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

January 04, 2019

The Hiring Surge of December 2018


Hiring surged in December with employers adding 312,000 jobs. This figure was well above the expectation of economists and only confirms that the U.S. economy continues to go from strength to strength.

August 07, 2018

What to Do if You No Longer Want the Job or Want to Continue the Process


In a fast-paced world of hyper-communication, it’s no surprise that the phenomenon of “ghosting” has emerged in many facets of our lives. Originally the term was in reference to dating culture where an individual would all of a sudden cease communication with another. We are now seeing this behavior in a professional sphere.

July 10, 2018

How to Best Hire and Retain Web Developers


It is no secret that the hiring market is tough right now for employers; moreover, it is a great time to be a web developer, either actively looking or gainfully employed. The pool of web developer talent is ever-shrinking meaning that talent may be sought from seemingly happily employed individuals.

May 29, 2018

Common Mistakes Made During the Hiring Process


The hiring process can be quite complicated and thus exhausting for everyone involved. However, it cannot be forgotten that as much as you are interviewing candidates to work for you, these same individuals are interviewing you as well.

May 04, 2018

How Contagious Employee Turnover Can Be Good For Your Company


Over half of full time employed Americans spend more time with their colleagues than with their families. It is therefore unsurprising the importance of employee relations and the prevalence of contagion in employee turnover.

September 12, 2017

Internal Vs. External Hiring


When looking to fill a position in your office, you can choose to look internally within your existing employee-base or externally source candidates. Some positions fit better with internal hiring and others external, however, it will very much depend on the role and what you are seeking.

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.”

April 28, 2017

Think Twice Before Using a Professional Resume Writing Service

Resume writing services are absolutely everywhere—but will someone else’s version of this essential professional document improve your prospects of getting hired? Abacus Group’s recruiters, who review hundreds of applications daily and know what hiring managers seek from candidates, have a few critiques of “store-bought” resumes.

April 13, 2017

Identify Your Workplace “Type” to Hire Compatible Employees

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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 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.