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

July 06, 2018

How to make the most out of a Conference or Expo


There is a lot to be gained from expos and conferences but it’s important to note that leveraging the resources and exposure from events like these can be difficult. Below are some tips on getting the most out of conferences and exhibitions.

January 30, 2018

The Habits You Need to Form in a New Job That Set You Up for Success


Starting a new job can be tricky and often quite nerve-racking. However, it’s important to start strong in order to set oneself up for a fruitful career.They say it takes 66 days of repetitive behavior in order to form a habit. The first few months of a new job are the perfect time to form habits that will lead to your success in the role.

December 02, 2016

One Chance to Make a Phenomenal First Impression: Use It Wisely

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First impressions are critical moments; whether you’re meeting with a recruiter, interviewing with a potential employer, networking with professionals at an industry-related event, or starting a new job, just a few moments will define others’ preliminary opinions of you. In general, to make a “great” first impression is to convey oneself as motivated, intelligent, amicable, confident, and authentic.

August 17, 2016

The Case for Accepting a Job Interview When You’re Uncertain about the Role

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Unless you’re completely enthralled by a job opportunity, you should not accept the interview. Right or wrong? Wrong—to a point. Sometimes you’ll be pleasantly surprised in this situation. Here are a few examples of how interviewing when you’re uncertain can work to your advantage.

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.

April 13, 2016

Five Reasons Why Hiring through a Recruiter is a Worthwhile Investment

Hiring with the help of an executive recruitment firm appears expensive at first glance. In reality, the expenses associated with filling roles internally can be just as—if not more—costly. Chris Cook, Director of Accounting & Finance Recruitment in our Los Angeles office, understands this common concern. He asserts the five strongest reasons why recruiting agencies are worthwhile investments for hiring professionals.

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.

July 07, 2015

A Roundup of the Best Summer 2015 Career Resources in NYC

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With summer in full swing, many professionals are enjoying lightened workloads, extended vacations, and time away from work. If you’re among those fortunate enough to catch a break this summer, consider using the time to invest in your career.

April 07, 2015

Where to Build an Authentic, Real-Life Professional Network

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“I love professional networking!” said (probably) no one ever. Sure, cultivating a strong, dependable circle of contacts in your field or industry isn’t exactly the most appealing way to spend your free time. But it’s certainly one of the most important, regardless of your need or intention to secure new employment. Skeptical? Then you’re likely not familiar with the best venues for modern, effective professional networking.

June 11, 2014

Open Communication is Key to Your Partnership with a Recruiter

Open-Communication-with-Recruiter Executive recruiters are incredible resources in the pursuit of new employment. When both parties recognize that they are on the “same team” – working harmoniously to achieve a common goal – the candidate-recruiter is successful in producing career advancement. There are many ways that recruiters help job-seeking professionals, but their value is lost without one critical component: open communication.