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Talener raises over $10k for Cycle for Survival

March 14th, 2017

Continuing the tradition of charitable giving through teamwork, Talener New York took part in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Cycle for Survival at Equinox Bryant Park this past weekend.  The 18-person team took to the bikes, having raised over $5,000 towards research to battle rare cancers.  All proceeds are used for research efforts within 6 months of the Cycle for Survival event, offering an immediate impact on the lives of rare cancer patients and their families. Friday’s event hosted almost 50 participating teams, bringing the total fundraising to over $33 million for 2017.

New York team leader, and one of Talener’s Directors, Kim Siembieda, reflects on her participation in the event:

“Cycle for Survival is an incredibly inspiring event.  It is emotional and powerful to hear firsthand stories from Memorial Sloan doctors and rare cancer survivors.  Over the past 4 years I have been participating in Cycle for Survival, it is still so motivating to see so many people come together and rally behind such a great cause.  To see the event grow over the years, in terms of participants, money raised and locations across the country, gives so much hope to the battle.”

Amongst four Talener offices, we have raised more than $10,000 for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Donation pages are still open until April 1, 2017.  If you would like to donate to the cause, please click here.  On behalf of all Talener offices, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity and support.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Why We Give Back

February 12th, 2016

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There are hundreds, even thousands of charities that work tirelessly to ensure that we take care of those who need information, guidance, and help to get through their daily lives. The reasons that we give back are infinite. Whether you feel compelled based on personal experience or because it makes you feel better – giving back is an essential part of contributing to society.

As a company, we give back for various reasons. But simply put, it’s just the right thing to do. We have been able to build a successful organization with passionate people who allow us to give back in many ways. It is our responsibility to show our appreciation for our success and lead by example. It shows our staff how passionate we are, and in turn allows them to be passionate about causes that are important to them.

In the month of November, as the holidays approached, we wanted to bring attention to the fact that many people would not be eating holiday meals at the same time that many of us were preparing to head off to our families for the holiday season. In fact, many would not be eating meals at all. It was important for us to reach out to a population that can be forgotten because they can’t necessarily be seen on the street or in a soup kitchen. Our decision to support Meals on Wheels in November helped us to understand that many older Americans are unable to leave their homes to shop for or get a nutritional meal.

Our goal was to donate at least $10,000 to the organization. We wanted to give our staff the opportunity to be part of this donation by giving them a competition that we knew they would take to heart. And we were right. $10,400 later, we proudly presented a check just in time for the New Year. There was no prize for them. There was no personal incentive to work harder. There was no monetary reward. There was no trip or fancy dinner. But our employees went above and beyond to make sure that we hit that goal.

Last winter, I took an eighth grade class into New York City to help set up a soup kitchen and feed the needy. It was a great experience for the kids and myself because everyone was so appreciative. And there was a realization that we are all people. We are all the same. Everyone’s circumstances are different, but everyone needs to be fed and needs to know where their next meal is coming from. No one in this country should be wondering about whether they will be hungry tomorrow.

Giving back to Meals on Wheels made us understand that we were helping those who could have very well been our parents or grandparents. And this understanding gives us the insight to appreciate not only our meals, but our families, our health, and ability to get up every day without the fear of not knowing where we will sleep, how we will eat, and if we will be safe as night falls again.

Coincidentally, as I’m writing these thoughts, this was posted by my church in an email today. Whether you are religious our not – the idea is universal.

“We need to feed the hungry in the name of Jesus, and that is a high honor and call. We need to make sure that none of our neighbors are ever turned away when they look to the church for help.” – Timothy Cardinal Dolan

I am so proud of our staff for considering it an honor to give back. I am so proud that they went above and beyond their normal work to ensure that we could reach our goal. And I’m so proud that we are able, as a company, to help those that need it most.

Join us this month as we take on our next challenge for Cycle For Survival. Every one of our offices has put together a spinning team to raise money and ride against rare cancers. And once again, I know they will make me proud to have such a dedicated team of people who are professionally and personally so passionate about giving back.

