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

June 06, 2017

How Talented Executive Recruiters Market Your Open Job

The candidate-recruiter process works well because executive recruiters wear many hats in their multifaceted profession. They are career advisors, matchmakers, brand spokespeople and—perhaps most importantly—skilled salespeople. Consider the characteristics of an outstanding salesperson and those of an exceptional executive recruiter; there is an extraordinary amount of overlap.

May 09, 2017

Despite Job-Hopping Trend, Employee Stability Deserves Hiring Managers’ Respect

Abacus Group’s recruiters have seen an acceleration in “job-hopping”—holding a relatively high number of positions in a short period of time. Is it smarter for hiring managers to favor candidates with a diverse background in multiple companies and industries? Or should candidates who exhibit stability receive priority?

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.

March 21, 2017

Fact or Fiction: The Truth about Candidate-Recruiter Partnerships

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Job seekers often misunderstand executive recruiters and how we work. Unless you have partnered with a recruiter before, you’ve likely fallen for a few popular myths. We’ve identified and debunked common misconceptions about working with a recruiter to make the process more transparent for job seekers.

March 17, 2017

The Recruiter You Don’t Want to Work With

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Every executive recruiter is different. Some recruiters meet their candidates face-to-face, but others limit communication to phone or email. The latter poses a danger to your hiring process. There are risks associated with a recruiter who does not meet his or her candidates in person.

February 14, 2017

The Long-Term Value of a Candidate-Recruiter Relationship

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Many professionals mistakenly believe that their placement in a new job officially concludes their relationship with their recruiter. This far from true and those who act accordingly risk a major disservice to themselves. If you keep in touch, your recruiter will be far more likely to come to your rescue in three key career scenarios.

February 03, 2017

Access the Hidden Talent Market with an Executive Recruiter

hidden-talent-marketRecruiters advocate helping professionals tap the “hidden job market.” Conversely, they present qualified candidates who are otherwise inaccessible to hiring managers and HR staff—the hidden talent market. Trends indicate that many employees are already looking for new jobs this year but, in order to make the best hiring decisions possible, employers need to consider both active candidates and the hidden talent market.

December 23, 2016

How to Choose the Right Recruiter to Staff Your Jobs

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Experts anticipate 2017 to be a very competitive year for talent acquisition. We encourage leaders to increase their dedication to effective hiring. Many are reassessing their strategies before requisites surge in mid-January and throughout the first quarter—including their executive recruitment partnership choices.

December 20, 2016

Five Reasons Why Executive Recruiters are Dismissing You

recruiters-dismissing-candidatesRegardless of your place in the job search process, recruiters will only reach out to you if your professional background appeals to their clients’ needs. Clients compensate recruiters to identify top-tier professionals that meet high-level qualifications. Accounting & Finance Recruiter Gary Glassman offers five possible reasons why you’re inadvertently discouraging recruiters from initiating contact with you.

November 23, 2016

Your First Job Change: Best Practices for a Candidate-Recruiter Partnership

candidate-recruiter partnershipChanging jobs is a stressful process, especially if you have never done so before. Are you new to the job market, but unsure of how to effectively partner with an executive recruiter? If you are only a few years into your career—preparing to make your first post-graduate job change—such concerns are very common. Overcome these worries with a thorough understanding of candidate-recruiter relationship best practices.