Early career professionals are taking on temp-to-hire

We know what you’re thinking: why take the risk? Why not just wait for an ideal permanent position? We’re asked this question every day. And no, we don’t have a vested interest in you taking a temporary position over a permanent role. The answer is simple: temp-to-hire allows you to fearlessly experiment with new software systems and/or company sizes, while exposing you to a larger network in your industry of choice and allowing you to develop your skills. Best of all, it more often than not results in a permanent position at a company that truly appreciates your value. And honestly, no job - temporary or permanent - is ever guaranteed. At-will employment means you could be fired at any time for any reason. So how do you want to spend your time - at a job that will superdrive your career and challenge you anew, or a job with little movement or opportunity for growth? You tell us. Why do companies opt for temp-to-hire? Temp-to-hire is not atypical and it should ...
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A job seeker’s guide to marijuana testing

Yes, marijuana will show up in your drug test. And yes, companies still care. Surprise, surprise - just because you live in one of the states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana (10 states and 33 states, respectively), doesn’t mean you’re in the clear when it comes to pre-employment drug testing. Despite tacit approval for recreational marijuana and widespread support for medical use, companies still rely on drug tests to validate their hiring processes. As recruiters, we speak with hundreds of candidates every month - many of whom believe themselves ‘safe’ from discrimination based on marijuana use. This simply isn’t true. Don’t let your dream job slip away in the last stages: here’s everything you need to know about marijuana testing in today’s post-legalization world. The basics: risks, rules, revelations. Marijuana...
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Checklist: 3 ways to survive your first year in recruiting

If you're in your final year of college and you have no idea where your life is headed – consider this your survival guide. During my final year of studies, I was unexpectedly forced to graduate early. I wasn't mentally prepared to start job searching and I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do, or even could do. While I enjoyed my major, my main interests were in co-curriculars. I never excelled at any one subject, and I never felt pressured to adopt a definite path. All I knew was that being around people and helping others reach their goals made my life feel purposeful. I'm sure many of you are or have been in a similar boat - unsure of where you should go to start or pivot your career. While recruiting isn’t for everyone, this profession does allow anyone to succeed if they are eager to learn and willing to work hard. It can be difficult at times – especially when you’re just starting out – but if ...
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Write a Cover Letter in 10 minutes or less & get noticed

If you’ve ever given up on applying to a job because of the cover letter requirement, listen up – it’s not as daunting as it may seem. As much as we may try to avoid them, there are many companies that require cover letters as a part of their application process. You’re only doing yourself a disservice by overlooking what could otherwise be a perfectly matched job opportunity. Once you know how to approach the cover letter, it’s actually relatively easy to get through the initial screening. Most people avoid cover letters for one of three reasons:

1. The purpose of the cover letter is not evident or known

2. A cover letter seems like a waste of time

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Texans: read this before signing your non-compete

Non-competes have always been a source of confusion. In which states are they enforceable? What is actually being protected? What happens if you’re fired? The truth is, there’s no one clear answer. Each state has a unique set of laws regulating non-competes, and even within a single state, rules can be twisted or reframed depending on your unique situation. To be safe, you should expect Texas courts – pro-competition in most other respects – to uphold a fair and reasonable non-compete agreement. Before you sign your future away, make sure you’re aware of the consequences, limitations, and possible protections at your disposal. Here’s everything you need to know before signing: What makes a non-compete agreement enforceable? It’s quite simple; to be enforced under Texas state law, a non-compete must fulfill ...
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The best networking event of the year

The words ‘holiday party’ send a collective shiver up the spine of corporate America. Whether you’re the type who counts down the days until your office holiday event, or you’re the type who dreads the thought of being locked in a room with tipsy colleagues, the holiday party will always be a sensitive point for workers across the US.   At Proven Recruiting, holiday parties can’t be reduced to a few embarrassing memories - instead, we see them as moments of connection which can span hierarchies, divisions, and teams. Depending on the size of your company, these parties may be your only opportunity to network with people outside your area of expertise; an invaluable opening. Don’t miss this chance to frame yourself in the best light. Here’s your go-to game plan:

Go in with a goal.

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The 10 Trendiest Offices in Dallas-Fort Worth

The modern worker is no longer impressed by unlimited coffee and a window office. To stay competitive, smart companies are reimagining the traditional workspace, incorporating everything from pool tables and game rooms to outdoor work zones and full-sized restaurant replicas. Check out these 10 innovative companies taking their offices to the next level:

1. Raising Cane’s

Offbeat: that’s the word that comes to mind when describing Raising Cane’s Dallas headquarters. 

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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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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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