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Making the Most of Your Staffing Agency

April 30th, 2014

How to Improve Staffing Results: An Agency PerspectiveTalener’s CEO Mike Dsupin recently shared his thoughts with journalist John Rossheim for a Monster.com piece on how clients can ensure the best results from their staffing agency. The piece hit upon some excellent points, some of which we’ve expanded upon below:

1. Stick to One Agency
Put your trust into one agency. This doesn’t mean you have to sign up with a retained search firm and be contractually obligated to hire from them, but relying on one, dedicated service adds a much-appreciated element of trust for both the recruiters, as well as candidates. By sending your open position to multiple agencies you may also risk the chance of having the same candidate submitted by different agencies, as some do not verify candidates’ job search history as well as others. Remember: quality over quantity!

2. Go Straight To The Source and Deal with the Hiring Manager
Who knows better about the job than the direct hiring manager? While a job description may be a launching point for getting a feel for the job, what’s best is an open and honest conversation with the person who understands exactly what is imperative in the job and knows who they actually want to work with on a day-to-day basis. We understand that sometimes resume may have to filter through Human Resources or other managers, but we’ve always found that dealing with and hearing feedback from the actual go-to person is the best bet for a quick hire.

3. Company Culture – Not Just a Buzzword
In technology staffing, programming languages and database knowledge are the backbone of any position. But equally as important is an understanding of your company’s unique environment – from dress codes to working hours to everything in between. We ask a lot of questions to get the feel for your company, but what’s most helpful is actually visiting your space so we can see where your next employee will be working. If a picture is worth a thousand words, you can just imagine the benefits we get from an in-person visit!

For the complete article with even more advice, visit Monster.com!

Posted in News, Talener Blog

Talener’s Management Retreat in Dallas

April 29th, 2014

This past weekend our management team from across the country met up in Dallas, Texas for our annual retreat. Despite the threat of impending tornadoes, it was great to have the rare chance for members of all five offices to meet, discuss our plans for the rest of the year, and learn how we can continue to make Talener the best place to work for all of our employees. See some shots below from the weekend!

 

 

Posted in Company News, Events, Talener Blog

A Busy Week at Talener: Meetups, NY Tech Day & More

April 25th, 2014

Talener Manager Alicia Scully and her brother Brendan Scully who presented at NY Tech Day with augmented reality company Metaio.
Talener Manager Alicia Scully and her brother Brendan Scully who presented at NY Tech Day with augmented reality company Metaio.

It’s been an event-crammed week for us here at Talener on both sides of the country.

Kicking off the week, our San Francisco office threw a mixer at the App Academy HQ for recent graduates of their twelve-week intensive programming school. It’s been a few weeks since they’ve completed their crash course in Ruby on Rails, Javascript, Backbone.js, JQuery and SQL, so we wanted to take a chance to introduce ourselves, talk about how to deal with recruiters and how they can rev up their job search and interviewing process. We’re excited to now actively represented App Academy candidates with all of our best clients!

On Wednesday back on the East Coast, we hosted another successful Tech After Hours meetup: an engaging panel on the past, present and future of tech education. We featured a unique array of speakers from several sides of the tech industries, from self-taught coders to graduates of more traditional Computer Science programs:

• Vinay Trivedi: Tech enthusiast, entrepreneur, investor, author of How to Speak Tech with a background in CS from Harvard University.

• Tommy Duek: Experienced developer and instructor at App Academy.

•Benjamin Encz: iOS Developer and instructor at MakeGamesWithUs, a company teaching iPhone game development.

Justin Cottrell: Director of our New York office.

If you couldn’t make it, check out the video of the panel at the bottom of this post!

Continuing on Thursday, several members of Talener NYC headed out to the NY Tech Day expo at Pier 92, an event bringing together over 400 startups and 10,000 professionals interested in tech across all industries. The massive science fair-style event featured companies of all shapes and sizes – from new apps who literally just hit the market that same day to some of the more established names who have been in the game for a few years now. The event gave a chance for startups (created in and outside of NYC) to showcase their products and services, meet with potential hires, network with investors and other industry professionals, and, of course, collect lots of promotional swag!

Posted in Company News, Events, Talener Blog

LinkedIn at 300 Million Members

April 18th, 2014

linkedin-300-million-usersToday via their official blog, LinkedIn announced their latest milestone: over 300 million registered members across the globe. In the past few years alone, LinkedIn has made a huge transition from what was once more or less an online resume hub to a content-rich platform used everyday by millions of professionals. Here at Talener, we use LinkedIn everyday to connect with new professionals, stay on top of industry and network updates, and allow candidates to easily apply with their accounts through our job board.

It’s worth noting how LinkedIn publicizes their user statistics. While other major social networks like Facebook and Twitter share their active monthly users, LinkedIn instead actively chooses to highlight registered users. While it’s likely that active membership numbers are much lower than other social networks, they have gained significant traffic among mobile users and their international user base.

Over the years LinkedIn has attempted to diversify to include additional services and applications: a contact management application, a news aggregator, the purchase of presentation-distributor Slideshare, and several other business verticals. While some may think of LinkedIn as just a playground for recruiters, the growing social network has expanded to be a valuable resource for people across all industries and geographies, as illustrated in the infographic found below. Click here to read more!

Posted in Current Events, Talener Blog

Where Are They Now? Tech Edition!

April 10th, 2014

Where Are They Now - Tech EditionIn a new recurring blog segment, we’ll be highlighting the stories of the websites we once frequented, the programs that made our lives easier, and the formerly-cutting-edge hardware that may be deep in your basement’s junk pile. You might be surprised to find of how some of these companies stayed alive, morphed or faded into the tech history books.

Before the days of Spotify… before torenting existed… Napster was the wildly popular, and controversial, favorite of the online music game.

Napster AliveReleased in 1999, the file sharing service offered a simple way for anyone to access millions of files from other user’s local shared hard drives. While experiments in peer-to-peer file sharing had been popping up for several years before, this was the first major platform to generate serious traffic, grow an enormous group of nearly 20 million users, and become an entire cultural phenomenon.

As quickly as Napster rose in popularity, so did the backlash. After several lawsuits from individual artists and record labels, the Recording Industry Association of America sued on account major accounts of copyright infringement. With Napster now front and center in the media, millions of new users flocked to install the program, spiking traffic downloads to new highs. Following a highly publicized trial, courts mandated for Napster to keep track of its network’s activities and restrict access to any reported infringing materials. With no real way to properly police their network, Napster was cornered into shutting down the service.

But did that mark the end of Napster?

Napster DeadAfter shutting down the network in late 2001, Napster agreed to pay music creators and copyright owners over $35 million in settlement payments for past, unauthorized uses of their music and potential future licensing royalties. To finance the large payments and stay on the right side of the law, Napster launched a paid music subscription, but within several months the company was hemorrhaging money. After a failed attempt to sell the company to the German media giant Bertelsmann, digital music software provider Roxio bought up the Napster brand and logo for a mere $5 million.

In the following years, the Napster name and logo would float around as the name for several different music platforms and services – passing through the hands of retail giant Best Buy, before joining Rhapsody, another streaming and downloading music service. Today, www.napster.com redirects to a Rhapsody subpage with an announcement of the company merge. Somehow the old headphone-wearing-cat-logo made it through the years and is still subtly featured as a relic of the first wave of popular music pirating.

Interested in a new tech role within the digital music space? Talener is working with several high profile music clients across all of our offices. To see some some our open positions, check out our job board or contact us directly!

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