Benefits of tailoring your covering letter to the position description


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Author: Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Author: Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions

If you need a new CV and Covering Letter, without the lies! Please visit: http://www.clientcentric.com.au/#!resume-writing-services/ck40

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Melbourne Resume Writing Services

on’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!

The work that we do in designing, structuring and re-writing for immediate impact will ensure the recruitment consultant and hiring manager continues to read more.

Assistance for clients in Melbourne with applying for jobs.


Are you currently living in Melbourne and looking for work?

Are you finding that no matter how many applications you send out, employers are not contacting you to come in for an interview?

Do you feel that your resume does not sell you as well as it should?

At Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions, we provide a professional resume writing service tailored for all professions and trades for client in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. We do not use standard templates, but instead take the time to personalise every resume/CV we write and market each client to their full potential.

The work that we do in designing, structuring and re-writing for immediate impact will ensure the recruitment consultant and hiring manager continues to read more. The work that we do for you involves:

  • Proof-reading for grammar and punctuation checks.
  • Designing the resume to look professional and be highly presentable.
  • Writing a short, captivating summary that identifies you in your field and promotes you.
  • Writing the resume to market and sell you to the prosepctive employer.
  • Conducting research to find out what employers are currently looking for in your field and making sure the resume addresses their requirements and your experience is made relevant.
  • Creating a detailed  resume but not cluttering it – we make sure that everything is in structure.
  • We put headlines for better reading and to draw the employers attention.
  • We also use industry specific vocabulary and terms employers are using and appropriately include these in the resume and covering letter.

According to the 2013 ABS Labour Force Survey, the participation rate (number of people who are either employed or are actively looking for work) in Melbourne was 65.5% with the unemployment rate being 6%. More recently (Nov. 2014) the unemployment rate is standing at 6.3%.

With less jobs available and more jobseekers applying for jobs, this increases the competition in the jobs market and makes it more difficult for jobseekers to find gainful employment. We help jobseekers to be more competitive and have the edge of their competitors by writing them a professional and tailored resume.

We encourage you to visit us by clicking here for more information on our resume writing service for clients in Melbourne, Victoria.

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Matthew Coppola – Careers Advisor, Employment Specialist and Resume Writing Expert


Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions

Careers Advisor, Employment Specialist & Resume Writing Expert.

Holding  over 7 years’ experience in Recruitment, Employment Services and Corporate Training, I have developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in resume writing, interview skills, job searching strategies, selection criteria writing and career planning. My approach to resume writing is to actually sell the individual, shine a light on their best qualities and powerfully market them to prospective employers. I possess a Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics.  

Please visit our website for more information. At Client Centric, we deliver career and employment solutions for  jobseekers and employers throughout the employment lifecycle.

We offer a variety of employment and HR services including Resume & Cover Letter Writing,  Career Education and Training, Assistance with responding to Key Selection Criteria, Search Word Optimised LinkedIn Profiles, Outplacement and Career Transitioning Services, Reverse Marketing and Key Staff Biographies.

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

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

If you need a specialist Resume Writer to write you a new and personalised Resume or would like assistance with addressing the Selection Criteria. look no further than Client Centric for your employment needs.

Why should you research the employer before being interviewed?


Matthew Coppola is an Australian Careers Advisor, Employment Specialist and Resume Writing Expert. If you are interested in having him as a speaker or utilising any of his services, please contact him by clicking here.

Going for an interview is like going out on a date with someone.  Now both are similar for many reasons, but generally speaking, if you went out on a date with someone and it wasn’t a blind date, you would be more prepared and confident if you knew a bit about the person with whom you were about have dinner or a drink with.

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

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

Same with having an interview with an employer.

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

You can find this information in places like:

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

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

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Author: Matthew Coppola

Matthew Coppola – Employment Advisor

BComm(Econs), GradCert (CE&D)

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