5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Productivity at Work

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Productivity at Work

You spend only a certain amount of time in the office. It would be a bad idea if your concentration is spiraling, not being able to focus on one task. You would end up missing deadlines or rushing to meet them.

Are there times when you find yourself mindlessly clicking away on your office computer browser? Alright, so you start every day with a To-Do list, but you soon find yourself becoming distracted on tasks that are the least of your priorities, or just, simply, procrastinating. Keep in mind that you are only in the office for a certain period of time during the day, so it is important to make the most out of it.

Being productive at work isn’t exactly hard; you just need to know how to increase your output. That is, you either work hard and redouble your efforts or you work smart. The latter is preferable especially in time constraints and that means, it is required that you learn how to manage your timetable.

So how do you get your focus on and get some work done? Here is the list of five easy ways to improve your productivity at work:

1: Set Your Schedules

You might say ‘Isn’t this the same as a To-Do List? You know those things don’t work for me.’ Do not assume that setting your schedules and your to-do list are the same. While the to-do list enumerates what you have to do for the day, it does not always mean that you can effectively manage your time.

Think of it as a time table on what are the tasks you should be doing by the hour. The problem with To-Do Lists is that they can be counterproductive: these lists enumerate what you have to do, but not give you the appropriate time. You cannot focus one task at hand, but instead your focus would shift to the rest of the projects you have to finish.

The human brain is a muscle and it can only really focus for 25 minutes. You may notice as time progresses, your attention and focus shifts elsewhere, like for example, the rest of the projects and what can you to finish them within the day. A time table keeps track of what you should achieve or what you are able to finish within a designated time. Finished or not, proceed to the next task. This will help you increase your productivity level and get the results that you need.

Also make sure to establish a contingency plan. There are factors such as your personal life can get in the way of your schedules.

2: Have A Routine

After you have established a schedule, it is time to establish a routine. For example, what time will you answer all your emails? What time would you be doing these sheets? What time should you take a break?

Routines may sound bland, but they can actually make you more productive. You have set your concentration and your focus on a designated field or topic. Even checking your emails, which category do you check first, sets your brain to kickstart the concentration it needs. Routines actually help you condition for your day.

3: Stretch and Take a Break

Think you can get more work done by sitting on that chair until the end of your shift? Think again.

According to Dr. James Levine, sitting for a prolonged period of time can actually increase cholesterol levels and excess waistline fat, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and also the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Simply put: sitting for long periods of time is harmful. Spending a few hours in the gym during the weekend is not enough to deter these health risks. In a study conducted by Stockholm University doing exercise at work helps increase in productivity levels. Learn how to manage your energy and stress levels. Try taking a break after every hour to get up and stretch. One of such workplace exercise is, instead of sitting down during meetings, walk laps with your colleagues. It helps circulation and improve stamina after a long day sitting down.

4: Do Not Procrastinate

You have set a schedule and a routine for each of your task, but that does not mean that you will have that “I’ll do it tomorrow instead’ attitude. That is no longer time management; that is called procrastinating.

You only stay in the workplace for a certain period of time, so learn how much work you can do it that shift. Making time and learning how to manage your tasks, helps you increase your productivity levels, and helps you minimize your distractions. Discipline yourself to not put off tasks to the next day. Learn to do them now efficiently.

5: Do Not Stop Learning and Improving

Being productive is a learning process. It is not just about making timetables or routines, but it builds your character on how to discipline yourself to overcome any obstacle. Improving your productivity and your schedules may not remain the same; it is about overcoming challenges and hardships, avoiding bad habits, and finding ways to achieve your goals efficiently. Always keep your mind open, accept challenges, appreciate your success and even your failures.

Improving your productivity at work is not at all hard to learn. Always remember to work hard and to work smart.

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Buyer

Bowling Green area

$60-75k

Looking for Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and at least 4 years of experience in manufacturing – automotive preferred. Request more info.

HR Manager - Multiple Plants

South Bend, IN Area

up to $85k

Must have a Bachelor’s degree along with 7 + years of experience in manufacturing. Should love working on the plant level and be a change-agent. Request more info.

