For many people, finding a new job is one of their most important New Year’s resolutions. It can be a great time to figure out just what you’re looking for in your work life. Check out these tips to make sure you score your dream job in the New Year.

Reflect on your job search during this past year. What worked and what didn’t? What lessons can you learn from your experiences with looking for a new job? Ask yourself if you were prepared for interviews, if your resume needs any work, or if you have any special skills or certifications you need to brush up on. Going back over past mistakes can greatly improve your job search in the New Year.

Follow up with the employer after submitting your application. This is a great way to stand out from other applicants. Some employers will ask applicants not to reach out, so be sure to check the job listing again for safety. If you’re in the clear, wait three to five days and then call, email, or go in person to ask about the status of the position. You may even land an interview on the spot!

Prepare for all the usual interview questions. Coming up with answers to the big questions on the spot may leave you feeling and appearing unprepared. There are so many great resources online for helping you prepare for the most common questions, so use these to your advantage before your interview.

Ask a friend or family member to do a mock interview with you. Practicing exactly what you want to say before your interview can help eliminate the nerves that come with this kind of opportunity, and you can get notes on what to focus on. Maybe your friend notices that you say “um” a lot or bounce your leg, so you can make sure to catch these things early to really help you nail the interview.

Lastly, talk to your job search coach. We’re here to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask us for advice. We have insider information and expert tips straight from employers that can help you in your next interview!