Are you replaceable…by a robot?

Really - what are the odds of losing your job to a robot? Remarkably low, especially if you’re in a specialized or highly skilled industry. Yet new studies, which maintain 15% of the global workforce will be disrupted by automation by 2030, have skilled and unskilled workers alike fearing for the loss of their livelihoods. So how do you compete with robots and algorithms? The answer lies in embracing that which has long been overlooked in the corporate workplace: empathy, creative thinking, and humanity. READ MORE

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When Plateaus Hit: Beating Your Own Success

Despite the fact that much of your career is directed toward acquiring success, little is said about post-success depression or, worse yet, post-success mediocrity. Achievement often creates plateaus; whether or not you’re explicitly experiencing post-success depression, a big win usually results in a downtick of inspiration. Where do you go from here? Why don’t you feel accomplished? How do you move past “winning”? The “Arrival Fallacy” is the feeling experienced when you achieve a hard-earned target, only to realize that it was the goal itself – its elusive nature, incremental progress, and promise of future praise – which was sustaining your ongoing pleasure. Without a fixed strategy, you risk falling into success-induced mediocrity. Apply these 5 tricks to keep moving forward - even aft...
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Is Conscious Competence the Key to Success?

Is your company talking about ‘Unconscious Incompetence’ yet? This learning-related phenomenon is a growing concern for employers, and it’s likely impacting the long-term success of your career. The term refers to an invisible, creeping decline of skills and knowledge that occurs throughout every level of a company’s workforce. As technologies change, products and services evolve, and employees – particularly those who are 10+ years out of college – move further away from formal education, individuals’ relative competencies tend to decrease. A lack of awareness allows this decline to grow exponentially, and individuals, teams, and entire companies can become unconsciously incompetent as a result. Simply put, Unconscious Incompetence stems from all of the things that you (and your coworkers) don’t know that you don’t know. And what you don’t know can harm you. So how can you keep up with critical skills that you don’t know you lack?

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Prioritizing Internal Training and Development

  Our co-founders recently spoke to Staffing Industry Review regarding PROVEN's 2015 focus on the development and retention of internal staff to sustain growth. Read more on this growing trend below or click here to read the full article on Staffing Industry Review.
Grow Your OwnGrow Your Own: Focusing On Internal Staff 
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The Non-Tech Person’s Guide to Landing a Tech Job in 5 Steps

How-To-Land-A-Tech-Job-Blog-01-e1410556796802 Unless you've been working at the DMV for the last decade, you've probably noticed that technology is changing every single aspect of our workforce. Non-tech companies are becoming tech companies. Traditionally non-tech jobs, like teaching, are seeking people who can code. In fact, the proliferation of tech companies themselves is so significant that non-tech jobs and salaries are growing nearly twice as fast in tech-driven job mark...
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Let’s Do Mo’ Betta

Priorities_Toast_Jelly FB-04 Remember your New Year’s Resolutions? How are those coming along? No offense, but we’re guessing they’re toast. They’re the toast you ate with butter and jelly on the day your Paleo Diet ended. If you’re like most people, your resolve has given way to routine, and your old habits are back in business. Does this sound familiar? Don’t feel bad – Forbes reports that only 8% of people actually achiev...
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The Future Is STEM-Based. Are You?

Liberal Arts majors, listen up: according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, 80% of the jobs created within the next decade will require a STEM-based education.   Not sure if you've got one?   You’re not alone. The growing importance of this national concern was the topic du jour at the San Diego Jewish Academy’s annual STEM brunch last Sunday. Simply put, ‘STEM’ is an acronym for the fields of study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and our future depends on it. But there’s a problem.   In the United States, the demand for STEM professionals is increasing exponentially among the progressive 21st century businesses driving innovation and economic growth, yet the prevalence of these studies among college graduates is on a continued, alarming decline. READ MORE

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Five Critical Steps to Achieving Career Success

We've all heard the saying, “Do what you love, and the money will follow.” It’s an uplifting thought, and certainly one that I’ve sought comfort in during some less-prosperous (though emotionally rewarding) moments in my career. But at the end of the day, it’s just not that easy.   In today’s job market, success comes to those who identify what they want and go after it wholeheartedly and with unwavering determination. They are the doers, the non-complainers, the change makers, the hard workers, the opportunists, the innately proactive and the consistently positive. In a word, they are the best.   The reality is that in order to succeed, you have to become the best. In whatever it is that you do, you must work as hard as you can to be the best if you want to achieve career success. And THEN the money will follow.   This was the subject of a recent talk at Grossmont College, during wh...
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