March 4th, 2014
Archive for the ‘Career Tips’ Category
February 6th, 2014
While the tech job you eventually land may have a more relaxed dress code than your typical sales or corporate gig, that doesn’t mean you should dress for the interview like you already have the job. And while there certainly are those companies that pride themselves on the youthful start-up atmosphere, which includes that certain style of dress, technology professionals are employed in industries that range the gamut – from finance corporations to ad agencies to everything in between – where fashion protocol is a whole different story. While the Zuckerberg getup (hoodie, t-shirt and jeans) may work down the line once you’ve nabbed the job, it’s probably not advisable for most interviews.
You shouldn’t have to worry about playing a what-to-wear guessing game or having to research online to find feedback from past interviewers who may regretted their fashion choices. If you’re working with a decent recruiter who knows their clients well, they will point you in the right direction. If you’re interviewing directly, you can even ask the HR Rep what typical interview attire is. Err on the side of caution though and always dress more formal than not!
For more insight into what to wear and some interview appearance basics check out our Slideshare presentation below! It should help demystify the professional fashion lingo and provide some helpful pointers to guarantee a great first impression from the moment you walk in the door.
January 31st, 2014
Here at Talener, we talk a lot about goals. And today in our NYC office, our visitor-for-the-day Kim Siembieda from Talener Boston presented a great meeting for our team on how to better to prepare, focus, and achieve personal and professional goals. While Kim focused primarily on specific goals for our internal employees, we felt her points were definitely relevant to a wider audience – whether you’re looking to make the next step in your career, take on more at your current job or make a change in another area of your life. Without further ado, here are some of Kim’s suggestions:
1: Be Narrow and Realistic: The more specific you can be about your goal, the more likely you are to achieve it. Stay away from generic resolutions and instead target specific action-items to make sure you stay the course.
2: Habit-Forming Takes Patience: Change doesn’t happen overnight, especially for something serious like a professional goal. Don’t expect to form lifelong habits with a snap of your fingers. Ingraining change takes much longer, so think months and years instead of days and weeks. During the journey don’t forget to track your progress to see how changes have formed.
3: Be Vocal: Don’t keep your ambitions to yourself. Say your goals out loud to yourself, write them down, and make sure others are aware too. Have your friends and family help you stay on course, but…
4: Do It For You: Don’t just set goals arbitrarily because your manager or someone else expects you to. It’ll be harder to stay on track if you’re just going through the motions to please someone else. Find the reason YOU want to achieve the goal.
5: Expect and Embrace the Roadblocks: What would an ambitious goal be without a challenge? Trips and falls are always part of the learning process. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try all over again.
6: Seek Help and Look for Competition: No man is an island. In addition to looking for helpers along the way, also look for those who will drive you to stay on your goals through friendly competition. Be creative and collaborative to keep you on track, while also having fun.
December 12th, 2013
Last night in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston we brought together candidates, clients, Talener employees, and guests to join for our very first Talener “After Hours” event! Here at our NYC Headquarters the evening was fairly laid back, allowing guests to mingle and discuss their plans for 2014 before a short presentation by our Web and Mobile Team Manager Justin Cottrell on what our team has seen in the market lately and the best ways to get ahead of the flood of New Year’s Resolution job seekers.
A huge thanks to everyone who came out! Stay tuned for more info on our next event on the evening of Wednesday, December 12! In New York we will be hosting an informative evening session centered on DevOps. More specifics of the program will be announced soon along with other events in LA, San Fran, Boston and Chicago.
Check out our Slideshare presentation below for a recap of some of our tips from last night!
December 6th, 2013
It’s all too easy to write off the holiday season as a bust for securing your next job. The excuses are familiar and plenty: employees are absent off on holiday vacations, people are “too busy” with seasonal prepping, the weather’s too nasty to trek around to interviews… We’ve heard all the lines, but urge everyone to take a second thought at the false notion that this is the wrong time of year for hiring. Here’s why as the weather gets colder, the job market actually warms up:
- Pressure’s On: Companies need to fill open roles before budgets expire at year’s end. After January, hiring managers are more likely to “window shop” for their next hire.
- It’s The Most Busy Time of the Year: Many of the industries where we have the most placement success have dire needs for extra technical help: e-commerce sites boom during the frantic period of present-buying, entertainment conglomerates push out seasonal programming for home-bound viewers, travel companies win with last minute trip planners, and more.
- Stand Out: Don’t get thrown in with the New Year’s Resolution crowd. Less candidates are on the market right now, which will give you an instant leg up.
- Ready to Roll for 2014: Companies want to be ready to go with a full staff for when January 2nd rolls around and everyone is back in the office. By hiring early they can be prepped to hit the ground running immediately as the calendar flips to 2014.
Our first Talener After Hours event on the evening of December 11th will focus on the best ways to kick-off your quest for a new job in 2014, while it’s still 2013. To check out more info about the event in your local city and to RSVP, click here! We hope to see you there for a productive evening of discussion and networking!