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

August 30, 2016

Two Bonus Features of Working with a Great Recruiter

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The fall hiring rush is an optimal time to enlist the expertise of a recruitment agency. The service is most commonly associated with its obvious end goal, making successful hires. Beyond this, a high-caliber recruitment firm is a catalyst for two additional aspects of hiring: candidate pipeline maximization and employer brand awareness.

August 26, 2016

Job Market Review: Accounting & Finance, Fall 2016

accounting-finance-job-market-reviewMany Accounting & Finance professionals in New York City and Los Angeles are making plans to change jobs this fall. Whether or not you’ve already begun your search, our outline of current market trends is worth your review. The qualitative report details the industries with the most vacancies, the job functions in highest demand, the most sought-after personal attributes, and the most desirable technological strengths.

August 23, 2016

[Infographic] LinkedIn & Hiring: What to Watch Out For

linkedin-hiring-previewWe recently discussed the top six resume indicators of an unfavorable job candidate. From a lack of career progression to ambiguously presented accomplishments, a resume might contain certain red flags that define a candidate as unqualified for your open position. Because LinkedIn profiles, rather than resumes, are now often your first point of contact with an applicant, we’ve compiled a similar list of warning signs for the world’s largest professional network.

August 17, 2016

The Case for Accepting a Job Interview When You’re Uncertain about the Role

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Unless you’re completely enthralled by a job opportunity, you should not accept the interview. Right or wrong? Wrong—to a point. Sometimes you’ll be pleasantly surprised in this situation. Here are a few examples of how interviewing when you’re uncertain can work to your advantage.

August 12, 2016

Resume Review: Six Seconds, Six Problems

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On average, recruiters and hiring managers scan a resume for just six seconds before determining the candidate’s qualification. To help hiring professionals make the most of this miniature interval and screen resumes with greater efficiency, we’ve identified six of the biggest resume warning signs.

August 09, 2016

Start Planning Your Job Search Now—or “Fall” Behind

new-job-fall-2016With summer’s unofficial end, Labor Day, just around the corner, many professionals have their sights set on securing new employment in the fall.  Conveniently, many employers reactivate hiring in early fall because they want to take advantage of their firm’s remaining recruitment budgets before the year’s expiration. If you aim to land a job in the fall—before the holiday season—it’s undoubtedly the best time to get started.

August 04, 2016

Deloitte: Internal Audit Must Evolve

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Deloitte recently published its annual Global Chief Audit Executive Survey. Ominously themed “Evolution or Irrelevance,” the report gives Internal Auditors two options: deepen value and influence—or cease to matter. Considering our strong relationships with audit and accounting professionals, we want to share Deloitte’s proposed solutions for the profession to sustain and expand its importance.

August 02, 2016

Liar, Liar: Is Your Job Applicant Telling the Truth?

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A career expert recently published advice for job interviewees: Be honest. While the article’s examples of suspicious interviewing behavior help an out-of-touch job applicant brush up on best practices for integrity, they wave clear red flags to employers. We explore strategies to identify less flagrant instances of misrepresentation.