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Jed Pillion joins Talener Boston as Head of Business Development

May 8th, 2017

TALENER – Boston, MA, May 8, 2017

Talener is excited to welcome Jed Pillion as the Head of Business Development in the Talener Boston office. Jed joins Talener after serving as the Managing Director for ExecuSearch for 6 years where he opened and built their Boston office from the ground up. Prior to working at ExecuSearch, Jed was a Sales Manager at Axceler and a Regional Director with Stride & Associates. In his time at Stride, Jed worked and built a strong relationship with Talener’s CEO, Mike Dsupin and EVP of Sales, Henry Boulos. His extensive background in the IT staffing industry will serve as a growth catalyst for Talener in Boston.

Jed has worked in IT recruiting for over 16 years and in five major markets across the United States.  His hope is that his years of experience will help grow Talener both internally, by mentoring our junior employees, as well as externally, through new enterprise accounts.  Additionally, Jed will be working with existing clients to solidify these relationships in Boston.

On joining Talener, Jed said, “This role is a culmination of my IT business development background.  Focusing on business development allows me to work closely with key accounts while fostering deeper and more meaningful relationships.”

If you would like to learn more about Jed’s path to Talener or have questions about IT needs at your organization, please reach out to him, here.

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Part 2: Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices, May 9th

May 2nd, 2017

Tuesday, April 4th marked National Equal Pay Day – a day put into place by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a way to generate public awareness regarding the pay gap between men’s and women’s wages.  Now, in 2017, the topic of inclusive hiring practices has never been more important.  Typically, women and minorities earn less than their male counterparts, even though women are joining the workforce and graduating college at a higher rate than men.

The discussion has become more important as individual cities and states have opted into laws that forbid using salary as a qualifier for future salary decisions.  Massachusetts will enact the salary-asking ban in 2018 and New York City, after putting a ban into place for its city workers, is now looking to prohibit any NYC employer from inquiring about a candidate’s salary history – including benefits, bonuses, or commissions.

In the upcoming weeks, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign this new amendment that has been approved by the New York City Council.  The idea, and goal, is to find a way to compensate an employee based on their experience rather than their salary history.  This means that someone who has started their professional life underpaid does not continue the cycle of underpayment.

Powerbase Meditation Founder, Danielle Kayembe, along with Talener’s Head of Training and Strategic Partnerships, Tiffany Roesler and NYC Directors Kim Siembieda and Alicia Scully will dive into the second part of the #TalenerMVMT series: Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices on Tuesday, May 9th.  They will cover topics that build upon the first Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices event as well as illustrate ways to have salary conversations (without the salary!), navigate changes in the workplace, and Danielle will illustrate some self-created techniques for meditation for women.

If you missed the first Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices event, you can read the coverage here. The second part of the series is open to anyone interested in inclusive hiring practices. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Make sure to stay connected to Talener for updates on the amendment signing.  Follow us on Twitter @TalenerHQ.

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Talener celebrates 10 years in the IT Staffing business!

April 3rd, 2017

Talener opened it’s doors on April 2, 2007 in New York City. Founder and CEO Michael Dsupin started Talener with the desire to offer the community an IT Staffing firm that placed a focus on contract and temp positions.

Mike has been in the IT Staffing industry his entire career, starting with Stride & Associates in 1995. After a successful run spanning 13 geographies and including startups and turnarounds, he found himself looking for the next challenge.  Stride had been a purely permanent placement agency. With a team of 5 former Stride owners backing Mike, he founded Talener, which began as an agency focused on the temp/contract space.  Starting with a team of 3 others (who were new to staffing), Talener generated $1.7 million in revenue in its first 9 months in 2007 (April-December) and $2.4 million in revenue in its first 12 months.

While Mike was always optimistic about his ability to grow a successful business, his only thought on that first day was landing the company’s first client and first candidate.  Talener’s first placement, in its first month, was Alex Nicholas at World Now; that same month, Talener made a second placement, Rahul Trivedi at Dexia Credit Local.  When asked if his vision has changed over the past 10 years, Mike was confident that his original vision is still the one he lives by today: “Success and growth of a business is never something that I take for granted.  It starts with a new client and a new job every day.  These are the lifeblood of our organization.  Delivering a great experience to every candidate and every client will ensure that we continue to grow into a great business”

While Talener has seen vast success over the past 10 years, they have also faced challenges like any other company.  Their biggest challenge has been the communication of their message.  “I know that every Client we call is not hiring immediately or today, but I know they will and when they do, I want them to think of using us.  I know that we are not able to fill every position we work, but I want an opportunity to fill them all… We are in the service business and providing everyone the full Talener experience can get lost in a phone call, in an interview and during some interactions with clients.  With the amount of attempts we make, it’s hard to guarantee that the message is delivered every time and that is something that I would never tolerate in any office/team that I sit in.”

