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

August 17, 2017

The Proof is in the Prepping: What to Research before an Interview


Do not underestimate the value of doing research before an interview. Interviewers have more likely than not done extensive research on you, it’s important to extend the same courtesy. Don’t be afraid to seek out individuals who may have insight into the company. Photos online may even indicate the appropriate attire for the interview. If you do a good amount of quality research, it will translate in your interview and set you apart from the competition.

August 15, 2017

The Employer Benefits of Unlimited Vacation Days


The policy of unlimited vacation days is becoming increasingly popular beyond its Silicon Valley roots. There are many benefits to this approach of HR management (as well as some downfalls) on the side of the employee. However, there are also advantages to the employer as well.

August 11, 2017

Startup vs Corporate: Two Households, Both Alike in Dignity


There are many differences between a startup and corporate job. Here the main three are highlighted. Those being: pay, responsibility, and direction. Differences will vary across industries and will be dependent on the jobs however the three highlighted are prominent because they seem to be consistent across the board.

August 08, 2017

The Importance of Employer Branding


Employer branding is immensely important to the recruitment of Top Talent as quality candidates are drawn to work in environments they know will nurture as well as challenge them. The influx of opinion driven consumer marketing shapes employer branding in the public sphere. Employer branding can be reclaimed by a company by concentrating efforts on developing strategies to improve their image and project their best identity.

August 04, 2017

Tips for Sending the Perfect Thank You Email [Infographic]


The Thank You email is not always necessary, in fact, sometimes recruiters will advise against it. However, when it is called for, it is important to make sure the email is portraying the interviewee in the best light. There is no scaffolding for the Thank You email as it will ultimately be dependent on the role, company, and industry. However, the infographic below works as a launching pad for sending the perfect Thank You email.

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 28, 2017

The Power of a Premium Career LinkedIn Account

The fact of the matter is that LinkedIn accounts in any capacity are incredibly powerful, however, this will highlight the difference between the basic and premium options, reinforcing the immense capabilities of a paid LinkedIn subscription. LinkedIn Premium is very popular among recruiters but there is a lot of value there for job seekers and networkers in general.

July 25, 2017

Three Things to Remember When Managing a Remote Workforce [Infographic]

Ongoing studies conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management this year revealed that more than 60 percent of surveyed organizations allow some sort of telecommuting. This figure is up from the 20 percent that was uncovered in 1996. Below are three things to bear in mind when managing a remote team.

July 21, 2017

The Most Sought After Hard Skills for Administrative Professionals

Like any role, hard skills must be complemented by soft skills in order to not only land the job but to excel in the role. Below are five important hard skills that are currently sought after in administrative professionals.

July 18, 2017

What you as an Employer should be Seeking from the Question Portion of the Interview

Asking “Do you have any questions for me?” gives your interviewee free-rein to show their personality outside the rigidity of the interview-structure. As an employer, you will be able to gain a lot of insight into the candidate from this portion of the interview but below are some noteworthy highlights.