Changing Careers: How to Turn Past Experience Into a Focused Story

December 28th, 2012

You can get hired for an industry in which you’ve never worked. There are certain soft skills that every company is looking for – and you most likely have them. The key is to excavate them from your previous experiences and highlight them on your resume. There’s a story hiding somewhere within your resume. Maybe you have always been in positions that involve helping others, working with numbers, or being creative. Or maybe you’ve always worked for non-profits, retailers, or schools. Here’s how you can find your story, and get hired faster:

1. Think about the position you’re applying for.
If you want to be hired for a certain position, you need to know what makes that job tick. What skills are needed to successfully complete this job? Write down a list of key words and qualifications.

2. Make a master resume.
List every position you’ve ever held. This resume will probably never be sent out to any company – it will be used by you for research purposes. Study it to give yourself a better idea of the various skills you possess.

3. Start the excavation process.
Buried somewhere in your previous work experience may be perfect examples of the skills and qualifications needed for your desired job. When you see these experiences listed one after another, your story will start story developing.

4. Create a new edited resume.
Begin the editing process by copying and pasting the relevant experiences to a new document. This will be the resume that eventually gets sent out. Make sure each bullet point highlights one of the skills or qualifications you listed in step one.

Looking for more resume tips? Read  three things not to include on your resume  followed by these three elements that you should include instead.

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. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest job postings, job seeking tips and career advice.

ABR Employees Honored at Annual Banquet

December 17th, 2012

The ABR Employment Services La Crosse-LHI on-site branch and Stevens Point branch were recently awarded the ABR Excellence Award. The Excellence Award is given to any field office that exceeds key performance indicators. Both offices were presented the award earlier this month at the ABR Annual Dinner awards banquet. In addition to receiving commemorative plaques, each employee receives a monetary award.

Kim Moddie and Karen Engelmann received the Outstanding Service Person Award. Kim is a Training and Operations Specialist at ABR Corporate; Karen is an Executive Consultant at Kinsa Group, an ABR subsidiary. The Outstanding Service Person Award is given to individuals who have shown outstanding customer service, above and beyond normal expectations during the fiscal year. Supporting evidence required to win this award can include testimonial letters from clients or employees, observed actions and results that went above and beyond normal expectations.

Shobi Zietlow, Branch Manager at ABR’s Sparta branch, received the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award. Community involvement is an ABR value and Shobi contributed the most volunteer hours at The Boys and Girls Club of Sparta. ABR will make a $500 charitable contribution to The Boys and Girls Club of Sparta on her behalf.

Upcoming Job Seeker Training Webinars

December 17th, 2012

Resume Do’s and Don’ts
December 19th @ 10:30 am EST (7:30 am PST, 8:30 am MST, 9:30 am CST)

In this webinar, the most important “new rules” for resumes and cover letters will be discussed and information regarding how to get the most out of your job search, both online and offline, will be presented.  Job seekers will be able to learn how to not only recognize if their resume is making them stand out, but if the document is causing them to be passed over.  Participants will also be given tips for incorporating best practices into networking functions and getting noticed by recruiters.

Register on ABR JobConnect by clicking on the WEBINAR Tab. Then click on the event and then reserve your seat by clicking the webinar registration link for each event listed.

Things to Think About Before Saying Yes to an Offer

December 3rd, 2012

When a long job search finally reaches a pinnacle – that elusive job offer – it’s tempting to just say yes. After all, how could you possibly turn down an offer when you’re unemployed? It’s a hard thing to explain to friends and family, but if the right response is “no,” don’t feel guilty about it. We’ve said it before – job searching is like dating. Here are a few questions to consider before moving forward with your next offer.

Commuting Time

I’m sure there are a lot of great jobs out there in this big world, but if they’re too far away, they may not be right for you. Consider the time, money, vehicle wear, commute cost and lifestyle changes you’ll have to make to travel for the new job. A too-long commute is a perfectly acceptable reason to turn down an offer.

Vacation Time and Holidays

Any successful person will tell you that work-life balance is the secret to happiness. Inspired and content employees are the ones who have time to step away from their jobs occasionally through random paid days off, paid vacations, and holiday breaks. If the position doesn’t provide that freedom, it may be a reason to decline a permanent job offer.

Hours Worked Per Week

We all talk about the “nine to five” workday, but not every job fits into that category. How many hours will you truly be working each week? To stay healthy, you need time each week to prepare nutritious meals, exercise, spend time with family and friends and have “me” time. Does this schedule offer you those options?

Opportunities for Promotion

A dead-end job can wear you down. Accomplishing goals and getting recognition for hard work can be just as great as a promotion. Find out what kind of work environment this company supports and how their employees stay motivated and happy.

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.

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