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

March 30, 2017

The Character Sketch of Everyone You Hire Must Include These Three Traits

character-sketch-traits-every-hire.pngCertain character traits are highly desirable in every job applicant. They need to be part of the profile of a hire at any level, with any company, and in any industry. Our recruiters meet hundreds of candidates each week, which has enabled their identification of the most important personal qualities of a job seeker. You’ll increase the likelihood of hiring someone exceptional by screening for qualities like these.

March 28, 2017

How to Conquer a Common Job Offer Dilemma

We review a typical situation that you may or may not have encountered before. How can you expedite an offer from your ideal job without compromising an offer from something mediocre? The latter is a guaranteed ticket out of your current position, but the former will catapult your career forward and aligns tremendously well with your goals.

March 24, 2017

The Case for an Active Employer Presence on LinkedIn

There is so much buzz around LinkedIn’s utility for job seekers that the platform’s value for employers gets lost in the chatter. For hiring managers, HR professionals, and other business leaders, the social network is often underutilized. The website or mobile app is one of the first destinations that candidates visit to learn more about a company.

March 21, 2017

Fact or Fiction: The Truth about Candidate-Recruiter Partnerships

Job seekers often misunderstand executive recruiters and how we work. Unless you have partnered with a recruiter before, you’ve likely fallen for a few popular myths. We’ve identified and debunked common misconceptions about working with a recruiter to make the process more transparent for job seekers.

March 17, 2017

The Recruiter You Don’t Want to Work With

Every executive recruiter is different. Some recruiters meet their candidates face-to-face, but others limit communication to phone or email. The latter poses a danger to your hiring process. There are risks associated with a recruiter who does not meet his or her candidates in person.

March 14, 2017

Latest Jobs Report Creates Optimism for Employers and Job Seekers

february-jobs-reportThe latest jobs report shows strong U.S. employment growth. 235,000 jobs were created during the month of February, greatly exceeding economists’ expectations of a mere 190,000. Additionally, the total number of employed Americans reached its all-time peak at 152.5 million working people. Employment in Professional and Business Services added 37,000 jobs in February and 597,000 over the year.

March 10, 2017

Three Ways to Ace an Interview with the CEO

ace-interview-CEOProfessionalism, preparation, and curiosity are important in a job interview—no matter who you are meeting. We encourage job seekers to adjust their presentation depending on the listener. You might meet with the President/CEO of the organization and your dialogue with him or her should differ substantially from that with HR, the line manager, or someone at your own professional level.

March 07, 2017

Co-Founder Brian Bereck Recognized as Special Honoree at Charity Event

The Michael W. McCarthy Foundation’s “3 of a KINDness” Casino Night on Thursday, March 2 honored Abacus Group Co-Founding Partner Brian Bereck. In his thank you speech, Brian expressed sincere admiration for the three featured charities and called attention to the passion required to make their missions possible.

March 02, 2017

Spring Ahead with Interim Assistance

The change of seasons and the notion of moving forward often inspire us to accomplish some form of “spring cleaning”—usually in our homes. Just like this is a good opportunity to spruce up your residence, it’s an ideal time of year to make your workplace operations spotless.