?


Targeted job applications are usually more effective that those which are general and not specific. If the employer is looking for a potential employee with specific skills then it would be wise for a job applicant to have a specific resume. For example, allow me to illustrate: An Investment Banker in Sydney would not normally apply by submitting their resume and covering letter for a job at a child care facility and neither would a Child Care Worker in Melbourne apply for a job at a bank by submitting their CV to perform specialist banking duties. The reason why is that both jobs and industries are vastly different and irrelevant. The target market for the investment banker are jobs in the banking and related environments. A Banker could work for a local, community bank or a large corporate bank. A person with skills in child care could work for an office with a small approved creche facility or a local child care centre. So it is about applying for tailored and relevant roles.

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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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The question in an interview “What pay rate are you looking for?”


You’re all excited about an up and coming interview lined up for you. The day comes, you put on your best clothes and head off for the job interview. During the interview, they may ask you what pay rate you are looking for. This is not something that you haven’t thought about. It’s serious and the pay means a lot to you. It’s the reward that you will receive for all your hard work, taking into account your skills and knowledge as well as the appropriate rate for your industry and level of position. So you might say to them a particular rate you are after, or what you were on in your last role. Some people prefer to say that they don’t have a particular rate of pay in mind, but would like to negotiate.

Whatever you say, the interviewer may just look down at your resume, think about your experience and how much they are willing to pay, then may either mention this to you or say that they will discuss it should you be successful for the position. You leave the interview feeling pretty confident.

A day later, they call you up saying that you have been successful for the position and what they are willing to pay. You negotiate over the phone and soon, come to an agreement.

Coming soon: Capability Statement Writing Service at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions


From Sales Personnel, to Marketing Personnel, Human Resources Personnel, Management Personnel and Technical Personnel.

A Capability Statement is a key tool all can use to market your company.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions has started offering a new service, called Capability Statement Writing and Design Services.

What is a Capability Statement?

A Capability Statement is a company marketing tool that demonstrates your company or organisation’s core competencies, accreditations and associations, as well as major achievements, key skills and expertise, experience and products/services offered.

At Client Centric, we write Capability Statements that are specific, well structured, very presentable and which market your company towards a specific target market or type of audience. The purpose of the Capability Statement is to promote your company and highlight what you have to offer and why they should do business with you.

A Capability Statement is used to communicate to potential customers, key stakeholders, suppliers and future employees about your company, what it does and what makes it different, or unique. That is, it clearly outlines your company’s key selling points, or your point of difference.

The goal of our Capability Statements is to persuade others to conduct business with your company or organisation and to help differentiate you from the competition. It is a great tool that staff can use to strengthen your corporate brand and emphasis the point of different and value you bring and why it is important to the individual reading it. That is, how it can benefit them.

More to come soon!

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If you want a job, just ask for it! By Matthew Coppola


Ask for the job

The simple fact is that employers will not come to you. You need to go to them. Cold calling or cold canvassing employers means approaching employers directly either by phone or in person and either asking them for work or saying that you are really keen to work for their company in a particular role and if any opportunities come up in the future, that you would love to be the first to be told. Cold calling literally means ringing strangers and asking for work. It’s best that you be well equipped to do this after you’re armed with sound knowledge of the industry or company.

  • Familiarise yourself with person who has the power to hire you, ask for their name, keep a record of it and touch base with them in the future – give them a good 6 weeks if no work is available then.
  • Practice your opening line, including proving your knowledge of and specific attraction in that company.
  • Mention how you can benefit and add value to their company.

Depending on the type of work, your goal in calling the employer should be to make arrangements to go visit them or email off your resume, after which you can then follow up.

At Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions we offer a CV Writing service where we will professionally write you a new and expertly worded resume and covering letter which you can send to the prospective employer after you have made the cold call. This way they will not only be impressed with your initiative and enthusiasm, but will also be attracted to your resume and take the time to read it.

Author: Matthew Coppola

BComm(Econs), GradCert (CE&D)

Careers Advisor, Employment Specialist & Resume Writing Expert. With over 7 years’ experience in Recruitment, Employment Services and Corporate Training, Matthew has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in resume writing, interview skills, job searching strategies, selection criteria writing and career planning. His approach to resume writing is to actually sell the individual, shine a light on their best qualities and powerfully market them to prospective employers. Matthew holds a Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development and a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Economics.

