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

August 01, 2017

What to Look For When Transitioning an Employee from Temp to Perm

It’s very hard to find quality temp employees given the time constraints during the hiring process. Bearing this in mind, it’s even more difficult to find the right candidate you wish to keep on as a permanent member of the team. That’s not to say that it’s impossible to find a worthy temp candidate you wish to keep on. However, key characteristics need to be identified before transitioning the employee from temp to perm.

July 14, 2017

Why Summer is the Best Time to Speak to a Recruiter

Summer certainly isn’t the easiest time to find a job but it’s best to look at the season as an opportunity to kick your search into gear, perhaps even take a different approach.

July 15, 2016

How to Secure Permanent Employment After Temping

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Despite certain disadvantages, temping is an excellent way to remain productive, current, and compensated during periods of unemployment. Moreover, temp assignments open doors to new professional connections and skills. Unfortunately, in our ever-competitive job market, some employers are wary to hire candidates who lack recent permanent experience.

June 14, 2016

My Abacus Match: Kendacy’s Story

kendacy-my-abacus-matchKendacy, an accounting professional, was unemployed when she first engaged with Kara Killgallen of our Temporary Accounting & Finance Staffing Division. She had been laid off due to downsizing with her previous employer, a law firm. Hesitant to consider temporary roles so soon, Kara assured Kendacy that any form of work, income, and networking opportunities are better than none at all.

June 03, 2015

Skirt a Summer Slowdown; Stay Sharp with Temporary Staff

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Have you been grappling with the idea of hiring temporary staff? Take a look at why the summer makes sense for bringing contingent employees aboard.

September 08, 2014

From Temporary to Permanent: Evaluating an Employee Transition

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In the spirit of the American Staffing Association’s upcoming National Staffing Employee Week (September 15-21), we’re taking a closer look at the employer-employee relationship in the contingent workforce. Since we’ve already presented our advice for upgrading your temporary job to a permanent one, we’re sharing some guidance for those who supervise these types of positions.

February 12, 2014

“Stay Interview” Temp-to-Hire Employees, Too

The concept of the “stay interview” has received a lot of attention in Recruiting & Staffing and Human Resources in the past year.  With retention challenges expected to prevail per intensified competition among employers, the stay interview will certainly remain highly chattered about in 2014. If you’re unacquainted, stay interviewing refers to the practice of holding periodic one-on-one employer-supervisor meetings to discuss performance, address concerns and provide an overall sense of direction.

September 19, 2013

National Staffing Employee Week 2013

staffing-employee-weekMonday, September 16 launched National Staffing Employee Week, a campaign promoting awareness of America’s millions of temporary and contract workers and the agencies that employ them. As a trusted partner to job seekers and hiring managers for contingent roles, Abacus Group is proud to be a part of the temporary staffing sector, and extends sincere commendation to the nation’s entire contingent workforce.

September 05, 2013

The Burdens of Poor Hiring and Strategies for Prevention

The right people are the foundation of a successful business. A distinct blend of personalities, skills and perspectives synchronize to drive productivity and innovation. Of course, the wrong people are sometimes brought into an organization, disrupting its core. Earlier this year, leading job search website CareerBuilder found that two-thirds of U.S. businesses have been negatively affected by bad hiring, defined as the employment of “individuals who turned out to be either poor cultural fits or poor performers.”  This high percentage suggests that many executives remain unaware of the full implications of such mistakes and the recommended practices for prevention.

January 30, 2013

Transcending the Limits of Temporary Work

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Abacus Group has always maintained that temporary and temporary-to-permanent jobs can be incredibly valuable for both job seekers and employers. While these types of hiring practices can be favorable on both sides, there are clear limitations for some temporary employees.