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

April 21, 2017

Check Out a New Tool to Privately Express Interest in Temp Work

LinkedIn gives users the option to privately signal to employers and recruiters their interest in new jobs. Recently, the career networking platform expanded the function for professionals to specify if they are looking for contract work. This modification has already facilitated better-aligned connections between job seekers and recruiters.

April 18, 2017

This is Why You’re Being Phone-Screened Out of the Interview Process

It’s standard procedure for the interview process to begin on the phone. A preliminary phone screen permits an employer to efficiently condense the applicant pool to a small number of standout professionals. Some unfortunate job seekers are repeatedly eliminated after phone screens. If this is the case for you, it’s time to evaluate your performance and make adjustments.

April 13, 2017

Identify Your Workplace “Type” to Hire Compatible Employees

In the complex process of hiring new employees, cultural compatibility can be easily overlooked or deprioritized. A deeper dive into job seekers’ personality traits and working style are often lost, resulting in hiring mistakes. Employers will see better results if they are able to classify their workplace as a type and find professionals who perform best in it.

April 11, 2017

Which Way to Go? Three Post-Tax Season Options for Change

The bright shiny light at the end of the tunnel is finally discernable to Public Accounting Tax professionals. April 15, the end of Tax Season, is quickly approaching, which means that individuals who work in Tax will have some free time to relax and contemplate their career direction. Tax Season’s finish line presents three possible next steps for professionals.

April 07, 2017

Recruitment Agencies: Why Quality Beats Quantity

quality over quantity recruitmentIf a hiring manager wants to identify the best available candidate for an open requisition, with how many recruiters should he or she partner? Your gut might answer, “I should work with as many recruitment firms as possible to quickly receive the best available selection of candidates.” This response can be very destructive, however. We encourage hiring managers to select a primary or “go-to” agency.

April 04, 2017

Professionalism is Power – Four Behavioral Recommendations for Interviewees

professionalism-is-powerStrong job interview performance is an important skill to master. When you fail to adhere to certain standards, “you can inadvertently come across as unprofessional in your job search,” explains workplace and career expert Alison Green in U.S. News and World Report. Green prepared a list of 10 specific behaviors that repel hiring managers. We’ve reduced Green’s tally to four interpersonal blunders.

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.