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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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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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Updates from the Tech Scene in Chicago

August 15th, 2014

It’s been a year since we opened our Chicago office and the city’s tech scene continues to boom! Some recent highlights and news from the tech scene out of the Windy City:

MerchandiseMartChicagoThe Move to Merchandise Mart: Originally opened as a wholesale showroom space in the 1930s, this sprawling building (which has its own zip code!) has expanded and evolved drastically over the years. Today, the unique floor plan is providing an attractive option for tech companies that embrace open layouts and collaborative environments. Some of the space’s upcoming tenants will include popular online review service Yelp and credit card payment software Braintree. They’ll join a number of tech companies, including 1871, a community center and digital startup coworking space, that has already made the Merch home.

From One Coworking Space to Another: Coworking options in the Windy City are also expanding, as seen with the recent announcement of Matter, a space specifically targeted for technology startups in the medical device and biopharma industries. The space, which has the backing of  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ChicagoNEXT technology and innovation council, is currently accepting applications for new tenants.

490521817Other Movers & Shakers: After a recent move from one West Loop building to another, electronic legal service provider Inventus LLC plans to double their workforce in the near future. Other tech companies in the Chicago area that have recently ramped up hiring efforts have included: Sprout Social, Codifyd Inc and Grubhub.

Work in technology and looking to make a move to Chicago? Or looking to hire? We can help! Check our job board for some of our latest openings or feel free to contact us directly!

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When Online Dating Meets Job Searching

August 8th, 2014

Job Searching Online DatingDating and interviewing: we’ve heard the comparison a million times before. But for two new ventures, the key to more effective recruitment may lie within technology that’s already being used in more personal ventures: the online dating industry.

Jobr, a new smart phone app, has looked to the popular dating app Tindr for inspiration in simplifying the job search process. Just as Tindr connects with Facebook, the app uses LinkedIn data as a launching point to create a short profile based on your job history and skill areas before allowing you to browse through potential openings in your area. The heart of the app is the right-left/yes-no swiping that’s so familiar to fans of Tindr. The ambitious mission to simplify communications between job hunters and hiring managers may be a welcome change to burdensome, lengthy job applications and registration systems, but will professionals take this more casual, app-centric approach to the job hunt seriously?

In a similar vein, eHarmony recently announced their own foray into the crowded job search space: Elevated Careers. Recognizing that the average American employee only lasts around 4.6 years at a job and noting the low divorce rates of eHarmony marriages, the online dating giant is looking to use a similar algorithmic approach to professional matchmaking. While the service hasn’t launched yet, at the core is quality over quantity and speed – drilling job success down to the primary basic of personality and cultural factors.

This begs the question: Would you be more willing to test a simple swipe-and-go job search tool? Or would you take the time for a more carefully measured survey approach to career moves? Job seekers tend to use any measure necessary to open options, but only time will tell if either of these services will actually prove valuable as professional cupids.

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