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 atmo...
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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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Dallas Job Market Infographic and Exclusive Trend Report

  Click for full press release. PROVEN RECRUITING EXPANDS TO HELP DALLAS-AREA EMPLOYERS HIRE TOP TALENT IN THE NATION’S #1 CITY FOR JOBS As the war for top talent surges, a new recruiting resource emerges for Dallas-Fort Worth area employers DALLAS, June 18, 2018 /BusinessWire/ -- Proven Recruiting, one of Southern California’s leading job placement agencies, announced today the opening of a new office in Dallas, Texas to provide much-needed recruiting support for employers in...
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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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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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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 resu...
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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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The Definitive Guide to Networking: Before. During. After.

There’s a reason people, myself included, avoid networking at all costs. It’s painful, awkward, and often fruitless. That is, if you go in without a plan. My last article, 'How Networking Will Change Your Life (& Drive Your Sales),’ made a broad case for networking – drawing on stats like the fact that 70% of jobs are found through personal connections. In Part II of this series, we’ll be diving into the juicy stuff; the real-life tips you can utilize before, during and after your event to exponentially grow your network...
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How Networking Will Change Your Life (& Drive Your Sales)

Networking is a powerful tool. Yet for most, the thought of inserting oneself into an already-established group of people immediately elicits clammy palms and anxiety-sweats. To put this into perspective, I am the type of person that will talk to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. I've made sales in elevators, at dog parks, on airplanes and even in the bathroom at a nightclub, but ask me to go to a networking event and I'll tell you that I'd rather watch 'IT.' Alone. In the dark. Oh, and I hate scary movies. It wasn’t until recently that I forced myself to venture into the mysterious world of networking events. It turns out if you arm yourself with a few simple tools networking is not as terrifying as it's made out to be. Not only is it not something to be feared, but it's been the most significant ROI I've done for my book of business - and personal life, for that matter.

The case for face to face.

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