Meet Ilya Talman

The head of Roy Talman & Associates has seen a variety of changes in financial technology recruiting since 1982.

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How Candidates Can Keep Their Learning Curve Ahead Of Accelerating Technology

In the last 18 months, with a variety of tech companies facing a solid amount of turnover – as in people leaving after only a year or two – you’d imagine that many candidates don’t need to put a whole lot of work into the entire interviewing process. They’d just ...
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Prepping Your Skills For The Machine Learning Revolution

In one of our recent posts, we wrote about the coming revolution in machine learning that candidates have to prepare themselves for. In truth, we’ve heard a lot of talk about it for several years now, but we still haven’t seen a lot of activity utilizing machine learning in many ...
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“Home Grown” Talent Versus Importing It

Many times, we’re preconditioned to think of hiring for talent that’s right in our own backyard. It’s convenient and let’s face it – there’s less to consider in the way of relocation expenses if it’s local and “home grown.” However, if we’re going to always be looking not only for ...
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Building Stronger Tech Worker Relationships In A New Era Of Activism

Recently, Google had a massive walk-out – about 20,000 employees – over its handling of cases of sexual harassment and misconduct. It’s part of a shift we’re seeing in tech environments in what some are branding, “tech worker activism.” Employees in the tech space seem louder than ever, essentially saying, ...
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Talman Talks Tech Predictions For 2019

Before I get started about what I foresee in the tech space for the coming year, let me share my favorite line about predictions, from Niels Bohr: “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” So while you may take some of these predictions with a grain of ...
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Why Did Amazon Really Pass Over Chicago For HQ2?

When Amazon chose the markets of New York and northern Virginia for its HQ2 company headquarters, a number of cities on the short list asked the same question: “Why not us?” Based on the chatter around town, Chicago was no different in asking this, especially since it appeared at one ...
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Women In Technology: The Deeper Problem Beyond Screening Too Many Candidates Out

Until recently, Amazon had an AI-based tool to screen candidates that probably sounded really good at first on paper. In fact, it seemed like the Holy Grail: You give the tool 100 resumes, it helps screen for the top candidates and, wow, look at all the time we’ve saved! Right? ...
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Lessons From Sears: The Peril Of Maintaining Status Quo Technology

Someone recently came into my office with a background in database management for the financial industry over many years. He asked, “I’m not seeing a lot of needs that entail the use of Oracle products…why is that?” My answer, basically, was that a heavy background in Oracle didn’t matter because ...
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From Amazon To Google: West Coast Outposts May Shift Chicago’s Hiring Strategies

A few months ago, Facebook signed a new lease in the Loop comprising a whopping 263,000 square feet – a space that many speculate can hold 2,000 employees or more. Around the same time, we learned that Google was planning on adding 100,000 square feet of office space. Pinterest leased ...
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Winning “The Lottery” On Your Own Terms

In our last post, we talked about how some people are drawn to the idea of making it big in an expensive area like New York or San Francisco while working for one of the top companies in the tech space. We often refer to this idea as “winning the ...
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Picturing The Movie Version Of Your Career

I’ve written before about the concept of “The Lottery” as it pertains to certain people who want to have it all in their careers. What’s winning the lottery to them? Living in a big house in a highly desirable location like San Francisco or New York with a wide range ...
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Why Silicon Valley Is Looking Hard At Chicago For Expansion

I was reading a fascinating story in the Wall Street Journal focusing on a very large software-specific private equity firm that has a unique strategy – when they buy a company that happens to be based in a high cost area, they subsequently try to diversify the geographic location of ...
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Average Job Tenures Are Shrinking But There’s A Hiring Strategy For That

If there’s one observation that can be made in regard to the average employee’s longevity at a company, it’s that these days, people generally don’t stay in one place for very long. By now, the assumption is made by many hiring managers at tech companies that within two or three years, the ...
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Picking Winners In Tech’s Next Stage And Building A Career Around One

There’s a school of thought among some in the technological space that as advanced as we humans have become at coding, code generated by machines is getting better all the time. Still, the future lies with people who can leverage the code that machines are generating for us. We still have such ...
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