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Sean Falconer

Sean Falconer is Founder and CTO of Proven. He is a proud Canadian and reformed academic. He is passionate about making hiring for small businesses simple, streamlined and frictionless.

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40+ Best Small Business Podcasts on the Planet

Posted by Sean Falconer on January 17, 2017

Business podcasts are a fantastic way to learn new tips and tricks on a wide range of subjects from business experts.

As a whole, podcasts have absolutely exploded in the past few years.

According to Apple, there are over one billion podcast subscribers to over 250,000 different podcasts!

That's amazing and also pretty overwhelming.

With all this choice, what should you listen to?

Well, if you're a small business owner or entrepeneur, then we have some great suggestions for you.

Here is our list of the absolute best small business podcasts on the planet.

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30+ Free Job Posting Sites to Hire on a Budget

Posted by Sean Falconer on September 20, 2016

Let's face it, hiring can be really expensive.

Not all of us can afford recruiters and high-priced job boards

Even if we can, no one wants to waste money investing in a new job posting site without at least testing it to make sure it is going to deliver.

That's why we have put together this awesome list of the best free job posting sites.

All of these job boards and hiring tools are either completely free, have free tiers or have a free trial.

Use the filters below to find the right combination that suits your hiring needs!

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How to Write Amazing Job Ads (27 Awesome Tricks That Work)

Posted by Sean Falconer on August 23, 2016

Let's face it, hiring is competitive.

Every time you need to fill a new position, you are competing with tons of similar companies, posting similar job ads and all recruiting from the same pool of candidates.

Candidates on average only spend about 49.7 seconds assessing the fit of a job ad, just enough time to read and process about 150 words.

With only 3-5% click-through rates on sites like Indeed, there's a good chance the best candidates are completely missing the existence of your job.

If you want to have a competitive edge, your job title and description is extremely important.

That’s a lot of pressure.

But don't worry...

I've put together 27 awesome tips that will give you an edge so that you get more and better applicants for every job your post online.

Check it out:

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40+ Companies Share Their Secrets to Remote Work Success

Posted by Sean Falconer on July 5, 2016

Remote work has many advantages over a traditional office-work environment.

There's less distractions, everyone can setup their work environment to suit their needs, and for young companies, it's a great way to keep operating costs low. 

However, remote work also presents some unique challenges.

When we took Proven completely remote earlier this year, the common reaction I got was,

"How will you know when someone is working?"

Or ...

"I could never work from home, I'd get too distracted by chores, television, etc."

In this article, we attempt to address these concerns.

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Job Descriptions: The Complete List (100+ Amazing Templates)

Posted by Sean Falconer on June 7, 2016

Hiring is painful and difficult at the best of times.

And writing a great job description can be a real challenge.

To solve this problem, we have created over 100 free job description templates to help you get started.

You can filter through this gigantic list to quickly grab the description you need.

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Best Questions to Ask References: The Complete List

Posted by Sean Falconer on May 6, 2016

Do you check references before making a hiring decision on a candidate?

If the answer to this question is "no", then you need to stop what you’re doing and read this post.

Even when you find an applicant with a shining resume who gives a perfect interview, it is critical follow up with references!

References can provide valuable insight into a candidate’s work style, attitude, successes, and failures in the past. Checking in with a reference is a crucial part in vetting a candidate for employment.

But do you know what questions to ask references?

Don't worry. We have you covered.

In this post, we go over the specific questions you should be asking a reference and explain why each of them is crucial to helping you make the right decision.

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How to Post a Job on Craigslist - The Definitive Guide

Posted by Sean Falconer on May 5, 2016

Craigslist remains one of the largest and most successful job boards in the world.

(In fact, Craigslist received over 1 million job postings every month).

Despite this success, the site has mostly remained unchanged since its launch in 1995.

With an interface as old as that, it's no wonder that getting your job listing onto Craigslist can be a confusing process.

To solve this problem, we have created this visual, step-by-step guide to posting your job opening on Craigslist. We first walk you through how to create a Craigslist account and then how to post a job.

Let’s dive right in...

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Top Interview Questions - 150+ Startups Share their Most Important Question

Posted by Sean Falconer on April 5, 2016

You may already know that tech giants like Google and Apple have their own “outside the box” hiring process.

And a big part of that hiring process is the interview questions they ask potential hires.

The question is:

How do you know if the questions you are asking are helping you figure out whether to hire the candidate or not?

To address this problem, we asked hundreds of technology startups the following question:

If you could only ask a person one question during an interview, what question would that be?

The quality and range of responses we received was absolutely amazing.

In total, we received 194 responses. We compiled these responses to create a comprehensive list of the top startup interview questions. Then we organized the questions into categories based on the type of question asked and grouped together similar questions.

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What Career Path Leads to Success on Survivor?

Posted by Sean Falconer on March 28, 2016

Recently we wrote about what career has been historically most successful on The Bachelor. In this post, we turn our attention to reality TV's most well known strategic competition show Survivor

Survivor has been on the air since 2000. With 32 seasons (roughly two per year), almost 500 people have played Survivor. 

Each season, we see similar casting types and archetypes. Fans of the show know that CBS casting loves to create diverse casts of models, farmers, struggling actors, doctors, lawyers, and beauty queens.

But who gets cast the most? Are some careers better suited for Survivor challenges than others? Does your career impact your performance? 

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The Secret Sauce for Blog Virality. Unexpected Insights from 5,000 Posts.

Posted by Sean Falconer on March 22, 2016

Psychologists, SEO and marketing experts have been studying virality and content sharing for years to understand what are the associated triggers that leads to virality.  

Why are some articles shared while others are ignored? What common traits are there between content from different blogs and news sources that goes viral?

To answer these questions, we conducted our own studies within the niche of human resources.

We analyzed 5,000 HR blog posts from 15 different HR blogs to understand what makes these blogs so successful. We looked at number of shares, sharing sources, publication days, sentiment analysis, Emotional Marketing Values (EMV), common article themes, and article length to see what impacts content sharing.

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