4 Apps to Help You Stop Texting While Driving

Take a second to digest this statistic: The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes and about 330,000 injuries each year. That’s one out of every four car accidents.

Despite the alarming data, the heartbreaking stories, and the launch of multiple national campaigns, Americans are still frequently using their cell phones while behind the wheel. In the back of our minds, we all know that texting and driving don’t mix, but for some reason, not all of us can break this bad habit. Luckily, there are a few apps out there that can be used to help you keep your eyes on the road. If you are one of those people whose will power dissolves upon hearing your phone ding from the console, check out these apps before your drive home today.

Drive First – this is an app from Sprint that automatically locks your phone when you start driving. Don’t worry, it does allow you to pick three apps that will remain accessible, things that are handy on the road such as Google Maps or your music, and to select “VIP” contacts to bypass the block. So don’t worry, you can make sure you don’t miss important calls from your boss or spouse when using this app.

Texting and talking while driving

DriveModeDriveMode is different than most apps out there; instead of disabling your phone, it makes it easier to use. This app replaces your phone’s functions and appearance with  simple-to-use features that make engaging with your phone while driving less dangerous. For example, instead of having to press a small button to take an incoming call, DriveMode makes your entire screen into an answer button so you can tap anywhere to take the call.

Focus – this app actually trains you to not use your phone while you’re on the move. It will tell you to pay attention and give your reminders to remain focused. This app also provides reports of your progress and how the app may be improving the unwanted habit of texting while driving.

TextNoMore – TextNoMore is really cool because it offers incentives for successfully reaching your destination without texting. This service has partnered with retailers to provide different coupons that you can unlock and use.

Take advantage of the technology of today – turns out the device we’re all so distracted by could also help us focus on the road.

 

How to Optimize Your Resume for Job Boards

No matter what field you’re in, the challenge to get one’s resume noticed online is a fierce one. The Internet has made the act of applying for jobs pretty painless but the convenience and accessibility of online apps has created a more competitive arena. With the mass number of resumes flooding in to websites, it’s incredibly easy to get lost in the mix (every week, 427,000 resumes are posted on Monster alone). So it is more important than ever to consciously construct your resume in a way that will make it stand out.

The best way to do this is to incorporate popular terms that employers and recruiters often use in their searches within the content of your resume. Including a few carefully chosen keywords can be the difference between your resume getting you an interview and it disappearing into the abyss of other hopefuls, dying in vain, and never coming across a recruiter’s computer screen. Using keywords on your resume will enable search engines to pull it out of the crowd. Next time you tweak your resume, consider how recruiters and employers actually look for qualified candidates. Like so:

Work History: Examine your past roles then scroll through some job boards to see how employers are listing openings similar to what you have done in the past; it is most effective to use terms companies are using in their ads because they are the words recruiters and employers are most likely to search. When in doubt about what job title to use, utilize a slash to include more than one (Senior Administrative Assistant / Executive Assistant). If you have worked for any well-respected or well-known companies, include the names of those past employers.

Skills: In order to get your resume in front of the most people, do some research on what skills employers are listing in their posts. From the list of common skills you find, choose a couple of the most significant and applicable to use on your resume. And always remember: list the skills most in demand for the job you want next.

Location: Employers will often search for candidates based on the location of the job for a number of reasons. While doing this, recruiters could type in a number of city and state combinations to pull up candidates. For example, a recruiter could look up resumes by typing in “Indianapolis” one day, then search a specific zip code the next- be sure to include as many variations of your location as possible in order to be pulled into their searches.

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Secrets of the Successful: How Influential Business Leaders Choose Their New Hires

With the chaos of the holidays behind us and budgets set for the new year, many employers are looking to build upon their team. Hiring a new employee is exciting but by no means is an easy feat. Bringing on the right person requires a lot of thought, time, and money (the average ROI of a bad hire is -298%. No pressure). Choosing the best candidate and the best fit in some ways never gets easier, so whether you’re a hiring manager for a small start-up or an experienced CEO at an established company, one should always jump at the chance to reflect and improve upon their hiring strategy. Need some inspiration? Here are a few insightful ways in which some of the world’s most famous company leaders pick their winning candidates.

Disney’s Chief Executive Bob Iger is drawn to people who exude optimism- “When you come to work, you’ve got to show enthusiasm and spirit. You can’t let people see you brought down by the experience of failure. I believe in taking big risks creatively. If you fail, don’t do it with mediocrity- do it with something that was truly original, truly a risk.”

David Brown, founder and managing partner at Techstars, relies on making his needs crystal clear from the very start- “Have a great job description. Make sure your candidate meets it. Don’t just rely on cultural fit.”

LinkedIn’s Russell Glass, however, prefers to put culture first- “The right culture fit is easy to train on the right skills, but the wrong culture fit with the right skills will never be successful.”

Thomas Schranz, CEO of Blossom, believes in milking your connections and your team members’ networks. Pursuing the referrals of your colleagues leads to building a group that works well together- “A lot of hugely successful companies got started by friends, fellow buddies from university and previous coworkers. Check for cultural fit. A-teams consist of extraordinary people who work well together.”

Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour seeks individuals who don’t let intimidation stop them from sharing their ideas and personality- “I look for strong people. I don’t like people who’ll say yes to everything I might bring up. I want people who can argue, and disagree, and have a point of view that’s reflected in the magazine.”

As one might expect for such a trailblazer of a company, Apple CEO Tim Cook says you need to have the passion to change the world if you want to join his team- “You look for people who work for a different reason. People that see things and know that it should be different and they sit and focus on it until they find the answer. People that can’t be told that it’s impossible; they don’t accept it.”

For PepsiCo’s CEO, Indra Nooyi, the importance lies in investing in each candidate’s personal interests and professional goals- “The only way we will hold on to the best and brightest is to grasp them emotionally. No one may feel excluded- it is our best to draw the best out of everyone. That means employees must be able to immerse their whole selves in a work environment in which they can develop their careers, families, and philanthropy, and truly believe they are cared for.”

CASA Toy Drive

12347871_10153365085343613_4344060614469510922_n                                                                                                                                                                                                    This week, the Diverse Staffing teams in Greenwood, Indianapolis & Shelbyville had the privilege of donating gifts to the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, a program that provides support to children placed in foster care.

 

Whether it was through shopping or helping wrap presents, we would like to thank  everyone  who gave their time. It is especially rewarding to come together as a company and contribute to such a wonderful cause this time of year.

 

How to Stay Motivated During the Holiday Season

It may be the “most wonderful time of the year,” but the festive months on the tail end of the year unfortunately happen to often see major losses in productivity. With it being so easy to mentally check out as the holidays arrive, how can we enjoy this time of the year while keeping ourselves motivated at work?

  • Be flexible: Embrace the chaos of the holidays. When you are responsive to change and are willing to adapt, you are more capable of successfully juggling end-of-the-year projects as well as the busy social scene.
  • Don’t overcommit: Maintaining a manageable work-life balance is always important, but you’ll find it to be key this time of year. As tempting as it may be, don’t weigh down your calendar with social engagements. RSVP to all those Christmas parties wisely! Over-doing it can lead to a stall in productivity, which can easily lead to unwanted stress and sickness this holiday season.
  • Network: Take advantage of the events and parties you do attend by meeting new people in your industry and broadening your network. If you pick your parties and your conversations just right, you could set yourself up for better business in the coming year.
  • Clean up the clutter: Forget “spring cleaning”- the end of the year is a better time than ever to organize your life. That stack of papers has been in the corner for two months now. Unless it is vital to current or future projects, let the eye sore go. Clutter causes distractions and can make every job seem a little harder when you have to shift and sift every time you’re attempting to locate something. Simplify your life. Your 2016 self will thank you.
  • Get some help: With many industries being short-staffed and/or picking up at the end of the year, teams can easily become overwhelmed and get behind. Don’t be afraid to contact a reputable staffing company to help you find some temporary help that can carry some of your load. If you are an employer in the industrial, call center, IT, or administrative industries who wants to build upon their team this winter, contact us at (317) 813-8000 today.

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How to Establish an Optimistic Work Climate

Creating an enjoyable workspace involves a lot more than adding some windows and popping flowers on tables. Bringing about true improvement to your company’s work climate requires multidimensional effort and commitment. As an employer, you hold the power to influence the atmosphere by how you manage your team. Here are some ways in which you can introduce positivity into your company’s work climate.

Showcase your values: Understand and define who you are as a person, and make it clear through your leadership style. Let your personal values shine through the way in which you conduct daily business. Be clear in what is important to you from the start.

Cultivate community: Strive to build more than a cooperative team- build a sense of community so your staff members confidently support each other in reaching their individual and collective goals.

Support collaboration: Create groups of individuals who can learn from one another on a frequent basis. Employees will build dependency and create their own support systems. People can pinpoint their value when working together. Letting employees contribute to something bigger than themselves will help them realize their purpose.

Manage meaningful work: Know what your employees find most meaningful in their role and emphasize its importance. Supporting your staff to excel in the areas they value the most will create a more positive and passionate environment. If they are struggling to find meaning in their current role, work together in shaping meaning in what they do for your company.

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How to Be a Memorable Job Candidate

When job searching, the challenge to stand out from the competition is constant. And according to a survey conducted by Career Builder this summer, the pressure to be memorable can cause many job seekers to do just about anything.

Career Builder asked over 2,000 employers across the country to name the most unusual ways in which job seekers have tried to stand out from the crowd. Hilarity ensued. Some of the best (worst) submissions included:

  • “Candidate lit a corner of their resume on fire to show their ‘burning desire’ for the job”
  • “Candidate had his daughter call the hiring manager in advance of the interview to thank the hiring manager ‘for giving her dad a job'”
  • “Candidate answered a call during the interview stating that another company was calling to discuss a job offer”
  • “Candidate brought a bag of props into the interview and pulled them out as they were relevant in the questions/answers”

It may be tempting to think out of the box like these folks when trying to get a leg up. However, to find success in your efforts, you must be remembered for the right reasons.

Here are some great ways to (appropriately) grab an employer’s attention.

