Monday, June 18, 2018

Are These Bad Habits Ruining Your Productivity?

Everyday we make countless choices that influence every part of our lives . What we often don’t realize is that even making one wrong choice can ruin our productivity. Take a look at the list below to see if you’re falling into bad habits that ruin your work day.  

Tackling your easiest tasks first
Do the hard stuff first. Some people call this strategy "eating the frog," based on a quotation attributed to Mark Twain: "Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day."
Some researchers say willpower decreases as the day goes on, so it makes sense to work on tasks that require lots of focus and concentration in the morning. Others disagree that willpower is a finite resource.
If nothing else, it makes practical sense to start with the hardest tasks, since you never know what scheduling conflicts will pop up later on.
Constantly checking your email
The siren call of your inbox can be hard to resistYet research suggests that switching between tasks -- say, doing research and checking for new email -- takes up to 40% longer than doing one at a time. Even when you think you're being more productive by multitasking, you're probably not.
One simple solution, from psychologist Ron Friedman, is to silence your phone so you don't receive email alerts or to close your email tab while you're working on something important. Designate specific times to check and respond to email in batches.
Keeping your phone on your desk at work
Turning your phone on "vibrate" isn't enough. Actually, turning your phone off isn't even enough. Research published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research suggests that the mere presence of your cell phone nearby can hurt your cognitive performance -- even if you're unaware of its influence. The best solution appears to be keeping your phone in another room entirely.

Staying seated all day
Office jobs aren't exactly conducive to getting a lot of physical activity. But you don't need to be up and about for hours at a time. A growing body of research suggests that even if you get up and move around for a few minutes several times a day, you're improving your overall health.
Recent research, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association and cited by The New York Times, found that people who were active for a total of about an hour a day had half the mortality risk of people who didn't. And it didn't matter whether they were active in 5-minute increments or in longer chunks.
Staring at a screen for hours at a time
Staring at a computer all day can lead to "digital eye strain," resulting in symptoms like dryness and blurriness, Business Insider's Erin Brodwin reportedEnter the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds, Rahul Khurana, the clinical spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmologists told Business Insider's Kevin Loria.

Waiting until late afternoon to take a break from work
Take that break mid-morning instead2015 study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests that the more time that's passed since the beginning of the workday, the less useful a break is. Breaks taken earlier in the day are more likely to replenish resources, including energy, concentration, and motivation.
Interestingly, that same study found you don't necessarily have to engage in non-work-related activities during a break. Just make sure you're doing something that you like to do and you choose to do. In other words, making some headway on a work project you're excited about could be even more restorative than browsing social media.
Staying up too late
Scientists have identified a common phenomenon they call "bedtime procrastination": "failing to go to bed at the intended time, while no external circumstances prevent a person from doing so."
For example, you keep watching one episode after another of a not-that-interesting TV show.
This isn't just silly -- it can be dangerous. As Business Insider previously reported, in some cases sleep loss can be just as deadly as smoking.
Turn off the TV and get ready for bed. You'll be grateful tomorrow, and years later.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Building Stronger Work Relationships in One Easy Step

How many times a day do you find yourself asking people “how are you”? In most social settings, it's considered to be a polite greeting, but when it comes to your coworkers is there a better way to start a conversation? According to Forbes, in many work circumstances questions with more substance are vital when it comes to establishing strong working relationships. When simply asking someone how their day is going, you are not going to learn anything new about them, nor are you portraying any real interest. Next time you walk into a meeting or are assigned to a team project, considering using one of the following openings to really get the conversational ball rolling.

#1. What was the best part about your day?

#2: What work is most exciting you this week?
#3: What new ideas are giving you energy lately?
#4: Tell me one thing you’ve learned recently that inspired you.
#5: What is one thing we could do right now to make this (day, project, event) even better?

Monday, June 4, 2018

How To Find the Right Recruiter for You

               Here at Worlco, we’ve been successfully pairing IT professionals with new companies since 1982. However, we understand that people who have never worked with a Recruiter before may be a bit hesitant to start. Below, you’ll find a list of ways to find the right Recruiter to help with your job search, courtesy of Forbes. And remember, whether you are an individual looking for a new opportunity or a company in need of new IT professionals, contact Worlco to help you get started today.

