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After Hours Recap: Kick Starting Your 2014 Job Search

December 12th, 2013

Last night in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston we brought together candidates, clients, Talener employees, and guests to join for our very first Talener “After Hours” event! Here at our NYC Headquarters the evening was fairly laid back, allowing guests to mingle and discuss their plans for 2014 before a short presentation by our Web and Mobile Team Manager Justin Cottrell on what our team has seen in the market lately and the best ways to get ahead of the flood of New Year’s Resolution job seekers.

The Chicago team and friends out at El Hefe for our 1st Talener "After Hours" event.

The Chicago team and friends out at El Hefe for our 1st Talener “After Hours” event.

A huge thanks to everyone who came out! Stay tuned for more info on our next event on the evening of Wednesday, December 12! In New York we will be hosting an informative evening session centered on DevOps. More specifics of the program will be announced soon along with other events in LA, San Fran, Boston and Chicago.

Check out our Slideshare presentation below for a recap of some of our tips from last night!

10 Tips for Kick Starting Your 2014 Job Hunt! from talener

Posted in Career Tips, Company News, Current Events, Events, Talener Blog

Busting the Holiday Hiring Myth

December 6th, 2013

Busting the holiday hiring myth

It’s all too easy to write off the holiday season as a bust for securing your next job. The excuses are familiar and plenty: employees are absent off on holiday vacations, people are “too busy” with seasonal prepping, the weather’s too nasty to trek around to interviews… We’ve heard all the lines, but urge everyone to take a second thought at the false notion that this is the wrong time of year for hiring. Here’s why as the weather gets colder, the job market actually warms up:

  • Pressure’s On: Companies need to fill open roles before budgets expire at year’s end. After January, hiring managers are more likely to “window shop” for their next hire.
  • It’s The Most Busy Time of the Year: Many of the industries where we have the most placement success have dire needs for extra technical help: e-commerce sites boom during the frantic period of present-buying, entertainment conglomerates push out seasonal programming for home-bound viewers, travel companies win with last minute trip planners, and more.
  • Stand Out: Don’t get thrown in with the New Year’s Resolution crowd. Less candidates are on the market right now, which will give you an instant leg up.
  • Ready to Roll for 2014: Companies want to be ready to go with a full staff for when January 2nd rolls around and everyone is back in the office. By hiring early they can be prepped to hit the ground running immediately as the calendar flips to 2014.

Our first Talener After Hours event on the evening of December 11th will focus on the best ways to kick-off your quest for a new job in 2014, while it’s still 2013. To check out more info about the event in your local city and to RSVP, click here! We hope to see you there for a productive evening of discussion and networking!

Posted in Career Tips, Current Events, Events, Talener Blog

300 Words on the Power of Referrals

December 5th, 2013

Power of Referrals

According to an report from earlier this year, even if you do everything right – be perfectly qualified, submit a flawless resume, and write a clear, concise cover letter – reality is that your chance of securing the open job you just applied for is still less than 1%. This stat is particularly apt (and scary) for open technical jobs where qualified candidates are held up by keyword-scanning applicant tracking systems, HR reps who may not fully grasp tech requirements, and members of unrelated departments who may only have a few buzzwords to go by.

This is why it’s more important than ever to have a referral for the specific job you’re applying for. Whether an internal or agency referral, this is the only way to get on the express track to the hiring manager. The good news is that it’s never been easier to find who in your network has connections at the company you are targeting. LinkedIn’s entire network is built on this “degree connection” formula, giving you a platform to connect directly with professionals who are just one or two “degrees” away from your own contacts. Even beyond LinkedIn, the go-to professional networking site, job seekers can employ a full of range of social networks to uncover connections they may have not known they had. But even though it’s easier than ever to reveal these possible contacts, you still may not have a direct link to your dream organization. Here’s where Talener can help.

Just like being referred directly by a family or friend, partnering with Talener gives you a direct line of access to the decision-making hiring managers in our network of connections in the media, publishing, advertising, entertainment, technology and startup industries. It’s quite a different experience from dumping a resume into a black hole of endless applications submitted through online job postings. And frankly, from both a time management and productivity point of view, it’s truly the only method that makes sense for securing your next job!

Posted in Career Tips, Talener Blog

The Perfect Interview Process

December 4th, 2013

The Perfect Interview Process

The key to hiring is a simple and orderly interview process.  Here is our approach to the perfect interview process:

1. The First-Round: Conduct 6, back-to-back 20-minute interviews of our pre-screened candidates in our office.  By doing so, you can quickly compare and contrast the candidates’ backgrounds, personalities and skill levels at a similar price. Repeat this process until you get 2 or 3 candidates that you feel could be a good fit for your team.  This eliminates any phone or video interviews and by getting you out of your office, away from all of the distractions, you can focus 100% of your attention on the candidates you are meeting.

