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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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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Why Recruiting is the Best First Job Out of College

I remember the feeling. Time was ticking down to graduation, and despite my numerous applications that would allow me to become a “productive member of society,” I hadn’t heard much back. Not that I was completely crushed, mind you, most of what I was applying for didn’t really sound all that appealing to begin with. I never quite knew what I wanted to do as a “career” growing up, flip-flopping from one half-baked idea to the next. My BA in Political Science/International Relations and Double Minor in History and Philosophy clearly reflected that indecisiveness. Still, I knew that whatever I ended up doing, I

- wanted to help people or a cause, and

- wanted to be challenged.

After more than a year and a half working as a recruiter at Proven Recruiting, I can say with confidence that I’ve accomplished both of those goals. If ...
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Build Your Best Leadership Team with Proven’s CFO Ingram Losner

Many factors have brought Proven Recruiting to this moment in time: from being named in 2009-2013 the sixth fastest growing staffing agency in the US, to closing several of our offices, to recent expansions, we’ve experienced our share of highs and lows. What started as just seven employees and one ambitious goal - “to provide our clients with on demand delivery of the best and brightest talent, and present our candidates with career choices that positively impact their lives” - has since developed into one of the leading recruiting agencies in Southern California. Yet what defines us should not be reduced to external factors; what defines us is how we’ve bounced back from setbacks, how we’ve learned from mistakes, and how we continue to grow and thrive in a competitive market. You could say that we’re especially resil...
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10 Things Anyone Can Learn From Proven’s CEO Louis Song

This month marks the 10th Anniversary of Proven Recruiting. Since starting the company with Ingram Losner in 2007, we’ve grown from seven original employees to more than 200 core employees and consultants across the US.   During these last 10 years, we’ve experienced our share of growth, adversity, luck, and life events – including the passing of one of our founding members, Jason Collins, as well the Great Recession.  We’ve opened (and closed) offices, matured from startup to established business, trained hundreds of recruiters, and helped tens of thousands of companies and people move forward in their businesses and careers. We’ve also learned our share of lessons through mistakes - both big ...
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Best Places to Work 2016

As a recruiting agency, we spend most of our time informing job seekers about great company cultures and workplaces across the US. Today, however, we'd like to take a brief moment to talk about Proven Recruiting, as we were recently ranked as one of San Diego's Best Places to Work for the eighth year in a row. That's every year we've been in business! We're both proud and grateful for this recognition and for the many, many people who have helped to shape our truly unique company culture over the years. To all of our employees, alums, consultants and customers - THANK YOU for being a part of our journey and for helping us prove our belief that an employee-centric approach can and should b...
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Proven Recruiting’s Five Guiding Principles

In 2007, Ingram Losner and I quit our corporate jobs and started Proven Recruiting. It was a total Jerry Maguire moment. At the time, we were both working for a large, publicly-traded recruiting firm and had become disillusioned with the way traditional agencies in our industry worked. The focus was almost singularly on shareholders and profit, and employees were often treated poorly as a result. We refused to accept the idea that profit was a zero-sum game. We believed it was possible to make money and provide exceptional service to customers by focusing on our employees first - especially in an industry that exists to place new employees in positions and companies where they’ll thrive. We thought that should start in our own backyard. And so it did. In May of 2007, Proven Recruiting was born at a table in my garage. The mission was to create a place where talented people liked coming to work and were allowed to focus on the things they wer...
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Earn up to 100K in your first year: Junior Recruiter openings

We are seeking bright, motivated graduates looking to start or accelerate a career in the fast-paced world of recruiting. This exciting opportunity offers first-year on target earnings up to $100,000+.   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.

 

2. Do the right thing.

 

3. Celebrate success.

 

4. Give back.

 

5. Try. Learn. Grow. Repeat.

 

Here’s what the role entails:

As a Junior Recruit...
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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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