7 Job Search Tips No One Told Me


-by Haley Garrison

-by Haley Garrison

We’ve all heard that looking for a job is a full-time job on its own, and that’s true when you’re going at it alone. Within my first week working at a recruiting agency, I couldn’t believe that NO ONE had filled me on how much time I would have saved had I partnered with a recruiter. So now that I’m on the other side of the job search (and actually working for a recruiting agency!), here are the 7 tips I wish someone would have told me when I was spending countless hours applying to jobs left and right. Spoiler Alert: Partner with a Recruiter! 

1. Working with a Recruiter Doesn’t Cost You a Dime

This is a big one – many job seekers mistakenly think they have to pay recruiters for their services. In general, the client or hiring manager is actually the one who pays the recruiter for the candidate. The job seeker has the opportunity to utilize free services and land a job without having to pay a dime.  

2. Recruiters Have Opportunities that Aren’t Posted on Job Boards

Recruiters have their own networks, both professional and personal, which means they are aware of a myriad of opportunities that aren’t otherwise searchable on job boards. Their networks are strong and extensive, so they are typically the first to know when a new opportunity opens up. Why not get another person on your team who’s rooting for you? 

3. Recruiters Coach You through the Interview Process

Wondering whether you should bust out the pantsuit or leave the blazer at home? Not feeling so confident with your interview responses? When you partner with a recruiter, it’s like partnering with a coach. These people are industry experts, which means they have a good sense of what the potential interview questions might be and they share that information with you. A good recruiter will prep you for your interview, whether that’s through role play or Q&A. 

4. Recruiters Revamp & Spruce Up Your Resume

When you first submit your resume, a good recruiter will scan your resume not only for work experience, but also for things like typos, formatting issues, inconsistencies, etc. Not sure if you need an objective statement? Need advice on how to explain your resume gap? Rather than just having your mom or significant other proofread your resume, why not have an industry professional review it for you? Now’s the time to shorten, revamp and perfect your resume before your potential employer sees it.  

5. Hiring Managers tell Recruiters the Intangibles They’re Looking for in Candidates

Hiring managers aren’t likely to explicitly write that they want a warm, bubbly and personable candidate with a good sense of humor to gel well with the team on a job description. However, hiring managers are likely to relate this information through direct dialogue with a recruiter - and your recruiter will share this info with you. You’ll know more about a company culture and exactly what they are looking for prior to interviewing. This way, you’ll be able to better leverage your personality and similar interests when meeting your potential employer for the first time.  

6. The Majority of Contract Positions Turn into Permanent Roles

Contract roles are a great way to get your foot in the door, prove your skillset and end up landing a full-time gig at a top company. Before working at a recruiting agency, I saw the word “contract” and thought it might be a 1 day to 1-week role. Those roles do exist, of course, but more often than not, contract roles are actually contract-to-hire, which means the company just wants to make sure you’re a good culture fit before bringing you on full-time. 

7. The Top Companies Only Trust Agencies to Source Talent

Like me, many job seekers go to company websites or job boards to find open jobs on the market. However, most companies (especially those big-name, top-tier companies) don’t actually post their jobs to their website or generic job boards. Instead, these high-level executives work solely with agencies because they have already built a relationship with the recruiter and trust them to provide only top talent. If you want to work for Fortune 500 companies, chances are they won’t be posting their esteemed roles to job boards, so the only way to get your foot in the door is by working with a recruiter. 

Job searching doesn't have to be daunting, and I wish someone would have told me that when I was knee-deep in my own job search. The good news: now you know that when you partner with the right recruiter, you save yourself a lot of time and unnecessary stress - and you get a great advocate to help you find your dream job. 

(And if you’re looking for Administrative or HR roles, call Maven!) 

Ask a Recruiter: Does it Matter That I've Job-Hopped (a Lot)?

-by CEO & Founder, Jessica Vann (ORIGINALLY SEEN ON THE MUSE)

-by CEO & Founder, Jessica Vann (ORIGINALLY SEEN ON THE MUSE)


Dear Recruiter,

I’m specialized in marketing within the technology industry. I have four years of experience, and I've held six jobs plus a few independent projects, with not a single position lasting longer than a year. My fear is that I’m being labeled as a job hopper. I know employment length has decreased overall, but how important is staying in a role for a certain period of time? Does longevity still matter?

