Employees having a meeting at work.

Welcome back to another Link Roundup! This week, the advice is focused on making you a smarter job seeker, and a more valuable employee! These articles and blogs will help you cut down on extra time during your job search. Also, they’ll help you get recognition in the workplace, and maybe land that promotion! Check out the links below.

4 Easy Social Media Updates That Will Give Your Career a Boost

Social media is quickly becoming one of the most powerful tools a recruiter has at their disposal. Whether they’re screening out candidates for a job, or checking up on current employees, many employers are using social media. How you present yourself online is very important, since it certainly could affect your career. There are certain things you should and shouldn’t do, and this article will lay them out for you. It also recommends a unique approach to each social media platform. Check out the full article for the best way to approach Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

How to Avoid the 5 Most Common Misunderstandings at Work

“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Oddly enough, that line from Cool Hand Luke applies to most misunderstandings at work. Unfortunately, miscommunications happen very easily, and can often cause huge problems. If the parties involved had just gone the extra distance and communicated, the problem could have easily been avoided. This article examines 5 extremely common misunderstandings that happen at work, and how you can avoid them.

This is How to “Work Smarter Not Harder”: 3 Secrets from Research

It’s easy to say that you ‘work smarter, not harder’, but it’s much more challenging to actually implement. Thankfully some research has been done about what behaviors actually allow workers to get more done in less time. Based on this research, 3 conclusions were made about how you can achieve more by doing less. Although that may sound like an impossibility, it’s actually quite within your reach. Check out this article, and adopt a few of these behaviors, and you may just find yourself getting more done in less time.

A 4-Step Plan to Getting a Promotion at Work

Even if you excel at your job in every way, you may still get passed over for that promotion. If you never understand why that happens, you can never actually address it. This article examines the reasons why great employees are often overlooked, and what they can do to get noticed. It may be as simple as having a conversation with your boss, but you won’t know unless you try. Also, sometimes you have to open yourself up to criticism. Click the link to read more insights, and find out how to land that next promotion.

5 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking

Whether it’s a meeting, presentation, conference, or conversation, it’s not uncommon for people to struggle with speaking in public. However, it is an incredibly valuable skill in most professions. Learning to be comfortable speaking in front of others can be challenging, but it’s a very valuable skill if you are able to overcome your fear. Thankfully this article from the Harvard Business Review can help you do exactly that. In this 5 step process, you can learn how to overcome your fears and find your confidence. Definitely worth a read if you struggle with public speaking!

6 Things Smart Job Seekers Never Do

Being a smart job seeker means being up on the latest trends, and understanding the state of the job market. You have to understand the hiring process from not only the candidate perspective, but also the recruiter’s perspective. Getting inside the mind of a recruiter means understanding their perception of a candidate’s behavior. This blog does a great job of that. Once you read it through, you will have a much better understanding of what behaviors act as red flags for recruiters.

Whether you’re looking for a new job, or trying to improve your current one, we hope you found some valuable advice within these links. Job searching can be tough, but being equipped with the right advice can make a huge difference. Also, remember there is no need to overwork when you can find a more effective and efficient way. We’ll continue to bring you advice that enables you to work smarter and find more success in your career!