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Talener Washington DC: Open for Business!

January 6th, 2015

Talener is continuing to grow organically and is happy to announce that our Washington DC office has opened!   Thousands of tech jobs can be found through a simple search on LinkedIn or Indeed. These numbers back the tech expansion that has been talked about in Washington DC over the past few years.

The key is making the connection between these employers- (from start-ups to Fortune 500s) and top tech talent in the Washington DC metro area. Some of the finest talent comes from top universities like George Washington, American University, or Georgetown- all in the heart of our nation’s capital.

Tech start-ups have realized the potential of this market and have attempted to break out of Silicon Valley and across the country to the east coast. From Proudly Made in DC to the Washington Post– more and more tech and media outlets are highlighting the potential for rapid growth.

While the office space is new and the paint has barely dried- four of our veteran managers and directors have taken on the task of making Talener the tech staffing solution in Washington DC.

Meet the Team:

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Justin Cottrell– Justin has moved up the ranks at Talener over the last five years, including his most recent position as Director of our New York City headquarters. His extensive knowledge of the software, Java, C# and QA markets make him an asset to the team and to any potential tech job seekers in the Metro DC area.

Chris Fanning– Chris has an exemplary background in placing Open Source technology candidates with some of the country’s top companies; all while running a successful team in New York City.

Margo Slaff– Margo’s personality, organization, and passion for the front end market have made her a valuable asset in New York. Moving to Washington DC gives her the opportunity to build out a successful team with as much passion as she has.

Kate Byrnes– As an expert in the software field- Kate has left a void in New York. The dedication to her clients and candidates is unparalleled. Her work ethic and desire to make the match between top tech talent and our clients is exemplary.

With several years of combined experience; Justin, Chris, Margo & Kate will take on the DC office in several different areas of technology, including:

Open Source Scripting, Front End & Mobile, Enterprise Software, Dev Ops, Project/ Product Management & Quality Assurance

From iOS to Drupal, JavaScript to the Cloud- our DC team can make the connection. Whether you are just starting the job search or hiring for that hard-to-find talent, Talener is your full service solution- recruiting, relationship building, market data, and placement.

Take a moment to contact the team to see how they can help you today.

Washington DC Metro:  1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22209

Phone:  703-592- 6000

Meet the Team

Posted in Company News, Current Events, Talener Blog, Uncategorized

Hiring From Coding Schools: Another Way to Learn

September 4th, 2014

506104659Last night Talener hosted another mixer at App Academy, an intensive 3-month development bootcamp in San Francisco. Candidates at App Academy learn to code in a test driven development and agile environment using the most modern development languages.

Time and time again we’ve seen candidates from similar programs across the country beat out traditional Computer Science students for advanced engineering roles, and we are proud to be directly working with this year’s cohort of App Academy graduates to help them launch their development careers!

Because the job market is so competitive right now, employers should seriously consider bringing on more junior candidates who were taught to code the right way and then continue their training on-site. The model may stray from the traditional, but it’s a unique opportunity for tech departments to work with passionate developers eager to expand their knowledge. It’s also an attractive alternative for managers who may be fearful of engrained coding habits, instead giving managers first dibs at acclimating new employees to the nuances of their work and technology environments. Companies must also remember that while coding academies are particularly hot right now, they are exclusive. Program enrollment is only after stringent application requirements are passed and typically months of at-home learning is required before even walking in the classroom door.

We look forward to partnering with even more of these innovative schools in the coming months!

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Jobs of the Week: August 18 Edition

August 20th, 2014

Every other week we will be highlighting several hand-picked openings from each our offices’ teams.  Check each listing’s full job post for details and application info!

New York City – Director of Product – Media & News: A consumer video start-up within of one of the largest business news organizations in the world, is seeking a Director of Product to drive the roadmap, development, and launch for a completely new TV channel within the company. Help lead the team for this innovative mobile TV/news app!


Boston – PHP Engineer – Educational Publication: A notable education publication is looking to expand their digital team and technology footprint with several sharp, well-rounded software engineers.

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