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Letter from the CEO: Adopting the NYC Salary Inquiry Ban Across Offices

June 19th, 2017

June 19, 2017

The New York City Salary Inquiry Ban

A Letter from the CEO:

Last month, the New York City Council voted to implement a NYC Salary History Inquiry Ban in November and I am excited to announce that Talener will take an aggressive approach beyond the NYC law and embrace the pure intention of the law – extending it to all six of our offices nationally.

The salary inquiry ban prohibits employers (including staffing agencies) from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history during any stage of the hiring process. This is just the tip of the iceberg towards leveling the playing field and eliminating discrimination biases.

By removing an often-uncomfortable conversation surrounding previous salary, we can be even more focused on improving our interactions and relationships with our clients and candidates.  Relying on previous salary history perpetuates a life-long wage gap that focuses on previous compensation instead of the core skills and competencies that a candidate has attained.

Moving forward, we will educate candidates about the new law and how we are addressing it.  Early feedback from candidates has been well-received.  They are often hesitant to divulge compensation history, so this is a welcomed change.

We will refrain from discussing candidates’ compensation with clients as well. Rather, we are speaking with them about what candidates are looking for in their next role.  Thus far, our clients have been receptive.  Many have indicated that we are the first agency to bring up the changes that the law will encompass.

As an industry, we are programmed to ask about salary.  It will take some time to retrain and replace our reflexes; but I am confident that this is the right direction for everyone involved.

I am embracing this change as a positive move forward.  This is a learning experience for everyone involved and I will personally take a hands-on approach towards educating our staff, clients, and candidates.  We are committed to eliminating the wage gap by diminishing discrimination and ultimately perpetuating inclusive hiring practices.

 

Thank you,

Michael Dsupin

CEO, Talener

Posted in Company News, Talener Blog

One Year Snapshot: Emma Loftus

June 14th, 2017

Information security threats don’t discriminate. Just last month, the Google Docs phishing and WannaCry ransomware attacks crippled users and healthcare systems around the world. Finding the people who predict, detect, and resolve these security threats are in high demand.  And Emma Loftus, our information security Technical Recruiter is on the front lines; she finds talented security experts for  clients that include new startups to Fortune 500 organizations.

In her first year at Talener, Emma has tackled the challenge of learning about information security and DevOps in order to secure the right talent for her clients.  Her path has lead her to tackle the New York City security market head-on.  Emma’s experience has been tailored to her  strengths as a Technical Recruiter.

We sat down with Emma to get some perspective about her time at Talener, as well as her take on adapting from college to the “working” world.

Before you joined Talener, did you know what tech staffing was?

Before I started working at Talener, I had a very basic knowledge of staffing. I was sold on the culture and the opportunities for growth that came with working in this industry.

What was the most difficult part about making the transition from college to work?

This was my first “real” job – I started a month after graduation. I found it hard to transition to a fixed schedule and not having as many breaks throughout the day.  I was always someone who had spread my classes out in order to avoid early classes.  The early start takes some getting used to!

What kind of advice do you have for someone starting their career in staffing or a sales-oriented role?

Don’t let the small things get you down. In staffing, there is always another candidate or account that is out there just waiting to be picked up.  Move forward and upward.

What kind if advice do you have for someone starting their career in any position?

By your senior year of college, you feel like you have it all figured out. But then, you jump into the workforce at the bottom of the pile again.  Don’t let it get you down.  Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or worry that you don’t know all of the answers. Look to your mentors and work hard. You can learn so much, so quickly.

You have been at Talener for one year. What motivates you to recruit for positions every day?

One of the things that I love about working here is how much control I have over impacting what is going on with my own desk. If I’m not happy with how things are going, I can go out and change it quickly.

Your path led you to become a Technical Recruiter for Information Security. What do you find most challenging about the position?

Sometimes it seems like nothing is going your way – a job is filled by another agency, a candidate rejects an offer, etc.; but you just have to remember that good work is never a waste – it will come back to you!

