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.Continue reading “How to deal with having a lack of industry experience, by Matthew Coppola”

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 andContinue reading “How many pages should my cover letter be? 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”

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”

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 ifContinue reading “Should I bring my resume along to an interview? By Matthew Coppola”

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 ifContinue reading “What should I do with older experience on 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”

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 wayContinue reading “Should I attach a cover letter with my resume? By Matthew Coppola”

Is there any need to include colours in my resume? By Matthew Coppola


Colours can be an expression of creativity and certainly for a creative type resume, making use of colours and imagery of the individual’s work may actually help with their application – but it is more about showcasing their work. So, then, do colours really make a difference? Personally, I don’t think so. The question weContinue reading “Is there any need to include colours in my resume? 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”

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 thanContinue reading “Is it appropriate to put my interests and hobbies on 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”

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 CVContinue reading “How important is it to have my CV professionally written? By Matthew Coppola”

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!

Why it’s important to write a ‘thank you letter’ after your interview, by Matthew Coppola


It is very important and can even persuade a potential employer to hire you, by sending a thank you letter or email right after an interview. Most employers appreciate the effort and initiative taken by the interviewees when they follow up right after the interview. If you have an interview soon, my recommendation is to follow upContinue reading “Why it’s important to write a ‘thank you letter’ after your interview, by Matthew Coppola”

Should I put my referee’s contact details on my resume or not?


Recently I was asked by a client what is best practice,when it comes to putting the contact details of their referees, on their resume. Some argue that if you do include their phone number, the prospective employer may call them without you knowing and catch the referee person off guard. Some feel that it mightContinue reading “Should I put my referee’s contact details on my resume or not?”

Why we feel nervous on the first day of a new job, by Matthew Coppola


Yesterday I started my first day on the job at a job find company in Victoria. Although it was only an internal transfer for the same position with the same company, I still felt nervous, timid and shy around my new fellow colleagues. I understand now just what its like for my job seekers when theyContinue reading “Why we feel nervous on the first day of a new job, by Matthew Coppola”

Why you need to be passionate about your job to succeed, by Matthew Coppola


I have been working for an employment services organisation for over 7 months now, and just recently I was offered an internal transfer to another office within the company over in Melbourne. But to ensure that my transition is as smooth as possible, in the last week working at my previous office in Perth, I had another employeeContinue reading “Why you need to be passionate about your job to succeed, by Matthew Coppola”

Why do business development professionals struggle with administrative work?


Put me in the spotlight in front business professionals and I will flourish. Put me on the phone to a prospective client and I will organize a meeting with them. Put me in front of a client who wants to order 10 of your company’s product and I will persuade him to order twice asContinue reading “Why do business development professionals struggle with administrative work?”

What is Comprehensive Value Chain Analysis By Matthew Coppola


Comprehensive Value Chain Analysis Do what you do best. Leave the rest to others. What is involved in Value Chain Analysis? Your organisation will most likely engage in two types of business activities. Firstly are the activities that are purely intended to meet your customers’ demands and secondly, are those that although may not beContinue reading “What is Comprehensive Value Chain Analysis By Matthew Coppola”

What is Business Process Re-engineering? By Matthew Coppola


Business Process Re-engineering Talk is good. Action is better. Why should your organisation improve its business processes? Business Processes Re-engineering can deliver greater value to your company. Improvements to business processes will result in increased efficiency and effectiveness across the entire organisation from bottom up. Our skilled consultants will map out your firms’ processes andContinue reading “What is Business Process Re-engineering? By Matthew Coppola”

What is Change Management? By Matthew Coppola


What is change management and why is it of benefit to your organisation? Change management is a planned way of aligning people, organisations and processes from their current state to the ideal. Change is inevitable and must occur so organisations do not remain stagnant and continue pursuing the same activities all the time. Increasing competition,Continue reading “What is Change Management? By Matthew Coppola”

How to Effectively Change a Client’s Emotion, by Matthew Coppola


Emotion has on a large effect on a person’s behaviour and by learning how to identify the clients feeling will help you provide a suitable solution. By changing the client’s emotion you may be able to help the client see your solution more clearly without the emotion that controls their behaviour. E- Motion is contributed/createdContinue reading “How to Effectively Change a Client’s Emotion, by Matthew Coppola”

You can write an effective resume! By Matthew Coppola


A resume is your opportunity to present all of the facts that show you have the essential skills and experience for the job you wish to apply for. Writing an effective resume takes a while – you need to ensure that you have included all the correct information clearly written and laid out in yourContinue reading “You can write an effective resume! By Matthew Coppola”

I’m out of a job. What now by Matthew Coppola


Think about the following scenario. You’re sitting in the manager’s office and he tells you he has to let you go, giving you two weeks to find another job. Just like that. How do you think you would feel? For many of us, the possibility of losing our job can seem very disheartening, especially ifContinue reading “I’m out of a job. What now by Matthew Coppola”

How do I keep a job by Matthew Coppola


Tough economic times and volatility in the jobs market over the years has prompted many to feel insecure about their job and keeping it. Added to that, it is even more difficult for youths and lower skilled individuals to get and keep a job they are happy with. There is a saying that goes”there isContinue reading “How do I keep a job by Matthew Coppola”

Why It Pays To Be Honest In Sales By Matthew Coppola


To many business people, the belief is that honesty pays, but not enough. To survive in the cut throat world of business and sales, many feel that they need to lie or bend the truth to get anywhere in business.But is that the case? Does being deceitful, dishonest and untruthful in sales and business reallyContinue reading “Why It Pays To Be Honest In Sales By Matthew Coppola”

An Explanation Of Generation Y By Matthew Coppola


OMG. IM ROFLMAO ATM. BTW I G2G but ill BRB.If your not up with the lingo I just said Oh my goodness. Im Rollling over Laughing my ass off. I got to go but ill be right back. Today im going to be talking about the generation that talks like that.Known for their optimistic attitudes,Continue reading “An Explanation Of Generation Y By Matthew Coppola”

Does money make us more happier?


An assumption in Economics is that consumers prefer more, and that one’s utility can be increased through the consumption of more goods and services. In other words, the more money we have as individuals, the more satisfied we are with our life. But does greater income and consumption really translate into greater happiness? Three mainContinue reading “Does money make us more happier?”