Leave something behind.
Leaving a physical reminder will help you stick in a hiring manager’s mind. Bring in portfolios and/or a hard copy of your resume to refer to as you interview. After concluding your meeting with the hiring manager, leave at least one of your documents that the employer can remember you by.

Turn your interview into a conversation.
Hiring managers don’t actually want to interview you. Rattling off a list of questions is even less enjoyable than sitting there rattling off a list of dry answers. So don’t be afraid to deviate from “the script”- it’s okay to spend a few minutes going on a tangent if it helps you build a relationship with the employer.

Ask amazing questions.
Candidates who ask strong questions are perceived as interested and driven individuals, so you never want to leave an interview having not inquired about any aspect of the job. Do plenty of research about the company prior to interviewing- the more you know ahead of time, the better constructed and thoughtful your questions will be.

Follow up. Always.
Sure, it’s one of the oldest rules in the book, but it has stuck around for good reason. Before you breathe a sigh of relief that your interview is over, send your interviewer(s) a thoughtful thank-you letter. Reflect on the experience and mention something specific and memorable from the interview. If you are still interested in the position, say so! Reiterate your excitement about the opportunity and be upfront about your desire to continue with the interviewing process.

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Lower Your Risk of Skin Cancer

As the weather begins to warm up, you’ll want to spend more time outdoors. While the weather is nice, the sun can be harsh. It’s important to avoid being in direct sunlight for long periods of time. Why? Because skin cancer is actually the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Every year, more than 76,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. There are more than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer each year.

What can you do you to lower your risk of skin cancer? There are several safety precautions you can take:

  • Stay in the shade during midday hours
  • Wear clothing to cover your arms and legs when outside
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim that will shade your face, neck, and ears
  • Use sunglasses that wrap around and block UVA and UVB rays.
  • Always use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher that provides both UVA and UVB protection.
  • And avoid indoor tanning because the harsh exposure to UV rays can cause skin cancer.

Don’t forget, if you go on vacation, the sun’s UV rays are more likely to reflect off of the sand and cause more damage than normal.The sun is worst between 10 am and 4 pm DST in the continental U.S. So make sure you use the right protection if you are venturing outside during those hours.

 

 

Avoiding Distractions While Driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and we want to help keep you safe. While it may be tempting to look down at your phone for any number of reasons while driving, it is dangerous and can endanger yourself, other drivers, and bystanders.

According to distraction.gov, distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include
• Texting
• Using a cell phone or smartphone
• Eating and drinking
• Talking to passengers
• Grooming
• Reading, including maps
• Using a navigation system
• Watching a video
• Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction. However, this doesn’t mean you should freely do any of the other distractions mentioned above. In fact, you do any of the above activities you need to practice extreme caution.

If you need to use your smart phone, adjust anything in your car, or use a map, then your best option is to pull the car over. It is better to be a little late than risk anyone’s safety.

Remember to drive safely and practice precaution.

Eating Fruits and Vegetables for Disease Prevention

Did you know that eating a diet full of vegetables and fruits can actually help prevent certain chronic diseases and conditions? Not only do fruits and vegetables help you maintain a healthy weight and general well-being, they can help save your life. Here are some of the diseases and conditions fruits and vegetables can help you avoid:

Cardiovascular Disease

As the world’s leading killer, heart disease is a serious issue for everyone. Fruits and vegetables can help prevent heart disease and stroke, but the best fighters of heart disease (and keeping it away) are green leafy vegetables and citrus fruits.

High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol

Many workers are faced daily with the challenges and struggles of high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol. While it isn’t completed understood how fruits and vegetables lower cholesterol, it is believed that the soluble fiber in them helps block the absorption of cholesterol from other foods.

Cancer

Research and tests suggest that eating more fruit can lower the risk of cancers of the esophagus, stomach, and lungs, and can reduce the risk of cancer of the mouth, pharynx, colon, larynx, kidney, and bladder.

Gastrointestinal Conditions

There are indigestible fibers in certain fruits and vegetables that are important for preventing intestinal ailments. When fiber passes through the digestive system, it soaks up water and expends—this process can calm irritable bowels and decrease pressure inside the intestinal tract.

Cataracts and Macular Degeneration

A cataract, which is usually associated with aging, is the gradual clouding of the eye’s lens. Macular degeneration occurs when the center of the retina is damaged. In order to protect your eyes, you should eat dark green leafy vegetables because they contain two pigments that will aid in protecting your eyes. In order to stimulate night vision and to protect that ability, you should eat carrots, cantaloupe, and pumpkin because of the Vitamin A.

Birth Defects

Neural tube defects (NTDs) are defects of a baby’s brain or spine that can be prevented if a woman has enough folate, found in B vitamins in her body before becoming pregnant. The folate or folic acid is used by the body to make new cells and can be found in asparagus, cooked spinach, and certain fortified breakfast cereals.

Fruits and vegetables can also help prevent other diseases and conditions like coronary artery disease, osteoporosis, dental issues, and skin infections. So the next time you get hungry or want a snack, consider a fruit or a vegetable!