Mike’s best advice he had to offer himself 10 years ago is to push yourself and step out of your box by doing something you never though you would: “Growing up, I worked in a Subway and worked with the owner very closely and I thought, after that experience, that I would never want to own a business.  When I was in College, I also said to myself that the last place in the world that I would ever want to work would be NYC.”  He also wishes he had “taken more notes/videos/pictures of all of the great times that I have shared with the staff, the candidates and the clients along the way.  Without them and all of their help, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”  Besides his family, Talener is the most important thing to Mike.  He defines success as the look on somebody’s face when they get a new job; that’s how it’s known that everything has been done to successfully complete the goals set.

While Mike doesn’t foresee himself slowing down anytime soon, he has a big vision of continued growth and success for Talener in the future.  He wishes to continue the building of deeper relationships with local communities, re-engaging with former colleagues who may have left the company, hopes to expand to new geographies while continuing to expand the business in other aspects. In the long-term when Mike eventually retires, he wishes to see Talener continue its journey to placing clients and candidates with the best position for them.

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Product Management Advice, 5 Cents – Washington DC Meetup, March 21, 2017

March 28th, 2017

On Tuesday, March 21st, Talener Director Kate Byrnes partnered with Meetup organizer Jie Zhang (JZ) to host a lively discussion at Talener DC.  The meetup, Product Management Advice, 5 Cents, covered topics such as lean startup, enterprise innovation and prioritization.

JZ began the meetup by setting two goals for each attendee: Goal 1 – Meet one new person; Goal 2 – Leave with one new solution. Attendees wrote questions on sticky notes and then each were divided into groups by category.  The four guest speakers, Elliot Susel and Teague Hopkins, freelance workers alongside Kristian Bouw from Notion Theory and Pete Oliver Kruger from Going Green Today, each took a categorized group, holding informative discussions on each topic within the groups.

Attendee, Anna N., thanked the organizers for hosting the Meetup, saying “it is one of the most engaging and well facilitated Meetups I have been to. The format encouraged a good learning/collaborati­ve environment with the mentors and opportunity for a natural, personal connection with others. Goals were clearly defined in the beginning and achieved. Looking forward to the next one!”

Each attendee left with at least one solution to their inquiries.  After groups of interactive discussions, both goals were met successfully, leaving each attendee with a sense of accomplishment.

JZ and Kate have another Meetup in the works covering the 2018 SXSW (South by Southwest) convention on Wednesday, May 3rd.  Those who should attend this next Meetup are product managers who would like to announce or speak at SXSW 2018, or understand what they can get out of this tech and culture conference. SXSW is held in Austin, TX the first week of March each year.  Answers to frequently asked questions such as “What do I need to prepare?” “Should I go?” and “What can I get out of it?” will all be addressed at the meetup.  For more information about the May 3rd Meetup, click here.  Follow Talener on social media for more information about the future Meetups and new job openings!

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Talener raises over $10k for Cycle for Survival

March 14th, 2017

Continuing the tradition of charitable giving through teamwork, Talener New York took part in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Cycle for Survival at Equinox Bryant Park this past weekend.  The 18-person team took to the bikes, having raised over $5,000 towards research to battle rare cancers.  All proceeds are used for research efforts within 6 months of the Cycle for Survival event, offering an immediate impact on the lives of rare cancer patients and their families. Friday’s event hosted almost 50 participating teams, bringing the total fundraising to over $33 million for 2017.

New York team leader, and one of Talener’s Directors, Kim Siembieda, reflects on her participation in the event:

“Cycle for Survival is an incredibly inspiring event.  It is emotional and powerful to hear firsthand stories from Memorial Sloan doctors and rare cancer survivors.  Over the past 4 years I have been participating in Cycle for Survival, it is still so motivating to see so many people come together and rally behind such a great cause.  To see the event grow over the years, in terms of participants, money raised and locations across the country, gives so much hope to the battle.”

Amongst four Talener offices, we have raised more than $10,000 for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Donation pages are still open until April 1, 2017.  If you would like to donate to the cause, please click here.  On behalf of all Talener offices, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity and support.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

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