The official blog of Abacus Group — a place to share our knowledge and thoughts on trends in recruiting

March 30, 2012

How to Turn a Job Rejection into a Learning Opportunity

A February article from The Ladders by John Batteiger provides valuable advice about an often difficult and daunting task for professionals: obtaining critical feedback from an employer after being turned down for a position. Typically, hiring managers will merely inform the unsuccessful candidate that someone else has been chosen for the role, without delving into the specific reasons for their rejection. Likewise, most candidates will accept the bad news without much further inquiry. While this submissive routine may seem like the most respectful and least painful approach to ending the application process, it certainly won’t help you improve your interview skills for the future. Although a discussion of​ what went wrong may seem challenging or even uncomfortable for you, it’s the most practical and beneficial way to conclude your application attempt.

March 23, 2012

A Guide to Building an Effective LinkedIn Profile

​LinkedIn is undoubtedly one of the most important Internet resources for job seekers.  Often providing your first impression to employers and recruiters, your LinkedIn account should provide a concise snapshot of your employment history, accomplishments, education and core strengths. It is therefore apparent that creating and maintaining an account on LinkedIn is critical for those who are serious about their current or future careers. However, many professionals are unsure how to market themselves efficiently through their LinkedIn accounts.  Such users may neglect key profile sections, write in an unappealing style or provide too much unnecessary information. In doing so, they are potentially limiting their opportunities for networking and new employment.

March 13, 2012

The Do’s and Don’ts of Changing Careers

If you’ve made the decision to change careers, you may feel overwhelmed by your options and how to pursue them. Perhaps you are uncertain about how to approach objectives such as acquiring new technical skills, networking with the appropriate professionals or even selecting an industry. While changing careers is undoubtedly more difficult than switching jobs, which simply involves transferring your existing skill set from one employer to another, the process can be successfully executed with the right preparation.  Before making any concrete changes familiarize yourself with the DO’s and DON’Ts of changing careers.

March 07, 2012

Open vs. Selective Networking: A Look at Both Sides

Professionals nationwide are unified in their use of LinkedIn, the largest business social networking site in the world. LinkedIn members are divided by their views of the most effective networking practices.  One group asserts that open networking – accepting all invitations to maximize your total connections – is the best way to use LinkedIn, while the other side favors selective networking – connecting only with those you know personally.