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Talener Donates $2100 to Meals on Wheel America in November

December 5th, 2018

NEW YORK, NY – December 5, 2018

Talener announced that it would donate $2100 to Meals on Wheels America this week. In November, Talener challenged its team and clients to conduct interviews at Talener offices across the country.  For every interview session, Talener pledged a $50 donation to the organization.

“The Meals on Wheels November Interview Challenge has become a tradition for us every year around the holidays.  We challenge our team to end the year strong and encourage our clients to let us help them with their end-of-year hiring needs; all while giving back to our community,” said Talener CEO Michael Dsupin.

Meals on Wheels America provides hot meals to seniors who are unable to cook or shop for nutritious food.

Started in 2007, Talener is a technology staffing practice headquartered in New York City.  Talener matches tech talent to top organizations across six regional geographies.

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Setting Strong Communication Channels – AdTech Client

October 29th, 2018

 

CLIENT OVERVIEW

As part of a global media brand, this company has created a marketing services platform that integrates data and technology to create smart business solutions for their clients.

CHALLENGE

After a merger, the organization needed to reorganize and grow their team. To be competitive in the San Francisco job market, they offer excellent compensation packages as well as positions that are well-aligned with the local talent pool. They require senior-level talent and have high standards for new employees. Combined with a tight labor market and the commitment to hire employees who are a long-term right fit, this company decided to actively seek out contract-to-hire candidates.

THE TALENER SOLUTION

Talener’s focus was on building trust through strong communication channels. The company stressed a top-down buy in approach where everyone in the organization understood their role in regards to building out their teams. Talener adapted to this dynamic and applied recruiting methods that were consistent with the organization’s philosophy. Clear and on-going communication led to early placement success. These placements prompted hiring managers to refer Talener internally to other managers. Talener built trust at the organization from within; leading to fifteen placements across the company. By utilizing check-ins at every stage of the recruitment process and presenting candidates that reflected the company’s requirements, we were able to form lasting relationships.

RESULTS

Over the past year, fourteen of the placements were contract or contract-to-hire roles across various disciplines; including QA, Java, Project Management, & Director-Level jobs. Through Talener’s tech-focused and collaborative teams, the hiring managers could confidently and seamlessly work across disciplines. This proactive and communicative approach is part of the mutually beneficial success that Talener and the company have enjoyed. Beyond the fifteen placements, the rapport that Talener has built with the organization has opened up additional opportunities for the future.


If you would like to learn more about Talener’s Company In method, please reach out at 917-720-1080.

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Communication and Feedback: Case Study – Emergency Communications Client

October 16th, 2018

CLIENT OVERVIEW

Based in New York, this emergency communications startup has built itself as a leader in their industry over the past several years. They have addressed common issues that people face in cases of emergency. Recently, they have partnered with several large global tech companies.

THE CHALLENGE

The company needed to scale out their engineering team in order to support upcoming partnerships with large technology companies. Because there were only a few dozen employees at the helm, time was of the essence. There were several permanent positions across the board that needed to be filled; including Back End, Front End, Product Management, DevOps & QA Engineers.

In addition to the time constraints to scale out a world-class engineering team, they had very specific and measurable requirements for every new hire. Candidates needed to understand the intensity and scope of working with a startup that desires top-tier engineers. For Talener, these constraints were a challenge, but were also clearly outlined to foster success.

THE TALENER SOLUTION

Talener understood the importance of constant communication and feedback. Following the first two placements, the Talener team met with the client to communicate feedback and debrief to ensure that expectations were being met. Talener provided information about the candidate interview experience, competition, other offers candidates were receiving, and presented advice moving forward. Taking the feedback seriously, the client provided additional selling points as well as their own comments regarding future placements.

Talener pitched the importance of the Company In method, in which the client came on-site to Talener to interview several candidates in succession. The Company In method allowed for immediate feedback from the candidates as well as the VP of Engineering. Likewise, they were given the opportunity to reinforce their mission, vision, values, and selling points in-person.

RESULTS

Early communication and expectation management led Talener to place 10 permanent engineering and product management employees in just over one year. The Company In method was utilized and successful for eight different positions. Two positions used phone screening and on-site interviewing.

Talener’s local, tech-specific teams could readily handle each candidate and position individually; supporting the client’s needs across several technology disciplines. Likewise, constant follow-up and feedback means that Talener has created an enduring relationship with the client based on open communication and honest evaluation.


