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

June 30, 2016

Prove Your Enthusiasm: Five Ways to Prepare for a Job Interview

Do you want to leave your next job interview with glowing reviews from the hiring managers? Perhaps a callback? A second interview? An eventual offer? Well, obviously. But a surefire way to destroy your favorability is to come across as unenthusiastic in the interview.

June 28, 2016

Len Frankel, Abacus Co-Founder, Participates in Employee Engagement Panel

two-ten-hr-summit-abacusIn early June, Abacus Group co-founding partner Len Frankel  shared his employee management expertise on a panel at Two Ten Footwear Foundation’s annual HR Summit. Attended by various Human Resources executives, the dialogue explored the idea that increasing the bottom line requires more than a strategic product assortment and excellent customer service; strong employee engagement, too, can lead to greater fiscal results.

June 23, 2016

“Don’t Assume Loyalty” and Other Critical Lessons About New Hires

We found an unsettling statistic that you probably don’t want to read right if you work in a hiring capacity. 40 percent of employees leave their jobs within the first six months! Retention has become “a permanent talent issue because so many employees in all generations now have a reduced sense of loyalty to their current employer.”

June 14, 2016

My Abacus Match: Kendacy’s Story

kendacy-my-abacus-matchKendacy, an accounting professional, was unemployed when she first engaged with Kara Killgallen of our Temporary Accounting & Finance Staffing Division. She had been laid off due to downsizing with her previous employer, a law firm. Hesitant to consider temporary roles so soon, Kara assured Kendacy that any form of work, income, and networking opportunities are better than none at all.

June 08, 2016

Stand Your Ground: How to Mentally Prepare for and Gracefully Reject a Counteroffer

stand-you-ground-reject-counterofferCounteroffers have become the norm in response to employee resignations from Accounting, Finance, Technology, and Administrative positions. As employee turnover grows and average tenure shrinks, supervisors are increasingly resorting to bribing their staff with higher pay, title promotions, and other benefits. Sara Bouley, Executive Recruiter in Abacus Group’s Accounting & Finance Division, consults her candidates on the possibility of the counteroffer.

June 03, 2016

My Abacus Match: Chris’s Story

my-abacus-match-chrisChris, a former Public Accounting professional, first spoke with Abacus Group’s Accounting & Finance Recruiter Greg Fisher a few months ago toward the end of Busy Season. At the time, Chris was wondering what was next in his career, a question that troubles many junior professionals in Public Accounting. Greg and Chris worked together to develop a search plan that matched Chris’s background and strengths with a variety of opportunities.

June 01, 2016

Is it Time to Refresh Your Candidate Interview Strategy?

upgrade-interview-strategyHR expert and Management Professor Dr. John Sullivan believes so. His philosophy is that employers need to swap the predictable and antiquated for ability and innovation when it comes to interview questions. Though “interviews are tough to get right,” he says, “carefully selecting questions and determining acceptable answers ahead of time greatly increases your chances of success.”