5 free tools that changed my life

In 1992, I was 23 years old, broker than broke, and completely unsure of my place in the world. I graduated from American University in Washington, DC, and had $50,000+ in student debt. The only job I could land was selling Plymouths. For you millennials, that was the Tesla of my youth.

Back then, I couldn’t see a future where I wasn’t poor and struggling. It was a very uncertain time in my life and the lack of clear passion, path, or mentor only caused more anxiety.

It took me about 4 years to work through the self-doubt, but I eventually started to discover what I liked and didn’t like as I reached my late 20s.

Following are 5 free tools that helped me transform from constant self-doubt to being (more) comfortable in my own skin. 

1. Youtube and po...
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The Career-Changing Power of a Simple Thank You 

Hiring managers will thumb through hundreds of applications, pay hefty advertising fees, and employ multiple internal and external recruiters in an effort to build the best team. All that work, when a simple thank you can often do just as much (if not more) for your hiring goals. Hiring managers: you can interview as many candidates as you like, but if you aren’t expressing authentic gratitude during the process, you’re likely to lose your best candidates to your competitors. The same can be said of candidates: if you’re not investing emotional energy in your future manager and recruiter, they’ll never fight to get you the best salary or benefits. I’ve personally experienced the power of a simple thank you and I’ve seen what it can do for your professional development. Here’s how gratitude can transform your hiring process:

1. Happy employees don’t leave

Showing gratitude is the easiest way to keep your team hap...
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5 proven ways to increase diversity hiring

Hiring for diversity doesn’t happen by accident. Left to their own devices, most companies will simply replicate their current workforce, whatever that means for them. It’s only natural for Managers, Directors, and Executives to want to surround themselves with that which is familiar - to do otherwise requires concerted effort, strategy, and self-awareness. That’s where the Diversity Hiring Checklist comes in. This checklist has worked for us and for the companies we work with. If you follow it carefully, it will help you quickly boost your diversity efforts and start to effect real change:

The Diversity Hiring Checklist

1. Create an original diversity statement

It doesn’t need to be complex, but it does need to be unique to your company. Retire ...
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Remote work vs. engagement: the trick to motivating your remote workforce

Want to get in the head of your remote workforce? First you'll need to better understand what they're up against; what drives them, what puzzles them, and what (sometimes) prevents them from fully integrating into your team. Numerous studies have shown that remote workers are more productive, more loyal, and work longer hours than their office-bound counterparts. In fact, a recent study saw productivity READ MORE

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Four books every salesperson should read

When a former president gives you leadership advice, you sit down with your pen and paper and take notes. Harry S. Truman observed “not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers” - and he was right. Case in point:

Warren Buffet claims that 500+ pages a day are necessary to hone your expertise and expand your mind. Buffet reports, "I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business."

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How to make better, smarter, longer-lasting career resolutions.

Only about 20% of New Year resolutions make it past January. Come March, that number plummets to near zero. So how do you make key changes in your life, without succumbing to self-sabotage or - worse yet - without simply losing interest? For starters, consider committing to your resolutions a few days or weeks before January 1st; that way you avoid the gimmick and can actually focus on the work. Beyond that, check out these little-known strategies to boost your resolution success:

Take the long-view: plan three years in advance.

Try to imagine what you want your life to look like in 2021. Will you be at the same company? Will your role have drastically changed? How many children will you have, if any? How will that impact your work and available time? Orienting your resolutions around a larger image - a picture of your life in the future - will help you better understand the actions you need to take to meet your goals. What do you need to do today to make tha...
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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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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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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-kn...
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