It can be easy to get caught up in your work and accidentally let important tasks fall by the wayside. However, with strong attention to time management, and specific strategies to prioritization, there are solutions to increase your productivity, while also reducing your chances of being overwhelmed with work. 

We’ve outlined a handful of tips to strengthen your time management skills in the workplace, including keeping an ongoing to-do list or planner, determining priorities, and assessing the hours within the day. 

Determine your most productive hours 

Most people have specific hours of the day when they find they are the most productive. For many, these hours fall between late morning and early afternoon. Pay attention to when you are getting the most work done and are less affected by distractions. Once you determine those hours, fill them with your most important tasks or projects.  

Prioritize tasks accordingly 

Generally, work tasks fall into a hierarchy of sorts. If certains tasks are more urgent than others, tackle them first and put everything else on the back burner. If you manage a team, be sure to communicate which tasks should be taking priority over others. Your team should all be on the same page regarding the urgency of what needs to get done. 

LinkedIn suggests choosing 3 tasks to center your day around, while also considering what you want to accomplish throughout the week. “Pick no more than three tasks from your to-do list that you will focus on that day. Choose the activities that will have the greatest impact on your most important goals,” they say.

To-do lists and planners 

Digital planners are a great way to stay organized. For example, Microsoft Planner, which is a feature within Microsoft 365, is an amazing tool that allows you to set deadlines, create lists, and even communicate with other employees through notes and comments.

Many professionals also find handwriting their to-do lists to be very helpful. Physically writing them down and being able to cross them off when you’re done helps to keep everything on your mind and stay on track.

Try not to multitask 

While it may seem tempting, multitasking can lead to mistakes or forgetfulness. In the end, it will likely take you the same amount of time to complete two tasks separately, so it’s best to handle them apart. This applies to distractions as well. If your phone is constantly pinging notifications, consider setting it to “Do Not Disturb.” It might also be helpful to set timers for yourself. For instance, put your phone or any other distractions away for one hour until you’ve finished your work. Setting limits with yourself is a sure way to cross those important tasks off your list.

How to Tailor Your LinkedIn Profile for the Jobs You Want

You probably have a LinkedIn profile. Almost every working professional these days has one! In order to job search, network, and communicate, it has become a necessity in the corporate world. Formatting your LinkedIn profile is one of the earliest steps to tackle when job hunting. It is often the first reflection of yourself that employers and recruiters see, sometimes even before your resume. In a 2020 survey by Jobvite, 70% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet their job candidates. So, it’s important to make tailor your profile to the exact jobs and companies you’re actively seeking.  

How Recruiters Find You on LinkedIn 

First things first. How do recruiters find you on LinkedIn? By searching specific keywords, such as job titles and headlines, they can generate results through LinkedIn’s advanced algorithm. According to Jobscan, “A recruiter is likely to begin their search with specific job titles, and candidates with a matching job title in their headline and experience headings will appear higher in results.” This can also be said of the “Skills & Endorsements” section of LinkedIn profiles. The stronger your keywords match their search, the more likely you’ll appear in their search. For example, if you’ve noticed many of the jobs you’re applying for require “proficiency in Salesforce,” make sure “Salesforce” is referenced in your skills.  

Additionally, recruiters can find you based on your location or network. LinkedIn allows them to curate their search through proximity and profile connections. Always include your current location at the top of your profile. If you are willing to relocate, Jobscan also instructs, “When logged into LinkedIn, click “Jobs” in the top navigation bar. Then, click ‘Career interests’ under the search bar to update your location preferences and other settings.” 

Tailoring to the Right Roles and Recruiters 

We recently published an article explaining how to format your resume, but doing so with your LinkedIn profile is just as key. First and foremost, LinkedIn themselves advises on the importance of your target audience.  

This can be taken into account with your intro section and summary. Your desired industry and location should be updated at all times. In your summary, LinkedIn recommends, “Explain how you’re different by showcasing your key skills, and how you want to impact, contribute, and add value. Focus not only on what you do, but also why it matters and your “superpowers” (i.e. key strengths that differentiate you.) To really stand out, consider adding a personal mission statement or leadership purpose statement.” 

When considering the type of roles you want, be sure to display the relevant work you’ve accomplished. Recruiters are not just interested in your recent job titles; they also want to see the results you’ve achieved and impact you’ve had on work projects. Including links, visuals, and portfolios to emphasize your skills will attract the attention of more recruiters.  

Let Recruiters Know You’re Searching 

This might seem obvious, but job seekers often forget to adjust their profile settings. LinkedIn allows users to appear “open to job opportunities” to recruiters without anyone at their current company being aware of this. Remember to adjust this setting in your account when actively job searching.  

Your LinkedIn is a chance to set yourself apart from other professionals. Tailoring your profile accordingly, even when you’re not currently seeking a new job, will keep you ahead of the game. You never know when the right set of circumstances could come your way.  

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