Five Tips for New Year’s Job Search Resolution

New Year Job Search TipsThe year 2012 is now behind us, and 2013 is unfolding. The new year is the perfect time to start fresh. If, in the last few months, you’ve failed to get any interviews or come up short with your interview answers, it’s as good a time as any to make a change.

If there’s anything you need to learn from how you did your search last year, it’s that it didn’t work. You need to start doing things differently this year, or else you’ll end up with nothing to show for another 365 days. In case you don’t know where to start in renewing your job search strategies, here are some ideas.

Scrap your resume – If you really want to start fresh this year, you need to make sure that you don’t take anything from your last resume. Write it from scratch, and just as importantly, write it from memory without looking at your previous resume. Mix things up a bit, especially if your last resume didn’t get you a lot of interviews.

Start over with a better lifestyle – Your brain and body will only function as well as you take care of it. Change your eating habits and do more physical activity; start doing more and eating less.

Come up with new answers – Applying to numerous jobs can create habits—habits that sometimes do more harm than good. What worked for you five years ago might not work so well now. If you’re so used to being in the interview that you start saying the same things over and over again, it’s time to start thinking of new responses.

Body language in the interview – Even when you have a good resume and the right answers to impress the interviewer, you still need to pay attention to what message your body language is conveying. Your verbal responses shouldn’t be the only thing that communicates your ability and your interest in the job.

Closing moments – When you’ve done everything right, you don’t want to waste your efforts by closing the interview poorly. They’ll definitely remember you by how you end the interview, so pay close attention to this.

The time for celebrating is now over; it’s time to get back and work on your job search. Leave all of your failures in 2012, and start 2013 with a bang—and some new strategies so you can get the job you’ve been looking for.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.