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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The Definitive Guide to Resume Writing

Updating your resume can be confusing: should you list all of your past experience? How do you determine what’s “relevant”? Is formatting really that important? When you start researching online, the questions only seem to multiply. One site tells you to include a short bio, another says to keep your resume as basic as possible. There exists whole forums dedicated to discussing the merits of different fonts and sizes. References are apparently a topic of fierce debate - how many should you include? What makes a reference-worthy person? Should you have them at all? Close those ten thousand tabs and take a deep breath. With 20+ years of recruiting experience, we’re here to give you the basics on refreshing and updating your resume without the added stress. Follow these 10 simple tips - taken directly from our READ MORE

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Working Remotely: Dream or….?

If you’re turning to remote or flexible work to escape an unfulfilling job, maybe reconsider your options. Remote work is not necessarily easier, and it certainly won’t fix any underlying issues with your employer. What it will do is allow you to better integrate your personal and professional goals - to use your time as efficiently as possible, to lower stress and anxiety, and to potentially play with your dog in between virtual meetings. Navigate remote work well, and the options are endless. Whether you plan to work remotely full-time, or are just seeking to take a day or two a week, working from home can offer a level of freedom - and trust - you are otherwise not afforded.

The Good

1. Nix the commute:

Skipping the morning commute is definitely attractive; especially if ...
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5 Ways to Make a GREAT First Impression

It only takes a glance, maybe five seconds for a person you meet for the first time to evaluate you. During that short time, their opinion about you can be influenced by your body language, appearance, demeanor, how you are dressed, and even your mannerisms. In most cases it is not easy to undo or reverse the first impression; this makes first impressions crucial since they tend to form the tone for all relationships that follow. So, whether it is in your social life or career, it is vital to know how to create a positive first impression. In this article, we look at some tips that will help you make a great first impression.

1. Be punctual

Whether you are going for a job interview or a business meeting, being on time is a must. You should live by the saying, “if you’re on time you are late if you’re early you’re on time.” Always make a point of getting to the interview venue at least 30 minutes early; this allows you ample time to get used...
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The Questions You MUST Ask in an Interview

You have researched the company and the position you are interviewing for, you have studied how not to blow the interview, and you have prepared your answers to common interview questions – all of which is important, but in reality it’s the bare minimum. If you want to stand out from the crowd you must ask great questions, thereby demonstrating your interest and connecting with the interviewer on a personal level and determining if it’s even the job you want!   Ultimately a job interview is a two-way street. Of course, your primary objective of the ...
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How One Conversation Can Change Your Career

We’ve all been there: at work, in the middle of a busy day, stuck on a phone call we really don’t have time for. You know which call I’m talking about, right? The sales call you didn’t mean to pick up. Or maybe this conversation is taking place in person with a loquacious coworker. The point is, you’re stuck in a dialogue with a person who is consuming time you don’t have to spare. And you’re getting nothing in return. Or are you? Early in my career, I had the good fortune of learning a very important lesson. Which was, treat everyone with respect, because you never know who you’re talking to. The following is a true story. It was my second day as Junior Finance Recruiter. Young, eager, and scrambling to make an impact, I took a call that nobody else wanted to take. It was from a talkative marketing graduate seeking some general career advice – hardly the passport to untold riches! What many people don’t realize about recruit...
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RSVP For Office Hours @PROVENinc

Summer's over folks, and it's time to get back to work. How does that make you feel? If the answer is, 'like sh*t,' then we have an event for you. On Tuesday, October 14, PROVEN offices nationwide will open their doors to local professionals seeking to pursue a new, different or better career. Stop by our offices in San Diego, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. between 5 - 7 PM local time, and we'll match you with a trained recruiter who can provide one-on-one guidance to address a wide range of needs. (Resume help, career assessment and counseling, goal setting... you name it.) By the way, this monthly event is completely free. [caption id="attachment_2745" align="alignright" width="300"]READ MORE

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Not Your Average Networking Event

Coming-Events.blog-04-e1397679345952 Tired of stuffy ‘networking’ events? So are we. That’s why we’ve put together the following four mold-breaking, suit-snubbing, anti-corporate gatherings – to spice things up a bit. Whether you’re into film, food trucks, scotch tasting or skill building, come mingle with other professionals and have fun in the process. It’s not-working, not networking. (But you might get something out of it.) Note: the following events are rolling out in San Diego. To receive event notifications in your city, email elevated@proveninc.com.   READ MORE

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Office Hours: Interview Practice @PROVENSD

Office-Hours2-041-e1397154358565 Join us for our first ever office hours! We would like to open our doors to job seekers, hiring managers, and anyone else with questions. Over the next few months we will be helping with the interview process, resume building tips and other requested topics. Who: Everyone! The more the merrier. What: Whether you’re a job seeker or a hiring manager, everyone can benefit from this session. Meet with one of our highly trained recruiters for interview practice, tips and tricks to perfect the skills you need to ace your next interview:

Interview with Anna Colton – Designing Your Future Career in UX

This article first appeared on Uxperts in DC, The Blog for the DC Chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA). To view the original post, please click here.’Posted on November 16, 2013 by Norm Sun   Author’s note: Today we are speaking with Anna Colton, a senior partner at PROVEN, Inc. Anna will be hosting a UX Career Q&A session with DC/MD/VA folks on November 20. She will be discussing the UX industry as a whole and how to get the UX job that you’ve always wanted.   Norm: Can you tell us a bit about PROVEN and what you do? Anna-300x300Anna: We are a staffing firm that is headquartered in California. At our Herndon, Virginia office we support employers in the Wash...
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