The science of cold emails: connect with anyone, anytime

The best cold emails don’t feel like cold emails at all – they’re unconventional, highly targeted, and they offer a clear point of connection. These emails defy industry standards; whereas most professional emails garner open rates of 15.22% to 28.46%, expert emailers can see considerably higher numbers – sometimes nearing 40-50%. The more people you can engage through email, the better your chances of landing that new client or opportunity. Whether you’re struggling as a salesperson getting targets to respond, or you’re a job seeker looking to connect with high-level decision makers at your desired company, you’ll need to boost your open rates if you want to get ahead. And the best part is – cold emails aren’t even very difficult to master. All you need is an engaging subject line, a clear value proposition, and a targeted call to action. It’s as easy as follo...
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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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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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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.

There's a reason we all p...
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3 Ways to Instantly Boost Your Client Relationships

Your relationship with clients - be they hiring managers, financial controllers, or CTOs - should be exactly that: a relationship. One founded upon a shared need, a well-earned professional reputation, and a mutual respect. The problem? Cultivating such relationships can take years, even decades. The best sales professionals, from Recruiters to Software salespeople, position themselves as indispensable allies, whose opinions are not simply tolerated but actively sought. Maybe you’re a seasoned worker looking to refresh your technique. Or maybe you’ve just completed your training only to find yourself perplexed when  navigating client connections. Whatever your level of experience, these 3 quick-tips will instantly up your game:

1. Routine is your friend.

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Beat Your Application Slump

You're already carrying the weight of the current climate on your shoulders - the last thing you need is to worry about your finances, too. But it's not hopeless. In fact, a lot of companies are hiring more now than they were before the COVID-19 outbreak. This should come as no surprise, but healthcare and medical device companies are expanding at unprecedented rates. And they don't just need healthcare professionals - they need tech workers, accountants, financial forecasters, sales professionals, project managers, AP clerks, etc., to help support their unforeseen growth. That's just one industry. The same levels of hiring are taking place in banking, insurance, shipping, retail (Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Dollar Tree), mobile payment (Paypal, Square) and many more industries. The jobs are still out there - you just need to get your resume to the top of the pile. Here are some ideas to help boost your search, and you can always reach out to us with specific questions....
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Proven University Internship Program

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a recruiter? Now’s your chance to find out. We are seeking bright, motivated interns for our upcoming ‘Proven University’ new-recruiter training class. This is a paid internship program for new or recent graduates seeking a crash course in Recruiting with plenty of mentoring and on-the-job learning. As one of San Diego’s Best Places to Work, we have an energetic, hardworking culture that drives people to grow personally and professionally while having fun in the process. The ideal candidate will embrace this culture and our five Guiding Principles in representing our company to customers, vendors, clients and employees. Those are:

1. Make $hit happen.

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The Simple Advice That Changed My Life

I am a stickler for follow up. As Co-Founder of Proven Recruiting, I’ve made it my mission to ensure we respond to every email, phone call and website inquiry as immediately as possible. I also lend a hand to our Social Media team, personally taking part in acknowledging every Yelp, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn comment quickly and thoughtfully. I guess you could say prompt follow up is my thing. So why is it so important to me, and where did it come from? The answer lies in the best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Always reply by return of mail. To quickly address the potentially anachronistic ‘mail’ reference, this advice was shared with me during my high school graduation, now many year...
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Hot Diggity Dog! Free Lunch @PROVENSD

It's Free Frank Friday at PROVEN SD! Join us for hot dogs, chili, cheese and more on the last Friday of every month at our office in Sorrento Valley. RSVP for Friday Franks @PROVENSD This is a fun and casual get together for clients, candidates, consultants and coworkers (past, present and future), and we'd love to see you there. Just make sure to RSVP via Twitter or...
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