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

October 20, 2017

New York State Paid Family Leave Scheme


Paid Family Leave is designed to be implemented incrementally, reaching its fullest effect in 2021. Beginning January 1st, 2018, the four-year rollout of the scheme will commence.

October 13, 2017

The New NYC Law Prohibiting Salary Inquiries


With just over two weeks to go before the law comes into effect, relevant parties should begin to review application materials and job postings to eliminate incriminating lexicon and ensure compliance with the new legislation. There should be a strong focus on education so that all involved know their rights and obligations.

October 10, 2017

The IT Job Market Boom


US employers reportedly added some 105,000 IT jobs in September. Computer and electronic products manufacturing, IT services and customer development all saw dramatic increases while data processing, hosting, and related services saw less obvious increases.

October 03, 2017

Big Four Proving Themselves as a Place for Working Moms


Once again all Big Four accounting firms have been named in the top “100 Best Companies” for working moms. EY, Deloitte and PwC took out three of the top 10 spots and KPMG, although falling short of the top 10, made the top 5 of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women.

September 22, 2017

Six Common LinkedIn Job-Seeker Mistakes [Infographic]


It can’t be reiterated enough that LinkedIn is a tremendous resource for job-seekers, employers and recruiters alike. It’s important however that users leverage its vast features and by doing so, eliminate any behavior that doesn’t best serve their brand.

September 15, 2017

How to Incorporate Soft Skills into Your Resume


The importance of soft skills in the job market has not gone unrecognized. Because of the emphasis on these skills that are so difficult to verify and substantiate, effectively incorporating them into your resume is imperative.

September 08, 2017

Why You Should Never Accept a Counteroffer [Infographic]


Accepting a counteroffer after you have already resigned is like giving a failed relationship one more chance even though you have already given it several opportunities to develop. If you have already determined that your role lacks the career progression and acceleration you need, there shouldn’t be any money or ‘promises’ that will keep you. What changed on the day of your resignation?

August 25, 2017

Social Media and Personal Branding [Infographic]


An individual’s digital footprint goes a long way in representing their personal brand. By utilizing social media to communicate one’s personal brand, you are taking advantage of the myriad of benefits these platforms have in communicating image and connecting people.

August 17, 2017

The Proof is in the Prepping: What to Research before an Interview


Do not underestimate the value of doing research before an interview. Interviewers have more likely than not done extensive research on you, it’s important to extend the same courtesy. Don’t be afraid to seek out individuals who may have insight into the company. Photos online may even indicate the appropriate attire for the interview. If you do a good amount of quality research, it will translate in your interview and set you apart from the competition.

August 04, 2017

Tips for Sending the Perfect Thank You Email [Infographic]


The Thank You email is not always necessary, in fact, sometimes recruiters will advise against it. However, when it is called for, it is important to make sure the email is portraying the interviewee in the best light. There is no scaffolding for the Thank You email as it will ultimately be dependent on the role, company, and industry. However, the infographic below works as a launching pad for sending the perfect Thank You email.