June 19th, 2017
June 19, 2017
The New York City Salary Inquiry Ban
A Letter from the CEO:
Last month, the New York City Council voted to implement a NYC Salary History Inquiry Ban in November and I am excited to announce that Talener will take an aggressive approach beyond the NYC law and embrace the pure intention of the law – extending it to all six of our offices nationally.
The salary inquiry ban prohibits employers (including staffing agencies) from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history during any stage of the hiring process. This is just the tip of the iceberg towards leveling the playing field and eliminating discrimination biases.
By removing an often-uncomfortable conversation surrounding previous salary, we can be even more focused on improving our interactions and relationships with our clients and candidates. Relying on previous salary history perpetuates a life-long wage gap that focuses on previous compensation instead of the core skills and competencies that a candidate has attained.
Moving forward, we will educate candidates about the new law and how we are addressing it. Early feedback from candidates has been well-received. They are often hesitant to divulge compensation history, so this is a welcomed change.
We will refrain from discussing candidates’ compensation with clients as well. Rather, we are speaking with them about what candidates are looking for in their next role. Thus far, our clients have been receptive. Many have indicated that we are the first agency to bring up the changes that the law will encompass.
As an industry, we are programmed to ask about salary. It will take some time to retrain and replace our reflexes; but I am confident that this is the right direction for everyone involved.
I am embracing this change as a positive move forward. This is a learning experience for everyone involved and I will personally take a hands-on approach towards educating our staff, clients, and candidates. We are committed to eliminating the wage gap by diminishing discrimination and ultimately perpetuating inclusive hiring practices.
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June 14th, 2017
Information security threats don’t discriminate. Just last month, the Google Docs phishing and WannaCry ransomware attacks crippled users and healthcare systems around the world. Finding the people who predict, detect, and resolve these security threats are in high demand. And Emma Loftus, our information security Technical Recruiter is on the front lines; she finds talented security experts for clients that include new startups to Fortune 500 organizations.
In her first year at Talener, Emma has tackled the challenge of learning about information security and DevOps in order to secure the right talent for her clients. Her path has lead her to tackle the New York City security market head-on. Emma’s experience has been tailored to her strengths as a Technical Recruiter.
We sat down with Emma to get some perspective about her time at Talener, as well as her take on adapting from college to the “working” world.
Before you joined Talener, did you know what tech staffing was?
Before I started working at Talener, I had a very basic knowledge of staffing. I was sold on the culture and the opportunities for growth that came with working in this industry.
What was the most difficult part about making the transition from college to work?
This was my first “real” job – I started a month after graduation. I found it hard to transition to a fixed schedule and not having as many breaks throughout the day. I was always someone who had spread my classes out in order to avoid early classes. The early start takes some getting used to!
What kind of advice do you have for someone starting their career in staffing or a sales-oriented role?
Don’t let the small things get you down. In staffing, there is always another candidate or account that is out there just waiting to be picked up. Move forward and upward.
What kind if advice do you have for someone starting their career in any position?
By your senior year of college, you feel like you have it all figured out. But then, you jump into the workforce at the bottom of the pile again. Don’t let it get you down. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or worry that you don’t know all of the answers. Look to your mentors and work hard. You can learn so much, so quickly.
You have been at Talener for one year. What motivates you to recruit for positions every day?
One of the things that I love about working here is how much control I have over impacting what is going on with my own desk. If I’m not happy with how things are going, I can go out and change it quickly.
Your path led you to become a Technical Recruiter for Information Security. What do you find most challenging about the position?
Sometimes it seems like nothing is going your way – a job is filled by another agency, a candidate rejects an offer, etc.; but you just have to remember that good work is never a waste – it will come back to you!
What do you like the most?
I have control over my own success. I can pick up my own accounts and make things happen. There are many great leaders in this space who are always willing to give advice and help you reach your goals.
We’re curious – what was your dream job as a kid? Certainly not a technical recruiter?
I wanted to be a marine biologist — I loved dolphins and sea turtles.
And what was your college major?
I attended Colgate and studied English literature.
If you won $1 million and had to spend it on one single thing, what would you buy?
I would buy a cabin on a lake in the woods. I love NYC, but sometimes you need to get out of here!
And lastly, what emoji best describes your personality?
The smiley face that waves.
For more information about how you can define your path in tech staffing & recruiting, contact our Corporate Recruiter, Taylor Rockower. We are looking for talented graduates who have a passion for forming relationships and finding a purpose in their career.
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