1.  Start by asking current colleagues and former co-workers with similar backgrounds as yourself who they would recommend.  It is always a little tricky, as you don’t want too many people at work to know that you are thinking about finding a new job.
2. In addition to the referrals, search LinkedIn to find recruiters that specialize in placing people in your field. Send an introduction and invitation to connect on LinkedIn.  Once connected, see if you share any common connections. If you recognize some familiar faces, contact them and ask about their experiences with the recruiter.
3. Look at the recruiter’s activity on LinkedIn. See if they posted jobs that are in line with the types of jobs that you are seeking out. Review any negative or positive comments posted about the recruiter.
4. Check if the recruiter has been with the same firm for a reasonable amount of time or if they seem to jump around a lot. If you see a lot of movement, it could be a warning sign. The constant job changes could suggest that they are moving around to find the next, hot area and really don’t care about building long-term relationships with candidates.  Excessive jumps could mean that they are staying one step ahead, as they may have burned bridges with corporate clients and candidates at the prior search firms. It could also demonstrate that they may be smooth talkers, get hired, but really aren’t that good and quickly move on to another place.
5. Is the recruiter an expert in one or two areas and have they been doing it for a long time? It is preferable to find a recruiter who specializes, so that they really know an area well. If they have longevity, it is fair to say that they will have many contacts and clients that could help you in your search.
6. Are they connected with a fair amount of human resources and high-level professionals in your area of expertise? If so, that is good sign they have many connections to help you.
7. Search to find out if the recruiter has a website and how many relevant jobs they have on it. If there are a large number of current jobs that match-up with your skills, it is a good sign.
8. Check out all the job boards and search for opportunities in your space. Are there a few recruiters who consistently post jobs that are relevant to you? If so, bounce the names off of your work associates. Also, Google search them, check out their LinkedIn profiles and visit their website.
9. Email a résumé to the recruiter and judge their response.  Is the recruiter interested in speaking and meeting with you?  In the meeting, are they sincerely interested in building a long-term relationship or only looking for a quick placement? Do they listen to your needs, goals and desires? Do they try to force you into roles that you are not interested in? Does the recruiter have their pulse on the job market? Does it look like a shady organization or a well-established firm?
10. Does this person have a proven track record of success? The key is to find an experienced recruiter who specializes in your area of expertise and has a long history of successful placements. Also, once you find the person, make sure you are comfortable partnering with them.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Can You Compete With Recent College Grads?

About a year after the class of 2017 turned their tassels and graduated into the real world, LinkedIn did some research to see where these graduates are now. After doing some research, they made a list of the top ten skills most popular skills of graduates who found employment.
Here are the top ten skills of the graduates that got hired. Do you have what it takes to compete against them?

1.      Microsoft Office- Today, being fluent in Microsoft programs is a requirement for most jobs. To stay competitive, it’s important to set yourself apart. Anyone can create a document in Word or a PowerPoint presentation, but not everyone can do so effectively. Master Word and PowerPoint and learn how to manipulate data in Excel to really give yourself an edge against the class that grew up with computers.

2.      Customer Service- Creative problem solving will get you a long way with companies who are looking for ways to increase their customer service ratings. If you have success stories from your past, don’t be shy about sharing them in interviews. Show companies that you have the knowledge and skills to be one step ahead when it comes to keeping customers happy.

3.      Leadership- There’s a big difference between managers and strong leaders. If you can motivate your team to enthusiastically complete their work while gaining their respect, you should brag about your leadership abilities.

4.      Public Speaking- One of the most common fears of the workforce but also one of the most desirable traits, public speaking is pertinent in almost every industry. Learn how to keep calm and still communicate clearly when all the pressure is on.

5.      Social Media- Because the class of 2018 grew up with social media, competing with them here might take some extra work. Try starting with your own social media accounts to see if you can set and obtain goals such as increased followers or more interaction. You can also read up on social media or even take classes online to catch up.

6.      Teamwork- It almost goes without saying that being able to productively collaborate with colleagues to reach a joint goal is a highly desirable quality in an employee. Practice communicating with your coworkers and ask your boss to put you on more team projects if you don’t think you’ve had enough experience.

7.      Time Management- Be honest, how productive are you with your time? Take away distractions and train yourself to accomplish tasks on a timetable that will impress future employers.

