Securing a job in today’s climate takes persistence, hard work and original thinking.

Before you begin pursuing new ways to give your application the edge, however, it pays to master the basics to help refine your search. CVs, covering letters, social media profiles – these are all basic tools you should already have. Let’s look at our job seeker’s tool kit to ensure you’re prepared.

Basic phone interview script

On occasion, you may need to take part in a phone-based interview. These are especially common for sales roles or vacancies that require you to build rapport with customers. But this straight-forward interview approach can cause even the most senior applicant to stumble.

Try putting together a basic script to help guide you if you get lost for words. Write down answers to generic questions (such as why do you want this job?), bullet point relevant skills that match the job advert requirements and jot down dates.

But don’t fall into the trap of reading from it word-for-word – the conversation won’t flow naturally.

Create a spreadsheet with top 10 companies

So you’ve decided what industry you wish to work in. Start making a targeted job search by researching the top 10 companies you’d want to work for. Depending on your industry (and aspirations), these can be global brands or local businesses to you.

Next, create a spreadsheet with their details.

We’d recommend including their website, postal address, company size, services/products they offer. Then, go one step further by searching for them on LinkedIn and noting down the main point of contact – whether that’s an HR contact or manager – to start building dialogue.

Create a number of CVs

Everyone knows that you need to tailor your application to show an employer you’re really interested in the vacancy on offer. This means having just one CV won’t help your chances.

Whilst it is advisable to create a new one from scratch for every role you apply for – we know this isn’t always possible.

Therefore create a number of CVs with language arranged around business size, industry the company operates in and job function. It will make your application seem much more relevant.

Attend a monthly networking event

Networking is a great way to unearth new opportunities, but knowing where to start can be tricky. Look on LinkedIn, research local groups and ask around to see if there are events in your area – then attend them.

Turn up armed with some business cards for when you start talking to business owners. Taking this initiative will stay in a business owner’s mind and could open up new job potential.

These are just a few tools that can give your job searching the edge. What are your thoughts? Do you have a job seeker’s tool kit you could share with other applicants?