Talener http://www.talener.com Where Technology Meets Staffing Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:09:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 First Impressions Lasthttp://www.talener.com/talener-blog/first-impressions-last/ http://www.talener.com/talener-blog/first-impressions-last/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 12:11:08 +0000 http://www.talener.com/?p=25927 The post First Impressions Last appeared first on Talener.

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 […]

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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.


KThumbs Up Greenim: 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.”

Thumbs Up GreenMike: 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.

Thumbs Up & Down Red_GreenMarina: 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.

Thumbs Down RedOlivia: 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!

Thumbs Down RedNick: 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.

Thumbs Up GreenRachel: 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.

Thumbs Up GreenNick: 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?

Thumbs Down RedMike: 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.

Thumbs Up GreenOlivia: 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.

Thumbs Down RedKim: 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.

Thumbs Down RedRachel: 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.

Thumbs Up & Down Red_GreenJustin: 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!

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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 […]

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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.

Day One:

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…

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.

Challenges:

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.

In Closing:

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,

Michael Dsupin

CEO, Talener

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Talener San Francisco- Spotlight: Kelsie Kornhttp://www.talener.com/talener-blog/talener-san-francisco-spotlight-kelsie-korn/ http://www.talener.com/talener-blog/talener-san-francisco-spotlight-kelsie-korn/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:54:58 +0000 http://www.talener.com/?p=25656 The post Talener San Francisco- Spotlight: Kelsie Korn appeared first on Talener.

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 […]

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Kkorn 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, kkorn@talener.com, to get her expert opinion about market conditions, upcoming hiring trends, or to find out more about staffing.

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April 19th, 2015: Chicago Apache Cassandra Eventhttp://www.talener.com/talener-blog/april-19th-2015-chicago-apache-cassandra-event/ http://www.talener.com/talener-blog/april-19th-2015-chicago-apache-cassandra-event/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:53:58 +0000 http://www.talener.com/?p=25633 The post April 19th, 2015: Chicago Apache Cassandra Event appeared first on Talener.

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. […]

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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.

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Land a Job at a Tech Meet Up?http://www.talener.com/talener-blog/career-tips/land-job-tech-meet/ http://www.talener.com/talener-blog/career-tips/land-job-tech-meet/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:02:19 +0000 http://www.talener.com/?p=25525 The post Land a Job at a Tech Meet Up? appeared first on Talener.

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 […]

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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.

FYour Future Career Name Tagrom 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.

Be Prepared

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.

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Keeping Up with the…Top Twitter Tech Accountshttp://www.talener.com/talener-blog/talener_twitter/ http://www.talener.com/talener-blog/talener_twitter/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:54:15 +0000 http://www.talener.com/?p=25515 The post Keeping Up with the…Top Twitter Tech Accounts appeared first on Talener.

Keeping up with the Top Twitter Tech Looking for a new JavaScript Job? Trying to stay up to date on the most current news or need an AngularJS tutorial before your next meet up? Following the right Twitter accounts can take you from A-Z, whether you are a novice coder looking for advice or a […]

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Looking for a new JavaScript Job? Trying to stay up to date on the most current news or need an AngularJS tutorial before your next meet up? Following the right Twitter accounts can take you from A-Z, whether you are a novice coder looking for advice or a seasoned veteran searching for a senior level position. But how do you know who is worth following? We’ve compiled a (very non-exhaustive) list from some of our favorites and—of course you can always tweet us @TalenerHQ if you have questions about jobs, need career advice or just want to say hi! And, if you think that we’ve missed you as a top tech contributor—let us know so we can tweet out all of the great things you are doing for the tech world!

Tech News:

Tech Influencers:

  • @alexia (Alexia Tsotsis): Co-Editor at TechCrunch
  • @mgsiegler (MG Siegler): Partner at Google Ventures
  • @JasonFried (Jason Fried): Founder & CEO at Basecamp
  • @jank0 (Janko Roettgers): Senior Writer at Gigaom
  • @alexwilliams (Alex Williams): Founder of the New Stack
  • @KentBeck (Kent Beck): Programmer turned Twitter Sensation
  • @Cdixon (Chris Dixon): Programmer
  • @jack (Jack): Co-founder of Twitter, CEO Square
  • @StevenLevy (Steven Levy): Senior Writer, Wired

Developers

  • @Paul_Clifford (Paul Clifford): Software Entrepreneur
  • @defunkt (Chris Wanstrath): GitHub CEO & Co-Founder
  • @JResig (John Resig): Creator of jquery, JavaScript programmer
  • @Retomeier (Reto Meier): Head of Scalable Developer Advocacy at Google

Guides, Meet Ups & Learning:

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“Sales” is Scary…Until it Isn’thttp://www.talener.com/talener-blog/sales-is-scary/ http://www.talener.com/talener-blog/sales-is-scary/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:09:15 +0000 http://www.talener.com/?p=25461 The post “Sales” is Scary…Until it Isn’t appeared first on Talener.