What do you like the most?

I have control over my own success. I can pick up my own accounts and make things happen. There are many great leaders in this space who are always willing to give advice and help you reach your goals.

We’re curious – what was your dream job as a kid? Certainly not a technical recruiter?

I wanted to be a marine biologist — I loved dolphins and sea turtles.

And what was your college major?

I attended Colgate and studied English literature.

If you won $1 million and had to spend it on one single thing, what would you buy?

I would buy a cabin on a lake in the woods. I love NYC, but sometimes you need to get out of here!

And lastly, what emoji best describes your personality?

The smiley face that waves.

 

For more information about how you can define your path in tech staffing & recruiting, contact our Corporate Recruiter, Taylor Rockower. We are looking for talented graduates who have a passion for forming relationships and finding a purpose in their career.

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Laravel Winter Showcase at Talener New York

January 26th, 2017

What’s the best way to kick off the New Year at the new HQ? A great meetup, of course!  Talener New York welcomed the Laravel Meetup winter showcase last week.  This is the first group that visited our new office space at 2 Grand Central Tower, next to Grand Central Station.

Talener looks for ways to get involved in the tech community.  The Laravel meetup gave us the chance to meet members of the community and learn more about Laravel through two excellent presenters – Ilan Gitter & Christophe Tumminello.

Ilan engaged the crowd with his spot-on Game of Thrones references that were relevant to Laravel & Vue.Js as a toolbox. Plus, he talked specifically about handling sensitive data across the wire.  His experience as a Full Stack Developer, Musician & current Front End Developer at OmniMedia mean that he brought a unique perspective to his craft.

Likewise, Christopher Tumminello, former Lead Engineer at VICE Media, and current Senior Consultant at EY Digital, enlightened the crowd about his take on Laravel.  He discussed utilizing Laravel as a prototyping toolkit. It offers a clean slate to create innovative forward thinking features & applications in a quick and powerful way.

The Meetup provides the community with the ability to learn, teach, and connect with other Laravel enthusiasts.  Three dozen people met, enjoyed the evening, and gained some valuable insight about technology that is perpetually changing how we do things.

We’d like to thank Arron Kallenberg, the Laravel Meetup organizer for his dedication to the event and to the Laravel community.  His passion for his craft and desire help others to learn is unparalleled.

If you’re interested in learning more about Talener, the Laravel community, or have questions about the current hiring market in tech, please feel free to reach out to us.  If you are interested in other technologies beyond Laravel, specialized teams are on hand to answer any questions you may have. Talener is always looking to engage with the community and provide insight about tech & hiring.

Grant Zaccareo – gzaccareo@talener.com

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Talener Hires Head of Training & Strategic Partnerships

January 20th, 2017

It is with great pride that we welcome back Tiffany Roesler to Talener.  She joins the Talener HQ team in New York as the Head of Training & Strategic Partnerships.  Tiffany started with us as an entry-level Relationship Manager role in 2010 and worked her way up to becoming the 1st Female Director at Talener. From there, she developed her entrepreneurial spirit at her own company, continually striving to create a better IT community through innovation.  The expertise she gained outside of Talener provides her with thoughtful perspective and unparalleled experience in staffing & technology. We are delighted to have her back, as she will undertake the implementation of Talener’s new e-learning platform for new recruiters continual development. Likewise, she will nurture strategic partnerships to create thoughtfully-curated meetups and round tables enriching our communities in helping organizations and leaders progress.

“Tiffany has done a wonderful job growing brands and she has a deep passion for training and mentoring others.  She is an incredible woman with an amazing story who is coming back to Talener at a critical time as we are evolving our training process,” comment CEO Michael Dsupin. “I couldn’t think of anyone better to pair with Simona House, our Training Manager, to deliver this next version of our training curriculum and help us to continue to grow Talener.  I am so excited to work closely with her again!  I believe that Tiffany will help us innovate and help take Talener to the next level.”

