Hack your professional career in 30 minutes or less

Is it me or does life get freakishly busy? It can be inevitable at times to feel like you're missing out on key moments of productivity when run down by the slug of things.

If you have 30 minutes, there are a number of things you can do to improve your credibility and professionalism. Here are ten ways to advance your career and become more hirable if you only have 30 minutes to spare.

 

Sign up for career development newsletters.

You may think you've perfected the interview process, but you're wrong, very wrong. Like jobs themselves, the interview process is a beautiful and crazy art that changes on a day to day basis and varies not only on your industry but even the position you apply for. I prefer Jopwell career newsletters. Jopwell will help you with professional development, career advice, and discovering job opportunities. It'll come straight to your inbox saving your time and energy. You'll thank yourself instantly for this one.

 

Email filters.

Email filters are a game changer. Do you receive newsletters that are more urgent than others? Do you subscribe to certain emails for work? Create a Gmail filter to organize your mail by sender, headline, or content so you can find what you need when you need it the most.

I filter my email into categories like marketing, career, writing, networking, etc.

 

Unsubscribe.

But at the same time remember to unsubscribe when content starts becoming irrelevant. You can use sites like Unroll.me to jumpstart the process of decluttering your email now.

 

Download Linkedin on your mobile phone or tablet.

Download the Linkedin app on your mobile device and challenge yourself to nurture your connections. Interact with your network for about five minutes a day. Trust me, it won't be the worst use of your time.

Silence your cell phone.

“But I have my phone on vibrate already!”

No, not vibrate, I mean completely silence your phone. When I turned 21, I felt completely overwhelmed by the amounts of notifications and text messages I was receiving, that I turned my iPhone on silent. This improved my productivity and allowed me to live a more in the moment and meaningful life.

Not to mention, it helped remove the stress of needing to reply to people instantly. Now, my texts can wait.

 

Update your resume.

Recently taken on a new role or responsibilities? Take five minutes to update your resume.

Always have an updated resume accessible within a minutes notice.

Do I mean you should carry around five printed resumes at all times? No, but your resume and Linkedin profile should be current at all times and accessible through a cloud service like Dropbox or Google Drive.

 

Start using your calendar.

You can integrate calendars on your phone and keep any and all important meetings on it. Remembering obligations can be stressful, I choose to rely on my calendar. I add my work schedule, industry events, dates, plans, and even Twitter chats on my calendar. If it’s not on the calendar, it’s not happening!

 

Sign up for an online course to improve a relevant skill in your industry.

Because I'm in the tech scene, I gravitate towards resources like Treehouse to make sure I’m keeping myself up on the ever changing industry. You can learn how to code a mobile responsive site or even your own iPhone app.

 

Create a landing page or blog to establish an online presence.

It's becoming increasingly important to establish yourself as an expert in your industry in order to add credibility to your resume. Creating a website is the most simple way to get your ideas out in front of people in the easiest and quickest way.

Sign up for Wordpress or Squarespace and get started now!

 

Purchase a domain in your name.

These days, it’s super simple if you want to purchase a domain for your website. Sometimes your hosting site will even give you a discount on one. Sites like GoDaddy streamline the process of purchasing one. They're typically around $20, and don't forget to add the privacy registration for your domain to keep your information confidential.

Domains give you more authority and are a professional standard these days.

 

Monetize your social media accounts.

Now more than ever, brands are willing to pay content creators to tap into their audience and sell their produce. Learn more in my free eBook.