May 20th, 2015
We all know that the cover of a book never tells the whole story; but on the job hunt- first impressions last. Recruiters and hiring managers want to get past the title page and uncover your story. And in technology staffing, these impressions are vital as the market moves at light speed, languages & software are constantly updating, and companies demand more than just technical skills. Some of our top recruiters sat down and talked about what makes a good first impression and what immediately turns them off.
Kim: I’m most impressed with someone who is passionate about what they do. If you are truly passionate about your job, you go above and beyond. A hiring manager once told me, “if you tell me you are open to learning a technology, but you don’t do anything on your own to learn, it’s like telling me you want to lose weight, but you’ve never been on a treadmill.”
Mike: In the tech industry, there is a misconception that coders & developers are buried in a back corner, headphones in their ears, hunched over a keyboard. This just isn’t the case. Communication skills and personality are becoming more and more critical to our clients. Effective communication is always a great way to get my attention.
Marina: Confidence. I guess this can be both impressive and a turn off. You need to believe in yourself, your skills, and your ability to land a job. But, there is a fine line between confidence and an inflated ego.
Olivia: Leave your ego at the door! We know that you have some of the top tech skills in the country but we have a lot of experience working through the hiring process for your specific skills set. Plus, we have insight about how certain hiring managers conduct their interviews or how do you get you more money! My goal is to help!
Nick: It is frustrating when people immediately shut themselves off to certain industries without even taking the time to research or talk with the company. It never hurts to network, practice your interview skills, and learn more about an industry that you might not be familiar with.
Rachel: A smile, a handshake, and a put-together appearance (stained clothes happen a lot more often than you think!) go a long way. But I’m really impressed by someone who can bring in a well-written, easy to follow, 1-2 page resume. This gives us more time to go beyond the resume and truly get into your needs and wants in a new position.
Nick: I find it really impressive when candidates are able to articulate what they really want. It makes a big difference if you can tell me your ideal type of working environment. Small team? Collaborative? Work from home? Large organization? Learning opportunities?
Mike: Sometimes candidates have had a really bad experience with another recruiting agency and that attitude transfers to me. I guess it is the classic “one bad apple spoils the bunch” mentality. But it is really a turn off because my goal is to help you find a job. This is a partnership and the results are mutually beneficial.
Olivia: I am always on board when a candidate can communicate well. A candidate who can express what they truly want in a position, helps us to help them. Communication leads to a relationship, a relationship leads to trust. It is definitely a win-win for everyone.
Kim: I’m always turned off when someone thinks their resume is the be-all, end-all. There is so much more to your story and that is one of the reasons we meet with every candidate. Personality, communication, presentation, and drive are just as important, if not more.
Rachel: It sounds cliché, but it happens ALL the time: Don’t be late! Traffic happens; trains are late. But a quick heads up is always appreciated. If you are late without any explanation, it puts me in a situation where I don’t know if you’ll do the same thing to a hiring manager.
Justin: Demeanor & presentation: these both impress me and turn me off. Being put together is more than just how you dress. It is about whether you are prepared, have eliminated outside distractions, and are focused on the the task at hand. Someone who is well put together, with a clear head, confidence, and goals… has my attention.
Recruiters and hiring managers can screen hundreds of resumes every month. At Talener, we also meet with all of the candidates we represent in order to build relationships, find the right candidate-client match, and to make sure that we are getting you the best possible package. Getting to know you is part of opening your story and learning more about you. The hiring process can be daunting at any stage of your career and our goal is to have you put your best foot forward when you do get in front of your potential future boss.
Need more interview tips or want to prepare your resume? Contact us for expert advice, market trends, or just to talk about potential positions what we have open!
Posted in Career Tips, Talener Blog
April 3rd, 2015
Happy Anniversary, Talener!
Yesterday, Talener celebrated eight years in business. It would be an understatement to say that the time has flown by. They have been filled with wonderful people & memories.
I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who has made Talener into the company it is today; a well-respected IT staffing firm that works tirelessly to provide exciting opportunities for employees, to deliver top talent to its clients, and to provide incredible jobs to its candidates. So bear with me, as I get a bit nostalgic & reflect on some of the great people and memories. I feel truly blessed to have had the chance to work with so many people over the years. While you may not know every name or story personally, each one has impacted Talener and has built it to what it is today.
Talener was born in a 20’x20’, midtown Manhattan conference room, on April 2nd 2007. At the helm- Chris, Ashley and I, took on the IT staffing world. On Day 3, Ashley asked if she could set up a computer collecting dust in the corner. Of course! But, I said, “You have to set all of them up.” I was thrilled—I had no idea how to do it.