The Hare


Hi The Hare,

I’m not one for placating. So, to answer your question, longevity does still matter in certain industries. In our business of placing administrative and human resources professionals, a jumpy resume is the number one reason a client won’t meet a candidate.

Now, that said, it isn’t all doom and gloom for job hoppers—even if your field doesn’t look glowingly at it.

For instance, one IT worker we met was recently advised by a prominent venture capital firm to accumulate “more logos” on his resume, a license essentially to seek out shorter employment stints at high-profile companies.

To continue reading this blog post, head on over to The Muse: https://www.themuse.com/advice/ask-a-recruiter-does-it-matter-that-ive-jobhopped-a-lot

Ask a Real Recruiter: How Do I Prove That I'm the Best Candidate in an Interview?

-by CEO & Founder, Jessica Vann (ORIGINALLY SEEN ON THE MUSE)

-by CEO & Founder, Jessica Vann (ORIGINALLY SEEN ON THE MUSE)


Dear Real Recruiter,

What’s the best way to answer when the interviewer asks why they should choose you over another candidate who has the same qualifications?

Not Just Another Number


Dear Not Just Another Number,

Standing out in your job search is crucial, but it’s also hard. The truth is, a lot of people are just as qualified as you when it comes to comparing resumes.

So, don’t think of it that way! Instead, dig into the intangibles of who you are. No, not the straightforward qualifications or keywords that got you the interview, but the actual you.

That’s the good stuff. The secret sauce. The reason they’re going to select you over the other “equally qualified” candidate. Here’s what you can emphasize.

To continue reading this blog post, head on over to The Muse: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-do-i-prove-that-im-the-best-candidate-in-an-interview-question

Maven Gives Back

A Glimpse into our Social Responsibility Program

Written by: Dana Hundley & Haley Garrison

Written by: Dana Hundley & Haley Garrison

At Maven we believe in responsibility. We have a responsibility to our candidates and clients to do good work. We have a responsibility to our employees to recognize passions outside of work and empower them to hustle hard. We also have a responsibility to our community to give back - and this is all done through our Maven Social Responsibility program.  

A big part of what makes Maven successful is that we greatly value the forming of meaningful, long-lasting relationships. We believe community starts with our internal team and continues with our candidates, clients, partner industries, and the greater Bay Area, and we aim to be thought leaders and industry experts through hard work and continued learning. These values are a central part of our Maven Social Responsibility program which provides group volunteer opportunities, extra paid time off to volunteer, Maven donations to employee-chosen organizations tied to team sales goals, and philanthropic components related to Maven events.  

Through partnerships with local nonprofits, our team has volunteered at mock career fairs preparing students for real-life interviewing and designed and hosted resume and LinkedIn workshops for local job seekers. 

With our Admins on the Rise events series, which aims to provide learning and networking opportunities for our administrative and HR professionals, we know building community includes giving back to the local communities in which we work. In this spirit, every event offers an opportunity for guests to donate to a local charitable organization – and Maven matches all donations.  

We are a goal-driven company: each team as well as individual team members have weekly, monthly, and yearly goals to strive to meet and exceed. Achieving team goals is made even sweeter through quarterly Maven donations to team-chosen nonprofit organizations when those goals are met. 

We are excited to share that within the last year, our very own Mavens jumped on the opportunity to use paid volunteer days: in local schools to help students with reading skills, at food banks to organize donations, with CASA to advocate for foster youth, and at a youth detention center to provide coaching around personal statements and interviewing.  

Thus far, Maven has had the pleasure to work with or donate toward Students Rising Above, International Refugee Committee, Defy Ventures, Girls to Women, Dress for Success and many more to come.  


Stay tuned to see what our Mavens do next! 


The Art of Negotiating

10 Tips We All Need

Written by: Haley Garrison

Written by: Haley Garrison

Most job seekers would agree that negotiating a job offer can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be! Having a few of Maven Recruiting's insider tactics in your back pocket will make all the difference the next time you're talking numbers with your current or potential employer. This is a discussion that all of us will have at some point in our careers, so why not prepare?  

As our CEO Jessica Vann says, "You are what you eat, and you get what you negotiate!"  

1. Every Negotiation is Different

First things first, no two negotiations are the same. Although we all wish there was a "one size fits all" way of approaching this conversation, there's just no such thing. Not to worry: there are few tactics that will help you navigate with ease. 

2. Show Your Interest Before Talking Numbers

If your potential employer asks you for your targeted compensation before he or she tells you anything about the role – now is not the time to give them a number. Instead, let your potential employer know that you'd prefer to get to know the role and its expectations before talking numbers. Show that you care about more than just money; this gives you the opportunity to convey your skills and prove your value first. People are much more likely to invest in you after they get to know you! 

3. Consider the Whole Package

Your salary is not the only thing to consider when negotiating. When examining an offer, consider the benefits – is there a significant bonus opportunity or generous commuter benefits? How about a 401K match or equity in the company? Will this company allow you to bring your dog to work with you? When you ask yourself these questions, you begin to understand what's most important to you and how the puzzle pieces of an offer fit together. Maybe this opportunity can't quite match the cash compensation you were originally looking for, but if you can negotiate a space for your dog, the $6,500 annually you'll be saving on dog-walking and the extra QT you'll be getting with your cutie pup might be worth it!  

4. Do Your Research

Remember, employers can't ask you what you're taking home in your current role, but they are usually aware of what the market bears. There's nothing worse than throwing out a number that is either outrageously high or, ever worse, too low in comparison to what the market drives. In fact, doing such may cost you the offer altogether. Before talking numbers, make sure you're prepared. Have you done your research? Are you confident that your salary expectations align with the market? There are tons of resources out there – use them! 

5. Partner with a Recruiter

One of the best ways to get the most up-to-date information is to partner with a recruiter who's an expert in your field. As a specialized agency, we at Maven know what the market drives for Administrative & Human Resources staffing. We thoroughly understand these roles across various industries, which means we can tell you what type of compensation you can expect depending on your background and experience level. If you run your salary expectations by a recruiter first, you'll have a much better idea as to whether your number is in line with the market and as a result, you'll feel significantly more confident asking your potential employer for a competitive, yet reasonable number. 

6. Give a Range, Not a Number

If you've done all your research and you're still not sure what to ask for, try giving a range rather than a firm number. This allows you to test the waters without locking yourself in at a specific target salary. Doing this shows that you are open to the whole package and everything they have to offer. At the same time, you get the benefit of potentially getting an offer at the higher end of the spectrum!  

7. Your Counter-Offer Isn't a Weapon

Say you get an offer from a potential employer and are presented with a counter-offer at your current company... now what? I'm sure it can be tempting to launch a bidding war, but using a counter-offer as a weapon to get more money is not the best way to start out a new employment relationship. Employers are used to this game and believe us when we say – they don't want to play it. Advocate for what you want but keep it professional.   

8. It's Not All About You

Negotiation requires a conversation—some give and take. You should feel like you are getting what you need, but your potential employer should also feel like they are getting what they need, too. Take the opportunity to remind your potential employer of what makes you unique and what you plan to bring to the table: how you can make their company better. In other words, highlight yourself, but bring it back to them!  

9. Take Money Off the Table

Money will only go so far. If you take a job solely because of the money, you likely won't be happy in the long run. If you are having a hard time deciding whether you should jump ship or keep sailing with your current employer, try taking money off the table... where do you want to be? Think about the company culture, the quality of work and the mission of the brand. Which role lights you up? Which office would get you excited to leave your bed in the morning?  

10. It's All in the Framing

Like your parents once taught you, it's not always what you say, but how you say it. The same rule applies to compensation conversations. Whether it's negotiating with your current or potential employer, you should be cautious of your verbiage. You are your own best advocate – but think about how the other party's needs are and frame your asks to address them.  

You'll survive the negotiating convo, we promise. And with that, congratulations on the offer – it's time to celebrate!  


PS: If this article helped you, share it and stay tuned for more career insights from your Maven Recruiting Thought Leaders.  


