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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Changing careers later in life (from someone who did it)

Unless you’ve made your way to the C-suite, you’re unlikely to find many articles addressing the successes, struggles, and challenges of the older worker. Little is written about us, save for the occasional anti-ageism piece published mostly for public image purposes. So when I decided to leave my career in Real Estate at the age of 45, I was largely without guidance. Of course, I had my family as support and the Internet as a general - if often lacking - resource, but I didn’t have an article like this one. Which is why I’m creating it.

Late-life career changes aren’t doomed to failure

82% of respondents to an American Institute for Economic Research survey reported making a successful transition to a new career after the age of 45. You probably aren’t doing the same job you dreamed of as a kid, or even the same job you did 10-20 years ago. Why stop evolvi...
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The unspoken rules of unlimited vacation

New job, new salary, new...vacation policy? More and more, companies are using so-called ‘unlimited vacation’ as a recruitment strategy - but what does it really mean? Are you actually winning in this deal? In all likelihood, yes - you’ll be coming out ahead. Unlimited vacation policies signal a level of trust that few companies are willing to impart. In that sense, you’ve found a good place to build a career. But if you’re already busy mentally planning your next five trips, you may want to think again. It’s a tricky situation - unlimited vacation was likely one of the deciding factors when you accepted your offer, and you certainly want to make good use of it. On the other hand - you don’t want to be that person. Where do you draw the line? READ MORE

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10 Things Anyone Can Learn From Proven’s CEO Louis Song

This month marks the 10th Anniversary of Proven Recruiting. Since starting the company with Ingram Losner in 2007, we’ve grown from seven original employees to more than 200 core employees and consultants across the US.   During these last 10 years, we’ve experienced our share of growth, adversity, luck, and life events – including the passing of one of our founding members, Jason Collins, as well the Great Recession.  We’ve opened (and closed) offices, matured from startup to established business, trained hundreds of recruiters, and helped tens of thousands of companies and people move forward in their businesses and careers. We’ve also learned our share of lessons through mistakes - both big ...
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A Healthy Way To Reboot Your Career

Let’s me guess: no matter how much you’d like to control it, you sometimes have ‘off days’ where it feel as though the world has conquered you. The frenetic pace of your ‘always on’ work-life gets to you, and the information overload, jam-packed schedules, mounting demands and corporate mandates to ‘do more with less’ leave you feeling stressed, exhausted, and burned out. Sound familiar? I’ve had those days too. In fact, they’re what led me to yoga and meditation 13 years ago. Yoga is a proven effective tool for coping with work-related negativity, anxiety and stress, and it has made a measurable impact in my life since then. If you’re in need of a work-life reboot, I strongly urge you to try it out, because it works. Here’s how:
1. Yoga teaches you to focus on the present.
Yoga is much more than ‘wo...
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Hot Diggity Dog! Free Lunch @PROVENSD

It's Free Frank Friday at PROVEN SD! Join us for hot dogs, chili, cheese and more on the last Friday of every month at our office in Sorrento Valley. RSVP for Friday Franks @PROVENSD This is a fun and casual get together for clients, candidates, consultants and coworkers (past, present and future), and we'd love to see you there. Just make sure to RSVP via Twitter or...
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Spring Happy Hour Details and RSVP

[caption id="attachment_3217" align="alignright" width="300"]PROVEN Spring 2015 HH Invitation Click to view invite[/caption] If we don't mind saying so for ourselves... our last Happy Hour was a hit. Part party, part networking event, it was one of those perfect evenings where just the right mix of clients, consultants, colleagues, alums, friends, family and the like turned out to catch up with old contacts, meet new ones and unwind over a drink as the week drew to an end. It was so good, in fact, that it left us asking, 'Why don't we do this more often?'.  So here we are. Just three months later, we're back and hoping to turn this bi-annual  'customer appreciation'  eve...
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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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Headhunter Tales: Jerry McMillin

JerryBlog-05-e1408489171598 Great recruiters don’t just recruit. They build meaningful, mutually-impactful relationships with their candidates and help to change entire lives, not just careers. If you think we’re exaggerating, then you may be in need of a new recruiter. Check out this recent anecdote from Jerry McMillin, a rookie Technology ‘headhunter’ in our San Diego office. Jerry is a rising star at PROVEN, and his passion for helping people to find more fulfilling opportunities raises the bar for the rest of us. “When I first began at PROVEN, I knew very little a...
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PROVEN Ranked 6th Fastest-Growing Staffing Firm in the U.S.

Untitled-1-02-e1405631911659 The 2014 List of Fastest Growing U.S. Staffing & Talent Engagement Firms just came out and guess who rang in at #6?! We did. (TWEET THIS!) San Diego Staffing Agency Ranked 6th Fastest-Growing in the United States PROVEN Inc. debuts at #6 with compound annual growth rate of 56.1% between 2009 and 2013. SAN DIEGO, CA / July, 17, 2014 / Immediate Release – Staffing Industry Analysts today released its annual list of the Fastest-Growing Staffing Firms in the U.S., ranking San Diego-based PROVEN Inc. (PROVEN) as #6 ...
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