Chris placed our very first candidate, Alex, into a quality assurance job. We may have celebrated a bit too much, but it was a milestone. Talener was no longer just a name, we were a fee earning business. And then—it happened again! I placed our second candidate, Rahul, with Patricia at a midtown bank. But it was not without its difficulties- Rahul decided to take another job the night before his interview with our client. After some persuasion, Rahul agreed to go to his interview. Instead of moving to Detroit, he took the contract with the bank stayed for nearly two years!
Our First Hire:
With two deals under our belt, it was time to hire! Pat came to us as a blessing in disguise. He kept Ashley, Chris, and I from killing each other in our tiny cube of an office. Pat started training on his first day and was so overwhelmed by all of the information that I had to take him out for a beer before 3pm. Once that hurdle was cleared, Pat became an integral part of the Talener team and eventually gave all of us nicknames. From the Heronater to Matty Boom Batty, HB Blades to Winstonian, he had a name for everyone. While growing as a company, we also grew as friends. Pat helped out at our son’s birthday (in the sweltering heat) by holding our youngest, Nina, and running back and forth from the car to get cold drinks.
Talener is so many things. We are a community of people who work hard and play hard. We have a great time with our clients and we would not be here if they hadn’t believed in our abilities.
Talener is sharing success. Greg, a Migration Project Manager Consultant, was hired and then (on the same day) a few years later, we celebrated his promotion to director at the same company.
Talener is about relationships. In 2008, our client, Leslie hired some of our best web producers in New York. From celebrating the successes with Leslie and Mike to Yankee games with Andrew, and wine filled lunches with Betsy—these four clients helped me build what Talener has become today. While you may not know these four people, I will be forever thankful for their support. These relationships are what make Talener great.
Talener is growing. From our early New York City days, we have grown significantly. Curt (Belly Buds) Williams and Rory started our Los Angeles office in 2009 while Tobias & Zen opened San Francisco in 2010. Not to be outdone—Rob, Kim, Ashley & Ben charged into Boston in 2012 and Dan, Ashley, Jacob and David took on chilly Chicago in 2013. And most recently, in January of this year Justin, Margo, Kate & Chris moved to our nation’s capital to break into one of the hottest new tech markets—Washington DC. To all of you, I sincerely hope that you’ve had as much fun as I had starting a new office.
Starting Talener has not been without its struggles. Like any start up, we tripped over printer cords, dealt with dropped calls, internet outages, canceled meetings, and no-show candidates. But those aren’t the memories that stay with me. The memories that stay with me are those that make me proud of my staff for taking a leap of faith to help Talener flourish.
I want to thank all of you, including my current circle of trust- Henry, Tobias, Rory & Chris. It is always a pleasure to have you on the team and work with you every day. Your courage, strength, energy and unwavering belief in Talener allows me to sleep at night. I know we will accomplish our goal of making Talener the best IT staffing firm. I cannot express my sincere appreciation enough. My belief and commitment in you is unwavering. There have been countless other people who have contributed to Talener, and to all of you (you know who you are), please know that you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Rare a day goes by when you are not remembered. The stories always end with a laugh and a smile.
The past eight years at Talener have been filled with great memories, stories & people. I anxiously await what the next eight years will bring. Oh, the places we will go!
With Sincere Thanks,
Posted in Talener Blog
March 24th, 2015
What is staffing really like? We asked Kelsie, from our San Francisco office, to give us her insight about sales & recruiting.
What did you think of “staffing” before working at Talener? — I was familiar with staffing because my parents used to own their own staffing agency for 15 years. I used to hear a LOT of phone conversations, but I had no idea what they were actually doing. Now I think I sound just like my mom.
What did you think of “sales” before working here? — I was terrified of sales. To be honest, I didn’t realize that recruiting (which I had even witnessed my parents doing when I was growing up) was the same thing as sales. I started at Talener and they had told me this was a sales job. I had no idea what I was doing, but I dove in! I never wanted a “sales” job, but I’m really enjoying this.
What do you think of staffing now? — It’s way more relationship-based than I thought. This job gets easier as you talk with, meet, and in some way connect with people. As long as you’re putting yourself out there and meeting new people every week, you will find new clients and new candidates– matching them is up to you and your organization.
After doing this for a while, what do you think of sales? — Same as staffing, it’s highly dependent on relationships you have. It’s definitely high-energy and can be stressful, but again, as long as you’re engaging people, whether it be over the phone or in person, you will prosper. We all have bad sales months, but those can teach you lessons that apply to life outside of work as well. For example, I’ve learned that it’s not about your attitude when you’re doing well – it’s how you behave when you’re not doing well that sets you apart.
Has working here changed your opinion about the bad rep that sales & staffing gets? — Yes, one of the best things about working here is that I always have help. The managers are tuned in and helping us one-on-one all day, so you never feel lost. The company is full of people that I look up to – the management is really impressive. Plus, everyone at Talener starts in the same position and moves up from there; so they understand all of the different scenarios you could be going through as a junior employee.