The Benefits of Temp Jobs - for the Job Seeker and the Employer

5 Reasons You Both Should Say YES to the Temp Opportunity! 

-by Haley Garrison

-by Haley Garrison

For the Job Seeker

1. Test the Waters  

Ever wondered what it's like to work for a tech startup, but only have professional services experience under your belt? Or maybe you've spent years working your way up the corporate ladder, but you're exhausted from climbing and you're still not fulfilled. Temp work is a great way to get your feet wet and acquire new skills in a fresh, new field. What's great about temping is that you'll have the opportunity to test the waters – to see if you actually like this new industry or job before you dive in head first.  

2. Build the Resume

In today's competitive job market, it's crucial to stay active and avoid any unnecessary gaps on your resume. More often than not, companies hiring for temp positions are much more open to varied backgrounds, so if you're looking to make a switch, temp is the perfect opportunity to get your foot in the door. For permanent opportunities, startups want to see startup experience, healthcare companies want to see healthcare experience – once you build your resume with credible, industry-relevant experience, you'll be 1,000 times more qualified for that dream permanent position!  

3. Temp to Perm

Many temporary roles end up evolving into permanent positions. Working in a temp role gives you the opportunity to go beyond the interview and prove you're indispensable to your boss. This is your time to shine – showcase all of your many skills so that when it comes to the end of your assignment, there's no way they can let you go!  

4. Network, Network & Network Some More  

Temping opens up a whole new world of networking – you'll get to meet unique people in a different industry at a new organization. These are the people that will be your workplace heroes and your future references, the people who know someone who knows someone who has a job for you – your new heroes!! 

5. The Work-Life Balance Dream

Most temp jobs are 40 hours a week, which means when your assignment is over, you have time to do the things that matter most to you, whether that's hitting the gym, taking your pup for walk, snuggling up to binge watch your favorite show or coaching your kids in soccer. The beauty of temp work is that it truly offers a flexible, work-life balance, and who isn't excited about that? 

For the Employer

1. New People = New Skills  

Temp workers typically have dynamic backgrounds in terms of their skill set and industry experience. Hiring someone temporarily gives your company direct access to professionals with a wealth of experience under their belts, without having to create a specific department for them to fit into. The best part about temp: if they're great, you can keep 'em!  

2. Hire Someone You Know

Temp is a great way to see if you like someone before committing to each other full-time...like a first date. A contract-to-hire opportunity allows for you to make sure your needs are exceeded before adding this employee to your team permanently. This is a mutual relationship, and both the job seeker and the employer should feel confident that it's a good fit – or have the opportunity to easily walk away if it just wasn't meant to be.  

3. Take the Pressure Off

Let's be honest, we've all been in a position where the work just seems to pile up and before we know it, we're swimming in emails and drowning in spreadsheets. In order to avoid that pileup and keep from overwhelming your valued team of employees, hiring additional help temporarily can take the pressure off and allow your team to step away from getting stuck in a reactive rut and be truly productive.  

4. Relationships for Life

The best way to find talented, valuable and professional temp employees is by partnering with a recruiting agency like Maven Recruiting Group that has a whole team of Recruiters dedicated to temp and temp-to-hire staffing. When partnering with a recruiting agency like Maven, you will have the opportunity to utilize our network and resources for future positions. Not only will you be provided with top talent, but you will have the benefit of working with recruiters who will advocate for your brand for years to come. Your first temp hire will likely not be your last!  

5. Save $$ 

In all transparency, hiring temp employees saves your company money. If you're not sure you can afford a specialized worker full-time, but you really need the expertise, temp just might be your saving grace!  


If you've been wondering whether you should give temp work a shot, we encourage you to consider the reasons above! Maybe you're a job seeker in the process of changing industries and you're looking for an opportunity to try something new. Or maybe you're an employer who's eager to bring on someone with a particular skillset. Either way, remember the benefits of temp work and give it a go... you may just find the best career opportunity yet! 

Ask a Real Recruiter: How Can I Job Search Confidently When I'm Lacking Skills?

-by CEO & Founder, Jessica Vann (ORIGINALLY SEEN ON THE MUSE)


Dear Real Recruiter,

How can I approach my job search with confidence when my last job required me to only fetch coffee?

Feeling Unworthy


Dear Feeling Unworthy,

First of all, confidence is an internally-generated resource, not external. Don’t let the limitations of your previous role cloud how you feel about yourself or convey your worth.

If you know you’re capable of doing more than fetching coffee (and I know you are!), then you need to walk into that interview room with the confidence and command that says so. How do you do that? Use these tips when readying yourself for your next interview.