8.      Research- No matter what your job title is, chances are research will be part of it. Whether you are finding information for a project or looking for self-improvement, it’s important to find reliable sources and be able to learn from them.

9.      Management- Good managers can gain the respect of subordinates without ever making them feel below them. Is your team motivated to succeed? If not, step back and reflect on how you can improve.

10.   Event Planning- Workshops, office parties, client luncheons… can you handle the stress of putting together an event for a large group? Are you detail oriented enough to make a small gathering useful and memorable? This is another skill you can practice in your personal life to perfect it in your professional life.

Monday, May 21, 2018

What Not to Ask in Your First Interview

       There are a lot of articles on the internet filled with interview tips, detailing everything from what to wear to following up after. Just as important as knowing what to do is knowing what not to say. At the end of your interviewer when asked if you have any questions, your potential employers will be on the watch for certain red flags. Here’s what Forbes recommends you should be careful to avoid when asking questions during an interview:

When would I be considered for a raise and a promotion?
Reason to avoid: You want to reflect interest in supporting the organization through this role they’re trying to fill, not focusing on how you can immediately get beyond this role.
What’s the vacation and flextime policy?
Reason to avoid: Again, you want to reflect a sincere interest in working for this organization in the role they have open, and not evaluate the appeal of the job by the amount of time you have off. In my view, asking all about benefits, vacation/leave, flextime, etc. is for after you get the job offer and before you decide to accept it.
What would I be doing every day?
Reason to avoid: You should ask about the nature and scope of the role, but not “what will I be doing?” because that question sounds like you may not know as much as you should about your stated area of expertise.  Most often, "what will I be doing?" is answered in the job description that got you interested in the role. If you’re still unclear after discussing the job, you can ask something like, “What types of projects would this role be actively engaged in and what are the most important goals of this role?”
Why is this role open now?
Reason to avoid: This might be something you want to ask later with a question like, “What is the history of this position in the organization?" but not initially, because it suggests you’re digging to find out if the predecessor was fired or laid off, etc.
Do you check references?
Reason to avoid: This question gives the impression that your references are not what they need to be, and you’re worried about it. Do everything you can secure good references, but if you have an issue with that, wait until the interviewer knows you better and you’ve advanced to the stage where they ask for references, for you to share any more about the situation.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Three Tips to Take Your Network to the Next Level

Network, network, network- you’ve heard it in school, all over LinkedIn, and through your colleagues. But just how important is networking? According to a survey conducted by Lou Adler, 85% of jobs are filled by networking. Even the most active candidates in his survey found their jobs via networking. Don’t know where to start? We’ve compiled a list of the three networking tips you need to take your professional network to the next level.

1.      Help Your Network- Remember the golden rule when it comes to professional connections! If you want their help, you must be able to assist them too. When relationships are one sided, people will be far less open to helping you out when the time comes. Create mutually beneficial relationships by staying up to date with the people in your network and always being ready to lend a helping hand.

2.      Be Straightforward- When you need help from your colleagues, don’t be afraid to ask. Rather than beating around the bush and hoping the other party picks up on what you want, be direct and tell them what you need from them. It will save time for both of you and keep the relationship open.

3.      Keep in Touch­- Don’t only reach out to your network when you need something- tell them when things are going well too! No one wants to be an afterthought who is only called to help others. Plus, the people in your network probably care about you and would want to hear about your success.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Using Bad Days to Your Advantage

Bad days are a part of life. Even those of us who love our jobs are bound to experience a day when everything seems to go wrong. The best way to keep the same bad days from happening over and over again is how you react when you leave the office. Resist the urge to go home, throw yourself a pity party, and try to forget it ever happened. Instead, take the time for self- reflection and ask yourself the following questions from Kat Boogaard to stop making the same mistakes:

"1. Will This Day Have a Lasting Impact?
When your day was nothing but awful, it's easy to send yourself into a downward spiral of despair. You make mountains out of molehills and become convinced that this one brief rough patch will be the demise of your entire career and reputation. Rest assured, that's hardly ever the case- and this question will help you step back and get some much-needed perspective. 
2.  What Would You Do Differently? 
Are you the eternal winner of the blame game? I can relate. When things don't work out as planned it's easy to place all of the responsibility on your shoulders- regardless of whether you had any control over those circumstances or not. This is why it can be so helpful to identify what-  if anything- you'd do differently if you magically had a do-over of your day. 
3. What Went Well Today?
Alright, you're so wrapped in everything that went wrong that you're convinced that today was so terrible it's worthy of being the plot of a horror film. However, even the worst days have a few bright spots. Obsessing over the bad things is probably only going to send your mood into more of a nosedive. So, ask yourself this question to pull out a few of the positives."

