3 Ways to Take Control of Your Job Search

July 30th, 2012

You can’t change your experience, but you can change the present. And if your job search is looking rather bleak, it might be time to take things back into your own hands. It’s not just about mindlessly applying for more positions. It’s about having the right mindset. Before you apply for one more job, stop and make these changes:

1. Let Go

When you’re trying to take charge, how can the first step be letting go? Because even if you didn’t get the last five jobs you applied for, it might not be your fault. There could be many reasons why you didn’t get hired that are completely out of your control. Part of being in control is knowing that you can’t control everything. It will keep you sane.

2. Have a Positive Outlook

The biggest thing you can change is your attitude. Don’t let every “no” get you down. Use it as motivation for your next application. Remind yourself that it only takes one offer before your gainfully employed again. And remember, every application is great practice for when you do finally land an interview for your dream position. Interviewing and applying is an art, and you’ll get better at it the more you do it.

3. Get Confident

Your confidence is present everywhere: in your voice during a phone interview, in your body language during an in-person interview, and even in the words on your resume. If you don’t think you’re worthy for the job, why should someone else think you are? Really think about your best traits and translate those skills into each position in which you apply.

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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.

Three Things You MUST Say In an Interview

July 23rd, 2012

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It’s easy to choke during an interview. Get one unusual interview question and it can totally throw you for a loop. But even if you crashed and burned on one inquiry, there are a few things you can say that can save any interview.

“I’m qualified!”

The dreaded “tell me about yourself.” It seems awkward at first, but interviewees shouldn’t feel ashamed to sell themselves! And you don’t need to wait for the interviewer to give you permission to do so. If you have particular experience that’s relevant to the position and it hasn’t come up halfway through your interview, be sure to interject politely and tell your story.

“I understand this company and this position!”

Regardless of whether or not the interviewer asks you what you know about the company, you should be prepared to show off your knowledge – and ask a few questions if you have them. (You did your research, right?) It shows that you’re truly interested in the position and aren’t just applying to any job that comes your way.

“I want to work here!”

We’ve covered it before in our three interview tips that will help you land an offer, but it needs to be said again: reiterate your interest in the position. Some like to call it “closing the deal.” It will help you stand out from those other potential candidates who walked out of the interview with a half-hearted, “Thanks.”

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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.

How Recruiters Can Use Social Media Effectively

July 16th, 2012

From reaching a new audience to gathering social referrals, there are more than a few ways that social recruitment can help your company. But when it comes to social presences, if you build it, they will not come. Sometimes even sharing unique content, creating an engaging voice, and having constant interaction with your followers isn’t enough. But fear not. It’s actually the simplest power tricks that can help you utilize social media smartly and effectively. Here are just a few ways to bring more attention to your campaigns:

Using Images to Your Advantage

A blog post is nothing without a photo. Sometimes a great title can slightly pique a reader’s interest, but an engaging image can instantly draw in a reader. And an eye-catching picture will help more than just your blog post – it can help your other social networks as well.

Share links to your blog posts on your company’s Facebook page and the social network will generate a preview image along with the title of your post. You must compete with all the other posts that appear in your follower’s feeds. An interesting image does the work for you.

While Pinterest is a social network that’s image-based (users “pin” pictures to themed boards and can “re-pin” content from other users they follow or from keywords they’ve search), the website’s power users are also looking to share useful tips and articles. Pin the image associated with your blog post and be sure to include the title as well.

How Hashtags Help

A hashtag is nothing more than a keyword with a “#” placed in front. It helps searchers on social networks find posts, tweets, and pins of interest.

When pinning a blog post on Pinterest, be sure to add any relevant hashtags after the title of the post. It will increase the chance that a user will find and re-pin your pin, thus increasing traffic to your site. Also, be sure to categorize your boards. While Pinterest is image-based, the words do much of the work.

On Twitter, hashtags operate the same way as Pinterest. Whether posting a job description or just a random comment, be sure to add a hashtag (#jobs, #jobadvice,  #marketingjobs, #protip, etc.) with every tweet. When users search for a hashtag in the search bar, all tweets with that hashtag will appear – including yours.

Linking Your Links

The easiest way to ensure that potential followers can find your social presences is by spotlighting them on your website. Include large icons on your home page as well as small icons in your email signatures.

But you don’t have to stop there. Link your social media accounts to each other by including URLs in your bios, posting your Twitter handle on Facebook, or by adding links to your social media presences at the end of every blog post. Again, if you build it, they won’t necessarily come. You have to lead them there!

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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.

What Job Seekers Can Learn From Superheroes

July 9th, 2012

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Sometimes it feels like a job seeker needs super strength and extraordinary talent in order to land an interview or score a new position. Unfortunately, we’re only human. But there are a few life skills we can learn from those who are of the superhuman kind. (No theme song or cape required.)

Know Your Friends – and Your Enemies.

Even the best superheroes rarely finish the job completely on their own. Whether it’s emotional help or help networking to land a new position, think about how friends and family can encourage you along your career path. Find a sidekick to assist you in beating up your enemies – procrastination, depression, and discouragement. There is strength in numbers.

Good Work Can Go Unrecognized – and That’s OK.

Many superheroes choose to work undercover, but sometimes job seekers can feel invisible too. And it’s not by choice. It’s hard to stay motivated on the right path when you’re not always seeing the rewards. Even the best resumes, greatest interviewers, and most qualified candidates may not get hired for the job. But like a superhero, you must choose to serve the higher purpose (furthering your career) and continue on.

Success Takes Time – and Hard Work.

Spiderman, Batman, Iron Man. They weren’t overnight success stories. They spent years perfecting their strategies, tools, and even their power suits. Think of your career as a marathon, not a sprint. Learn from your mistakes, spend time perfecting your craft, and don’t be too hard on yourself. There is a super strength inside of you – you just have to find it.

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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.

3 Things NOT To Include On Your Resume

July 2nd, 2012

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While there are many key elements to include on every resume, there are more than a few things that should never appear on yours. Remember that each item – even down to each word – should be doing one thing: helping you get hired. If it’s not, take it out. Read this list then edit down your resume to make it as strong as it can be:

 1. Irrelevant Experience

It’s great that you were a costume character at a theme park for one summer or that you were a lifeguard in high school, but if you can’t find a way to tailor that experience to the current position you’re applying for, it may be best to leave it off your resume. The same goes for long-ago positions that flow onto a second page and were from a time when you were pursuing a different career path.

2. Information That’s Too Personal

Occasionally a resume will include a line about interests and hobbies. Reconsider adding this bit of information. The interview is a great time to show off your personality and quirks. There’s no need to include the fact that you like fishing and running on your resume, or that you’re a proud mom to three kids. Keep it career focused.

3. Crazy Fonts and Colors

The best resumes are the simplest ones. When laying out a resume or filling out an application, you should be concerned with only one question: is it easy to read? If a hiring manager has to squint to decipher a unique font, sloppy handwriting, or faded type, you’re only hurting the chances that he or she will continue to read your resume.

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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.