Structural Engineer

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mid $70s

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Market Yourself: How to use a marketing strategy in your job search

How to Use a Marketing Strategy in Your Job Search | RYD Career Blog

I’ve been soaking up some Lynda.com and am currently studying digital marketing. As I was learning about business marketing strategies, it hit me that there’s huge crossover into conducting a productive job search. I mean, what is a job search but an effort to market yourself?

Posting a resume online with the hopes of getting a job is about the same as opening an online store and crossing your fingers that someone will stumble across it and buy your stuff…and applying to only online job ads is like just yelling, "BUY MY STUFF!!" on Facebook.

The Solution? Strategy. You need to develop strategies just as you would if you were creating a new business and marketing it. This is how I translated a Marketing Strategy to a Search Strategy:
Creating your strategy will force you to understand who you are, what you want, and what you have to offer at a deeper level, and it will help you to customize your materials and presentation for each aspect of your search by understanding what is most relevant to the company’s needs.

How to Use a Marketing Strategy in Your Job Search table

Most importantly, building your strategy will help you to plan your search, measure your efforts, and lead you to success. 

I’m barely scratching the surface when it comes to marketing (the above is definitely just a starting point), and I’m hopeful to find more crossover as I dig in. Do you use marketing techniques in your search? What’s your strategy?

Check out these resume tips before you create your “marketing materials”

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Design Engineer

Central Illinois

$60-75k + bonus

Gain design experience from cradle to grave, doing existing and new product development. Work with a fun and creative group of engineers! Requires: BS Mechanical or Agriculture Engineering – with emphasis on design (Will consider entry level candidates). Request more info.

President COO

Central Illinois

The President & COO will assume top leadership responsibilities for this innovative and nimble grain company. This individual will work very closely with a very strategic and innovative CEO to develop and execute strategic initiatives that keep this company in the forefront of organic food production and the leader in the supply of organic grains. The president will assume all day to day leadership responsibilities and will have a very active role in the future growth and success of the company. Request more info.

Quality Manager

Central Illinois

$115k + bonus

This position will plan, coordinate and direct quality systems designed to ensure continuous production of products consistent with established standards. Requirements: Problem Solving through 6 Sigma or Shainin; Previous Management experience in manufacturing setting; Quality Management Systems experience (ISO9001). Request more info.

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Lead Buyer

Greater Indianapolis

$70-80k + bonus

The Lead Buyer will work closely with internal departments and external suppliers to develop and implement strategic commodity plans at the lowest total cost. This includes the development and coordination of key procurement strategies with the logistical buying team. This position requires a Bachelors and 5-7 years of strategic buying in the manufacturing industry. Request more info.

President COO

Central Illinois

The President & COO will assume top leadership responsibilities for this innovative and nimble grain company. This individual will work very closely with a very strategic and innovative CEO to develop and execute strategic initiatives that keep this company in the forefront of organic food production and the leader in the supply of organic grains. The president will assume all day to day leadership responsibilities and will have a very active role in the future growth and success of the company. Request more info.

Product Manager - Poultry Industry

Central Illinois

$100-120k + bonus

Large, world-class agriculture manufacturing facility has an opening for a Product Manager over its Poultry Division. Will have full ownership of the poultry product line. This position will be expected to have a blend of Business and Marketing and will be expected to work with the product development team on new products. A BS degree in Business, Marketing or similar is required along with at least 5 years of experience in the Poultry Industry. Should also have previous product management experience. Request more info.

Structural Design Engineer

Central Illinois

Up to $80k DOE

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The 6 Second Rule: How to get your resume into the yes pile

The 6 Second Rule: How to get your resume into the yes pile | RYD Blog

There’s been a little research on how recruiters view resumes that shows that you get about 6 seconds before you’re tossed into the yes, no, or maybe pile. I hear a lot of disgruntlement about this point (and you’re completely allowed to be frustrated by it), but here’s the deal: when recruiters get 100+ resumes for a position that needed to be filled yesterday, we don’t have much choice…and if you’re going to apply to a job rather than relying solely on networking, this is the reality. So how do you deal?

