Three Right-Now Ways to Land a Job

June 25th, 2012

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You’ve applied to every job online. You’ve reached out to everyone in your network. When it comes to finding a new opportunity, you feel like you’ve hit the wall. Fear not, because that wall can be broken down with a little positive thinking and creativity:

Dedicate Yourself to Being the Best

When it comes to job searching, you can’t just go through the motions. Each step of the process has to be your best effort. Make a trip to a job fair worth your time with a little preparation. Details like a firm handshake, eye contact, and a classic suit can put you a step above the rest. Not to mention nailing an “elevator pitch” of why you’re a great candidate. Read more ways to get the gig at a job fair.

Think Outside the Box

You’ve heard enough about networking and searching for jobs online. These days many companies have social media presences. Search for job listings on Twitter, ask a company a job-related question on their Facebook page, and get your name out their socially. Be sure to spell everything correctly and be courteous.

Take Advantage of Every Opportunity

While a temporary assignment may not be what you’re looking for, it’s a great opportunity to earn extra cash, make some connections, and learn a new skill. You never know what or who will point you in the right direction so don’t turn down a chance to branch out into new territory. Read more about how to make the most out of every temporary assignment.

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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.

The Difference Between Social Media Recruiting and Social Media Sleuthing

June 18th, 2012

Your company might have a Facebook careers page where you keep in touch with potential candidates and answer questions about current openings. You might tweet your latest job listings to a group of loyal followers. In the process, you may glimpse a candidate’s profile photo and their name, but not much more. We’ve already touted the many benefits to social media recruiting from reaching a new audience to gathering social referrals, but some recruiters have taken the concept one step too far – and social media recruiting has turned into social media sleuthing.

In fact, some recruiters are demanding applicants’ Facebook log-ins and passwords as part of a background check. It’s a change in recruiting that has not been met with open arms by job seekers who feel Facebook is a private network for only friends and family. So, will credit checks and criminal histories be replaced by tweets and Facebook photos? Not anytime soon.

During the heart of the controversy, Facebook immediately released an official statement in support of potential candidates’ rights to privacy. The company went so far as to declare these recruitment practices a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Erin Egan, Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer, reminded companies why social media background checks are dangerous:

  • Employers are not only invading the privacy of the applicant but also the applicants’ network of friends and family members. By sharing a password, employers will automatically be granted access to the personal information of an entire network of people. And that’s not good.
  • Employers may be subject to claims of discrimination once learning an applicant’s age, race, or marital status. Facebook is known for its “over sharing” users. They have the ability to include almost anything in their profile from political beliefs to upcoming due dates of a new baby to sexual orientation – but they also have the ability to set strict privacy settings on this information. Regardless of the settings, companies will suddenly have access to this private information upon requesting log-ins and passwords.
  • Employers may have to assume liability for protection of information (for example, if they stumble upon photos or information suggesting a crime). While it sounds unlikely, there are many instances of Facebook leading to arrests or criminal evidence.

While social media sleuthing is rife with risk, there’s no need to back away from social media recruiting permanently. In fact, HR professionals need to participate in social media – but must also work to protect applicants’ rights to privacy. Background checks are best left to qualified third parties. ABR Employment Services follows an in-depth candidate screening process that offers a well-rounded overview of candidates’ experiences, interests, behavior, skills, and background without violating any rights.

What do you think about social media sleuthing? Comment below! Then contact any of our ABR locations for more information about staffing solutions.

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 Find a Work-Life Balance – Even During Summer

June 4th, 2012

With summer fast approaching, the weather warming, and vacation season starting, it’s hard to stay focused on work over fun. And it’s even harder to not be jealous of students’ summer breaks. Why can’t we all have an extended vacation? Here are a few tips on getting the most out of the time you do have and tips on staying happy while you’re on the clock.

Divvy Up Your Vacation Time

Even though seven days of solid vacation sounds fabulous, sometimes a Friday afternoon or mid-week day off is all you need. Turn a few weekends into three-day treats by taking off a Friday or Monday. Or plan a mid-week “staycation” and enjoy a few hours outside or at home.

Take Advantage of Breaks

Use your lunch break to eat outside or go for a walk with coworkers. A quick breath of fresh air can work wonders – it’s an instant boost of energy and happiness that will take you through the end of the day.

Make Plans During the Work Week

Don’t save all your “fun” plans for weekends. Schedule some traditional summer activities during the week whether it’s a bike ride, a cook out, or joining a sand volleyball league. It’s lighter outside longer and your week will feel like it’s flying by when you stay busy.

Make Your Job the Best It Can Be

No matter what position you’re in, there are a few steps you can take to set your career path and daily work life back on the right track. From speaking up to your boss about job burnout to working toward a new promotion, here is how you can make your job the best it can be.

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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.