How to respond to the selection criterion: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, follow instructions and work as a member of a team.


Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, follow instructions and work as a member of a team. This is a common key selection criterion used by employers to ascertain a candidate’s ability to work effectively as a collaborative team player. When writing your selection criteria response, here are a few suggestions to keep in mind: Essentially, the …

How Many Different CVs Should Every Person Have?


As an experienced employment services professional, I get asked this question quite a lot. And for good reason. People want to know if their resume will be a one-fits-all when it comes to applying for jobs. Writing a great CV that’s properly tailored and thoroughly written takes time and effort. Some people pay for professional …

The Telltale Signs You’ve DONE WELL After a Job Interview


ClientCentric, an Australian professional writing agency for job seekers, recently published an interview entitled: “10 Signs You May Have Landed That Job”. In this article, I will be discussing about these excellent signals and why it’s important for job seekers to be positive after their job interview especially if they are nervous. Submitting a professionally …

Should You Include a Photo in Your CV?


I suggest refraining from including a photo of yourself in your CV. Unless it’s something that’s requested of you as part of your job application and it’s absolutely essential for the role requirements, then include a photo of yourself. Related article: Should I include a photo of myself in my resume? Some jobs in fashion, modelling, …

How To Address Selection Criteria in a Cover Letter Format


A cover letter is an essential part of any job application. It’s your chance to prove to the employer why you feel that you would be an excellent fit for the role. The team at Client Centric, one of Australia’s best cover letter writing service in Australia, believe that it’s essential every application includes both …

What A De-Militarised CV Is And Why It’s Needed For The Civilian Workplace


This article discusses exactly what a de-militarised CV is and why you need one when applying for a job in the civilian workplace.

How To Make A Capability Statement Visually Appealing


This article discusses what is needed to make a capability statement visually appealing for clients.

Is a Two-Page Capability Statement Enough?


This article discuss whether or not a two-page capability statement is sufficient to send.

8 Reasons Why You Should Choose Client Centric to Write Your CV


If you’re in the market for a company to write your CV, provide you with interview coaching or address selection criteria, give Client Centric a go. Here’s why.

Why a Professionally Written and Designed Resume and Cover Letter is Essential


It’s important more than ever to stand out from other candidates vying for the same job. Which is why having your resume and cover letter professionally written will make a huge difference. This article by Matthew Coppola will discuss.

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 …

South Australia: A Growing State With Great Potential For Development


Adelaide, a growing state with much potential.

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


Finding work in Sydney can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be.

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


Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions, an 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 …

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 …

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 …

Coping with rejections from unsuccessful job applications, by Matthew Coppola


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

How to condense your resume, by Matthew Coppola


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 …

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 …

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 …

Securing work during a recession: what you need to know.


It’s 2020, and since the start of the year, there has been much talk about a looming recession. It’s been decades since Australia faced a significant recessionary period and so many have genuine reasons for concern. First and foremost on most people’s minds are their jobs. Job security is crucial for living and getting by …

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 …

About marketing services offered by Client Centric


Client Centric offer a range of marketing services for companies. These include: Capability statements Brochures Presentation folders Meeting slides 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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Dealing with nerves during a job interview, by Matthew Coppola


#interviewnerves #nervousinterview #interview #jobinterview 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, …

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 …

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. …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How can I apply for work in Sydney, Australia? By Matthew Coppola


The jobs market in Sydney can certainly be fairly competitive, depending on the industry you are seeking employment in. But, if someone was searching for work in Sydney, how can they best apply for work?

How valuable can temporary employment opportunities be? By Matthew Coppola


So, you have just recently been offered temporary employment. Say, around 2 – 4 or more weeks of work to either cover for someone who is away, or to help with a backlog of work. Temporary work opportunities, although short in nature and not permanent job opportunities, they do present many benefits to the job …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …