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Meet Robert Laughlin, Director, Talener Boston!

June 14th, 2012

“Is there a way to guarantee I get the job I want?” Is a question that Robert Laughlin has heard from more than one candidate.  “I wish I knew!  I would be doing a lot more placements if I had that answer. There are certainly ways help your chances but nothing is guaranteed when it comes to the job hunt – just do your best to be prepared,” is Rob’s answer to that question.   Rob started with Talener in New York City in June of 2010.  After graduating from school, Rob was looking for an opportunity to join a growing company where he could quickly develop his business skills in a professional and successful environment.  According to Rob, “Talener proved a great vehicle to achieve those goals.  More specifically, Talener’s “promote from within,” philosophy was attractive to me as someone looking for leadership opportunities early in their career.”

When Talener SF expanded, he moved out there to run our MS practice in that office.   Something Rob really enjoys about his job is that success at Talener is directly related to the time and effort spent on perfecting and executing our craft. As a result, Talener employees have a tremendous amount of control over their career progression, geographic location and income potential.

Rob made his most recent move for Talener to open our Boston office as the Director there on June 4, 2012.  This marks a move home of sorts for Rob who is from MA and has been looking forward to getting back to the east coast to make his mark.  We asked Rob what how the technology markets in the three cities compare and Rob said this:

“I found these three technology markets far more similar than one might expect; all three markets are experiencing incredible growth and the demand for intelligent software professions is highly visible in start-ups and large organizations alike. There is certainly a more permeating technology “buzz,” out on the West Coast, especially with the social media and software giants like Facebook and Google.  From an industry standpoint, there is certainly a larger software product and social media focus out in San Francisco compared to the Media/Publishing presence in NYC or the Healthcare/Medical services leadership in Boston.”

If your company is located in Boston, please feel free to give Rob and his team a call (617)651-8070, and they can help you with all of your technology staffing needs.  Good luck to Rob and the whole Talener Boston team!

Posted in Company News, News, Talener Blog, Talener Culture

History of IT Recruiting

June 7th, 2012

Having worked in the Information Technology Industry since 1996, I thought that I would share the Industry changes, the Problems that companies have been trying to solve and the Real Issues in staffing that Candidates and Companies face.  

History of Recruiting


1996- Posted ads in Newspapers, Resumes faxed to office, NY Times, Boston Globe, LA Chronicle (Market starting to Boom)

1998- Online Job Boards, Monster, Dice, Craig’s List, CareerBuilder, Hot Jobs (Still Booming)

2000- Company Intranets, Career sites, Referal Bonus (Boom Ending) 

2002- Internal Recruiting, Applicant Tracking Systems, Vendor MGMT Solutions, SOX Compliance (Depths of Despair)

2004- Job Aggregators- indeed, Flip Dog, Simply Hired (Signs of Recovery)

2006- LinkedIn, The Ladders, Niche Job Boards (Recovery) 

2008- Social Media- Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, LI (Sliding Back)

2010- Passive Candidate, Video Resumes & Video Jobs (Bottom)

2012- Gen Y Recruiting, College Recruiting (Back Booming)


Problems that companies are trying to solve:

 1)     Cost of Job Posting

2)     Cost per hire

3)     Place to find candidates- Resume Websites

4)     Targeted places to post jobs- Niche Job Boards

5)     Finding passive candidates- Making a non-active candidate, active

6)     Interviewing tactics- Video, Photos, Descriptions

7)     College Market Recruiting 

Real Issues that the Candidates and Managers face:

1)     Choices, both Candidates and Managers want them

2)     Active, both want Jobs and Candidates that are REAL

3)     Within Price

4)     Within Location

5)     Jobs and Candidates that have been filtered and recommended from a trusted entity

6)     Speed, get through this process as quickly as possible, Job Search and Candidate Selection is not FUN


Only Solution that really works: 

1)     Let us do our jobs

–          Trust me (The amount of people we’ve placed that the MGRs didn’t want to see and same on the Candidate side)

–          Come in here!


Enjoy the service and the result.

Posted in Current Events, Talener Blog

Talener Boston officially open for business

June 4th, 2012

Good morning,

Talener Group is proud to announce the official opening of our Boston, MA office.  If you have any IT needs, contract or fulltime positions or if you are looking for a new role, please contact:

Rob Laughlin- Director, 617-651-8071, 

Kim Siembieda- Manager, 617-651-8072,

Ben Hayes- Sr. Relationship MGR, 617-651-8073,

Ashley McNamara- Sr. Relationship MGR, 617-651-8074, 


Our office is located at:

15 Broad Street, Suite 404

Boston, MA, 02109


We look forward to making a major impact on the greater Boston Technology and Business Communities.



Michael Dsupin



Posted in Company News, Current Events, Talener Blog

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