Avoid These 3 Job Search Mistakes

August 26th, 2013

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A job search is hard enough – there’s no need to make it even harder on yourself. When you’re feeling frustrated, it’s important to stay cool, calm, and collected during all stages of the interview process. These are the simple mistakes that make recruiters look away – while you’re left looking for a job.

 1. You Dropped the Name… of Someone You Don’t Even Know.

Maybe a close friend offered up the name of one of their connections who works at this company. Unless you have explicitly spoken with that person and asked their permission to use them as a reference, you should not mention their name on an application or in an interview. This advice goes both ways. Don’t offer up the name of your connections to a job-seeking friend unless you were given permission. Here are the right ways to build up your reference arsenal.

2. You Applied for a Great Position… But You’re Not Even Qualified

You’ve found the perfect position. There’s just one problem: you’re not really, technically qualified. Unfortunately, you need to move on. It’s a waste of your time and a recruiter’s time. But what if you exaggerated your experiences just a little bit? Stop, right there. You know your limitations. Instead, focus on what you can do.

3. You Incessantly Follow Up… and Get Angry That You Haven’t Heard Back.

While the anticipation of a potential interview or job offer can consume every waking moment of your life, the same cannot be said for those making the hiring decisions. They are recruiting for multiple jobs at one time and you never know if something has come up and stalled the hiring process. You can get angry privately, but don’t show it to the potential employer. Be patient. The outcome will eventually be revealed to you. And if this does not work out, something else will come up.

About ABR

ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin and in Winona, MN. 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.

Budget Friendly Social Media Recruiting Tools for Small Business

August 19th, 2013

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About a year ago we published a blog on ‘How Recruiters Can Use Social Media Effectively’. Today, we’re going to look at three social media recruiting tools for small business, courtesy of Donna Wells, the CEO of Mindflash.com

Here’s a few of Donna’s top pics (not all are yet available in Wisconsin and Minnesota). All are budget friendly and touted by Donna as “slick tools to address the labor-intensive process of finding and hiring people”.

1. The Resumator: An applicant tracker, social recruiter and email replacer

How it works: This tool helps hiring managers keep real-time tabs on where their job listings are posted and who’s looking at them. Upload a job description to the site and it automatically posts it to Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. After that, The Resumator tracks candidate resumes, and applies its own algorithm to rank applicants on a five-star scale. Better yet, it takes care of a part of the hiring process that often gets shortchanged — sending automated email replies when resumes are received and when a candidate must be declined. It also has a Twitter-like “What Makes You Unique” feature, where applicants describe what sets them apart in 150 characters or less. It’s a great way to quickly get a sense of the candidate’s personality.

Cost: $49 to $399 per month, based on volume

2. LinkedIn Talent Pro: Extra access to the world’s largest professional network

How it works: If your and your employees’ networks come up empty on a key hire, it might be worth paying for access to qualified candidates that are outside those existing connections. Before you hire a recruiter, consider spending some money on LinkedIn Talent Pro. A Talent Pro account provides access to virtually everyone on LinkedIn and includes helpful extras like premium talent filters and expanded profiles. Subscribers can receive up to 15 notifications per day when Talent Pro finds a match among candidates that meet your stated criteria for the role. Because LinkedIn users consider their profile to be their “work self,” candidate searches based on job-related keywords can yield nicely targeted results.

Cost: $399 per month for an annual plan, or $499 on a month-by-month basis

3. Jobvite: An end-to-end social web recruiting and tracking tool

How it works: Jobvite is an SaaS (Software as a Service) platform that delivers a seamless and social recruiting process before, during and after the interview. It leverages the very best source for great hires — your own employees — by allowing them to see your company’s open jobs and send targeted invitations to their friends on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Once their friends or contacts get into the pipeline, the referring employee can track the interview process. The tool also matches prospective candidates with job listings based on matches found in their social profiles, providing a way to find qualified “passive” candidates that, frankly, are more likely to be the folks you’ll want to hire.

Cost: $500 to $10,000 per month, based on company size

Have a social media recruiting tool suggestion to share with your fellow recruitiers? Share it below.

About ABR
ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin and in Winona, MN. 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.

ABR/LHI La Crosse, WI Job Fair August 27th

August 16th, 2013

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ABR Employment Service in partnership with LHI is hosting a recruitment fair, Tuesday, August 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at:

Logistics Health, Inc. 
Cargill Room-Riverside Center 
332 Front St South, La Crosse, WI 54601

ABR is currently recruiting Customer Service Professionals, Administrative and Sales/Contract Negotiation Specialists. Multiple shifts are available.

