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

September 27, 2016

A Crash Course in Job Searching with LinkedIn this Fall

job-search-crash-courseFall is a popular time for hiring and job searching alike, and LinkedIn is one of the most valuable tools available to discover new opportunities and connect with new people. In 2016, LinkedIn’s functionalities have evolved tremendously to provide even greater advantages to professionals. Below, we review best practices for making the most of your job search on LinkedIn before the lull of the holiday season.

August 23, 2016

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 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.

November 24, 2015

Want a New Job Next Year? Here are 10 Easy Actions For Right Now

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Many professionals are determined to secure a change in employment in the New Year. That’s a very smart plan. But commencing a job search is daunting and, with the holidays approaching, most individuals will find it difficult to make time for a full-fledged hunt. To help you begin, we’ve compiled 16 small, painless action items.

August 06, 2015

LinkedIn Job Seeker Survey Says: “Be Career Opportunity” to Employers

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A brand new complimentary report from professional network LinkedIn validates that “career opportunity” is the number one incentive for job change in North America. As the average time-to-fill positions becomes detrimentally long, employers must present their companies as conducive to career opportunity to efficiently attract talent.

August 13, 2014

How Resilient is Your Career?

career-resilientAt just over four-and-a-half years, median employee tenure in the U.S. is longer now than it’s been in the recent past. Even so, the job you currently hold won’t be yours forever; so-called “permanent” jobs are, in reality, always temporary. As such, we strongly recommend that professionals remain prepared for a job change at all times by formulating a comprehensive Career Resilience Plan.

July 03, 2014

LinkedIn Profile Optimization for Public Accounting Professionals

linkedin-public-accountingRecently, a social media consultancy firm, LinkHumans, added to this popular conversation with an infographic called “10 Tips for the Perfect LinkedIn Profile” that visually dissects the standard personal profile display and provides meaningful recommendations and statistics. It inspired us to take a look at LinkedIn profile optimization for one of our biggest candidate bases: Public Accounting professionals.

April 30, 2014

Yes, a Traditional Resume is Still Relevant

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Is a physical resume still relevant to a job search? Contemporary society favors all that is digital, visual, social and ultra-succinct. Although written resumes misalign with modern trends in how we see, read, learn and think, Abacus Group’s recruiters maintain that a compelling resume is still critical to securing new employment.

November 01, 2013

Defining Your Job Search Direction

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As job creation slowly emerges, many professionals are considering new opportunities for the first time in several years. Now that growth has surged in nearly all areas and optimism is spreading, you may have finally resolved to commence a search, but find yourself feeling overwhelmed by your decision and unprepared to successfully move forward.

July 08, 2013

The Growing Role of Social Media in Recruitment

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ERE.net recently discussed LinkedIn’s annual recruiting trends report, which presents five leading facets of the global recruitment climate.  Of particular relevance to job seekers are the study’s findings regarding social media for talent acquisition.