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Networking to Stand Out

November 8th, 2017

Chicago | Carly Bellock

How can you make yourself stand out at a new job? What’s a good way to step out of your comfort zone to change the way you learn and work? Starting a new job can be nerve wracking and getting to know new people doesn’t always come easily for everyone.

About five months ago, I started working as a Relationship Manager at Talener. Networking has become my source for meeting new people, learning about the industry that I’m in, and standing out in a world full of recruiters.

I found myself in an industry where I was rapidly learning about sales and recruiting, but didn’t know a lot about how technology was integrated into different industries. I strived to learn more about the industry; putting every piece of knowledge I had into my work.

I learned about a local meetup at a restaurant and signed myself up. The networking meetup, held by ChickTech, focuses on boosting the confidence of women and girls in technology. The non-profit hosts programs to ensure that women in tech have the knowledge and resources they need for success.

I took a step out of my comfort zone and attended the event. I even took the time to speak with an attendee who volunteered for ChickTech’s Chicago chapter. From there, the conversation moved fluidly, and I knew that I needed to bring ChickTech & their annual ACT-W Conference back to Talener. It’s daunting as a new employee to approach your company about sponsoring an event, but this was a great opportunity to be a part of an organization that promotes women and girls in technology.

The next morning, after preparing myself and my pitch, I went to the Chicago Talener team to start the process of becoming a sponsor. Two months later, we had a booth, a speaking session at the ACT-W Conference covered by Tiffany Roesler, and full social media coverage of the event.

And all it took was a bit of courage to ask for what I wanted. By putting myself out there, I was able to engage with an organization while learning more about technology. Ultimately, it led to establishing a great relationship and I established credibility within the meetup group and at work.

No matter what role you play in an organization, it is important to know that networking and creating professional relationships can somehow, directly or indirectly, impact your organization and showcase your capabilities. As a new Relationship Manager, I have been focused on making the right client connections. This gave me the opportunity to not only introduce myself to new, potential talent, but to introduce my organization and what we do to help the tech community. Networking is something I will be continuing with throughout my career; I wasn’t there for only promoting women in tech, but to get more involved with technology to let people know recruiters are not just head hunters, but instead here to help the community find their fit in the industry.

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NYC: Salary History Ban Rules Take Effect October 31

October 16th, 2017

Rules regarding the New York City Salary Inquiry History Ban were released last week.  These rules solidify the amendment to the NYC Administrative Code, which bans employers based in NYC from inquiring about a candidate’s compensation history.  The amendment, which will go into effect on October 31st, 2017, strives to close the gender wage gap.

Since the signing of the bill in May, Talener has taken strides to eliminate compensation history from our daily practices.  This reflex of asking about past compensation is something that Mike Dsupin, CEO of Talener, addressed in his open letter in May. All Talener locations across the country have moved towards eliminating past compensation history from the equation in order to level the playing field.

Over the past 6 months, employers in New York City have been encouraged to change interview and hiring processes that require compensation history ahead of the law’s effective date. This includes applications, on-boarding documents, and interviews.  Likewise, searching publicly available records with the intent of learning about past compensation history is also prohibited. Failure to comply with the new law can bring substantial fines or violations.

  • How do staffing agencies fit into the law?
    Staffing agencies located in New York are also required to comply with the new rules.  Staffing agencies that act as the employer or as agents between an employer and a candidate will need to adjust their application and interviewing practices as well.
  • What if I’ve worked with a staffing agency before and they already know my compensation history?
    If the history is already known, agencies cannot share this information with an employer without written consent from the candidate.
  • The staffing agency is located in New York City but the role and company are outside of NYC. How does this work?
    Interviews conducted in New York City are pursuant to the law.  However, employers and roles located outside of NYC (i.e. New Jersey) are not subject to the law.  While the NYC staffing firm cannot ask about compensation history, the NJ based-employer is exempt.

The adoption of the New York City Salary History Inquiry Ban is only the tip of the iceberg.  The state of California as well as the state of Massachusetts have also enacted similar bans to take effect in January of 2018 and July of 2018, respectively.  These laws are part of a broader initiative to eliminate a life-long gender wage gap.

Detailed information regarding the NYC law can be found on the NYC Commission on Human Rights FAQ.  If you have any questions about working with Talener or how this law will affect you, please reach out to us with any questions. Talener is excited to continue our efforts in closing the gender wage gap and promote inclusive hiring practices.

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Jed Pillion joins Talener Boston as Head of Business Development

May 8th, 2017

TALENER – Boston, MA, May 8, 2017

Talener is excited to welcome Jed Pillion as the Head of Business Development in the Talener Boston office. Jed joins Talener after serving as the Managing Director for ExecuSearch for 6 years where he opened and built their Boston office from the ground up. Prior to working at ExecuSearch, Jed was a Sales Manager at Axceler and a Regional Director with Stride & Associates. In his time at Stride, Jed worked and built a strong relationship with Talener’s CEO, Mike Dsupin and EVP of Sales, Henry Boulos. His extensive background in the IT staffing industry will serve as a growth catalyst for Talener in Boston.

