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Talener Washington DC: Open for Business!

January 6th, 2015

Talener is continuing to grow organically and is happy to announce that our Washington DC office has opened!   Thousands of tech jobs can be found through a simple search on LinkedIn or Indeed. These numbers back the tech expansion that has been talked about in Washington DC over the past few years.

The key is making the connection between these employers- (from start-ups to Fortune 500s) and top tech talent in the Washington DC metro area. Some of the finest talent comes from top universities like George Washington, American University, or Georgetown- all in the heart of our nation’s capital.

Tech start-ups have realized the potential of this market and have attempted to break out of Silicon Valley and across the country to the east coast. From Proudly Made in DC to the Washington Post- more and more tech and media outlets are highlighting the potential for rapid growth.

While the office space is new and the paint has barely dried- four of our veteran managers and directors have taken on the task of making Talener the tech staffing solution in Washington DC.

Meet the Team:

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Justin Cottrell- Justin has moved up the ranks at Talener over the last five years, including his most recent position as Director of our New York City headquarters. His extensive knowledge of the software, Java, C# and QA markets make him an asset to the team and to any potential tech job seekers in the Metro DC area.

Chris Fanning- Chris has an exemplary background in placing Open Source technology candidates with some of the country’s top companies; all while running a successful team in New York City.

Margo Slaff- Margo’s personality, organization, and passion for the front end market have made her a valuable asset in New York. Moving to Washington DC gives her the opportunity to build out a successful team with as much passion as she has.

Kate Byrnes- As an expert in the software field- Kate has left a void in New York. The dedication to her clients and candidates is unparalleled. Her work ethic and desire to make the match between top tech talent and our clients is exemplary.

With several years of combined experience; Justin, Chris, Margo & Kate will take on the DC office in several different areas of technology, including:

Open Source Scripting, Front End & Mobile, Enterprise Software, Dev Ops, Project/ Product Management & Quality Assurance

From iOS to Drupal, JavaScript to the Cloud- our DC team can make the connection. Whether you are just starting the job search or hiring for that hard-to-find talent, Talener is your full service solution- recruiting, relationship building, market data, and placement.

Take a moment to contact the team to see how they can help you today.

Washington DC Metro:  1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22209

Phone:  703-592- 6000

Meet the Team

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Posted in Company News, Current Events, Talener Blog, Uncategorized

The Future of Digital: Business Insider Ignition

December 3rd, 2014

20141202_114911“Don’t obsess on the competition, obsess on the customer.”- John Doerr

This week in New York City, Talener, along with companies like Pandora, Getty Images & Porsche, sponsored Business Insider’s Ignition Conference.  Leaps and bounds  are being made within the digital space- from ads to marketing, engineering to business development.  The question is, how do CEOs like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos or Pandora’s Brian McAndrews anticipate these changes in order stay relevant in a digital world that changes pace faster than most of us change our socks?

While there was varied speculation about the future of smart watches, print newspapers, or Apple Pay- there was an overwhelming understanding that the future of digital is mobile.  Mobile devices have replaced TV, physical newspapers, and the way we consume social media.  For the first time ever, mobile usage, according to Flurry has overtaken TV consumption in Q3 of this year.  Why is this significant? Because platforms need to be responsive (and anticipate!) customers’ wants and needs.

If one theme came out of the conference that rang above all others, it is customer obsession. Every CEO, VP or industry leader that took the stage reiterated over and over again that at the end of the day, it is all about the customer. John Doerr put it best as many questions circled around the competitive digital space.

“Don’t obsess on the competition, obsess on the customer.”

So where does Talener fit into this digital media world?  Someone has to build these platforms,  ensure the best user experience, and secure this information.  While most of the audience was intent on hearing  about upcoming trends like digital healthcare, wearables, or marketing analytics, our Talener team is anticipating the tech needs for all of these future trends.  Who will build and encrypt the information for digital healthcare that complies with all security and HIPPA requirements?  Who will ensure that the development of the connected car with Pandora integration will provide the users with the best experience?  It is the coders, engineers, and technology project managers of the world.  Digital is much more than what we see as consumers; it is hundreds if not thousands of hours of  back end work.

If you have a few moments and would like to gain insight about how the world’s biggest players are constantly innovating and responding to the environment, check out the live Ignition conference feed or read about it here.  The future of digital doesn’t just concern media, marketing and advertising.  The backbone of all of these consumer wants and needs is the technology professionals of the world.