Monday, April 30, 2018

How to Increase Productivity... Without Working Any Harder

Are you as productive as you could be at work? Honestly, think about it. If you’re like most workers, you probably have some room for improvement.
               One of the best ways to improve your productivity is not to look at your actual workload, but to make small lifestyle changes that will help you excel both at work and in your personal life. Follow these tips from Forbes to become more productive without actually working any harder.

1.      Sleep More- According to Gallup, 43% of Americans polled thought sleeping more would improve the way they felt. If you’re one of them, what’s stopping you? Try going to bed an hour earlier every single day for a week. Once you realize how much better you feel, you’ll never go back.

2.      Wake Up Early- As Ben Franklin said, “early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”. Try getting up a bit earlier and using that precious extra time to plan out the day ahead of you rather than checking to see what you missed online while you were asleep.

3.      Try Meditation- More and more people are realizing the positive benefits for your mind, body, and soul that meditation can provide. Music streaming services like Spotify make it easy to access great meditation tracks any time of day.

4.       Find Time to Exercise- There have been countless studies explaining why exercising is good for the human body and mind. Fit it in before work, during your lunch break, or after you’re done at the office.

5.      Don’t Skip the Most Important Meal of the Day- Breakfast is a workday essential. If you find yourself running short on time in the morning, stock up on fruit and granola bars, or start meal prepping for a delicious and homemade grab-and-go option.

6.      Schedule a Mid-Day Nap- Feeling extra sluggish? Shut your office door and set an alarm for 30 minutes. Your work and mood will thank you. If you don’t have time for a nap, or the luxury of being able to shut yourself off from the office, take a quick break instead. A quick walk or just some precious seconds offscreen will help you refocus.  

7.       Make a To Do List… and Stick to It- Keep yourself organized and track your performance by creating a to do list. You can use this method for both daily goals and more long-term projects. Plus, nothing beats the feeling of crossing a task off your to do list when you finally complete it!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Elon Musk's Productivity Tips

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last few years, you probably know who Elon Musk is. The billionaire is the founder and CEO of several successful companies and has been making headlines for years over his plans for Mars. Last Tuesday, Musk sent out an email to Tesla employees detailing his best tips for increased workplace productivity.  If there’s anyone you should listen to when it comes to work tips, it should be this self-made business magnate. Check out his productivity tips below:

"– Excessive meetings are the blight of big companies and almost always get worse over time. Please get of all large meetings, unless you’re certain they are providing value to the whole audience, in which case keep them very short.

– Also get rid of frequent meetings, unless you are dealing with an extremely urgent matter. Meeting frequency should drop rapidly once the urgent matter is resolved.

– Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value. It is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.

– Don’t use acronyms or nonsense words for objects, software or processes at Tesla. In general, anything that requires an explanation inhibits communication. We don’t want people to have to memorize a glossary just to function at Tesla.

– Communication should travel via the shortest path necessary to get the job done, not through the “chain of command”. Any manager who attempts to enforce chain of command communication will soon find themselves working elsewhere.

– A major source of issues is poor communication between depts. The way to solve this is allow free flow of information between all levels. If, in order to get something done between depts, an individual contributor has to talk to their manager, who talks to a director, who talks to a VP, who talks to another VP, who talks to a director, who talks to a manager, who talks to someone doing the actual work, then super dumb things will happen. It must be ok for people to talk directly and just make the right thing happen.

– In general, always pick common sense as your guide. If following a 'company rule' is obviously ridiculous in a particular situation, such that it would make for a great Dilbert cartoon, then the rule should change."