First, you realize that the 6 second rule only covers the initial scan. Does this person have relevant experience? Are they at the right career level? Do they have the required degrees and certifications? Anything alarming? Are they worth further review?

This is not the final review. It’s not even close. BUT, you can’t get to the final review without first passing this test. These three tips will help you get into the yes pile.

A place for everything and everything in its place. If we have to hunt for the basics, chances are you’ll land in the no pile. While you want your resume to stand out from the rest, there is a standard format and order. You should start with your contact information, move on to summary, skills, and experience, and, unless you’re a recent grad, your education should go last (without relevant professional experience, highlight the education and put it after skills).

Negative space. Does your resume look like a book? Is it margin-to-margin words? A resume that’s written like a book has a needle-in-a-haystack effect on the eyes and we can’t see the important information. You want it to be more needle-on-an-empty-table. Avoid heavy paragraphs and opt for 1-2 line bullet notes where possible.

Put it on display. Please, please customize your resume for the position. Whatever experience is most relevant to the position should be listed first. If your bullet about an impressive accomplishment directly related to the position is in the middle/end of the chunk, it will almost certainly be missed.

These three tips are easy to implement and will help your resume get through the first 6 seconds of its battle. Once you’ve passed this, you can be assured that it will be carefully reviewed…so hopefully the rest of the content is good!

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Product Manager - Poultry Industry

Central Illinois

$100-120k + bonus

Large, world-class agriculture manufacturing facility has an opening for a Product Manager over its Poultry Division. Will have full ownership of the poultry product line. This position will be expected to have a blend of Business and Marketing and will be expected to work with the product development team on new products. A BS degree in Business, Marketing or similar is required along with at least 5 years of experience in the Poultry Industry. Should also have previous product management experience. Request more info.

Structural Design Engineer

Central Illinois

Up to $80k DOE

Want to be part of one of the largest agricultural machinery manufacturers in the world with global sales close to $10B - a provider of world-class products for the farming community with multiple plants throughout the Midwest? In this role, you have an opportunity to be the company’s authority on structural steel designs within a world-class organization, and an opportunity to grow your career and make a difference in the ag community. Requires: BS Civil or Structural or Mechanical Engineering; Previous Manufacturing experience working with structural steel analysis and design; Desire to work with a fast-paced and fun design team. Request more info.

President COO

Central Illinois

The President & COO will assume top leadership responsibilities for this innovative and nimble grain company. This individual will work very closely with a very strategic and innovative CEO to develop and execute strategic initiatives that keep this company in the forefront of organic food production and the leader in the supply of organic grains. The president will assume all day to day leadership responsibilities and will have a very active role in the future growth and success of the company. Request more info.

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Get Your Recruiter to Fight FOR You Instead of WITH You

Get Your Recruiter to Fight FOR You Instead of WITH You | RYD

There are great recruiters and horrendous recruiters. There are recruiters who will hustle for you any day, any time to help you land a great opportunity and there are recruiters who will lie, misrepresent, and waste your time. Unfortunately, it’s up to you find the good ones and you will find that they can be your biggest cheerleader who will open doors you didn’t even imagine…but it takes some effort on your part, too. So, how do you build a strong relationship with your recruiter and create an advocate for yourself?

Be present

From the moment you connect with a recruiter, you need to show them that you are in the game. We are evaluating you from our first communication – your professionalism, interpersonal skills, communication skills. If you are lackadaisical in your response or our conversation about yourself and the position, we’ll probably take a pass because we question your interest level.

When you receive a call, text, or email from us, respond! If we ask for additional materials (resume revisions, thank you notes for clients, etc.), give us a realistic timeline and then deliver. Being present throughout the process demonstrates interest and reliability. These are musts if you want us to fight for you. 

Help us help you

Realize that if you’ve found a good recruiter, we want to help you. It’s the squeals of joy when we tell someone they’re getting an offer for their dream job that drive us, and nothing makes us happier than a candidate who is thrilled about their new career and a client that is gaining a tremendous asset.

