Stop searching for passion: how to find meaning in any career.

Too often, passion is coded as some kind of inborn motivator, planted within you from birth and destined to follow you, unchanging, throughout your life. Yet in reality, passion is just as easily ‘created’ as it is ‘discovered.’ The epithet ‘follow your passions’ has always been a (mis)guiding force for young professionals as they embark on their chosen career path – or as they commit, yet again, to a path that has consistently failed to prove its value. With the right conditions, you can find passion and fulfillment in almost any career. Read on to find your passion – no matter what you do.

What do you really want?

Most people aren’t lucky enough – or maybe they’re actually the lucky ones? – to be born with an explicit, well-defined, commodifiable passion. In fact, it’s rare that passion is attached to a specific activity at all; it’s more often a product of how that activity makes you feel. What you w...
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How to deal with an unmanageable manager.

Aside from compensation, people generally quit their jobs for one of two reasons – a lack of upward mobility and growth, or a negative relationship with a superior. To absolutely no one’s surprise, Harvard Business Review finds that the stronger your positive work relationships, the better you’ll perform. In a similar study, HBR reports that those who are generally happier at work score higher on productivity metrics. So for the sake of your job, your sanity, and your well-being, it’s in your best interest to forge a mutually-beneficial relationship with your colleagues – and, most importantly perhaps, with your boss.  But what can you do, when you’ve found a job you love but a manager you find…unmanageable? Start small, ask yourself a few key questions, ...
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What they don’t tell you about recruiting.

Here’s what they never tell you; recruiting is not a numbers game, or a modern matchmaking service, or a sales job. Recruiting, done properly, is a matter of emotional intelligence. Few people go to school for recruiting – probably because, despite the growing need in our global economy for recruiters, there’s no degree that can teach you how to properly measure a person’s drive, motivation, or potential. The closest such degree would be psychology, or maybe social work: anything that can help clue you into the intellectual drivers for peoples’ behavior. A person’s resume is only the beginning of the story. It tells you if a candidate has the skills to do the job, without making any judgment about whether they’d excel at it. This is something you have to determine, and it’s an emotional dexterity that is only developed after talking with hundreds – maybe thousands – of job-seekers. Before becoming a recruiter, here's what you'll want to ask yoursel...
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Going corporate – what to expect & how to excel

Overwhelmed, intimidated, out of place. I’ve been there: coming from a non-traditional work environment, where I spent 6 years working as a uniform-wearing, hourly-paid, customer-facing employee, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I accepted my first corporate office job with Proven Recruiting.    There are certain things you can do to succeed in corporate, and the faster you figure them out, the better your chances of sticking around. Our fears rarely match reality, and - as you may have guessed - the transition was far less scary than I’d made it out to be. But that’s not to say that there wasn’t a significant adjustment period; everything I knew about work had to be rethought and relearned. READ MORE

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Your summer internship checklist – how to find the right fit for you.

Have you tried landing a summer internship recently? I didn’t think much of it – until I started looking for a summer job of my own. The journey is a whirlwind; finding somewhere where you can flex your creative abilities while growing your professional network and honing your analytical skills is no easy feat. Add to that the stress of unanswered applications and seemingly infinite choices, and landing that summer internship can prove to be a uniquely anxiety-provoking experience. It’s only when you finally accept an offer that everything starts to feel right. That is, if you accept an offer at the right place. From my very first day at Proven Recruiting, I knew I had found a second home. The friendly faces, animated personalities and warm welcomes immediately made me feel like I belonged. It’s not easy starting a new internship - let alone your first internship - but the encouraging atmos...
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There’s no better time to become a consultant. Here’s why.

If there was a way to maintain your professional freedom and stay true to your goals, all while adding to your resume - would you do it?

At least 1 in 5 Americans are already getting in on the gig economy. Recent studies show that as much as 34% of the US labor force are contract workers, and that number is only growing. As bespoke services and hyper-personalization become the norm, the supply of contractors can hardly keep up with demand. Plus, record low unemployment rates are pushing companies to hire more flex workers than ever before.

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‘Tell me about yourself’ – how to answer the most misunderstood interview prompt

Why is talking about yourself so hard? Shouldn’t it be one of the few subjects you can speak to without hesitation or thought? Yet this topic - whether raised in an interview setting, at a networking event, or at a cocktail party - is, and forever will be, a common and often stressful conversation piece throughout your life. In recruiting, I deal with this prompt regularly. ‘Tell me about yourself’ or ‘walk me through your background’ are the requisite first liners at any decent interview. How you answer will set the tone for the following conversation - be that a strained Q&A or a naturally flowing discussion. Here’s the key: the way in which you approach this topic at a cocktail party cannot be the same as the way you do in an interview. This prompt requires unique handl...
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How to spend the last 30 minutes of your work day.

Articles preaching the importance of a solid morning routine are everywhere. Whether you want to ‘find out the morning routines of these 5 CEOs’ or learn ‘7 things to do before 7am,’ the answer is always the same: exercise, eat a healthy meal, meditate, reflect on your goals, create intentions. It’s all so obvious. Less obvious is how you should be spending those last few minutes of work; the time you typically fill with either mindless web browsing or frantic eleventh-hour details. It’s a weird, liminal time when your brain exists somewhere between tonight’s dinner and tomorrow’s presentation. But it is these precious minutes that will ultimately determine your success – or failure –  in tomorrow’s endeavors. So which o...
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  • Posted By: 05.09.2018
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10 SD companies hiring early career professionals in tech

Did you know? America’s Finest City is home to 400 new startups every year. Add that to the hundreds of large-scale companies that call San Diego home, and you’ve got virtually unlimited opportunities to build a successful career in tech - be it as a recent graduate at a STEM startup, or as a seasoned professional at a Fortune 500 company. SD’s tech scene is growing, innovating, and attracting more big-name companies - hello Google and Amazon! - than ever before. But where, exactly, are all these jobs? How can YOU land one? It’s all in knowing where to look. We’ve all heard of Qualcomm and Petco, but can you name the small and midsize companies that avoid advertising on big websites? That’s where we come in. We know where to find the hidden gems and we’re ready to share, so listen up.

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5 everyday places to network & and how to start the conversation.

If my first two Networking Guides were the Blueprints, consider this article your Next level Training. You’ve learned the value of building your personal brand, expanding your professional network, increasing your ability to found long-term relationships and exposing yourself to different viewpoints. Now it’s time to put these new skills to work in your everyday life. Our life presents networking opportunities on a daily basis. Case in point: the time I landed a successful deal at the dog park. Every Friday, my husband and I take o...
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