1. Make a List of What You’re Great at

Think about the things that make you feel good about yourself. Are you gifted at organizing or creating systems and processes that improve efficiency? Or, are you great interpersonally and have a knack for making people feel heard and welcome?

Start creating a list of those attributes. This will not only shore up your inner confidence, but it will also give you content that you can relate to what your interviewer is looking for in the company’s next hire.

To read the rest of this blog post please use the link: https://www.themuse.com/advice/job-search-with-confidence-when-skills-are-lacking. 

Client Appreciation Mixer Recap

  5 Reasons Why We Love Our Clients

-by Haley Garrison

In honor and celebration of our esteemed clientele, we threw a Client Appreciation Mixer to say thank you for being a part of our Maven community. We had a blast showing you our new office space, and as a thanks to all of the clients who were able to join us Wednesday evening, we'd like to take a minute to brag and share the top 5 reasons why we love our clients. To those who couldn't make it to our penthouse suite this time around, here's a peek at our new office space! 

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1. They hustle (with heart): Our clients are the definition of hard workers – these are laser-focused professionals who spend their day-to-day shaping a better, faster and stronger future. They are shaping the way of tomorrow, but they are intentional about taking time out of their hustle and bustle to show their support for the partnership we've created together. In the midst of back-to-back meetings, traveling to conferences and managing tight deadlines, our clients magically make time to celebrate our joint successes—how could you not love them?

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2. They value relationships: Our clients firmly believe that finding the right person for the job goes beyond glancing at a resume and making a business transaction. Our clients support our expertise in identifying the intangibles and getting to know people outside of fancy titles, company names and LinkedIn profiles. They know that we foster authentic relationships by uncovering what motivates people to get up in the morning and what activities they like to pour themselves into after work hours. We truly believe that this is what ensures a seamless fit for both the client and the candidate—and our clients agree!  

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3. They are authentic: Our clients are wildly successful, but they don't take themselves too seriously. They are authentic and personable, and they certainly know how to have some fun! They talk about their families and show us pictures of their French Bulldogs. And let's not forget, they know how to indulge in some delicious sushi, too! We can strategize with our clients about the best way to approach Q3 growth, but we also enjoy relaxing on our balcony with them and soaking up the views of San Francisco with a cup of green tea in hand. It's not all business around here. 

4. They embrace connection: Our clients are just as committed to connecting as we are, which probably explains why we partner so well together! They believe that the power of connection and fellowship is the key to how individuals learn from one another and thrive within their own roles. They know that meeting new people with unique perspectives and different backgrounds is essential to growth and with that, opportunity. Expanding your network and building quality connections with real people is extremely important in this job market and our clients are living and breathing examples of this.  

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5. They trust us: At Maven, we focus on creating a solid foundation through candor, transparency, experience and expertise which is why we have formed long-lasting relationships with our clients over the years. Hiring in the SF Bay Area is a unique challenge and our clients trust both our judgement and our ability to navigate the ever-changing landscape. Our clients rely on us to think outside the box (or outside the resume) to find the hidden gems that others may have overlooked. And... they trust us to throw an epic party with a private sushi chef!  

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We're Already Looking Forward to Our Next Client Mixer!
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Set Yourself Up for Success with these 5 Monday Morning Tips!

   How to Start Your Week Off on a Positive Note

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-by Haley Garrison

It can be tough to be motivated to do anything on a Monday morning, especially after we all just spent 2 days sleeping in, binge-watching movies, laying out on the beach and eating at our go-to restaurants. Mondays tend to be a reminder of weekly alarm clocks, Tupperware lunches and commuting with strangers. For many, Mondays can be the most difficult day of the week to get through, which is why it's important to ask yourself if you're in the right role. When you work for a company with a mission you believe in and you feel like you contribute meaningful work, Mondays have a whole new meaning. All the while, we could all use a few tips to cure the occasional Monday blues.  


At the beginning of each week, the Mavens gather in the conference room with their warm cups of coffee for a Monday Morning Team Meeting. During this time, we are given the space to collect our thoughts, set our goals and get motivated to tackle the upcoming days. Before we disperse to tackle our workdays, our CEO Jessica asks each one of us to intentionally affirm something for the week, giving us the opportunity to set a positive tone for the rest of the week. These affirmations are a guiding light and give us all something tangible to work towards since we know that Jessica will hold us accountable the following Monday. We recommend incorporating a similar tactic into your Monday Morning routine to get energized and get inspired by your teammates!  


