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Behind the scenes at TalentEgg: Dan, Account Director

TalentEgg’s 5th anniversary is coming up and, to shed light on our success, we’re bringing the TalentEgg community behind the scenes of what we do here at the Egg Carton.

We’re a tight-knit, passionate team that is working hard to help students and new grads hatch their careers, and connect employers with top Gen Y talent. We’re eggs-tremely proud of everything we’ve accomplished over the last five years – and the good news is we’re just getting started!

Visit the TalentEgg blog each week for a new perspective on our team and the work we do both at our downtown Toronto office and on college and university campuses across Canada.

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Meet Dan, TalentEgg’s Account Director

Whether you’re using TalentEgg as a student to find a job, or as an employer to recruit students and recent grads, you’re probably already familiar with Dan’s work.

As our Account Director, alongside the rest of the Accounts team, he works with hundreds of employers – our clients – to not only manage their campaigns but exceed their expectations.

TalentEgg is used by far more employers than any other job board for students and recent graduates, so Dan is always busy creating impressive employer profiles, adding new jobs, and co-ordinating with other members of the team.

With new employers joining TalentEgg all the time, there’s never a dull moment – and that’s one of the things Dan loves most about his job here at TalentEgg!

More information:

Interested in learning about how you can join the hundreds of employers already using TalentEgg? Click here.

Join TalentEgg for the “Generation Jobless” live chat event on Jan. 31

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Earlier this month, we announced that TalentEgg founder Lauren Friese will appear in CBC Doc Zone’s “Generation Jobless” on Jan. 31 at 9 p.m.

While the documentary airs across Canada, Lauren and I will also participate in a live chat event on the Doc Zone website from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Eastern time.

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We’re certain there will be some lively discussion, and our ultimate goal is to provide additional insight and advice to students, recent graduates and their parents, as well as other stakeholders in the conversation about youth unemployment and underemployment in Canada.

Doc Zone has also released an extended trailer for the documentary, which you can watch below:

JDC Central loves TalentEgg!

TalentEgg founder Lauren Friese is in Halifax today for JDC Central, a three-day event where students from Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces will compete in academic case analyses, parliamentary style debates, sports tournaments and social competitions that will test school spirit, teamwork and determination.

Lauren gave her inspiring “Be Exceptional” speech to a room packed full of excited students from across central and eastern Canada! Here at the Egg Carton in Toronto, we were following the whole thing on Twitter:

And here’s that amazing video!

Enjoy the rest of your time in Halifax, JDCC-ers! Looks like you’re having a blast and learning a lot.

TalentEgg in CBC Doc Zone’s “Generation Jobless” on Jan. 31

TalentEgg founder Lauren Friese will be featured in “Generation Jobless”, a documentary airing on CBC television’s Doc Zone on Thurs., Jan. 31, 2013, at 9 p.m.:

Generation Jobless Title copy 300x168 TalentEgg in CBC Doc Zones Generation Jobless on Jan. 31In Canada, the economic recovery has eased for many, but not for young people. The youth unemployment rate is nearly 15% – double that of the general population. But the real crisis is the increasing number of young grads who are underemployed – mired in education debt and struggling to gain a toehold in a workplace being transformed by globalization and automation. Some call them “the lost generation”. But it’s not only young people who may be lost. If the next generation is unable to forge a way into the economy, who’ll buy boomers’ houses when they decide to downsize? Who’ll pay for social programs? Youth unemployment and underemployment is a ticking time bomb with serious consequences for everyone.

Watch the trailer:

The documentary is by Dreamfilm, a Gemini Award-winning production company based in Vancouver, B.C.

2012 at TalentEgg in review, and looking forward to 2013

When I was 24 and a recent graduate, I started TalentEgg because I wanted to help students and recent graduates who were in the same position that I had recently been in – scared and stressed about the school-to-work transition with nowhere to turn.

Since then, TalentEgg has grown to be Canada’s most popular online destination for career information and jobs among students and recent graduates.

We work with hundreds of really great employers that offer our audience career-launching job opportunities, and our team has produced thousands of resources to help students and recent graduates with all aspects of their transition from school to work – from exploration to decision.

2012 has been a year of maturity for TalentEgg, further expanding our reach and value to students, career services professionals and employers alike.

These are just a few of the new TalentEgg initiatives from 2012:

  • An awards program for employers, which was capped off by a campus recruitment conference and awards ceremony in May that exceeded everyone’s expectations.
  • A customizable widget that allows student groups, career centres and other relevant websites to share the job opportunities on TalentEgg with their own audiences. Since launching this summer, our widget has been integrated across the country.
  • The launch of in the U.S., which has been very successful so far.
  • A new resource hub and community for campus recruiters and HR professionals,, where they can learn and share ideas, tips, tricks and best practices for excellence in campus recruitment.
  • A sponsorship program for student groups that helps student leaders achieve their goals and expands the reach of TalentEgg at schools across the country.

This year we have also received some well-deserved recognition for our team and the contributions we’ve made to the campus recruitment community. We won the CACEE Excellence in Innovation Award in the Student Engagement category in June, Best Expanding Business by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) in October and then Best National Business from CYBF in November, and I was very honoured and humbled to have been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network  just a few weeks ago.

This week, we capped off our year of expansion by moving to a brand new egg carton (office). It’s three times the size of our former office and 100% us. (See more photos at the end of this post)

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My biggest takeaway of the year is realizing the importance of integrity. Much like the often-quoted “common sense isn’t really all that common,” we learned that the integrity with which TalentEgg operates each and every day is not common either. We are proud not only of everything we have accomplished this year, but also of how we have approached everything we do and everyone we work with – students, employers, partners – with integrity and honesty.

And given how much we’ve accomplished in 2012 – our biggest and best year ever across the board – I couldn’t be more egg-cited for the coming year.

Thank you for following along and see you in 2013!


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