Jed has worked in IT recruiting for over 16 years and in five major markets across the United States.  His hope is that his years of experience will help grow Talener both internally, by mentoring our junior employees, as well as externally, through new enterprise accounts.  Additionally, Jed will be working with existing clients to solidify these relationships in Boston.

On joining Talener, Jed said, “This role is a culmination of my IT business development background.  Focusing on business development allows me to work closely with key accounts while fostering deeper and more meaningful relationships.”

If you would like to learn more about Jed’s path to Talener or have questions about IT needs at your organization, please reach out to him, here.

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Part 2: Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices, May 9th

May 2nd, 2017

Tuesday, April 4th marked National Equal Pay Day – a day put into place by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a way to generate public awareness regarding the pay gap between men’s and women’s wages.  Now, in 2017, the topic of inclusive hiring practices has never been more important.  Typically, women and minorities earn less than their male counterparts, even though women are joining the workforce and graduating college at a higher rate than men.

The discussion has become more important as individual cities and states have opted into laws that forbid using salary as a qualifier for future salary decisions.  Massachusetts will enact the salary-asking ban in 2018 and New York City, after putting a ban into place for its city workers, is now looking to prohibit any NYC employer from inquiring about a candidate’s salary history – including benefits, bonuses, or commissions.

In the upcoming weeks, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign this new amendment that has been approved by the New York City Council.  The idea, and goal, is to find a way to compensate an employee based on their experience rather than their salary history.  This means that someone who has started their professional life underpaid does not continue the cycle of underpayment.

Powerbase Meditation Founder, Danielle Kayembe, along with Talener’s Head of Training and Strategic Partnerships, Tiffany Roesler and NYC Directors Kim Siembieda and Alicia Scully will dive into the second part of the #TalenerMVMT series: Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices on Tuesday, May 9th.  They will cover topics that build upon the first Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices event as well as illustrate ways to have salary conversations (without the salary!), navigate changes in the workplace, and Danielle will illustrate some self-created techniques for meditation for women.

If you missed the first Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices event, you can read the coverage here. The second part of the series is open to anyone interested in inclusive hiring practices. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Make sure to stay connected to Talener for updates on the amendment signing.  Follow us on Twitter @TalenerHQ.

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Talener celebrates 10 years in the IT Staffing business!

April 3rd, 2017

Talener opened it’s doors on April 2, 2007 in New York City. Founder and CEO Michael Dsupin started Talener with the desire to offer the community an IT Staffing firm that placed a focus on contract and temp positions.

Mike has been in the IT Staffing industry his entire career, starting with Stride & Associates in 1995. After a successful run spanning 13 geographies and including startups and turnarounds, he found himself looking for the next challenge.  Stride had been a purely permanent placement agency. With a team of 5 former Stride owners backing Mike, he founded Talener, which began as an agency focused on the temp/contract space.  Starting with a team of 3 others (who were new to staffing), Talener generated $1.7 million in revenue in its first 9 months in 2007 (April-December) and $2.4 million in revenue in its first 12 months.

While Mike was always optimistic about his ability to grow a successful business, his only thought on that first day was landing the company’s first client and first candidate.  Talener’s first placement, in its first month, was Alex Nicholas at World Now; that same month, Talener made a second placement, Rahul Trivedi at Dexia Credit Local.  When asked if his vision has changed over the past 10 years, Mike was confident that his original vision is still the one he lives by today: “Success and growth of a business is never something that I take for granted.  It starts with a new client and a new job every day.  These are the lifeblood of our organization.  Delivering a great experience to every candidate and every client will ensure that we continue to grow into a great business”

While Talener has seen vast success over the past 10 years, they have also faced challenges like any other company.  Their biggest challenge has been the communication of their message.  “I know that every Client we call is not hiring immediately or today, but I know they will and when they do, I want them to think of using us.  I know that we are not able to fill every position we work, but I want an opportunity to fill them all… We are in the service business and providing everyone the full Talener experience can get lost in a phone call, in an interview and during some interactions with clients.  With the amount of attempts we make, it’s hard to guarantee that the message is delivered every time and that is something that I would never tolerate in any office/team that I sit in.”

Mike’s best advice he had to offer himself 10 years ago is to push yourself and step out of your box by doing something you never though you would: “Growing up, I worked in a Subway and worked with the owner very closely and I thought, after that experience, that I would never want to own a business.  When I was in College, I also said to myself that the last place in the world that I would ever want to work would be NYC.”  He also wishes he had “taken more notes/videos/pictures of all of the great times that I have shared with the staff, the candidates and the clients along the way.  Without them and all of their help, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”  Besides his family, Talener is the most important thing to Mike.  He defines success as the look on somebody’s face when they get a new job; that’s how it’s known that everything has been done to successfully complete the goals set.

While Mike doesn’t foresee himself slowing down anytime soon, he has a big vision of continued growth and success for Talener in the future.  He wishes to continue the building of deeper relationships with local communities, re-engaging with former colleagues who may have left the company, hopes to expand to new geographies while continuing to expand the business in other aspects. In the long-term when Mike eventually retires, he wishes to see Talener continue its journey to placing clients and candidates with the best position for them.

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