Three Reasons Why You Didn’t Get Hired

April 27th, 2012

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With a tough job economy and an Internet that sometime seems like a black hole for resumes, it’s hard to stay positive throughout the job search. What did I do wrong? What am I missing? Will I ever get hired? It’s easy to let these questions run through your head on an endless loop. But sometimes it’s really not you – it’s them. Here are just of a few of the reasons you weren’t hired that are out of your hands.

1. Someone was internally promoted.
Some companies post every position online – even when they know a current employee is an obvious shoe-in for the position. If a listing was only placed online for a week, this may be a good sign that there were a lot of internal applicants already lined up.

2. The job listing is out of date.
Recruiting can be as stressful and time-consuming as the job application process itself. A listing may stay online a week after enough qualified candidates have already been found. It’s unfortunate for you, the job seeker, but that’s why it’s important to apply to job listings as early as possible.

3. The position isn’t right for you.
The tough job economy has been tough on companies, too. Some previous full-time positions have been listed as temporary positions and salaries have been approved at a much lower level than desired. The company may know that you’re overqualified and deserve a higher pay, and they may be forced to go with an entry-level candidate instead.

Still feeling blue? Read a few tips from us on how to eliminate negative thinking then connect with us on Twitter and Pinterest for more job seeking tips and advice.

About ABR
ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire  job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center.

Five Ways Social Recruitment Helps Your Company

April 18th, 2012

With more than 845 million monthly active users on Facebook and Twitter estimated to have 250 million active users by the end of the year, it’s clear that social media is an expected part of any business’s strategy. We’ve already outlined the top reasons why HR professionals should participate in social media, but now we’re going to tackle the ways your recruitment strategy can benefit from a social media presence.

What kind of social media presence? Sure, your company may already have a Facebook page, but we’re speaking of a dedicated social media career presence like a Facebook careers page, a blog or a Twitter job feed. It’s a place, like the careers portion of your website, that’s specifically dedicated to describing your company’s employment opportunities. It’s a place to share job listings, benefits, career advice, and interesting anecdotes about your company. And here are the top 5 reasons why it’s great:

1. Reach a new audience.
Social media websites rank high in search engines like Google. That means potential candidates have an increased chance in stumbling upon your company’s Facebook or Twitter presence before they even seen your website. Also, sites like Twitter allow you to add hashtags like #jobs, #career, or #marketing. When people search these hashtags on Twitter, your tweet – and the link to your job posting – will appear.

2. Communicate directly with job seekers.
The instant feedback and quick questions you’ll receive over Facebook are insightful. Maybe a job positing is confusing or maybe your job application process is a bit confusing – you’ll find out fast once you establish a community online.

3. Make your company look good.
Besides being insightful, the feedback you receive and the responses you give can make your company look good – really good. Respond to inquiries or complaints in a timely fashion and with a positive attitude, and potential candidates may be more willing to apply for a position.

4. Gather social referrals.
If you play your cards right, current and potential employees may begin posting positive comments about your company on their own – and those social referrals are priceless! Never underestimate the value that can be added to your company when a potential candidate sees someone else post on your page, “Just applied for that amazing marketing job! I’d love to work for your great company!”

5. Give a friendly voice to the process.
Job listings are usually not very editorialized. When you post a job on social media, it’s a chance to have more fun: call out interesting details about the position, give a quote from a current employee, or handpick the top three benefits of the job. The application process suddenly seems a lot less daunting for potential candidates.

To easily gather fans for your new careers page, send occasional Tweets or Facebook posts from your current business-based social media accounts. Interested followers will jump over to the new careers-based presence and help it grow.

How ABR Utilizes Social Media
So what DOES social recruiting on a blog and Facebook look like? Check out the “Careers and Job Search Tips” section of the ABR blog and see how we interact with ABR job candidates on our Facebook page. Like ABR while you’re there!  ABR also has an RSS feed to Twitter promoting our open job opportunities. In addition, although this blog did not touch on LinkedIn, you can find us there, too. ABR utilizes our LinkedIn group and company pages to recruit staff for our branches and corporate office.

About ABR
ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire  job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center.

How To Make Your Job The Best It Can Be

April 9th, 2012

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Burned out. Not challenged. Negative work environment. There are endless reasons why your job can become less enjoyable than it used to be. But sometimes leaving isn’t an option. So what can you do when you find yourself in a position that doesn’t feel right anymore? Here a few steps you can take to set your career back on the right track.

If you’re feeling burned out…

Bring up the subject carefully to your boss. But be sure to do your research first and gather all of your thoughts in writing. Do your coworkers feel the same way? What exactly needs to change? How do you think your boss will react? Read more tips for addressing job burnout.

If you’re looking for more recognition…

Impress your boss. When you’re on your boss’s A-List, life at work might get a little more inspiring and a little more rewarding. Learn what makes your boss tick and always work hard to be part of the solution – not the problem. A positive attitude may be your ticket to the top. Read more tips on how to impress your boss.

If you’re looking for a challenge…

Start working toward a promotion. Be open to new opportunities within your company and outside of it. Get excited about your industry again by educating yourself on the latest news and trends. Working toward a potential change might be just what you need to reinvigorate your workday. Read more keys to getting a job promotion.

Connect with us on Twitter and Pinterest for more job seeking tips and advice.

About ABR
ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire  job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center.

3 Key Elements to Include on Any Resume

April 2nd, 2012

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Applying for a job can sometimes feel as random as buying a lottery ticket, but there are steps you can take to improve your odds immensely. Add up all of your interesting experiences and promising qualities then find a way to re-purpose that information onto your resume. Here are a few places to get you started:

1. Leadership Experience: While you may have not been a manager in the past, you probably have led others somewhere in your life. Whether it’s at church, at home, or through an organization you’re passionate about. Besides listing your involvement, highlight the unique qualities that make you stand out in that role.

2. Volunteer Experience: Landing a paid position is not the only way to gain experience and show interest: donate your time to a similar charitable cause. If you can’t find charity that makes sense for you, try donating your professional services to a non-profit organization that could benefit from your great work.

3. Professional Organizations: Joining a professional organization is another way to show you’re dedicated to your profession. Plus it’s a great way to network with others in your industry – which might point you in the direction of a job lead.

Many people who consistently have good jobs have those jobs for a reason – and they keep their resume up to date. If you don’t have to start from scratch the next time you’re in search of a new position, you’ll be in a much better place. And you can thank yourself for making your own luck.

Connect with us on Twitter and Pinterest for more job seeking tips and advice.

About ABR
ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire  job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center.