3 creative ways to take full advantage of your contingent workforce.

Using consultants as seasonal workers or parental leave replacements is one thing. Having them lead an entirely new project or design an original system is another. Too often, companies are restricted by an unnecessarily narrow understanding of what a consultant is – when in reality, they can be whatever you need them to be. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16.6 million US workers are classified as independent contractors, on-call workers, temporary workers, and contingent workers. Among those 16.6 million people is your next star consultant. Remember, these are highly accomplished professionals, looking to quickly and efficiently leave their mark on your company. Don’t simply use them as a placeholder. Tap into their technical skills, draw from their expertise, and really get your money’s worth. Check out these 3 unusual ways that top companies are using consultants ...
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What they don’t tell you about recruiting.

Here’s what they never tell you; recruiting is not a numbers game, or a modern matchmaking service, or a sales job. Recruiting, done properly, is a matter of emotional intelligence. Few people go to school for recruiting – probably because, despite the growing need in our global economy for recruiters, there’s no degree that can teach you how to properly measure a person’s drive, motivation, or potential. The closest such degree would be psychology, or maybe social work: anything that can help clue you into the intellectual drivers for peoples’ behavior. A person’s resume is only the beginning of the story. It tells you if a candidate has the skills to do the job, without making any judgment about whether they’d excel at it. This is something you have to determine, and it’s an emotional dexterity that is only developed after talking with hundreds – maybe thousands – of job-seekers. Before becoming a recruiter, here's what you'll want to ask yoursel...
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Introvert or extrovert? How personality tests are skewing today’s hiring

Anything that can simplify, streamline, or automate the hiring process is usually warmly welcomed by the recruiting community. After all, such a scientific approach to hiring should eliminate bias and streamline your process - right? Cue personality tests. They provide a semi-scientific method to narrowing down a candidate pool, without devoting any extra man-power or hours. On the surface, it seems like a win-win. But dig a bit deeper and the premise begins to fall apart - the type of test, the metrics measured, and even the time of day can impact results. READ MORE

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How we built an award-winning culture + earned a spot on Inc. Magazine’s 2018 Best Workplaces

What makes people choose to work for your company over your competitors? Why, when so many other offers exist, do candidates accept yours? According to Quantum Workplace, the best benefits aren't usually physical - people prefer flex hours, a casual environment, and a clear mission statement to food in the fridge or a fancy gym. Again and again, research shows that giving your workers something to believe in can be more valuable than salary or bonuses alone. At Proven Recruiting, we pride ourselves on the close-kni...
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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 atmos...
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4 ways your company can get more from your recruiter, build better relationships, and save money

Recruiters don’t often come with a user manual or best practices guide for taking full advantage of the resources we offer. And because of this, many hiring managers, companies, and recruiters end up feeling less than satisfied. From mismatched ‘culture fit,’ to candidates ghosting on interviews, companies are left wondering what went wrong. Where is the process falling apart? During my 10+ years in this business working directly with executives and hiring managers, I’ve witnessed the collapse of countless candidate-company and company-recruiter relationships. And each time,...
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The unspoken rules of unlimited vacation

New job, new salary, new...vacation policy? More and more, companies are using so-called ‘unlimited vacation’ as a recruitment strategy - but what does it really mean? Are you actually winning in this deal? In all likelihood, yes - you’ll be coming out ahead. Unlimited vacation policies signal a level of trust that few companies are willing to impart. In that sense, you’ve found a good place to build a career. But if you’re already busy mentally planning your next five trips, you may want to think again. It’s a tricky situation - unlimited vacation was likely one of the deciding factors when you accepted your offer, and you certainly want to make good use of it. On the other hand - you don’t want to be that person. Where do you draw the line? READ MORE

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Write smarter job posts, attract better candidates.

Even the highest paying, trendiest job can be sabotaged by a bland or unrepresentative posting. We’ve all experienced it; you post about an exciting new opening at your company, only to find that very few people - with often misaligned skills - are applying. What gives? Yes - you’ve described the ideal candidate, outlined the key responsibilities, and alluded to opportunities for growth. But have you communicated your culture? Have you drawn people in? Are you really describing the person who would best fit the role? The most successful job posts don’t simply explain the position - they make people engage with it on a personal level. These posts show candidates how they will help move the company forward, how they will contribute to its growth and culture. Want to increase your qualified applicants? Follow these steps:READ MORE

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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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Six free recruiting tools that will change your life

You know how it goes; just as every software engineer has a preferred language, or every photographer a favorite camera, every recruiter has a preferred set of tools. From Indeed and Dice to CareerBuilder and LinkedIn, we’ve all been guilty of favoring that which is familiar and easy. But five years in recruiting has taught me an important lesson - it’s taught me to diversify. Diversify candidate pools, job boards, and - perhaps most importantly - the type of software I rely on to make connections. On my own, I’m just one guy trying to connect with thousands of professionals, many of whom are not interested in my advances. But with these tools, every InMail I send or phone call I make is informed by an army of data-driven technology. These are the tools I wish I knew about when starting out as a recruiter:

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