Monday, April 16, 2018

How to Reduce Stress in Five Minutes Or Less

Stress is a normal human reaction; in fact, it isn’t always a bad thing. However, in large doses it can be very harmful. Unfortunately, many workers find themselves experiencing work related stress that eventually takes a toll on their overall health. With Summer just around the corner, use these easy suggestions published by Forbes to reduce the stress you take home from work with you. Each technique on this list was selected due to their ability to make you feel better in just five minutes or less, making them easy to integrate into your daily office routine. Check out their suggestions below:

Go for a mindful walk. Mindfulness involves simply tuning into the present moment. When your mind naturally starts to review your work-day or settles on some problem, don’t let it. Focus instead on the breeze or the trees or the sounds you are hearing on your walk.
Deep breathing. Find a comfortable place to sit. Place one hand over your belly. Notice your hand rising on the in-breath and falling on the out-breath. Try to make the out-breaths longer than the in-breaths. Keep this up for a couple of minutes.
Progressive muscle relaxation. By deliberately tensing your muscles first, they will relax more fully afterwards. So start with the muscles in the forehead and scalp, first taking a deep breath in, then tensing all the muscles in that area to a count of five - and then releasing that tension -and moving on down to the next area. Pay particular attention to the classic stress points like your forehead, neck, shoulders and jaw.
Body scan. Mentally travel throughout your whole body, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. If you notice signs of tension in any area, just let it relax. Try to imagine your breath going right to the spot that feels tense and let it relax those muscles like a cool breeze.
Meditation. Mindfulness meditation simply asks that you focus on anything that helps bring you into the present moment. Sitting by a brook and really listening to the sounds of the running water will do this. Sitting in a chair and noticing your every in-breath and every out-breath will do this also. No matter what present-moment awareness technique you choose, when your mind wanders, as it often will, simply bring it back to your point of focus. (Helpful hint: The minute you notice that your mind has wandered: you are back in the present moment.)

Monday, April 2, 2018

Make Your Day More Productive With One Easy Step

When you get to work in the morning, how do you start your day? Do you immediately check your voicemail and email to see what you missed since leaving the office, or do you make a plan of action for the rest of the day?

               According to a quiz from Leadership IQ, about 66% of people start with their email or voicemail, while the remainder hold off until after they’ve established their daily plan. Mark Murphy worked with the data from this Leadership IQ online test and came to some troubling conclusions.  Murphy found that those who checked their email first thing were 82% more likely to also respond that they wasted more than half their time at work. However, those who started their day by planning were 45% more likely to feel as though they had “a really successful day”.

               This data obviously goes to show that before diving head first into correspondence, it’s vital to take a few minutes to set a list of goals for yourself. Your daily goals don’t have to turn into an intense, detailed schedule of everything you must accomplish on a given day. What’s important is that you create a list- no matter the length or focus- and commit to completing it. How do you start your mornings? Leave your tips in the comments below!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Apple's School Takeover

Today Apple hosted an educational event in Chicago called “Let’s Take a Field Trip”, announcing new technologies to assist in education. While unveiling their new 9.7-inch iPad and the Apple Pencil stylus, Apple also explained forthcoming apps and programs to make the lives of teachers all around the world a lot easier. Keep reading to see how Apple is planning to fully integrate their technology into education.
Apple’s new “Schoolwork” app will give teachers the ability to give assignments through third-party apps, finding a digital solution to children who claim to have forgotten their assignments. The “Classroom” app will be released for Mac in June and is in beta for iPad. This app allows students to follow along with lessons digitally.
 “Everyone Can Create” is a curriculum that will be used to inspire creativity and success in students. Teachers will be able to integrate art into their lesson plans with the assistance of Apple technology. The curriculum is centered around the new 9.7-inch iPad and Apple Pencil stylus. Their “shared iPad” feature will also make it possible for several students to use one iPad while leaving admin controls to the school.
Apple is also starting a program titled “Everyone Can Code” that will revolutionize education by giving children first hand experience in coding languages. More than just using code as a technological language, Apple thinks teaching coding will allow children “to solve problems and work together in creative ways”. Their language Swift was designed to be simple to learn and write so as children write their code, they can visualize the immediate results in an innovative dual-screen mode.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Which email openers are more likely to generate a response?

In the years I have been sending emails, one question has always remained in my head- how am I supposed to start this message? Luckily, I was not alone in my confusion. Brendan Greenley used data from over 300,000 email messages to finally figure out what the best way to open an email is.

The data shows that starting an email message with “hey” or “hello” elicits an almost 8% higher response rate than the old go-to “dear”. While I wouldn’t recommend starting all your future professional correspondence with “hey”, research shows that using conversational tones rather than professional ones seems to be the most effective method for receiving responses.

