Ingram Losner’s 7 Rules To Live By

Had you asked me 15 years ago if I would be, in a few short years, Co-Founding Proven Recruiting, I would have responded with a resounding no. Predicting the future is near impossible - especially when you are still in the process of discovering your passions and goals. Without the benefit of hindsight, decisions often seem impossible; nothing more than black boxes of unknown consequences. No one should be surprised, given this fact, that 33% of university graduates later regret their chosen majors. Too often, it is only after the fact that we can ful...
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Breaking the cycle: why candidates are rejecting your offers.

No question, it’s a tough time to be an employer. With unemployment at a 17-year low, qualified professionals have their pick of companies. Regardless of award-winning culture, competitive benefit packages, and generous bonuses, candidates – empowered by a buoyant market – are going to sometimes refuse your offers. It’s when this becomes the norm – when the majority of your candidates, having devoted hours of their time to interviews and tests, decide against you – that you need to carefully evaluate your hiring process.  At what point is it falling apart? When is the person losing interest? What can be done to change their mind? It comes down to a few simple chan...
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A Definitive Guide to Negotiating Your Salary

Most people dislike negotiating. Whether buying a car, asking for a raise, or considering a job offer, agreeing to a ‘fair’ price for the exchange of goods or services is often considered uniquely unnerving. What if you ask for too much? What if you accept too little? How do you know if you got a good deal? This experience can be particularly daunting when it comes to salary negotiations, as these conversations determine your earning potential over the course your career. That’s a lot of pressure if you’re not used to negotiating. So much pressure, in fact, that the majority of professionals forgo it entirely – often losing out as a result. There has to be a better way! Guess what? There is. Anyone can become a confident, capable negotiator if they learn how to calculate and communicate their relative value to the opportunity at hand. The...
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The Definitive Guide to Acing Your Interview

Remember: Interviews are nothing more than a conversation between two people hoping to strike a mutually beneficial agreement. Need a little help? Every day, Proven Recruiting works with talented professionals - from new graduates to CEOs - to improve and refine their interview skills. No one is born great at interviews: it's something you need to practice, hone, and apply regularly. Follow these steps and be sure to comment with your experience!

Passing the initial screen:

Answer the call/Skype in a quiet place free from distractions.

Keep your “cheat sheets” in front of you. Have on hand your resum...
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The Reality of #DiversityinTech (and How We’re Helping)

Since 1994, the number of women in computer science jobs has dropped from 37% to 24%. The news is no better: Googling “women in tech” results in thousands of hits describing the experiences of women as they bear a culture of hostility and intimidation. But there’s hope yet: a striking 81% of girls exposed to coding in summer camp report interest in studying computers in college. Small changes - underpinned by larger social movements - can have an incredible effect on the lives of girls and women seeking to expand their professional horizons. Putting programs in place to rebran...
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Build Your Best Leadership Team with Proven’s CFO Ingram Losner

Many factors have brought Proven Recruiting to this moment in time: from being named in 2009-2013 the sixth fastest growing staffing agency in the US, to closing several of our offices, to recent expansions, we’ve experienced our share of highs and lows. What started as just seven employees and one ambitious goal - “to provide our clients with on demand delivery of the best and brightest talent, and present our candidates with career choices that positively impact their lives” - has since developed into one of the leading recruiting agencies in Southern California. Yet what defines us should not be reduced to external factors; what defines us is how we’ve bounced back from setbacks, how we’ve learned from mistakes, and how we continue to grow and thrive in a competitive market. You could say that we’re especially resil...
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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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Best Places to Work 2016

As a recruiting agency, we spend most of our time informing job seekers about great company cultures and workplaces across the US. Today, however, we'd like to take a brief moment to talk about Proven Recruiting, as we were recently ranked as one of San Diego's Best Places to Work for the eighth year in a row. That's every year we've been in business! We're both proud and grateful for this recognition and for the many, many people who have helped to shape our truly unique company culture over the years. To all of our employees, alums, consultants and customers - THANK YOU for being a part of our journey and for helping us prove our belief that an employee-centric approach can and should b...
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Proven Recruiting’s Five Guiding Principles

In 2007, Ingram Losner and I quit our corporate jobs and started Proven Recruiting. It was a total Jerry Maguire moment. At the time, we were both working for a large, publicly-traded recruiting firm and had become disillusioned with the way traditional agencies in our industry worked. The focus was almost singularly on shareholders and profit, and employees were often treated poorly as a result. We refused to accept the idea that profit was a zero-sum game. We believed it was possible to make money and provide exceptional service to customers by focusing on our employees first - especially in an industry that exists to place new employees in positions and companies where they’ll thrive. We thought that should start in our own backyard. And so it did. In May of 2007, Proven Recruiting was born at a table in my garage. The mission was to create a place where talented people liked coming to work and were allowed to focus on the things they wer...
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The Simple Advice That Changed My Life

I am a stickler for follow up. As Co-Founder of Proven Recruiting, I’ve made it my mission to ensure we respond to every email, phone call and website inquiry as immediately as possible. I also lend a hand to our Social Media team, personally taking part in acknowledging every Yelp, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn comment quickly and thoughtfully. I guess you could say prompt follow up is my thing. So why is it so important to me, and where did it come from? The answer lies in the best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Always reply by return of mail. To quickly address the potentially anachronistic ‘mail’ reference, this advice was shared with me during my high school graduation, now many year...
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