If you would like to learn more about Talener’s Company In method, please reach out at 917-720-1080.

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Leveraging Talener’s Company In Method

October 10th, 2018

CLIENT OVERVIEW

Located in New York, this not-for-profit organization has over 100 years of experience in the entertainment industry.

THE CHALLENGE

The incoming CTO conducted a review of the current technology teams and structures. It was determined that an on-shore QA team was needed; including both manual and automated QA Engineers. The client desired to fill these contract-to-hire positions quickly. They knew what type of talent they desired, had a clear idea of the qualifications needed, and had defined the contract duration and hourly pay rates.

Talener had an existing relationship with them through the Product & Project Management team in New York. When Talener’s QA recruiting team became aware of an open QA position, it was a seamless transition from one Talener team to another.

THE TALENER SOLUTION

Talener sourced three automated QA Engineers through its database of existing candidate relationships as well as traditional recruitment methods. With specific requirements given from the client, Talener was able to turnaround these candidates quickly. After meeting three candidates for the automated QA position, the client decided to hire all three for the team.

Additionally, they had a need for a manual QA Engineer. Talener encouraged the Company In method. The Company In allowed the client to come into Talener’s office for an afternoon and meet six candidates in succession. Talener received immediate feedback from both the client and each of the candidates, leading to quicker turnaround time. This method was appreciated by the hiring managers since Talener set up all of the interviews in one block time. They were able to compare and contrast candidates more efficiently.

RESULTS

The Company In was successful in providing qualified candidates in a short period of time. The one manual QA position turned into three contract-to-hire job offers due to the caliber of candidates recruited by Talener for the Company In.

In total, eight candidates were hired through Talener by the client within 10 days. Additionally, the trust and success of the Company In prompted them to ask Talener for two additional QA positions to be filled one week later. These positions were filled through two phone interviews after being recruited, screened, and pitched. Knowing the company’s methods, desired candidate skills, and their hiring structure, Talener was able to secure two additional hires for the QA team.


If you would like to learn more about Talener’s Company In method, please reach out at 917-720-1080.

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7 Ways Evaluate Your Contract-to-Hire Job

October 9th, 2018

If you find yourself in a position to consider or accept a contract-to-hire job, use this opportunity to evaluate the company, the job, and whether it is the right permanent fit.

Try before you buy

A contract-to-hire job is a great way for both a consultant and employer to try each other out before making a long-term commitment.  During your contract period, you and your manager can assess whether the job and the company is the right fit for you.  At the end of the contract, you can choose to continue the relationship or part ways, ending the contract period.  For an employer, the end of a contract may not cause the ripple among employees that can occur when a permanent employee departs. And for you, it is easy out if you really don’t like the job or your co-workers.

Assess the company & its culture

Contract-to-hire jobs put you in a unique position to evaluate the company from the inside.  From procedures and hierarchy to organizational stability and operational structures, this time gives you a snapshot of how you will interact with the organization on a day-to-day basis.  Likewise, assess whether the company’s culture matches your values.

Find your fit

Knowing that a new job is the right fit can be tough to decode after a few interviews.  Chances are, you haven’t had a chance to meet with everyone and see the team dynamic before starting your job. Figure out where you fit into the team and the organization through your contract. Decide whether it is the right structure and environment to meet your needs and goals.

Assess work-life balance

What kind of hours do permanent employees work? Are they expected to eat lunch at their desks? Are there flexible arrival and departure times? Are vacation days hard to come by – or does this vary by manager or department? Evaluate how a permanent position will affect your lifestyle and whether you would need to make changes.

Evaluate the perks & benefits

Since most contracting positions do not offer full benefits or perks, this is a great time to evaluate what other employees have through the organization.  Get an insider’s look at their 401k plan, wellness benefits, company-sponsored insurance & more.  Plus, there may be some non-advertised perks or incentives that help you in your decision-making process.

Build your skill set

Add new experience and skills to your resume. Whether you decide to stay with the position or not, take the opportunity to learn new systems, programming languages, or methodologies.  These skills build on your existing experience and give you a leg up if your contract-to-hire job also has to be advertised outside of the organization before it is officially offered to you.

Answering: Why did you leave?

Explaining short stints on a resume can be tough. And it can make future employers weary that you won’t stick around if you’re hired permanently. In a contract-to-hire job, you can roll right into the position without needing to jump through the question hoops that outside candidates may face.

Or, if you decide to leave at the end of the contract, it’s easy to confirm that your contract finished without any further explanation needed.

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