So if we ask you for additional details or resume revisions, it’s with your best interest in mind. If we give you advice for attire or interview technique, follow it...we know the client. If we volunteer to do mock interviews with you, take us up on the offer!!

Be honest 

If you’ve found a good recruiter, they will be honest with you about everything. Return the favor. Not totally sold on the position? Tell us and tell us why. Have a spouse who might hold up accepting an offer or relocating? Tell us. Have other interviews going on and offers coming down the pipe? TELL US! The more we know, the better we can manage the situation before it becomes a situation.

Realize we’re people, too

Recruiters, no matter how good they may be, are human. We will occasionally drop the ball or have to reschedule. We have families at home whom we’d like to spend time with. Try to be understanding when we apologize profusely for missing something (I promise, we’re kicking ourselves harder than you ever could). And no matter your schedule, please don’t demand that we make ourselves available during evenings and weekends. If you politely explain extenuating circumstances that prevent you from speaking during normal business hours (including lunch), we will offer to make ourselves available during the evening or weekend with no ill will. Just treat us like people, because, well, we are.

We’re ready to be in your corner.

TDM & Associates Hot Jobs 2/19!

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Production Manager

Northeast OH

Looking for previous production supervision experience in a batch or continuous flow operation. Degree plus Six Sigma experience. Will supervise 30-35 hourly employees. Request more info.

Controller

South Central IN

Our client, located 30 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana, is an industry niche leader in the manufacturing and distribution of metal components for the automotive and heavy engine industry. Reporting to the division General Manager, the controller will be accountable for the accounting operations of the company, to include the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles or international financial reporting standards. In newly formed business units, the Controller will work closely with IT to implement the Company’s ERP and Standard Cost Systems. Qualifications must include manufacturing accounting, cost accounting, fixed asset, ERP, as well as 5+ years of leadership or accounting management experience. Our client prefers candidates with advanced degrees and have indicated an interest in candidates with CPA and CMA certifications. Request more info.

Senior Designer

South Bend, IN area

Reporting to the Chief Product Engineer, the Senior Designer will be the expert design engineer on staff and will guide the development of fabricated and assembled products manufactured and/or marketed to the outdoor and recreational vehicle enthusiast. The Sr. Designer will provide technical expertise on projects including product development, improvements, cost reductions, or advanced research. He/she will lead the Product Engineering department in the design/development of new products and components and will assure that product development processes are being followed. Our client requirements for candidates include: • B.S. in engineering (mechanical discipline preferred) • 5 + years of product design experience. • Technical skills to include Solidworks, DEA, GD&T, project management. • Location is in Indiana, approximately 50 miles East of South Bend. Request more info.

Director of Customer Service

Southwest Florida

This position provides leadership and strategic vision to a team of Customer Service Representatives across all divisions of the company and reports to the Vice President of Marketing. This position provides support to dealers, end users, and specialty customers, and plays an integral part in the overall success of the customer satisfaction program. The Dir. of Customer Service is ultimately responsible for ensuring a high level of customer satisfaction through the delivery of an excellent customer experience. Request more info.

Process Engineer - Plastic Extrusion

Central Illinois

Will be responsible for providing equipment and processes designed to enable Operations to effectively meet and exceed Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost targets. Will assure process characteristics are identified and developed using rigorous statistical methods and are incorporated into Control Plans as related to Quality defined product characteristics. Will be the primary technical leader and subject matter expert. Request more info.

Design Engineer - Agricultural Equipment

Central Illinois

The Design Engineer will be responsible for mechanical design of products from concept, development, field installation, production launch and service. This includes responsibility for BOM, modeling of parts and maintaining and improving current products. Reporting to the Engineering Manager, the design engineer completes task with some direction from the Team Lead and/or Engineering Manager. Request more info.

Materials Engineer

Central IL

Keep abreast of newly emerging materials which may be utilized in the future. Liaise between core teams, management and suppliers to share material knowledge. Work with agency group to ensure global requirements are met. Plan and facilitate meetings with appropriate personnel to keep projects on time. Develop detailed materials testing and evaluation plans that define key activities, timelines and resource requirements to achieve objectives. Coordinate and respond to “request for change” from teams and other departments. Coordinate testing programs with outside laboratories. Assist the Quality department in specifications and related documents for defining material quality. Utilize lessons learned to communicate success and failures to teams. Request more information here.

