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 ...
Texans: read this before signing your non-compete
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:
The best networking event of the year
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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:
The 10 Trendiest Offices in Dallas-Fort Worth
1. Raising Cane’s
Offbeat: that’s the word that comes to mind when describing Raising Cane’s Dallas headquarters.
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, ...
How to deal with an unmanageable manager.
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.
Going corporate – what to expect & how to excel
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.
The power of specificity will get you far. It can mean the difference between leaving your interviewer with a sense of your competence and aptitude - and leaving them with the feeling that you’re ‘all talk.’
Here’s how I coach my candidates:
How to ace your next interview, according to San Diego’s top Finance and Accounting recruiter
1. Craft the story you want to tell.
Start by considering your audience. What do you have to offer t...
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 ...
The anatomy of a thank you note – what you need to write to get hired.
...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.
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California’s cannabis industry has a job 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...
Your summer internship checklist – how to find the right fit for you.
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.
Depending on yo...