As a veteran of Talener, Tiffany joins us with a core understanding of the business as well as outside experience that she can share with us.  “I’m so proud to rejoin my original mentors and mates– coming back felt surreal at first.” She adds, “The culture is so welcoming, ambitious, vibrant and contagious. In joining forces with Talener, I’m afforded the opportunity to share my passion in helping others in their pursuit, further my own development, and connect vision & action to make a wide-ranging impact.”

Everyone at Talener looks forward to the opportunity to work with Tiffany as she helps us move forward to our ultimate goal of being the best IT staffing agency in the business.

 

Posted in Talener Blog

Tech Meetups : Laravel Chicago Spotlight

October 17th, 2016

Information flows freely when you walk through the door of a Meetup.  From conversational language breakfasts to equine enthusiasts – you can find a meetup for nearly any hobby or interest. And the benefit of meeting people with similar interests goes beyond good conversation and new relationships – it can also be beneficial to your career.

Technical meetups are popping up all over the country and across the world.  People with very specific tech interests can exchange their knowledge in a space where everyone shares the same interests.  Plus, many meetups are sponsored by local companies that may allow you to see their space after hours or talk with their employees about the work environment.

We spoke with Hao Luo, the head of the Laravel Chicago Meetup to get his insights about why meetups are so important, and how meetups provide a way to learn & socialize outside of the workplace.

What do you think is the principal reason that people attend meetups like Laravel Chicago?

Guests come to Laravel Chicago because they are curious about the technology and are looking for a community to exchange ideas.

What is the benefit to having a meetup in a company space versus a neutral space?

There are many benefits to having the group at a company setting. First, the space is usually accessible for most attendees.  Second, members can interact with the sponsors before and after the meetup to make connections.   Plus, many sponsors regularly help advertise our events on their social media networks.

What are your goals for Laravel Chicago?

My goal for Laravel Chicago is to form a community of tech-enthusiasts who are interested in Laravel.  More times than not, a developer can feel lonely working in a silo, and Laravel Chicago is a place where a developer can feel a sense of belonging.  The ethos of the web is about openness, and collaboration.  I believe, as web developers, our profession dictates us to have a similar mindset, and as we collaborate together, we become better developers.

How did the group start and evolve?

Laravel was just getting popular a few years ago, and I realized that Developers in Chicago who were interested in the PHP framework were craving a community.  Together with my manager, we created a group on Meetup.com and had our first event in Evanston.

Unfortunately, only two people came to our meetup event. We were, or course, disappointed, but we continued to have it in Evanston. Unfortunately, the meetup just wasn’t getting enough traction and we had to suspend the group.  Sometime later on, one of our co-workers told us about Talener and how they might be interested in sponsoring us.

In 2012, we were able to revive the group and had our first meetup group in downtown Chicago at the Talener office. The turnout was phenomenal. And those people who came to that event are regulars now, years later.

What is your goal going into every meetup?

I want to foster the sense of community and pique the interest of our new members.  At the same time, I want to encourage our members to get out of their comfort zones. Often, this means challenging them to present at our upcoming events.

Any advice for novice developers joining a meetup group?

  1. Keep Being Curious and Continue to Learn
  2. Make Friends
  3. Remember to contribute back to the community by giving a presentation of two. Don’t be nervous- we really are all friends!

What would you say to someone who is nervous or feeling a little uncomfortable about coming to a meetup because they don’t know anyone or they don’t think their skills are up to par with the rest of the group?

It’s always nerve-wracking doing anything the first time. Coming to a meetup group and having to meet new people in a new environment is touch, but it really does get easier from there. And—don’t worry, we’ve all been there.

 

If you’re interested in PHP Frameworks, generally curious about Laravel, or just getting started as a developer, take a few minutes to look at their meetup and join us on Tuesday, October 25th for their next meetup at the Talener Chicago office.  As always, pizza & drinks are provided!

For more information, visit the Laravel Chicago Meetup Page, or get in contact with Mary Kate at mmcgillivray@talener.com or Gabe Klein at gklein@talener.com

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