Sparta, WI Branch Moving Offices Friday February 1

January 29th, 2013

ABR’s Sparta branch, located at 620 Industrial Drive in Sparta, WI is moving from Suite 10 to Suite 5 this Friday, February 1. Their phone number, fax number and email address will not change.

Talent Testimonial – I Highly Recommend ABR!

January 23rd, 2013

ABR frequently receives letters of thanks from candidates. We recently received the following from Len Bloom:

I just wanted to send you a BIG THANK YOU for getting me my job.  I wanted to personally thank ABR for finding me work and making a compatible fit both for me and for the company.  Plain and simple: ABR is a fantastic agency that’s filled with a friendly, professional staff.  ABR strives to find you the perfect position matched to your skills and abilities. I have recommended ABR to friends, and I highly recommend it to anyone out there who is looking for an agency that will work for you!

Thanks again for all your help!

Len Bloom

3 Overlooked Job Hunt Resources

January 22nd, 2013

We’ve said it before: jobs aren’t found by blindly applying online – you must take an active role in finding a job. One of the three ways to rev up your job search is to ask for help. But whom can you turn to? Your job search fairy godmother, of course! Oh, you don’t have one of those? Well we’re going to outline who that person may be for you:

The Mentor

A former boss or coworker may be able to give you great advice on the next best step for your career. Even if you aren’t very close with this person, it’s not too late to build a relationship. Ask them out for coffee via a simple email exchange. During the meeting, outline your goals for your job search and get their opinion on the ups and downs of your job hunting journey.

The Stranger

Social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter can help you keep in touch with more than just friends. Perhaps someone in your close network knows someone who works at a company you’d like to work for. Ask to be put in touch with that person. They can help answer questions about the work environment or the interview process itself, and may even be able to put you in touch with an additional person in the company who can help you out.

The Staffing Agency

It’s no secret that ABR Employment Services has acted as a fairy godmother of sorts for thousands of job seekers throughout Wisconsin for over 25 years. We’d like to set you up with an employment opportunity.  If you have strong skills, solid references and a great work ethic, we want to hear from you! Search open job opportunities and apply now. Or, if you are already working for ABR, refer a friend and you could receive $50 if we hire them.

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 or LinkedIn for job seeking tips and advice. Have an overlooked job search resource to share? Tell us about a job hunt resource you used successfully below.

How the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) will Affect Healthcare Costs

January 14th, 2013

As the first change to U.S. healthcare since Medicare and Medicaid were passed in 1965, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is mighty significant – and has been somewhat controversial. At its heart, PPACA aims to reduce the overall costs of healthcare through mandates, subsidies, and tax credits. It’s a major reform and there are a lot of moving parts to understand.

For employers, 2014 is a big year. Companies with at least 50 or more full-time employees are required to provide those workers with health care.  Employees are considered “full-time” if they work 30 hours or more per week. If employers forgo health care, they could face a $2,000 penalty per employee. Employers are also expected to pay a $63 per person fee that will go into a fund administered by the Health and Human Services Department.

This month, a new regulation goes into affect for employers and it concerns time more than money. Employers will have to report specifically which employees they’re providing coverage for, and may have to track this monthly. Headaches like this make some people worried that employers will drop their healthcare benefits, increase deductibles, or shift workers to part time. But if employers reduce their workforce down to part-time employees, they could face an issue with engagement that might affect their bottom line more than the upfront cost of insurance.

No one can argue with this fact: employer healthcare costs continue to skyrocket. The 2012 National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans predicts that the cost of health coverage will rise about six percent in 2013. And it’s mostly due to the state of Americans. In fact, 86 percent of employees in the U.S. are overweight and suffer from preventable conditions that significantly increase healthcare costs for employers – as much as 113 percent in the last decade alone! But there’s a chance to turn this statistic around.

A new set of rules regarding the Affordable Care Act will go into effect in 2014. The rules restrict the kind of wellness programs that employers can offer by focusing on fairness for all. The programs must be participatory programs and must not discriminate against an individual’s current health status. Companies can’t reward employees for meeting a certain health standard. Basically, they must reward employees for simply trying to get healthier.