VP of IT

Southwest Florida

As a company executive, the VP IT serves in a leadership role. Key activities include identifying emerging technologies to be analyzed, assimilated, and integrated within the organization. The position will work closely with peers and user environment and oversee the development of critical applications required to support the company’s strategies and goals. The role will drive the implementation of best practices, while governing control and ensuring objectives are achieved. Risk management, resource allocation, project prioritization, are also part of the job responsibilities. Request more info.

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Controller

South Central IN

Our client, located 30 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana, is an industry niche leader in the manufacturing and distribution of metal components for the automotive and heavy engine industry. Reporting to the division General Manager, the controller will be accountable for the accounting operations of the company, to include the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles or international financial reporting standards. In newly formed business units, the Controller will work closely with IT to implement the Company’s ERP and Standard Cost Systems. Qualifications must include manufacturing accounting, cost accounting, fixed asset, ERP, as well as 5+ years of leadership or accounting management experience. Our client prefers candidates with advanced degrees and have indicated an interest in candidates with CPA and CMA certifications. Request more info.

Senior Designer

South Bend, IN area

Reporting to the Chief Product Engineer, the Senior Designer will be the expert design engineer on staff and will guide the development of fabricated and assembled products manufactured and/or marketed to the outdoor and recreational vehicle enthusiast. The Sr. Designer will provide technical expertise on projects including product development, improvements, cost reductions, or advanced research. He/she will lead the Product Engineering department in the design/development of new products and components and will assure that product development processes are being followed. Our client requirements for candidates include: • B.S. in engineering (mechanical discipline preferred) • 5 + years of product design experience. • Technical skills to include Solidworks, DEA, GD&T, project management. • Location is in Indiana, approximately 50 miles East of South Bend. Request more info.

Director of Customer Service

Southwest Florida

This position provides leadership and strategic vision to a team of Customer Service Representatives across all divisions of the company and reports to the Vice President of Marketing. This position provides support to dealers, end users, and specialty customers, and plays an integral part in the overall success of the customer satisfaction program. The Dir. of Customer Service is ultimately responsible for ensuring a high level of customer satisfaction through the delivery of an excellent customer experience. Request more info.

Process Engineer - Plastic Extrusion

Central Illinois

Will be responsible for providing equipment and processes designed to enable Operations to effectively meet and exceed Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost targets. Will assure process characteristics are identified and developed using rigorous statistical methods and are incorporated into Control Plans as related to Quality defined product characteristics. Will be the primary technical leader and subject matter expert. Request more info.

Design Engineer - Agricultural Equipment

Central Illinois

The Design Engineer will be responsible for mechanical design of products from concept, development, field installation, production launch and service. This includes responsibility for BOM, modeling of parts and maintaining and improving current products. Reporting to the Engineering Manager, the design engineer completes task with some direction from the Team Lead and/or Engineering Manager. Request more info.

Materials Engineer

Central IL

Keep abreast of newly emerging materials which may be utilized in the future. Liaise between core teams, management and suppliers to share material knowledge. Work with agency group to ensure global requirements are met. Plan and facilitate meetings with appropriate personnel to keep projects on time. Develop detailed materials testing and evaluation plans that define key activities, timelines and resource requirements to achieve objectives. Coordinate and respond to “request for change” from teams and other departments. Coordinate testing programs with outside laboratories. Assist the Quality department in specifications and related documents for defining material quality. Utilize lessons learned to communicate success and failures to teams. Request more information here.

VP of IT

Southwest Florida

As a company executive, the VP IT serves in a leadership role. Key activities include identifying emerging technologies to be analyzed, assimilated, and integrated within the organization. The position will work closely with peers and user environment and oversee the development of critical applications required to support the company’s strategies and goals. The role will drive the implementation of best practices, while governing control and ensuring objectives are achieved. Risk management, resource allocation, project prioritization, are also part of the job responsibilities. Request more info.

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