Do you have technology know-how and talent to prepare you for the future? If not, take a moment to contact us and see how we can provide you with the best solutions.  Our six offices – Los Angeles, New York , San Francisco, Washington D.C., Chicago and Boston are equipped to find you the best qualified candidates locally.  From mobile development to open source scripting, project management to front end coding- we are your technology staffing solution.

Check out our jobs to see the types of companies and positions that we are working with on a day to day basis.

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Posted in Current Events, Events, Talener Blog

Jumping into the Job Search: Your 1st Tech Job

September 16th, 2014

503340623Last week members of Talener NYC headed downtown to meet with some of the recent graduates of Dev Bootcamp, one of the original learn-to-code intensive programs. Equipped with a knowledge of Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, HTML, CSS and a practical understanding of the tools used to manage and organize the coding process, many of these students are now on the hunt for their very first technology job.

Here’s some of the pointers we shared with their graduates to point them in the right direction for their search, whether they were interested in a career in front/back end development, quality assurance or project management:

Show You Mean Business: The fact that you made the bold move to invest serious time and money into an intensive coding bootcamp is a great indicator that you are very serious about your next career move. Relay this passion in your interview and use it craft a great story about your move. Your story will make you stand out among others who have been working in the industry for years and years.

Start with What You Know: One way to make your job search less daunting is to start by exploring options within industries you already know. Remember that in today’s age all businesses have technology departments, so connect with old contacts from prior jobs to get in the door. Your knowledge of the industry will help you transition smoothly in learning a whole new side of the business.

Make the Most of Staffing Agencies: All staffing agencies have their key accounts, so if you are contacted by a recruiter hear them out. We can’t vouch for other agencies, but we know at Talener we make sure to meet one-on-one with all potential candidates to hear what they are looking for and get to know you before working with you.

Think About the Phone Screen: Understand the point of a first-round phone screen is not to show your personality or to learn more about the job. Instead, it should be used just as a way to ensure an in person interview. Remember that no one was ever hired just from a phone call! Thinking about your phone screen this way will refocus the conversation and help guarantee a meeting where you can ask additional questions and learn more about the company and role.

What About Salaries: We did a search through our database of placed candidates who have recently graduated from similar coding programs and we found no discernible pattern when it came to pay rates or junior salaries. In NYC salaries ranged from the $50K – $90K as all companies and industries pay differently. When it comes to a first job, salary should not be a first concern. What’s more important is the experience you’ll be getting and the chance to join a team where you can quickly advance your skills.

Are you looking for your first (or tenth) tech job? Contact us today to see how we can help!

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Hiring From Coding Schools: Another Way to Learn

September 4th, 2014

506104659Last night Talener hosted another mixer at App Academy, an intensive 3-month development bootcamp in San Francisco. Candidates at App Academy learn to code in a test driven development and agile environment using the most modern development languages.

Time and time again we’ve seen candidates from similar programs across the country beat out traditional Computer Science students for advanced engineering roles, and we are proud to be directly working with this year’s cohort of App Academy graduates to help them launch their development careers!

Because the job market is so competitive right now, employers should seriously consider bringing on more junior candidates who were taught to code the right way and then continue their training on-site. The model may stray from the traditional, but it’s a unique opportunity for tech departments to work with passionate developers eager to expand their knowledge. It’s also an attractive alternative for managers who may be fearful of engrained coding habits, instead giving managers first dibs at acclimating new employees to the nuances of their work and technology environments. Companies must also remember that while coding academies are particularly hot right now, they are exclusive. Program enrollment is only after stringent application requirements are passed and typically months of at-home learning is required before even walking in the classroom door.

We look forward to partnering with even more of these innovative schools in the coming months!

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Posted in Company News, Talener Blog

Jobs of the Week: August 18 Edition

August 20th, 2014

Every other week we will be highlighting several hand-picked openings from each our offices’ teams.  Check each listing’s full job post for details and application info!


New York City – Director of Product – Media & News: A consumer video start-up within of one of the largest business news organizations in the world, is seeking a Director of Product to drive the roadmap, development, and launch for a completely new TV channel within the company. Help lead the team for this innovative mobile TV/news app!

MoreInfoToApplyhttp://talener.com/jobs/nyc-director-product-media-news/


Boston – PHP Engineer – Educational Publication: A notable education publication is looking to expand their digital team and technology footprint with several sharp, well-rounded software engineers.

MoreInfoToApplyhttp://talener.com/jobs/boston-php-engineer-publishing/
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Posted in Company News, Talener Blog

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