The Politics of Talking Politics in the Office

Despite the political climate in which we’re currently enmeshed, talking politics in the office is still inexplicably taboo. You’d think that something so incredibly public – played out on TV screens and during family dinners across the country – would by now be acceptable office fodder. And yet, to announce your preferred party or to ally with a certain position is considered distasteful at best, offensive at worst. There is a reason for this – not everyone in an office will share the same beliefs, and mutual respect is at the foundation of any good workplace. Civility, politeness, and common courtesy cannot be overemphasized in a well-functioning office. But who does it benefit, to categorically ignore some of the most influential discussions of our time? Is this ‘silencing’ not more detrimental than considering the topics openly and respectfully? What we’re really asking is: should the office be a refuge from political dram...
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Stop searching for passion: how to find meaning in any career.

Too often, passion is coded as some kind of inborn motivator, planted within you from birth and destined to follow you, unchanging, throughout your life. Yet in reality, passion is just as easily ‘created’ as it is ‘discovered.’ The epithet ‘follow your passions’ has always been a (mis)guiding force for young professionals as they embark on their chosen career path – or as they commit, yet again, to a path that has consistently failed to prove its value. With the right conditions, you can find passion and fulfillment in almost any career. Read on to find your passion – no matter what you do.

What do you really want?

Most people aren’t lucky enough – or maybe they’re actually the lucky ones? – to be born with an explicit, well-defined, commodifiable passion. In fact, it’s rare that passion is attached to a specific activity at all; it’s more often a product of how that activity makes you feel. What you w...
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3 creative ways to take full advantage of your contingent workforce.

Using consultants as seasonal workers or parental leave replacements is one thing. Having them lead an entirely new project or design an original system is another. Too often, companies are restricted by an unnecessarily narrow understanding of what a consultant is – when in reality, they can be whatever you need them to be. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16.6 million US workers are classified as independent contractors, on-call workers, temporary workers, and contingent workers. Among those 16.6 million people is your next star consultant. Remember, these are highly accomplished professionals, looking to quickly and efficiently leave their mark on your company. Don’t simply use them as a placeholder. Tap into their technical skills, draw from their expertise, and really get your money’s worth. Check out these 3 unusual ways that top companies are using consultants ...
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Supreme Court Justices and the one type of Diversity everyone seems to ignore.

Every Supreme Court Justice before 1967 was a white man. That’s the year Thurgood Marshall was appointed the first African American Justice. Still, no women were voted in until 1981, when Sandra Day O’Connor claimed her spot on the court. Comparatively, today’s Supreme Court is impressively diverse.
  • Three women – Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993), Sonia Sotomayor (2009), and Elena Kagan (2010) – offer a sharp female perspective, absent until 1981.
  • The addition of Clarence Thomas (1991) and Sonia Sotomayor (2009) provide much-needed representation for the African American and Hispanic communities, respectively.
  • Three of the nine sitting Justices are Jewish, the remaining six Roman Catholic.
So what’s the problem? It seems that in only fifty-odd years we’ve transformed the highest court in the land from a homogeneous slice of white bread into a representative panel of dynamic cultures, experiences, and perspectives. And yet ...
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Introvert or extrovert? How personality tests are skewing today’s hiring

Anything that can simplify, streamline, or automate the hiring process is usually warmly welcomed by the recruiting community. After all, such a scientific approach to hiring should eliminate bias and streamline your process - right? Cue personality tests. They provide a semi-scientific method to narrowing down a candidate pool, without devoting any extra man-power or hours. On the surface, it seems like a win-win. But dig a bit deeper and the premise begins to fall apart - the type of test, the metrics measured, and even the time of day can impact results. READ MORE

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What makes a successful Diversity and Inclusion professional?

From Facebook and Qualcomm to Ebay and Uber, forward-thinking companies are increasingly looking to hire for a Director, Manager, or Head of Diversity & Inclusion. Major cities across California are seeing a boom in demand; public pressure coupled with growing initiatives has caused the need for D&I Professionals to explode across various industries. The purpose of this emerging position is to integrate D&I philosophy and practice within all layers of an organization. Here’s your quick-reference guide with everything you need to know about this developing job function.

The state of D&I in San Diego

As they say – so goes Silicon Valley, so goes the world. The numbers point to a growing trend, one that will only increase as attention and resources are redeployed to support...
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  • Posted By: 08.22.2018
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3 ways your company can #GoGreen (& how to lead the change)

Going green has never been more important - or more trendy. Every company, big and small, seems to be instating, pledging, or committing to some kind of environmental strategy. But you don’t need to wait for your company to jump on the bandwagon - you yourself have the power to effect real, meaningful change, starting at your own place of work. Whether you’re a CEO or a recent hire, everyone has a voice in this battle. Start small, create new policies, and follow through on your commitments. Here are 3 ways you can make positive change at your company today:

1. Push for reusable dishware

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How we built an award-winning culture + earned a spot on Inc. Magazine’s 2018 Best Workplaces

What makes people choose to work for your company over your competitors? Why, when so many other offers exist, do candidates accept yours? According to Quantum Workplace, the best benefits aren't usually physical - people prefer flex hours, a casual environment, and a clear mission statement to food in the fridge or a fancy gym. Again and again, research shows that giving your workers something to believe in can be more valuable than salary or bonuses alone. At Proven Recruiting, we pride ourselves on the close-kni...
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4 ways your company can get more from your recruiter, build better relationships, and save money

Recruiters don’t often come with a user manual or best practices guide for taking full advantage of the resources we offer. And because of this, many hiring managers, companies, and recruiters end up feeling less than satisfied. From mismatched ‘culture fit,’ to candidates ghosting on interviews, companies are left wondering what went wrong. Where is the process falling apart? During my 10+ years in this business working directly with executives and hiring managers, I’ve witnessed the collapse of countless candidate-company and company-recruiter relationships. And each time,...
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Dallas Job Market Infographic and Exclusive Trend Report

  Click for full press release. PROVEN RECRUITING EXPANDS TO HELP DALLAS-AREA EMPLOYERS HIRE TOP TALENT IN THE NATION’S #1 CITY FOR JOBS As the war for top talent surges, a new recruiting resource emerges for Dallas-Fort Worth area employers DALLAS, June 18, 2018 /BusinessWire/ -- Proven Recruiting, one of Southern California’s leading job placement agencies, announced today the opening of a new office in Dallas, Texas to provide much-needed recruiting support for employers in...
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