Wellness programs are an investment for companies large and small, but the investment comes with a potential payoff. A recent study found that companies who offer non-discriminatory wellness programs had claims as low as $2,269 per participant versus $6,187 for non-participants. In essence, programs like this pay for themselves. A 2010 Harvard study found that for every dollar a company spends on a wellness program, medical costs fall by a little more than three dollars. And don’t forget that eligible employers will still get a tax credit for a portion of their contribution toward employee insurance. That’s up to 35 percent this year and up to 50 percent in 2014.

What are the biggest hurdles your organization will face related to the PPACA? Leave a comment below.

About ABR Employment Services

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.

Do You Have What It Takes?

January 7th, 2013

Sometimes furthering your career might mean stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new, scary, or risky. No one can see exactly where their career path is headed. In today’s economy, you have to be a flexible employee and accept change with open arms. Here are a few of the challenges you might face in your career and how to deal with them.

Do You Have What It Takes… To Learn Something New?

In order to get a promotion, you may have to improve your skill set. That might mean going back to school for a degree or certificate or simply taking a few classes. The commitment will take time and money but the payoff is much greater: investing in yourself is never a bad idea and you may be instantly qualified for new opportunities.

Do You Have What It Takes… To Try Something New?

Companies are constantly reorganizing, restructuring, and redefining their positions. You might find yourself transferred to a different department. Or working under a new boss. Or taking on different responsibilities. Don’t criticize these changes. Be open to trying something for a couple months before deciding you despise the new order.  David Johnston, an employee on temporary assignment with ABR recently accepted a full-time permanent position in a job that he would have never considered. With the help of ABR, David discovered he had the skills to try something new,  discovered he like the job and was good at it!

Do You Have What It Takes… To Move Somewhere New?

Perhaps you’re transferred to a branch on the other side of town or to a headquarters in another state. Whether the move is big or small, it can affect your entire family. Weigh the pros and cons of the new opportunity and really think about all the details. How will this move affect your commute? How will it affect your daily schedule? Is there a pay raise that offsets any downfalls?

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.  Do you have an ABR success story you’d like to share? Comment below or email our marketing specialist.

Talent Testimonial – ABR is Helpful and Supportive

January 7th, 2013

If you are looking for temporary employment, I recommend  ABR Employment Services. I found everyone that I came in contact with at ABR very friendly and helpful.  This gives a relaxed welcoming atmosphere to the job seeking process.  As a retired person, I found the interview process very stress-free and helpful. The person who interviewed me was very helpful and supportive. She drew out job skills that I had not fully considered and encouraged me to use these potential assets in my search for employment.  She often called me to suggest jobs where these skills might be used.  Finally, I decided to act on one of these offers.  The position was one that I would have never considered applying for if I had just seen it in my job search.  I took the position as a temporary worker.  I found that I liked the job and was competent at it.  Shortly I will begin a new position as a full-time, permanent employee in this job, that I would have never considered if not for the encouragement from all the friendly staff at ABR.

My thanks to you all,

David Johnston

How to Fix an Interview Faux Pas

January 2nd, 2013

Not every interview will go swimmingly. Part of being a great interviewee is being able to rebound after something goes wrong. Here are a few ways to recover after committing an interview faux pas:

1. You Showed Up Late.

Apologize profusely but don’t give an excuse unless it’s a really good one, like you got a flat tire on the way or there was a huge accident on the highway that you couldn’t have foreseen. If you know you’re going to be late, call ahead and give notice. Either way, have a sense of humor about it and then pull yourself together.

2. You Gave a Terrible Answer.

Feel like you totally botched a question? If a better response comes to mind, ask if you can take another stab at the question. But be sure you nail it the second time around. If you think of a better answer later in the interview, ask if you can come back to that question.

3. You’re Totally Stumped.

Take a deep breath and say, “Let me think about that for a minute.” It’s OK to sit in silence while you gather your thoughts. If nothing comes to mind, use this as a moment to talk about yourself positively. Acknowledge that you’re straying slightly from the question then give a positive work example that’s related to the question.

 4. You Forgot to Close The Deal.

If you didn’t end the interview by reiterating your interest in the position and the company, you may have a second chance. Send a thank you email or card immediately and be sure to express your enthusiasm and gratitude for the opportunity.

Read more about how to stand out in an interview and three things you must say in an interview.

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 Twitter and Pinterest for job seeking tips and advice.