It’s almost that time of year again. Unfortunately, I don’t mean spring. Even though we are battling snow and ice here in New York City, the days are starting to get longer and before you know it we’ll be at graduation season. Graduates are putting in their resumes, hoping to secure a position by the […]

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Bad Sales Man & Chart [Converted]It’s almost that time of year again. Unfortunately, I don’t mean spring. Even though we are battling snow and ice here in New York City, the days are starting to get longer and before you know it we’ll be at graduation season. Graduates are putting in their resumes, hoping to secure a position by the time they walk across the stage, diploma in hand. In the staffing industry, we are seeing potential internal candidates taking the time to apply to multiple positions and take the best fit, rather than taking anything that crosses their path. Unlike the past few years, 2015 graduates may have job choices.

For some, there is a road laid out for additional school or volunteering abroad. But for many others who may have graduated without a clear path in mind, finding a position that can turn into a career can be hard. While scrolling through the pages of some of the biggest career sites, I found myself cringing at all of the all caps “ENTRY LEVEL, PAID TRAINING, NO EXPERIENCE, EARN $120K RIGHT OUT OF COLLEGE”, positions that are listed over and over again. It gives great sales positions a bad name.

It makes me think about our own sales people and what they must have thought when joining a sales team. Because, in the end, staffing is sales; and if anyone says differently, then they’re doing it wrong. Staffing is about selling your search services to your client and then turning around and selling the position to a qualified candidate. There is a lot of relationship building, trust, and understanding in between. And, at the end of the day, you do help someone with their career.

If the “ENTRY LEVEL EARN UP TO $120K” positions sound too good to be true, they probably are. Free training? Well…I would hope so. Training should be part of a company’s desire to have the best staff in the industry. There are buzzwords to make graduates feel like they can snap up six figures without lifting a finger. From cold calls to intense competition, unreasonable quotas, to surviving solely on commission; I can understand the “scary” part.

When I look around the Talener Manhattan office, I don’t see that. I won’t deny that it is a sales environment. We sell our services; the drive to make money lives in every single one of our recruiters. But there is more. It is energetic, exciting, with intense team comradery, and a drive to match the right candidate with the right client.   What it isn’t…is scary.

There are days where every client called will be a “no” or your star candidate will take a different job that you knew nothing about, but that is part of the intensity of sales. We hire recent graduates to instill sales best practices. A good entry level sales environment does more than provide a competitive base salary and benefits—it provides training, support, help, and guidance. Everyone inherently needs this when they start their sales career.

As Sir Richard Branson said, “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

If you are interested in a job with Talener and you are a recent graduate (or have a few years of experience!), please get in contact with us. Marina Star, our star internal recruiter, is searching for leaders to join our teams in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco & Los Angeles. Contact her today at MStar@talener.com or apply directly here.

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Talener Washington DC: Open for Business!http://www.talener.com/uncategorized/washington-dc-open/ http://www.talener.com/uncategorized/washington-dc-open/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 22:15:17 +0000 http://www.talener.com/?p=25181 The post Talener Washington DC: Open for Business! appeared first on Talener.

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 […]

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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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The Future of Digital: Business Insider Ignitionhttp://www.talener.com/talener-blog/digital/ http://www.talener.com/talener-blog/digital/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:52:27 +0000 http://www.talener.com/?p=25021 The post The Future of Digital: Business Insider Ignition appeared first on Talener.

“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 […]

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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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Jumping into the Job Search: Your 1st Tech Jobhttp://www.talener.com/talener-blog/jumping-job-search-1st-tech-job/ http://www.talener.com/talener-blog/jumping-job-search-1st-tech-job/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:12:57 +0000 http://www.talener.com/?p=24788 The post Jumping into the Job Search: Your 1st Tech Job appeared first on Talener.

Last 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 […]

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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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