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, ratherContinue reading “What size font is best suited to a resume? By 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 thatContinue reading “What is an employer looking for when they see my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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 longContinue reading “Why it’s not okay to use overly casual and slang language in job applications, by Matthew Coppola”

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 theyContinue reading “What if I don’t have any questions to ask at the end of an interview? By Matthew Coppola”

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 includeContinue reading “Should I include my high-school education in my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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.Continue reading “Is it necessary to include colour in my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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 grabContinue reading “What’s the benefit of having my resume professionally written? By Matthew Coppola”

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


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

Is it Essential to Have a Professionally Written and Designed Resume? By Matthew Coppola


When an employer is going through the decision process and deciding whether or not they should offer you the job, your resume assists them to make an informed choice. Sending a cover letter along with your CV gives you a more personalised touch for the position, by answering the requirements of the position as specifiedContinue reading “Is it Essential to Have a Professionally Written and Designed Resume? By Matthew Coppola”

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,Continue reading “How can I condense my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

Importance of displaying positive body language in an interview setting, by Matthew Coppola


Sometimes it doesn’t matter what we say or how we say something. Because if our body language – that is our physical mannerism and stature – does not match up with what we are saying, then the message that we are trying to get across will be skewered and misinterpreted. In fact, research suggests thatContinue reading “Importance of displaying positive body language in an interview setting, by Matthew Coppola”

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 itContinue reading “What it means to actually tailor a cover letter for a position, by Matthew Coppola”

Interview question: How would you deal with the resulting situation? By Matthew Coppola


During the interview, the prospective employer may pose a question about a scenario that may be problematic to see what your response would be to that situation and how you would manage it. You are put under pressure to think then and there what it is that you would do in such a situation. BeforeContinue reading “Interview question: How would you deal with the resulting situation? By Matthew Coppola”

Why should you research the employer before being interviewed?


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

Common Interview Questions – A Brief Overview


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

Question and Answer on Email Etiquette


1. What is the biggest mistake people make when sending business emails? The biggest mistake would have to be sending emails with too many subjects. If you are sending an email, make sure that it is on one subject alone, not many. Because when people receive emails with too many subjects, the email respondents endContinue reading “Question and Answer on Email Etiquette”

Controlling yourself from peer pressure by work colleagues – how you can cope!


What is Peer pressure? Peer pressure is when group of peers start exerting influence to persuade us to change our attitudes, values, or behaviour so that we meet their desired group norms. Unfortunately peer-pressure doesn’t stop at school. It follows us right through to the workplace. Various instances of peer pressure can occur at work.Continue reading “Controlling yourself from peer pressure by work colleagues – how you can cope!”

The top 3 ways to find a new job


Finding a new job isn’t easy especially in tough economic times. Generally during quiet times over the economic cycle, there are usually more people looking for work then there are available jobs. For every job advertised there most likely will be over a hundred people applying. Keeping this in mind, when looking for work youContinue reading “The top 3 ways to find a new job”

An Experienced Resume Writer You Can Trust!


Recently I was asked by a client for their own peace of mind, about my experience and skills in resume writing and employment services. And rightly so! Before anyone hands over money for a resume writing service or any other service for that matter, they have the right to know who is doing the job for themContinue reading “An Experienced Resume Writer You Can Trust!”

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


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

Disclosing your Disability: Job Applications and Employment


Defining the term “disability” The term “disability” can be defined as according to the Equality Act 2010 in England as: “a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day to day activities”. Of course this is a very broad definition and covers aContinue reading “Disclosing your Disability: Job Applications and Employment”

Should I include a photo of myself in my resume?


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

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


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

Perth Resume Writing Service


We are a boutique employment services company specializing in executive and managerial level roles in all industries and sectors. Resume & Cover Letter Writing, LinkedIn Profile Optimisation, Addressing Selection Criteria, Job Application Service and Career Coaching. Industries served include, but not limited to, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Financial Services, Construction and IT. We have varied packages, ranging from our RubyContinue reading “Perth Resume Writing Service”

Melbourne Resume Writing Services


We are a boutique employment services company specializing in executive and managerial level roles in all industries and sectors. Resume & Cover Letter Writing, LinkedIn Profile Optimisation, Addressing Selection Criteria, Job Application Service and Career Coaching. Industries served include, but not limited to, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Financial Services, Construction and IT. We have varied packages,Continue reading “Melbourne Resume Writing Services”

When should you bring up salary expectation?


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

Adelaide Resume and Cover Letter Writing Services


With hundreds of resumes to plow through, an employer won’t initially spend more than about 30 seconds looking at each individual resume. The secret of our resume service lies in knowing what to include, what not to include, and what kind of a spin to put on your resume, to ensure your resume will standContinue reading “Adelaide Resume and Cover Letter Writing Services”

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Services Brisbane


With hundreds of resumes to plough through, an employer won’t initially spend more than about 30 seconds looking at each individual resume. The secret of our resume service lies in knowing what to include, what not to include, and what kind of a spin to put on your resume, to ensure your resume will standContinue reading “Resume and Cover Letter Writing Services Brisbane”

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Services Sydney


With hundreds of resumes to plough through, an employer won’t initially spend more than about 30 seconds looking at each individual resume. The secret of our resume service lies in knowing what to include, what not to include, and what kind of a spin to put on your resume, to ensure your resume will standContinue reading “Resume and Cover Letter Writing Services Sydney”

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Services Perth


With hundreds of resumes to plough through, an employer won’t initially spend more than about 30 seconds looking at each individual resume. The secret of our resume service lies in knowing what to include, what not to include, and what kind of a spin to put on your resume, to ensure your resume will standContinue reading “Resume and Cover Letter Writing Services Perth”

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Service Melbourne


With hundreds of resumes to plough through, an employer won’t initially spend more than about 30 seconds looking at each individual resume. The secret of our resume service lies in knowing what to include, what not to include, and what kind of a spin to put on your resume, to ensure your resume will standContinue reading “Resume and Cover Letter Writing Service Melbourne”