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Employment solutions that work.

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, Hobartand Canberra.

Writing successful responses that are specific, concrete and relevant.

A well written and correctly structured Selection Criteria (SC) letter is the key to getting an interview and ahead of other applicants who decide either not to apply for the job because the work and effort in writing it out is too difficult for them or if they do, they write ambiguous answers that are far too long and make for a boring reading.

The person reading your application letter has limited time to go through every applicant. They will browse through your letter addressing the SC and if upon reading a couple sentences that takes their interest, will most likely add you to the short listed pile.

As the job market becomes tighter and as the supply of labour outweighs the demand in certain industries, more and more employers are opting for potential candidates to address a SC before they are even considered for an interview.

Key SC are especially used in the public sector by Government agencies at all levels including Local, State and Federal Government. Candidates who write good responses to the criteria are usually the first ones to be considered. So therefore it is vital that you have professionally written responses to the criteria of your chosen job.

When addressing each criterion, always remember that employers and recruitment agents are specifically looking at each question and you’re response in detail. If they feel at any point in time that you have just done a copy a paste response and did not tailor your answer to the employer, they will be put off and disregard your application for employment.  Questions are usually the same but your responses should always be twitched so that your application comes across personal to that employer.

Your answers to each criterion should have at least 1 – 2 prime and concrete examples that demonstrate your aptitude in that given area and shows you can do what they are after. We are aware that writing responses to key selection criteria can take a long time and seem like forever, which is why we are here to help. You can always reuse the SC letter we write for you again but make sure you twitch the answers to suit. 

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.

Addressing Key Selection Criteria   Writing Services Australia Wide.

Servicing all states including Melbourne, VIC | Brisbane, QLD | Adelaide, SA |

Perth, WA | Sydney, NSW | Canberra, ACT | Hobart, TAS | Darwin, NT

including suburbs and regional areas. 

Our SelectionCriteria Packages

Simple and easy process from consultation to delivery.

Initial consultation.

We make initial contact with you by phone/email for a brief discussion regarding the services you require and any specific requests. We also discuss your background and experience and what direction you would like your career to head.

Preparation.

We then ask if you can send us your existing resume along with 1- 2 examples of how you meet each criteria. Dot points will suffice. We will also need a copy of the position description. 

Contact.

Once we have all the information we need we can proceed, but if there is anytime else we need to know we will get in contact with you

Payment.

Full payment will need to be made upfront to confirm your booking.

Timeframe.

Depending on current workload, we usually ask for around 3 – 4 working days to have the final draft back you for your review.

Delivery.

We will send the documents to you ready for your review and to see if you would like any changes or additions made and we will make them accordingly.

Revision.

Once you have made your review of the new documents we then make those changes, send it back to you and commence working on the next service paid for (ie. Job application service or LinkedIn profile).

Get in contact with us today.

 For personal attention, please feel free to call Matthew or Alana on 0415 559 233 during business hours*.

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


SBeing asked questions at an interview can be like the media questioning a politiciano 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 you to see how good you really are for the job. Remember that probably 5 other people also got the call and are being interviewed too. So you have some competition on your hands!

Next step is to start thinking and mentally preparing yourself for the questions that will come at you. Some may be directly related to your abilities and if you have what it takes. Some though will be indirect. You are there as a participant being interview, not an observer watching on the sidelines. The spotlight is on you! This is a meeting and like most meetings, every participant needs to prepare and especially if they are having a part in contributing to the discussion.

Get ahead of the competition (the other interviewees) by thinking about the kind of questions that would show you have a good understanding and knowledge of the employers’ business operations. Demonstrate that you have done your research and taken an active interest in them. After all, they are doing so for you!

You could say something along these lines (for a business real estate/operations management role:

From having a good look through your company website, I noticed that your management team are planning to acquire a new office block on county street in West Meadows. I am wondering will I be managing this acquisition or has this already been settled now?

This kind of questioning will demonstrate to the employer that you are already thinking about the job and what value you will add. It shows initiative and a desire to succeed. You are taking an interest in something that could affect your role!

So demonstrate and prove that you did your homework by asking specific and interesting questions about the role and the company.

 

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Author: Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions

Careers Advisor, Employment Specialist & Resume Writing Expert.

With over 7 years’ experience in Recruitment, Employment Services and Corporate Training, Matthew has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in resume writing, interview skills, job searching strategies, selection criteria writing and career planning. 

His approach to resume writing is to actually sell the individual, shine a light on their best qualities and powerfully market them to prospective employers. 

Matthew holds a Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics.

 

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 and yes they may be very successful results. I for myself have posted out my clients resume to employers especially time poor employers or those who work odd hours, such as businesses in the hospitality/entertainment industry and even Child care centres funnily enough.

But like most things in life, you need to keep your options open. When it comes to applying for jobs, I suggest not keeping all your eggs in one basket. Try emailing, posting, cold calling, applying on-line, etc.

At Client Centric we provide a reverse marketing service where we apply for jobs on your behalf. We send out personalised job applications via Seek.com.au and other job searching websites.

We adopt a proactive approach to helping you get an interview from your new resume and cover letter by actively applying for jobs on your behalf. This then allows you to save time and the financial costs of having to apply for jobs on online via job search websites such as Seek.com.au and Careerone.com.au. 

We search for suitable jobs that you have the particular skills and talents they need, find out exactly what the job will entail and tailor your cover letter accordingly and submit your application online.

This can be a standalone service or as a package with your new resume and cover letter.

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Author: Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions

Careers Advisor, Employment Specialist & Resume Writing Expert.

With over 7 years’ experience in Recruitment, Employment Services and Corporate Training, Matthew has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in resume writing, interview skills, job searching strategies, selection criteria writing and career planning. 

His approach to resume writing is to actually sell the individual, shine a light on their best qualities and powerfully market them to prospective employers. 

Matthew holds a Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics.

Writing an Application Letter for University


Recently I was asked by a client to assist her in writing a letter of application into a prestigious University to study for a career in the health services industry. Her dilemma was that she knew why she would be a great fit for the University, but just didn’t know how to sell herself and write a letter that was persuasive, sharp, concise, informative and still fit on 1 – 2 pages maximum. I was more than happy to help her with this and gain successful entrance into her chosen course at University.

To get started and prepare to write it for her, I asked her to email me the details of the university, the course she wishes to apply for, the entrance date as well as information from her. This information that I needed about her included her employment history, what she did and specialised in and the previous courses and training she undertook in the past.

Once I had all the information about her, I went through it and culled any irrelevant information that I felt wasn’t suitable. I highlighted relevant information and then worked on the structure and layout of the letter., Before I begin writing any document, I always make sure (as best practice) that I have all the relevant resources and structure/layout to execute the document.

As with most letters, this letter of application began with an introduction, body and a conclusion. I made sure that the introduction was striking and powerful. I made sure that it mentioned what the letter was for, its purpose and the end goal or objective of her entering into University.

Throughout the body, it talked about her background/employment and training history. It had dot points and the information included skills, experience and attributes that were relevant to the course she was going to undertake. Now her background really had little to do with the course but I chose the most relevant and made it look really transferable and useful.

I’ll give you an example.

Imagine if a Police Officer wanted to become a waiter/waitress. I would look at one of their key transferable skill – dealing with people under criticism and providing customer/people service. A police officer learns to maintain composure under stressful situations. Same too required of a waiter/waitress otherwise it will look bad on the patrons!

Now back to the letter.

I also included in it why my client chose to study at the University. I had her reasons but I wanted to make it attractive to the University. So what I did was go to their website and researched the University’s values  and mission statement and picked a couple of them and then mentioned them in the letter. This worked well and my client was very happy.  I then ended the letter with a concluding paragraph that encouraged the reader to refer to her resume for more information.

If you are interested in having me write an application letter for University for you, please feel free to contact me via this blog otherwise I welcome you to visit our website www.clientcentric.com.au for more information and submit an enquiry there,.

