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Talener Welcomes San Francisco Director, Michelle Byrd

September 23rd, 2019

September 23, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Talener is excited to announce the hiring of Michelle Byrd as the Director of the Talener San Francisco office.  Michelle joins Talener with an array of experience that positions her to cultivate strong relationships among team members, candidates, and clients. 

Michelle brings significant technology staffing experience to the team. Prior to joining Talener, she was the Senior National Accounts Manager for Kaiser Permanente at Artech in California, the Branch Manager for the California IT/ Engineering practice at Yoh, and the Division Director at Robert Half in New York.  Her bi-coastal experience nurturing business relationships and successfully staffing for large national accounts will be an asset to the Talener team.

“It has been an extensive search and I want to thank everyone who was involved along the way.  Michelle really knocked it out of the park. We are all very excited to have her take our office to the next level.  She has a great work ethic and an electric personality that will draw the technology community to her and to Talener”, says Talener CEO Mike Dsupin.

Michelle is looking forward to bringing new energy to San Francisco as well. “Having had the ability and opportunity to work on all sides of the business, I’ve always felt it boded well for me. I’m really looking forward to helping lead the team to exceed their goals. Loving what you do makes it easier to come to work every day. I’m excited to be working for people who know the business and have integrity doing it; learning as much as I can along the way.”

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Talener Prepares for New York Salary History Inquiry Ban

October 26th, 2017

While there are only a few days left before the New York City Salary History Inquiry Ban goes into effect, Talener has been preparing for its enforcement for the past several months.

In May, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an amendment into law barring employers or staffing agencies in New York City from asking candidates for their compensation history.  Likewise, those who represent companies with jobs based in New York City will be prohibited from asking candidates about their compensation history.  This includes base, bonuses, equity, etc.

In an open letter, Talener CEO, Michael Dsupin addressed the true intent of this law: closing the wage gap by ending perpetual underpayment that may follow someone throughout their career.  Beyond compliance and words of support, Talener has taken strides to embrace the law by exceeding requirements – applying it to the entire company, beyond New York City.

The following steps are being implemented across all six Talener offices:

  • Talener has introduced a company-wide policy to no longer ask candidates about their compensation history
  • Training is being provided to employees to ensure they fully understand this policy
  • Talener employees have read and agreed to upholding our policy of no longer asking about or recording past compensation history
  • Digital and print brochures outlining the law and our internal policy are available to all clients and candidates in our offices or upon request
  • Brochures geared at candidates explain why they should not disclose their compensation history to us at any point in the interviewing process
  • In the case that a candidate accidentally brings up their compensation history, Talener will inform them that this information will not be recorded or used
  • A time and date-stamped note will be added to Talener’s applicant tracking system in the event that a candidate does disclose their compensation
  • Compensation history that is already known (past candidates / past placements) will not be shared or used

We will continue to prepare and educate our staff, clients, and candidates about the steps we are taking to be compliant with the law.  But ultimately, Talener is embracing inclusive hiring practices and the value of closing the wage gap that this law addresses.


For more information about the law or to learn more about the steps we have taken, please contact us.

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Letter from the CEO: Adopting the NYC Salary Inquiry Ban Across Offices

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.

 

Thank you,

Michael Dsupin

CEO, Talener

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One Year Snapshot: Emma Loftus

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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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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