So, get out there and start sending! Do you have a go-to email opener? Leave a comment and let us know!  

Monday, March 12, 2018

Bringing Positivity into the Workplace

I don’t think I could name one person who has ever started a job search hoping to land in an office with a negative atmosphere; so, why is that the energy so many employees are bringing to work? No one is expected to be happy around the clock- it’s impossible. However, it is important to arrive at work everyday with an optimistic outlook.

One important aspect of combating office negativity is understanding the difference between a good employee having a bad day and someone who is always zoning in on the bad in every situation, who refuses to accept blame, and has an overall negative effect on your office. Work with a “Negative Nancy” and watch the way your entire office improves positively!

Zeynap Ilgaz wrote a piece for Entrepreneur Network offering six tips for “Motivating the Negative Nancy on Your Team”. Check them out below:

  1.  Identify the negative behavior. Recognize bad attitudes and negativity and identify the individual involved after receiving a tip or spotting something.
  2. Confront the person. Develop a plan to address the individual in a calm, private setting. Set aside enough time to discuss the situation in detail. There may be a reason or a trigger for this behavior.
  3. Reinforce positive behavior. During the discussion, set goals for change and even play out scenarios. Listen to the employee’s thoughts and ideas about the situation and emphasize the need for a positive attitude moving forward.
  4. Follow up. Schedule a meeting to discuss the individual’s progress. Recognize and praise positive improvements and attitude.
  5. Set a good example. The manager should demonstrate positive behavior for staff members -- even on the cloudiest of days. Remind them that problems and setbacks are an inevitable part of business, but each one can serve as a learning experience.
  6. Invest in positivity. Boost the positivity quotient in the office by fostering programs or activities that will make staffers happy, such as potlucks, games and employee-of-the-month recognitions. Promote physical and mental health by funding employee-fitness programs, planning office yoga classes or creating work spaces with natural light.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Tips for Your LinkedIn Profile

Before beginning my position as a technical recruiter, I was blind to just how frequently LinkedIn is used when looking for job candidates in top industries worldwide. Although some think that simply adjusting their settings on LinkedIn is enough to get noticed, the process goes much deeper. Once you’ve established the basics in your profile, make sure you’re following these easy tips to secure your chances of getting an interview with anyone who comes across your profile!

1. Yes, your grammar should be perfect- I’m sure many people who read this will roll their eyes at the simplicity of this tip, but I cannot tell you how many people I come across with basic mistakes in their profiles. Nothing turns away potential employers faster than mindless and avoidable mistakes! Write full sentences, use spell check, and follow the basic rules of capitalization. These simple steps not only take almost no time to complete, but they make profile visitors want to actually read your credentials.

2. Pick the perfect professional picture- Another simple step that makes a world of difference! Profiles with pictures get up to 21 times more views than those without, according to an article from Time. You don’t need to have professional head shots taken to set your profile apart- in fact, you’d probably be surprised at the casual settings in which many LinkedIn pictures are taken. Simply find a photo of yourself in business clothing with an appropriate background. If you don’t have one on hand, ask someone to take your picture one day before work or an interview when you’re already dressed in your business best!

3. Keep your information up to date- Did you start a new job? Receive a promotion? Change your phone number? Make sure all of these changes are reflected on your profile! At the same time, be sure that updates you’re making to the content on your profile are relevant to your career goals. If you want to make a small change in your career, consider changing your skills and uploading examples of prior work that show you will adopt this new specialty with ease.

4. Choose your words wisely- In many job fields, more than one title may be used for the same position. Consider using a thesaurus to find alternate job titles or descriptions and putting them in another section of your profile. You will also likely want to be cautious of the wording in your profile when you’re searching for a new job but aren’t yet comfortable sharing your need for a move with your boss. Mashable cited Jenny Foss for suggesting the addition of a subtle line at the end of your summary inviting professionals to reach out without overtly stating that you’re on the hunt for a new job.

5. Stay active- Far too often, professionals create a LinkedIn account and ignore it until they are searching for a new job. Don’t make this mistake! Log on and find new connections, answer your messages, and even post articles you find interesting or updates about your career. With the LinkedIn app, staying active is simple and free- and you never know who you’ll connect with or what you’ll learn!