How to master your job application

Written by Endeavour College of Natural Health | 18 January, 2023

So you’ve completed your studies at Endeavour… Now what? Embarking on life after graduation and job-hunting can be overwhelming, which is why we’re here to help! We’ve put together a guide on how to master your job application and some tips to put you ahead of the rest.

Job search strategies

Applying a strategy and having a set of steps in place when it comes to job hunting is the best way to maximise your results. By using various methods, utilising different platforms, exploring both traditional and new media, networking, and beyond – leave no stone unturned…

Okay, let’s take a closer look at some strategies to get you in job-hunting shape!

  • Analyse your skills and experience: Make a list of your skills and knowledge to use as a selling point to potential employers – what do you have to offer that sets you apart from the crowd? What benefits would an employer reap if they hired you?
  • Have your references lined up: Keep phone references in the loop if they should be expecting a call or better yet, have written references ready – making this process as smooth as possible for both parties is key.
  • Use a variety of platforms and methods: Recruiters, LinkedIn, job boards, listings on company websites, internships, newspapers, magazines, job fairs… Searching online may be reigning supreme when it comes to job hunting, but don’t discount other avenues like meeting with recruiters or attending job fairs.
  • Research the jobs you’re applying for: Putting time and attention into your applications really shows – visit company websites, and read over their core values, achievements, and goals for the future. Use this information to guide what you’re including on your application and as selling points during the interview process.
  • Use tailored language: This one follows from the point above – visit company websites and identify the language they use to promote the brand, company, successes etc. Work it into your application and use it during the interview process.
  • Customise your applications: Creating custom resumes for various types of roles, industries, and employers is a great way to make you stand out from the crowd. Employers receive a lot of applications – sell yourself to them! Why are you right for a job at their company (as opposed to a job at any company)?
  • Remain humble and grateful: Both the job hunt and employee search processes take time and effort (not to mention involve a certain degree of stress). Regardless of the outcome, showing gratitude from start to finish is the way to go. Phone calls, notes, and emails expressing thanks will leave a positive impression and could make all the difference in whether you’re successful or not – kindness doesn’t cost a thing.

Resume

Having a high-quality resume is the main character in Job Hunting: The Movie. As the landscape changes, so should your resume! Ensuring that your resume is appealing both visually and in terms of content is an easy way to keep yourself at the top of the pile.

Need a bit of help getting started? Canva have a range of resume templates that you can customise.

Cover letter

Think of your resume and cover letter like best friends – they bring out the best in one another. Your cover letter should be customised for the role and company/organisation you’re applying to. Some of our top tips include:

  • Highlight relevant skills and experience you hold that make you right for the role
  • It should be brief, concise, and no longer than one page
  • Research your potential employer and make note of key phrases and language used to incorporate into your cover letter

Interviews

If you’ve landed an interview, congratulations! It’s a good sign. The best thing you can do ahead of an interview is practice and preparation, for which we’ve prepared a few tips below:

  • Print out multiple copies of your resume and cover letter: Even if you’ve already emailed digital copies to your potential employer, it’s good practice to have physical copies on hand for the interview.
  • Have a thank you email drafted and ready to send after the interview: Preparing it ahead of time will ensure it's well-written and void of pesky typos that can happen if you’re emailing on the go.
  • Research the role and your potential employer: Read over this information and use it to both answer and ask questions during the interview.
  • Practice interview questions and answers: There are standard questions employers will ask during a job interview. Rehearsing your answers will make you feel prepared and more at ease during this process (it also displays that you’re taking the interview seriously and value your interviewer’s time) – See here.
  • Questions to ask your potential employer: During a job interview, you’ll likely be given an opportunity to ask questions about the role and company you’re applying for. Asking the right questions can be a bonus opportunity to impress your employer and highlight your values – See here.

In summary, you can never be too prepared for an interview. It’s a nerve-wracking process for even the most confident of people. Double-check the date and time of the interview, leave the house sooner rather than later, and present yourself in a neat and professional way – these are small details that can make a big difference. You’ve got this!

Networking

Endeavour careers support

The Endeavour Careers Service encourages students to focus on their future career paths throughout their study journey. Having set career goals provides an employability edge upon graduation, and it also means students are ready for opportunities that may present themselves ahead of time. Endeavour students have access to career advice appointments, resources, on-campus and online career activities, events (and more) throughout the year.

Take a look at some of our resources below:

  • Employment Preparation: A guide on careers support and resources available for Endeavour students.
  • Careers Service: For advice on how to put your most professional foot forward, please contact our Careers Service at careers@endeavour.edu.au.
  • Industry Job Board: Endeavour College is contacted daily by organisations that are seeking to employ current students and graduates. Browse open roles and find the next step in your natural health career.

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Endeavour College of Natural Health

Endeavour College of Natural Health is Australia's largest Higher Education provider of natural medicine courses.

The College is known as the centre of excellence for natural medicine and is respected for its internationally recognised academic teams and high calibre graduates. Endeavour offers Bachelor of Health Science degrees in Naturopathy, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, Acupuncture Therapies and Chinese Medicine, Undergraduate Certificates, a Diploma of Health Science and massage courses.

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