Tips for working smarter include making a "to don't list" that contains things you shouldn't waste energy on and carrying a notebook at all times, writes Eric Barker, citing a book by Daniel Pink. Also, consider establishing opening and closing rituals for your day.
Check the "I currently work here" box on LinkedIn for at least one job listed on your profile to show you're not unemployed and improve your search result rankings, Donna Svei writes. "I’ve seen some people get a little boost and others get a big boost" by checking the box, she writes.
Karen Cheng shares the story of how she became a designer without going to design school and provides tips on how others can teach themselves another career. "No matter what kind of work you are looking to break into, this is extremely important: Go out and make serendipity happen -- tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a job as a designer. You never know who might know someone," she writes.
Employers have been able to fully fund their bonus plans just twice since 2005, and fewer than half of workers see bonus plans as boosting their performance, Towers Watson research indicates. "Companies may need to take a hard look at the design and delivery of their incentive programs to ensure they are meeting their objectives within the total rewards portfolio," says Laura Sejen, global rewards leader at Towers Watson.
Job seekers can wreck their chances by being too pushy when submitting their resume, Alison Green writes. A better way to stand out is to compose a thoughtful cover letter. "A well-written, engaging cover letter that's customized to a particular opening can open doors," she writes.