How to Stand Out in an Interview

August 27th, 2012

Experience is important – that’s for sure – but employers are looking for more than just that. A good personality and a strong work ethic can put Candidate A miles above Candidate B. After all, it’s often much harder to teach someone to fit into a culture than it is to teach them a new skill. Follow these tips in your next interview and you’ll put yourself a step above the rest.

Be Charming

If you want to make a good impression, be friendly. Be happy, be alert, and don’t forget to smile. Often. Sometimes it’s not about being perfect, it’s about being personal. See a picture of cute kids sitting on the desk? Ask the interviewer if they belong to her. Try to make a connection with the interviewer. Show her you’re more than just the paper resume sitting in front of you.

Be Vocal

Yes, you’re there to answer questions, but you’re also expected to ask questions. And the conversation need not be limited to sentences that end in question marks. We’ve already covered the three things you must say in an interview – so don’t forget to say them! Again, the interview is your chance to show why you’re a great fit for the position. So do it.

Follow Through

When you leave the interview, it’s not over. Some interviewees like to send a thank you note. Others “close the deal” and reaffirm their interest either at the end of the interview or via email afterwards. Choose your plan of attack and follow through. And if you’re still waiting to hear back about a potential interview, check out our great application follow-up tips.

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Apps Every Job Seeker Should Download

August 20th, 2012

Apps Job Searcher should have.Smartphones are nothing less than tiny, hand-held computers. You can use them to take pictures, send emails, and – oh yeah – sometimes make a phone call. Regardless of which make, model, or network you have, there are free apps out there that can actually make your job search easier and make your smartphone even better. Before you apply to one more position or make one more edit to your resume, head on over to the app store!

Make it Digital

You never know when you’ll need to have a document on hand. That’s where Doc Scan comes in handy. The app lets you snap a picture of a resume, application, license – just about anything you can think of – and turn it into a PDF file that you’ll always have with you. Documents To Go offers a similar service and even lets you edit and create new Word files.

Stay Organized

Job hunting and networking go hand-in-hand. You might not have a business card, but the next time you want someone to remember you, SnapDat can help. The app lets you create an easy-to-share digital business card that has the look of old-fashioned paper. If someone hands you a business card and you don’t want to lose it, snap a picture of it with Business Card Reader and your new contact will be stored in your phone.

It’s important to understand the workforce climate. The Department of Labor has a few apps, but the Labor Statistics app is particularly interesting. Track the latest stats for Average Hourly Earnings, the Unemployment Rate, and more, so you’ll never feel out of the loop.

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How Happy is Your Workforce?

August 13th, 2012

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Happy WorkforceA happy workforce is a productive workforce. Some researchers even go so far as to say that happiness leads to success. So, think fast: what are you doing to make sure your employees are content? While it might seem like a huge undertaking, promoting happiness at work may be easier than you think. It’s often “the little things in life” that put a smile on your face, right? The same applies to every workday. Simple strategies can have a huge effect on your business. Here are just a few steps you can follow to make sure your workforce is a happy one.

Encourage Time for Fun

There’s no question about it – when employees are burnt out, they’re not going to work to the best of their abilities. Fortunately, “fun” time need not be an expensive company-wide event. It can be as simple as encouraging employees to step away from their desks for a 30-minute lunch break. Or a reminder that taking a Wednesday off can be almost as rejuvenating as a week-long vacation. If your company has the means, a lunchtime yoga class or an after-work running club can work wonders. Stepping away from work is a strategy that seems counterintuitive, but it often provides a better output than you can imagine.

Encourage Face-To-Face Interactions

We live in a digital world where not many people talk face-to-face. We may work side by side with the same people every day, but how often are we actually speaking to each other? Many Fortune 500 companies – including Apple – follow a technique created by the founders of Hewlett-Packard. It’s a step – literally – that’s easily overlooked, but also easy to accomplish: Management by Walking Around. According to USA Today, a quick conversation with the boss can help employees feel motivated and valued.

Encourage Creativity

What comes first – the chicken or the egg? We don’t know the answer, but we do know that happy and relaxed people are more likely to have innovative or creative thoughts. Jonah Lehrer, the author of Imagine: How Creativity Works, cites 3M as a great example of promoting creativity in the workplace: every employee is allowed one hour per day to work on a side project or hobby. Not only does it foster creativity, but it sends a positive message of trust to employees. Even if you can’t follow 3M’s suit, it’s important to notice the benefits that come from empowering your employees.

Encourage – What Else? – Happiness

Shawn Anchor, the author of The Happiness Advantage, believes “happiness leads to profits.” He even wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review under the same title. Because happiness is a choice, Anchor believes a workforce can be trained to be happy, just like muscles can be trained to work harder. Starting the day with a thank-you email to someone special, taking two minutes to describe a positive experience that happened during the last day, or writing down three things you’re grateful for are just a few of his daily strategies for finding happiness.

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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.

Saying Goodbye: How to Leave a Job On the Right Terms

August 6th, 2012


Whether it’s by choice or not, there’s an art to saying goodbye. Honestly, it doesn’t matter if you were laid off or let go, or if you decided to pursue a new opportunity. When leaving a company, there’s a right way and a wrong way to walk out the door. Follow these tips to make sure that just because you closed a door, it doesn’t mean you closed an opportunity.

Be Thankful

Even if you can’t wait to drive off the property and never look back, remember that all of your coworkers are still working at this place – and may be enjoying it. Don’t bad mouth anyone or anything. If you did accept a new position, keep your explanation simple such as, “It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” or “It seemed like the right time to push myself to try something new.”

Stay Connected

Send an email or pass out personal business cards with your email address and phone number. Pass them around to those who you were close to and those in which you’d like to be close. You never know when you might need their help, or when you might be able to help out them.

Follow Through

Just because you aren’t working side-by-side every day, doesn’t mean you can’t keep in touch. Send an email or set up a coffee date with old coworkers or managers. These connections are worth a lot – and you may want to use them as a reference someday.

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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.