"It's no surprise to see the Rolodex gathering dust as the pace of technological innovation rapidly makes many workplace practices and tools redundant," said LinkedIn's connection director, Nicole Williams. "The beauty of modern devices and platforms, such as LinkedIn, is that they constantly evolve to meet professionals' needs, allowing them to connect more quickly and easily than ever before."Professionals from around the world also hinted at several key dream tools they'd like to see in the future. These include having a clone or assistant to help you in your day (25 percent), a place in the office that provides natural sunlight (25 percent) and a quiet place in your office where you're allowed to take a nap (22 percent). In a funny twist, nineteen percent of respondents said they wish they had a mute button for their co-workers, so they don't have to hear them talk. Using the following tips will help ensure you don't follow the Rolodex and tape recorder and become a "techno-dodo:"
- Use LinkedIn's CardMunch app to keep business cards from piling up on your precious desk space. The free iPhone app easily turns business cards into contacts. Just use the app to take a picture of a business card and it is converted to a contact automatically.
- Create a complete LinkedIn Profile. Make sure you list all pertinent past employers, include a profile photo, write a razor sharp elevator pitch about yourself and add LinkedIn Skills. Since 58 percent of LinkedIn members from around the world say the Rolodex won't be in use in five years, it's crucial to create a professional digital footprint so other professionals you've worked with can stay in touch with you.
- If LinkedIn members' predictions about telecommuting are accurate, as time goes on, fewer professionals will have the opportunity to chat with their co-workers in person. By using LinkedIn Groups and LinkedIn Today as "virtual water coolers," you can stay in touch with your professional connections both in and out of the office.
CONTACT: Press contacts firstname.lastname@example.org