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

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.

February 04, 2014

Personal Branding: Your 2014 Upgrade

The concept of personal branding as a job search strategy is so heavily discussed that you’re probably sick of listening – perhaps to the point that you now neglect your own practices for professional self-promotion and visibility. You might assume that once you’ve learned and implemented the basics of a personal brand, you’ve figuratively checked a box in your quest for new employment. Not so. This year, don’t let that be the case if you’re serious about securing a new position.

June 27, 2013

Back to Basics: Five Core Components of Job Searching

When looking for employment, it’s crucial for professionals to adhere to certain guidelines to land roles for which they’re best suited. A recent piece from Recruiter, “Job Seeker Do’s and Don’ts,” highlights several crucial pieces of advice for the active job seeker.

June 13, 2013

Shaping a Job to Fit Your Career

With the average job lifespan trailing five years, current employment patterns demonstrate little but stability. Among Millennial workers – who comprise about a quarter of the national workforce – typical job duration drops to just three years.  Evidently, jobs rarely turn into lifetime positions.  Over the course of one’s entire career, the median number of jobs held exceeds 10, regardless of educational attainment.

December 18, 2012

Beyond LinkedIn: The Power of Niche Professional Social Networks

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LinkedIn is basically required for career-minded people in today’s competitive job market, but the site’s broad nature is potentially restrictive. As such, professionals can benefit tremendously from creating and using additional profiles on niche social networking sites to connect more directly with relevant people and content.

November 06, 2012

How to Conduct a Confidential Job Search While Employed

confidential-job-search-employedA major challenge for an employed job seeker is ensuring that the search remains a secret until completion. Given the time and discretion required to work and look for a new job simultaneously, it’s easy for professionals to consider premature resignation. While being out of work does provide additional time to pursue new opportunities, unemployment will not guarantee an offer’s faster arrival; in fact, it may prolong the process.

June 05, 2012

Overcoming the Challenges of the Open and Selective Networking Strategies

​In a previous Abacus Group blog post, we examined the advantages and disadvantages of Open Networking and Selective Networking – the two major connection strategies for the professional social media hub LinkedIn. Although users will face obstacles regardless of their preferred approach, the application of certain tactics can significantly alleviate them and enhance one’s overall networking capabilities.

March 23, 2012

A Guide to Building an Effective LinkedIn Profile

​LinkedIn is undoubtedly one of the most important Internet resources for job seekers.  Often providing your first impression to employers and recruiters, your LinkedIn account should provide a concise snapshot of your employment history, accomplishments, education and core strengths. It is therefore apparent that creating and maintaining an account on LinkedIn is critical for those who are serious about their current or future careers. However, many professionals are unsure how to market themselves efficiently through their LinkedIn accounts.  Such users may neglect key profile sections, write in an unappealing style or provide too much unnecessary information. In doing so, they are potentially limiting their opportunities for networking and new employment.

March 07, 2012

Open vs. Selective Networking: A Look at Both Sides

Professionals nationwide are unified in their use of LinkedIn, the largest business social networking site in the world. LinkedIn members are divided by their views of the most effective networking practices.  One group asserts that open networking – accepting all invitations to maximize your total connections – is the best way to use LinkedIn, while the other side favors selective networking – connecting only with those you know personally.