 2. The Second-Round: Before leaving our office, schedule the top 2 or 3 candidates for an immediate onsite interview. Try to schedule everyone for the next day.  Hopefully these interviews can also be back-to-back, so your team can devote time to interviewing, get an immediate comparison and then get back to their daily routines. The first onsite interview meetings should go as follows:

a. Manager: Expectations and information about the role (45 minutes)
b. Staff Members: Technical screens, a day in the life at company, and their own career stories (45 minutes with each teammate)
c.  Get immediate, detailed feedback on candidates.

3.  The Final Interview: Select the top 1 or 2 for a second onsite and final interview. During this final session:

a. Manager: Answer any additional questions about the role and company. (45 minutes)
b. Manager’s Boss: Confirm how well the candidate understands the job and why they want to work in your organization. (45 minutes)
c. Human Resources: Assess the personality and cultural fit, assess reasons for leaving former positions, and confirm references. (45 minutes)
d. Get immediate, detailed feedback on candidates. If you don’t believe that there is a viable candidate, then repeat the process again.

 4.  Decision Time: Make an offer, contingent upon the successful completion of the background and reference checks.

Posted in Career Tips, Talener Blog

Tech Event Roundup: December 2013

December 4th, 2013

Upcoming Tech Events

 We are happy to present another roundup of December and early January tech events, conferences and meetups around our offices that the Talener team will be attending in the coming weeks – including our own Talener After Hours! As always, let us know if you’ll also be at any of these events or if you have any additions for the list. We hope to see you out and about!

New York City:

FinTech Meetup Demos and Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 – 6:30 PM

The Product Group December 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013 – 7:00 PM to

Decoded Fashion NY Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – 7:00 PM to

UX Community Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – 6:00 PM to

Talener After Hours NYC: Kick Start Your New Year’s Tech Job Search!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

December NYC Web Design Meetup
Monday, December 16, 2013 – 7:00 PM

State of the NYC Startup Scene
Monday, December 16, 2013 – 6:30 PM to

How to get hired as an Android Developer
Monday, January 6, 2014 – 7:00 PM

 How to avoid technology development mistakes
Thursday, January 16, 2014 – 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Boston PHP: Founders Panel Discussion
Wednesday, December 4, 20136:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Product Management and the Search for Product-Market Fit
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 6:00 PM to

Women’s Coding Collective: Wrangling HTML (2-class series)
Thursday, December 5, 2013 – 6:15 PM to 8:30 PM

Cross-Platform Mobile Development In C#
Thursday, December 5, 2013 – 6:30 PM to

Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian’s “Without Their Permission” Book Launch Party
Monday, December 9, 2013 – 5:00 PM to

Talener After Hours Boston: Kick Start Your New Year’s Tech Job Search!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Boston Technology: Meet and Greet Holiday Get Together
Thursday, December 12, 2013 – 7:00 PM

Code Mentors Boston: Blitzen Bash Holiday Party!
Thursday, December 12, 2013 – 7:00 PM

Visual Design, Accessibility, and Design Thinking!
Thursday, December 12, 2013 – 6:15 PM to

Boston Fintech Tuesday
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 – 5:45 PM


Tech Cocktail’s Chicago Mixer and Startup Showcase
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Chicago Web Professionals Meetup Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 – 6:30 PM

DrupalCamp Chicago 2013
Saturday December 7th

Freelancers December Get-Together
Monday, December 9, 2013 – 7:00 PM

Holiday Party with Dev Bootcamp
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – 6:30 PM

Talener After Hours Chicago: Kick Start Your New Year’s Tech Job Search!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

AndroidListener December 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013- 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Chicago Women Developers: Hack Night
Thursday, December 12, 2013 – 6:00 PM

Google Developer Group Android December Meetup
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – 6:00 PM 

ChicagoRuby: Downtown
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 – 6:00 PM

A Business Analyst, a Product Manager, and a UI Designer Walk Into a Bar…
Thursday, January 9, 2014 – 6:00 PM

Los Angeles:

 IOS Developers & Entrepreneurs: New Members Connect
Thursday, December 5, 2013 – 7:00 PM

SM New Tech #100Startups
Thursday, December 5, 2013 – 6:00 PM

Los Angeles .Net Developers’ Group Holiday Party
Monday, December 9, 2013 – 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Hack Hollywood Panel
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – 7:00 PM to

Android App Developers – Long Beach – Christmas Celebration
Thursday, December 12, 2013 – 6:45 PM to 9:15 PM

Startup Socials Party LA
Thursday, January 9, 2014 – 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Talener After Hours LA: Kick Start Your New Year’s Tech Job Search!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

San Francisco:

Growth Hacking Lessons from Square, Google, and Slide
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Talener After Hours SF: Kick Start Your New Year’s Tech Job Search!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Women Who Code: Mobile Lightning Talks
Thursday, December 12, 2013 – 6:30 PM

Designers & Geeks: Holiday Beer Tasting
Saturday, December 14, 2013 – 2:00 PM to
Game & App Dev Holiday Party at Geekdom SF
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 – 6:30 PM 

SF EdTech 2013 Holiday Mixer
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Startup Socials Party December 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013 – 8:00 PM

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

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