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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How to ace your next interview, according to San Diego’s top Finance and Accounting recruiter

Google ‘interview prep’ and you’ll find a lot of lists - lists of potential prompts, lists of common mistakes, lists of questions to ask, lists of lists. But not everything can be filtered down into an easy-to-digest checklist. Some things - the most important things, usually - need a little extra detail. When it comes to interviewing, you don’t want to leave your hiring manager with a superficial catalog of your skills and experience. If 5 years of recruiting has taught me nothing else, it’s that stories are your friend. Focus on core themes, use narrative, and be specific. READ MORE

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The anatomy of a thank you note – what you need to write to get hired.

You already said what you had to say – and expressed your profuse gratitude – in the interview itself. Why should you take the time to rehash what’s already been clearly spelled out? Is a Thank You note really necessary? The short answer is yes; the Thank You note is a lot more than an antiquated tradition. A recent CNBC report reveals that, despite hiring experts saying the Thank You note is ‘critical,’ only 25% of entry-level applicants actually send thank you notes after interviews. Still think they’re unnecessary? A client of mine - a CFO at one of the fastest growing companies in DFW - goes so far as to closely monitor not only ...
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California’s new cannabis industry has a job for you.

...And it’s not in growing, trimming, or testing. Cannabis is nothing new to Californians - though recreational marijuana was only legalized in January, the medicinal industry has had a hold on the state for over two decades. For a supposedly ‘emerging market,’ recreational cannabis already has an astonishing level of infrastructure, regulation, and built-in clientele. So why join now? There’s a distinctly youthful energy to the industry - and it’s not just that cannabis appeals especially to millennials. Getting into this market now means you’ll have the infrastructure and support of an established industry without sacrificing the opportunity to shape its future and the creative freedom to determine your own path. Professionals in FREAD MORE

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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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Your guide to landing a job in cybersecurity.

Tired of hearing news of the latest cyber attack? It seems a day doesn’t go by that some company comes under fire for their lax cyber protocols. But what if there was a way you could profit from these unfortunate headlines? In the first 6 months of 2017, an astonishing 2 billion records were lost or stolen; that’s a 164% increase over the six months prior. Equifax, Verifone, Whole Foods, Deloitte - even the DNC - were each hacked in the past two years. So what does this all mean? Opportunity. The Wall Street JournalREAD MORE

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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.

The growing t...
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Life Beyond The Gap: Your How-To Guide For Returning To Work

When you originally leave the workforce, you’re likely to run through a series of probative questions; will anyone want to hire me in the future? What will change in my absence? Will I ever be able to ‘catch up’? Having worked in recruiting for 20+ years - and as the Co-Founder and CEO of Proven Recruiting - I've seen people leave and rejoin the workforce for a variety of reasons. Travel, child-rearing, short-lived retirements, military service - you name it, I've worked with them. But despite the diversity of motivations, one thing is constant; whatever your reason for leaving, the return is, without fail, anxiety-provoking. Banking on my professional experience, a friend recently approached me looking for guidance. She was ready to return to work after having children, now with a 7-year resum...
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Everything you need to know about life after the Big 4

You landed a job at Deloitte, EY, KPMG or PwC. While initially exciting, reality has set in. Grueling hours, a demanding workload, and a seemingly endless numbers of audits have taken over – and that’s not even during busy season. Sound familiar? For me, landing a job in Big 4 seemed like a massive success - until I actually started working. Quickly, work-life balance became something I read about wistfully while browsing the web at 5am because I’d been stress-dreaming again, and why go to sleep anyway when my alarm is about to sound? It wasn’t a surprise, really. I knew the arduous hours and lack of social life were a known part of the job. Yet even though some accountants thrive in this kind of environment, I – like many – found myself searching for something new, different, inspiring. But where could I go, when my education and sense of success were so wrapped up in the Big 4 ethos? I often mulled the same questions over and over again - What are my options? Is ...
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Why Recruiting is the Best First Job Out of College

I remember the feeling. Time was ticking down to graduation, and despite my numerous applications that would allow me to become a “productive member of society,” I hadn’t heard much back. Not that I was completely crushed, mind you, most of what I was applying for didn’t really sound all that appealing to begin with. I never quite knew what I wanted to do as a “career” growing up, flip-flopping from one half-baked idea to the next. My BA in Political Science/International Relations and Double Minor in History and Philosophy clearly reflected that indecisiveness. Still, I knew that whatever I ended up doing, I

- wanted to help people or a cause, and

- wanted to be challenged.

After more than a year and a half working as a recruiter at Proven Recruiting, I can say with confidence that I’ve accomplished both of those goals. If ...
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