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

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?

September 05, 2017

How to Assess a Candidate’s Soft Skills


Assessing a candidate’s soft skills in an interview, just like the conducting of the interview itself, requires that you as the hiring manager are asking open-ended questions. To get a more accurate understanding of the candidate, be sure to give them the reins and let them showcase their marketable skills.

September 01, 2017

How to Deal with Resume Gaps


“It’s best to be honest without going in to too much detail. If you took time off to travel or tend to a sick family member, that’s fine. If you were let go due to restructuring or a job moving out of town, that’s fine too.”

August 29, 2017

How to Best Manage Realistic Hiring Expectations


Assistant Director of Temporary Staffing, Melissa Perez, “In today’s market, finding the perfect candidate is like finding a needle in a haystack. Perhaps employers should focus on identifying that person who is closest to being their perfect candidate and giving them a chance to succeed in their organization. Sometimes it’s all about taking a chance.”

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 22, 2017

The Best Ways to Motivate your Employees


As much as a manager wants their employees to be giving 100% of their effort 100% of the time, the reality is that motivation can waver and that will lead to a lag in productivity and thus, results. A good leader is one who knows when to dictate and when to listen. Motivating indeed requires this balance.

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 15, 2017

The Employer Benefits of Unlimited Vacation Days


The policy of unlimited vacation days is becoming increasingly popular beyond its Silicon Valley roots. There are many benefits to this approach of HR management (as well as some downfalls) on the side of the employee. However, there are also advantages to the employer as well.

August 11, 2017

Startup vs Corporate: Two Households, Both Alike in Dignity


There are many differences between a startup and corporate job. Here the main three are highlighted. Those being: pay, responsibility, and direction. Differences will vary across industries and will be dependent on the jobs however the three highlighted are prominent because they seem to be consistent across the board.

August 08, 2017

The Importance of Employer Branding


Employer branding is immensely important to the recruitment of Top Talent as quality candidates are drawn to work in environments they know will nurture as well as challenge them. The influx of opinion driven consumer marketing shapes employer branding in the public sphere. Employer branding can be reclaimed by a company by concentrating efforts on developing strategies to improve their image and project their best identity.