Lynn Cormier Receives CSP

October 29th, 2012

ABR is pleased to announce that Lynn Cormier recently received her Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) designation from the American Staffing Association. Lynn is a Staffing Coordinator at ABR’s Sparta, WI branch office. Receiving the CSP credential demonstrates Lynn’s knowledge of labor and employment law, ethical staffing industry practices and their relationship to her professional responsibilities.

The CSP not only gives staff the knowledge needed to effectively perform their job responsibilities but also provides a professional development avenue. At ABR, obtaining the CSP designation is mandatory in order to be considered for promotion from the Staffing Coordinator to Staffing Specialist role.

What Are Employers REALLY looking for?

October 29th, 2012

Regardless of the position, there are a handful of qualities the best candidates have in common – and it’s not just relevant experience. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2012 survey, “technical knowledge related to the position” was ranked as the seventh most important characteristic employers are looking for in a candidate. That means hiring managers are searching for potential employees with a unique set of skills not often found through training or textbooks. Here are the top qualities they’re looking for:

1. Team Players

Being a team player means sharing, listening, organizing, and more. Demonstrate your ability to work successfully with others by giving examples during an interview. Don’t be a hypocrite – as we’ve mentioned before, no bad-talking former bosses or coworkers or the hiring manager will second-guess your intentions.

 2. Great Communicators

NACE’s survey found verbal communication as the second most important quality to employers. Great communication revolves around speaking confidently in a group setting, listening to others, and responding in a professional manner. The minute you answer the phone, or step in the door, show off your communication skills. Be friendly, positive, and confident when speaking to recruiters or hiring managers.

3. Decision-Makers and Problem-Solvers

In truth, all three of these qualities go hand in hand. When working in a team and when speaking with a group, it’s great to be able to take charge and find compromise if necessary. During most interviews, the hiring manager will ask something like, “Can you tell me about a time when you worked through a difficult situation?” Be ready to share a specific example of how you solved a problem in the workplace.

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.

ABR Marks 25th Business Anniversary

October 26th, 2012

ABR Employment Services, a professional services firm that offers knowledge, experience and intelligent strategies that enable employers to better manage hiring and leverage staffing, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. ABR has experienced financial success, growth and received the industry accolade “Best in Staffing Talent” and “Best in Staffing Client” by remaining true to its model of focusing on the exceptional service they provide to the clients they serve and the Talent they place in jobs.

Jim McNett, CEO of ABR Employment Services said, “Without the hard work of our employees and the loyalty of our clients, ABR would not be where we are today. Our continuous success is a reflection of our commitment to providing exceptional service.  Earlier this year ABR was ranked among the top 1% of staffing providers in North America. This affirms our commitment to excellence, and upholding this commitment is a direction that ABR will continue today, and 25 years from today.”

Founded on October 28, 1987, ABR Employment Services (www.abrjobs.com) provides administrative, call center, light industrial and skilled industrial employment opportunities to Talent and Workforce Solutions to companies throughout Wisconsin.  ABR is a 2012 Best of Staffing Talent and Best of Staffing Client company.  ABR’s subsidiary, Kinsa Group, provides executive search and placement services for the food and beverage industry.

Talent Recommendation – ABR is Above the Rest

October 23rd, 2012

ABR regularly receives testimonials and letters of thanks from our Talent. We recently received the following from DeJuan Alexander:

My name is Dejuan Alexander and I came to Green Bay looking to start a new life. I had visited the city and fell in love with it right away so when I went back to Chicago (my home town) I started looking for staffing services online in the Green Bay area. I ran across the ABR website and I applied online. I had a phone interview a couple of days later. After the phone interview, I was given an office interview a week later and what happen that day changed the way I looked at staffing services.

In the past, my dealings with employment services hasn’t been nice I always felt when dealing with them that I wasn’t a person and my employment needs was really never met. I was just placed where there was an a opening and felt more like I was there just to make those employment services money with all my hard work. I never felt like I was an employee, just a work horse, and used to make money for the services. Well after coming to ABR they changed my whole outlook.

The staff at ABR was very polite and took the time out to sit down and address my employment needs. I am now working for ABR at a very nice company. I’ve been to a lot different services and I have to say that ABR and their staff are above all the rest. I would highly recommend ABR to anyone who is looking for work. Go to ABR  for employment assistance!

DeJuan Alexander

First Month Faux Pas

October 22nd, 2012

Starting a new position can be unnerving. You have to learn new things, meet new people, and most importantly, you’re not quite sure of the work environment.  The atmosphere at every company is different. What’s totally acceptable? What’s an obvious no-no? Here are just a few behaviors to be aware of when you’re the newbie at work:

1. Avoid Doing Personal Chores on Work Time

Be extra weary of how you’re spending your time at work. You want to make a good impression, right? So set the tone that you’re a trustworthy employee immediately. Make personal phone calls during your scheduled lunch break or rest breaks, not during work time.

2. Don’t Divulge Too Much Personal Information

Being friendly pays off. The best employees get along with their coworkers and their bosses, and may even become friends along the way. But don’t share too much personal information with your coworkers.  Keep conversations professional, and avoid gossip at all costs.

3. Skip the Swear Words.

Some people may find swearing totally acceptable, but others may be completely offended. Don’t even bother testing the waters. Err on the overly cautious side with more than just your word choice. Avoid touchy subjects and controversial issues as well.

Still feeling nervous? Read 3 must-dos when starting a new job.

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.

Toni Charbonneau Receives CSP

October 15th, 2012

ABR Employment Services (ABR) is pleased to announce that Toni Charbonneau recently received her Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) designation from the American Staffing Association. Toni is a Staffing Coordinator at ABR’s Appleton, WI branch office. Receiving the CSP credential demonstrates Toni’s knowledge of labor and employment law, ethical staffing industry practices and their relationship to her professional responsibilities.

Jim McNett, CEO of ABR Employment Services said, “We encourage all of our staff to participate in continuing education. The CSP not only gives staff the knowledge needed to effectively perform their job responsibilities but also provides a professional development avenue. At ABR,
obtaining the CSP designation is mandatory in order to be considered for promotion from the Staffing Coordinator to Staffing Specialist role. ”

ABR Receives Talent Recommendation

October 15th, 2012

ABR regularly receives testimonials and letters of thanks from our Talent. We recently received the following from Debbie Schultz:

Dear ABR Employment Services,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your services during my job search. I had been trying for almost six months to find a new job then a co-worker of mine at the time told me to try ABR. I took him up on his recommendation after several weeks of debating about it because I wanted a full-time permanent position with benefits.

It was very easy to apply on-line, after applying I met with Heidi Okreglicki for an interview she made me feel very welcome and at ease. The thing I appreciated the most was the honesty I received from the staff. They wanted to make sure I found a position that fit my needs and my experience. To my surprise they found me a job within four weeks of applying with them. After my probation period I was hired on full-time with a great company.

I would recommend ABR to anyone who is looking for a job. The entire staff was very professional, friendly, and caring. I am deeply grateful for ABR’s assistance, resources, and guidance during my job search.

Sincerely,

Debbie Schultz

How to Encourage Productivity in the Workplace

October 15th, 2012

Procrastination. No one is exempt from this workplace woe. But it’s a dangerous problem to have, especially when it’s more than the typical post-lunch afternoon slump. When your entire workforce is unproductive, the results are scary. We can’t prove that procrastination is contagious, but we’re hoping that productivity is.  And there is good news: there are simple steps you can take to promote a more productive workforce.

We don’t have one life-changing insight to share, but there is a pretty clear formula for success. If an employee isn’t productive, it’s probably because of one of these reasons: they feel undervalued and unhappy, they feel the work they do isn’t meaningful, or they can’t get their work done. Diagnose your workforce then make a difference with one of these tips:

Problem: Your Employees Feel Undervalued.
Solution: Recognize Your Employees’ Work.

It was our top point in how top companies keep top talent, and it’s a big motivator for productivity as well. Employees who know their hard work is valued are more likely to keep working hard, right? There are simple ways to motivate your employees from progress reports to employees of the month awards to gift card incentives. Take your pick, and watch the morale – and the productivity – rise.

Problem: Your Employees Don’t Find their Work Meaningful.
Solution: Help Them Find a “Calling.”

Every job serves a purpose. Even the simplest positions are part of a larger cause. Show your employees how their work serves the company, their fellow employees, or potential customers. Employees who feel their contributions are meaning will feel more motivated to get their work done.

Problem: Your Employees Can’t Get Their Work Done.
Solution: Break Down the Barriers.

There can be hundreds of hurdles, from large to small, that are preventing your employees from getting their work done quickly and efficiently. Is it a communication issue? Is there a process that can be better defined? Is there equipment that needs to be replaced? Does the organizational structure need a change? Get down to the root of the problem by asking your employees directly. Removing daily frustrations will be like removing a weight from your employees’ shoulders.

Problem: Your Workforce is Unhappy.
Solution: Redefine Your Workplace Environment.

A happy worker is a productive one. Happiness is so important that we even wrote a whole post about how to increase happiness in the workplace. Here’s a summary: simple additions to the workday such as face-to-face interactions can have a huge impact on your workforce. Also, it’s important to encourage time for fun and creativity. Start small: simply tell your staff to step away from their desks for their full 30 minute lunch break. At the far end of the spectrum, companies like 3M let their employees work on a personal project for one hour each day. The important thing to note is that happiness is most definitely contagious. Make a great work environment and the benefits will follow.

How do you keep your employees productive? Share your tips in the comments below or post on our LinkedIn Group page.

How to Explain a Lay-Off – Or Firing – During Your Interview

October 8th, 2012

It’s awkward. It’s emotional. And no one wants to talk about it, especially during an interview. If you went through a lay-off or were fired, the prospect of your next interview might seem daunting. But potential employers aren’t looking to shun you, they just need to know what happened. Here are two steps to get you through this interview obstacle:

Step 1: State the Facts

There are certain things you must say in an interview, and then there are certain things that you most definitely should not say in an interview.  Bad-mouthing your former employer is one of those things. Even if your boss was a horrible person, and even if the company laid off a bunch of employees for no good reason, and if even if you’ve been really depressed about losing your job, you have to remain professional. Briefly state the facts then move on.

Step 2: Give It a Positive Spin

Once you’ve covered the brief details of why you’re unemployed, do a quick flip. Focus on what you’ve been doing since you’ve been laid off or how your positive attitude has gotten you over this obstacle. Rehearse a little speech on how you’re ready to tackle a new challenge and you’re looking forward to the future. You should always have a “tell me about yourself” answer rehearsed and ready, and after you’ve been laid off or fired, this is especially important.

The rest of your interview should be business as usual. Remain positive and confident. Your potential employer won’t even remember that dreaded question if the rest of your interview outshines it. So be prepared. Be practiced. And that’s all there is to it.

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.

Talent Testimonial

October 1st, 2012

ABR regularly receives testimonials and letters of thanks from our Talent. We recently received the following from James A. Dahlke:

I am very appreciative for the excellent professional service received from ABR Employment Services.  The entire process is very efficient and well managed.  After a telephone interview with ABR, I met promptly with a representative who interviewed me and explained the entire procedure to me.  She was very courteous and extremely informative.

Of the several employment agencies I dealt with, ABR Employment Services was one of only a couple of agencies who actually did what they promised.