 

All Jobs Resume Writing Services have changed to Client Centric – Executive Employment Solutions


We are proud to announce that All Jobs Resume Writing Services have changed name to Client Centric – Executive Employment Solutions and our new website can be found at www.clientcentric.com.au 

We are offering the following services:

Resume, Cover Letter & Selection Criteria Writing

Don’t risk having your CV thrown into the rubbish bin because it failed to impress. We will write and design you a professionally written resume and cover letter that will make you stand out with an eye catching design and punchy content!

We will highlight your strengths and weaknesses like no other. The professionally written resume’s and covers letters that we create for our clients will ensure the recruitment consultant and hiring manager will want to continue reading more!

A cover letter is a very important aspect of the job application process and can be the difference between going into the bin and obtaining an interview.

Applying for a job that has key selection criteria? Not a problem. With different ways to respond key selection criteria’s can be very difficult to do. Not to mention the time it takes to write, edit and format each response. We evaluate each criterion separately and create interview winning responses.

LinkedIn Profiling Service

LinkedIn is a professional networking website where you link with your co-workers past and present, join like-minded industry professionals to converse, share, and learn from industry specialists around the globe.

Recent sources reveal that 95% of the Fortune 500 are using LinkedIn to source talent for their organisations. Having an existence on LinkedIn will mean that career prospects will come looking for you. Make it easy for firms seeking individuals with your skills and talents to contact you and hire you!

We will create a LinkedIn profile that will be written in a way that will be found by the correct individuals. We use a number of approaches to take full advantage of the success of your LinkedIn profile as well as using keywords specific to your industry and career ambitions to make sure you are visible to thrilling new opportunities and have a professional online presence.

Job Application Services

We adopt a proactive approach to helping you get an interview from your new resume and cover letter by actively applying for jobs on your behalf. This then allows you to save time and the financial costs of having to apply for jobs on online via job search websites such as Seek.com.au andCareerone.com.au.

We search for suitable jobs that you have the particular skills and talents they need, find out exactly what the job will entail and tailor your cover letter accordingly and submit your application online.

This can be a standalone service or as a package with your new resume and cover letter.

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Author: Matthew Coppola, Managing Director of Client Centric.

Client Centric – Executive Employment Solutions are a boutique employment services company specialising in executive and managerial level roles. We are committed to helping you succeed in your career and to do this we have the best staff on board to help you reach your goals. Our team are highly experienced and knowledgeable in a broad range of areas and expertise, so you get the best advice. We service clients all over Australia including Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Hobart.  We provide Resume Writing ServicesCover Letter WritingLinkedIn ProfilesAddressing Selection Criteria’s and we also offer a Job Application Service where we apply for jobs on your behalf and all you do is wait for the call. Please visit our website at www.clientcentric.com.au to find out more.

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 at my resume??” The unfortunate explanation is no they did not fully consider your resume because they would have been inundated with hundreds if not thousands of resumes put forward for the job but your resume did not make the cut.

So then what makes a good resume stand out from the rest? Well firstly it needs to captivate the audience. Your name should be large and the focal point at the top of your resume. Then underneath that should be a good summary about you and what you have to offer to an employer. This is the part where you sell yourself. That’s resume, writing a resume and applying for a job is a selling game. You are the product. You also are the salesman.

A good salesman knows his products. He knows the ins and outs. He is prepared for whatever question comes his way and ready for any form of criticism. He believes in product is firm in the belief that his product is one of the best.

So there is your answer. A good resume is one that sells you to the employer. That’s what will make you stand out from the rest because most people simply do not know how to sell themselves and that is where the people who get the jobs succeed in life. They know how to sell themselves.

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Author: Matthew Coppola,  Client Centric.

Client Centric – Executive Employment Solutions are a boutique employment services company specialising in executive and managerial level roles. We are committed to helping you succeed in your career and to do this we have the best staff on board to help you reach your goals. Our team are highly experienced and knowledgeable in a broad range of areas and expertise, so you get the best advice. We service clients all over Australia including Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Hobart.  We provide Resume Writing ServicesCover Letter WritingLinkedIn ProfilesAddressing Selection Criteria’s and we also offer a Job Application Service where we apply for jobs on your behalf and all you do is wait for the call. Please visit our website at www.clientcentric.com.au to find out more.