Whether it's jotting down your weekly to-do list, color-coding your calendar, or placing sticky notes all over your desk, planning is a vital step to a successful week. It's important to plan for the things that you WANT to get accomplished by the end of the week, but it's imperative to remember not to DWELL on your planning...after all, the entire purpose of planning is to actually get stuff done! Your plans should be specific, reachable and rewarding! Be sure to schedule downtime during your week as well – creating buffer time to process information or to simply take a breather will significantly help your productivity and energy levels throughout the week.  


One of the primary stressors in the workplace is accurately prioritizing your workload. You should ask yourself, "Is this task urgent or important?" – there's a difference! Be sure you're asking which tasks need immediate attention by identifying and assessing your workload based on what carries the highest value to your organization and to your team. Life isn't perfect, so it's essential to be willing to adapt and change your plans when things come up or when things don't go exactly as planned.  


Let's be honest, we all know that procrastination is real in the workplace. Start your Monday by spending your mental energy wisely, as opposed to dreading challenging tasks later on in the week when you have less energy. By tackling the tough tasks first, you will feel more productive, accomplished and relieved...and the best part is, it's only Monday! Checking the hardest box off of your list first will set the tone for the rest of your week.  


Buy the fancy latte at your corner coffee shop! Start your morning off with your favorite Pilates class! Take a brisk walk around your neighborhood with your pup! Rather than treating yourself to something fun on Friday, switch your routine up with an exciting Monday activity. Having something fun or out of the ordinary to look forward to on a Monday morning can make all the difference!



Real-Talk Recruiting

You Asked & We Answered!

-by Haley Garrison

As a boutique recruiting firm, we are no strangers to the question: What is it like to work with a recruiter? In our latest video series: Real-Talk Recruiting, we invited our followers to ask us questions regarding recruiting. Here's a deeper dive into the real recruiting secrets we addressed in our latest video: 

Q: Objective Statements – Do recruiters even look at them or are they a waste of space on a resume? 

A: It depends! If the experience on your resume speaks for itself, then writing an Objective Statement is probably a space-waster on your resume, but if you need to explain your experience (or lack thereof), a solid objective statement can pack the punch you need to catch a recruiter's attention.  

For example, if you are a recent grad entering the workforce with limited work experience, writing a short and sweet objective statement that captures your interpersonal skills and what you are looking for within a role can give recruiters a great sense of what you can bring to the table as a potential new team member.  

Similarly, if you are looking to change industries and your work experience doesn't quite align with your career ambitions, we advise a powerful sentence or two explaining how your experience is transferable to the job you want.  

The key here is making sure to personalize your objective statement so that it adds to your resume rather than cluttering it. A great rule of thumb to follow: If you're going to use the space, be sure that it's adding something valuable. In other words, cut the fluff and steer clear of using generic language that doesn't help to capture what sets you apart from others. 


Q: How do you find the right recruiter? 

A: Well, how do you find the right husband, wife or life partner? It might seem like overkill, but the Recruiter/Candidate relationship is one that's built on trust, so you want to be sure that it's the right fit. As a candidate, you want someone who is going to be your champion and advocate for you with their clients, so you want to be sure you're more than a resume to your recruiter.  

Is your recruiter asking you good questions? Is he or she interested in not just what you're doing, but how you got there? If your recruiter isn't going the extra mile to ask what your needs are or what qualities you look for in your co-workers or future boss, most likely they won't go the extra mile to advocate for what matters most to you (they might not even know what that is!). Whether it's finding out your non-negotiables or understanding how your love for travel factors into your job search, a good recruiter will be intentional about getting to know you, and not just your resume. 

As industry leaders, we encourage our followers to ask us anything and everything that relates to the world of recruiting. Whether you're curious to hear the best interviewing tactics and job search tips or you're eager to discover the right work culture or you'd simply like to know what to wear your first day on the job... our Maven Recruiters are excited to give you the real-talk on recruiting. Be sure to comment or email us your questions to be featured in our next video!