Kelsie is a Lead Relationship Manager in our San Francisco office. She is an expert in placing candidates in the front end space and has extensive knowledge of the current market. Looking for a front end position in the Bay area or have a position that you need to fill? Contact Kelsie, email@example.com, to get her expert opinion about market conditions, upcoming hiring trends, or to find out more about staffing.
Posted in Talener Blog, Talener Culture
March 23rd, 2015
Searching for a free, all-day Cassandra event in the heart of Chicago? Look no further that the DataStax Cassandra event on Sunday, April 19th.
What: DataStax is holding a FREE, day-long event in Chicago on April 19th about Apache Cassandra, a big data/ NoSQL database used by companies like Apple, Netflix, and The Weather Channel. Check out all of the details below!
Where: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers- 301 E. North Water Street, Chicago, IL 60611
When: Sunday, April 9th from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (CDT)
Why: Cassandra is used by thousands of companies and over 30% of Fortune 100s for its high availability (peer-to-peer & simple active multi-data center), ease of operations, performance & scalability. This is the time to learn about Cassandra.
The Details: Sponsored by Microsoft Azure, HP & Vormetric- this Apache Cassandra event is hosted by DataStax in the heart of Chicago for a full day. Free breakfast, lunch, and parking validation included! This will be a free three-track event on April 9th to get you skilled on Cassandra.
- Track One: Intro to Cassandra, including hands-on training
- Track Two: Use cases and advanced tips & tricks
- Track Three: Half-day management focused track for executives to understand how and why companies are using big data technologies (featuring the Microsoft Azure team & Asurian VP of Enterprise Architecture & Data Services)
Can’t make the entire event? No problem! Check out the schedule and RSVP here.
Have questions about the event or need more information? Contact Lina at DataStax or check out their event website.
Posted in Events, News, Talener Blog
March 3rd, 2015
Landing a Job at a Tech Meet Up? Some of the best talent can be found after hours, and recruiters are there looking for it.
From hackathons to novice developer nights—meet ups have become a great outlet for coders, developers, programmers, and anyone else to gain experience. Whether you attend because a CTO of a Fortune 500 is speaking or you’re a brand new coder looking for support, these meet ups are a great outlet to learn! But, what you may not know, is that these meet ups are more than a social or learning experience; they could land you your next job.
As a staffing agency, part of our job is to find the best candidates for our clients. Luckily, at Talener, we like to go one step beyond that and meet all of our candidates in person. This way, the client and the candidate both get what they want. Tech meet ups are a great, informal way for recruiters to understand the current environment, what people are interested in, and how the future of IT is being shaped.
But beyond that— here is why we like people who attend or speak at meet ups:
- After Hours: For those of you who are already working, meet ups show recruiters that you are constantly learning and improving yourself after hours. If you aren’t working—then you are proving how dedicated you are to bettering yourself and your future. Spending time away from your family or friends shows a lot of dedication to your craft.
- Communication & Interaction: We hear over and over again that real-life (not behind a screen!) communication skills are needed in many of the positions in which we place candidates. Even many back end positions require clear communication between team members in the same office, or around the globe. Meet ups let us see how you help others– ask for it, talk about your skills, or interact with a group.
- Constant Improvement: You are improving your skills after hours and making sure that you are up to date on the newest technologies. While companies may ask for knowledge in a specific technology, their expectation is that you are willing and able to learn additional skills. Some are even leery to hire those who are experts in one area, but can’t or won’t transfer their skills into a new technology.
- Meeting in Person: Recruiters want to meet you in person! Often, we attend these events. Whether we are just observing in the background, or telling you how we can help you find your ideal job—we have the opportunity to interact with you and get to know you on a personal level. They are less formal, more fun, and less stressful than meeting someone for the first time in an office.
So what can you do to prepare yourself in case a recruiter from Talener or another company approaches you at a Meet Up?
- If you are actively searching for a job, carry an updated resume with you or have one readily available to send via email
- Take a few moments to ask about what they are seeing in the job market for your particular technology. A good tech recruiter will know exactly what the environment looks like.
- Ask for a business card and check out the company’s website if you aren’t comfortable with giving out your resume to just anyone
- If you are passively looking for a position, consider giving out a business card instead of a resume
- Ask them why they are attending this particular meet up. Do they have jobs that they need to fill? Have they had success before?
If you would like to host a meet up in our office space, speak at one of our events, or just have questions about the recruiting process, contact us! We are happy to provide you with career advice, tell you about the current hiring environment in the tech space, or help you find a new position! Our offices are located in some of the top cities in the country- NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Metro Washington DC & San Francisco.
Posted in Career Tips, Jobs