Finding Your Passion: Questions to Ask When You’re Unemployed

September 24th, 2012

If you find yourself unemployed, a string of worries runs through your mind: Where is my next paycheck coming from? Where will I find my first interview? Who will be my references? But there is one question that is often overlooked: what do I want to do with my life?

While unemployment is not often a choice and it doesn’t always come at the best time, the word itself is clouded with negative connotations. But unemployment might not be such a terrible thing. In fact, unemployment means opportunity – and life can never have too many opportunities! Here are a few questions to ask yourself before diving into the job search:

1. Am I Happy in My Career?

A period of unemployment may be a great chance to change direction. After all, it’s possible to translate your skills to a new career. Assess your strengths and find a need for them in the marketplace. You may be more qualified for your dream career than you think.

2. What Do I Really Like?

It’s true that job searching is like dating. Just like in a mate, there are basic qualities in every job or company that may or may not appeal to you. Find out what environment, schedule, and organization inspires you and makes you excel in your field.

3. Am I Ready to Start Applying?

It may take a bit of soul searching to really narrow down what type of work you’d like to pursue. And that’s OK. After all, a more productive job search is one that is focused yet opportunistic.

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

ABR Wins American Staffing Association National Communications Award

September 18th, 2012

ABR Employment Services won a Specialty Advertising Merit Award in the 2012 American Staffing Association Staffing (ASA) VOICE Awards competition. This national annual awards program recognizes the best ASA member communications campaigns in 16 categories, from direct mail to social media.

“Our goal was to design a fun, attention getting campaign,” said Joan Starszak-Pajari, ABR’s marketing specialist. “The Packers had won the Super Bowl so football was top of mind. We  designed custom packaging imprinted with whimsical copy phrases coupling ABR and football. We inserted foam footballs imprinted with ABR’s logo, website address and social media icons and delivered the complete package to prospects during the official start of the NFL football season. It was a big hit!”

The ASA Staffing VOICE Awards competition recognizes the voice, originality, innovation, creativity, and effectiveness—or VOICE—of ASA member communications campaigns. A panel of communications experts judges the entries in two award classes, for independent and national staffing firms, on general appeal and overall quality, content and message, originality of approach, target audience, and objectives.

Congratulations to ABR’s Employees of the Year

September 17th, 2012

Last week, staffing companies across the nation celebrated National Employee Staffing Week.  At ABR,  branch staff visited our employee job sites to hand out insulated lunch bags.  Stevens Point employee Wade Fall was named “Employee of the Year” by the Wisconsin Association of Staffing Services.  And, ABR presented our 2012 “Employees of the Year” with a certificate and gift card.  ABR’s Employees of the Year include:

  • James Seidel (Appleton)
  • Pa Jammeh (Oshkosh)
  • Kevin Grethe (Sparta)
  • Margaret Voss (Manitowoc)
  • Janelle Bell (La Crosse)
  • Adam Chojnacki (Stevens Point)
  • Joshua Hass (Stevens Point)
  • Amber Schroy (ABR/LHI)
  • Anthony Anderson (Green Bay)
  • Elizabeth Marsh (Madison)
  • Lory J. DeLeon (Sturgeon Bay)
  • Kyle Oleson (Wausau)
  • Kimberly Jenkins (Wausau)
  • Andrew Tyskiewicz (Wausau)

Congratulations everyone! We’re proud to have such great employees and glad you chose to work at ABR!

ABR Salutes Our Employees During National Staffing Employee Week

September 10th, 2012

ABR Employment Services joins staffing companies across the country this week in celebrating National Staffing Employee Week, September 10 through September 16.

ABR thanks you, our employees, for your contributions to ABR and to our client company’s success! Millions of Americans are employed by staffing firms every business day and are truly the stars of America’s workforce.

Thank you for all you do!

Social Media Etiquette for Job Seekers

September 4th, 2012

What’s your social media site of choice? Now think hard about the last thing you posted. Would you feel comfortable if a potential employer saw it? That might be the new way job seekers have to think about social media. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 37 percent of employers are researching potential candidates online.

Manage Your Online Presence

It’s up to you to censor the comments, pictures, and links on your online profiles. That includes monitoring inappropriate comments, pictures, and links that friends may be posting, sharing, and tagging you in. At the very least, smart job seekers can take control of their security settings. Here’s how:

On Facebook, go to Privacy Settings>Timeline>Tagging. Here is where you can control who can post on your timeline, who can see those posts, and who can tag you. There’s even an option to review tags before they appear on your timeline. Under How You Connect, change “Who can look up your timeline by name” to “Friends.”

For Photo privacy settings, visit the Photos tab on your profile. Each photo album has separate privacy settings that can be managed by clicking the gear symbol beneath it. Be sure none of these are set to “Public.” It’s a time consuming process, but it’s important to take control of your online image.

Don’t Stop There

It’s no joke – many people have been fired over Facebook. That means no bad mouthing your company online, especially because the information you leaked could be confidential. The same goes for pictures at work. It’s too easy to violate a privacy policy. Finally, stay off Facebook at work. But hopefully you already knew that.

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