Attendees may have the opportunity to participate in an onsite interview with ABR and LHI staff.  Walk-Ins are welcome!

Completion of your application on abrjobs.com  prior to the event is encouraged (select the La Crosse-LHI Inc. Location). AA/EOE

Career Self Management: It’s About You, Not Them

August 12th, 2013

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Steve Roesler, the author of the ‘All Things Workplace’ blog, teaches smart people like you practical ways to become extraordinary. In a blog he wrote on self-leadership, Steve describes a few work scenarios early in his work career that went like this:

  • I wanted my boss–a good guy and a good President–to manage me a little differently. He didn’t.
  • I wanted my initiatives to move through the organization faster. They didn’t.
  • I wanted my boss to manage me a little differently. He didn’t.
  • I wanted my initiatives to move through the organization faster. They didn’t.

What do you think happened? If you guessed that Steve eventually left these jobs, you guessed correctly.

Like tending a plant, you need to provide yourself with the right elements to help further your career.

I bet some of you are thinking, “I can’t leave my current job right now because ___________” (fill in the blank). If that is your situation, we blogged on ‘How to make the job the best it can be’ about a year ago. Here are a couple of tips from that post:

If you’re looking for more recognition…

Impress your boss. When you’re on your boss’s A-List, life at work might get a little more inspiring and a little more rewarding. Learn what makes your boss tick and always work hard to be part of the solution – not the problem. A positive attitude may be your ticket to the top. Read more tips on how to impress your boss.

If you’re looking for a challenge…

Start working toward a promotion. Be open to new opportunities within your company and outside of it. Get excited about your industry again by educating yourself on the latest news and trends. Working toward a potential change might be just what you need to reinvigorate your workday. Read more keys to getting a job promotion.

Have a career management tip to share with your fellow job seekers? Share it below.

About ABR
ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin and in Winona, MN. 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.

HOT Jobs – ABR/LHI – La Crosse, WI

August 6th, 2013

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The first week of each month, we’ll spotlight ‘Hot Jobs’; open jobs we are actively recruiting for. This month, we feature opportunities  from our ABR/LHI location.

ABR/LHI is currently recruiting Medical Appointment Schedulers.   These positions are try-before-hire and will be through the ABR on-site office at Logistics Health Inc.  All schedulers will participate in a full-time, seven week training course before transitioning into a 1st shift (M-F, 9 am – 6pm and every other Saturday 7am-3pm) or 2nd shift (M-F 1pm-10pm) schedule.

As a Medical Appointment Scheduler, candidates will serves internal/external customers with regard to medical and dental readiness in a high-volume, dynamic call center while representing LHI in a courteous and professional manner. Candidates also receive inbound calls and places outbound calls in order to schedule a variety of specific medical and dental services in accordance with the customer’s availability and contract guidelines.

Learn more about the position.  AA/EOE

ABR/LHI is also recruiting for a Provider Network Development Specialist. In this role, you will be responsible for various activities relevant to analyzing network composition. Please see the job posting for more information and to apply.

Know of someone besides you that would be great in either of these positions? Refer them to ABR! If your referral is hired and meets our referral criteria, you could receive a bonus in your next check! Contact ABR/LHI for details.

About ABR
ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin and in Winona, MN. 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.

Interviewing for a Call Center Position: How to Prepare

August 5th, 2013

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Call Center Representatives, otherwise known as customer service representatives, provide information to customers and respond to questions and complaints. Some also take orders, input data into a computer or process returns. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook reflects that the median pay is $14.64 per hour. This occupation is expected to have average growth over the next seven years.

Call center knowledge requirements will vary depending on the company.  Call center positions usually involve using and developing the following skills:

  • teamwork
  • customer service
  • problem solving
  • persuasiveness

So how do you prepare for a call center interview?  Best-job-interview.com provides the following commonly asked questions to help you prepare:

  • How many calls did you take/make in an average day?
  • Tell me about a time when you were able to help out a team member.
  • Describe a situation when you had to deal with demands from an unreasonable customer.
  • Give me an example of a decision you had to make quickly while dealing with a customer recently.
  • Tell me about a time you were able to learn something complex in a short time period.
  • Describe a situation when a customer really upset you but you had to remain composed.
  • How have you managed to overcome a customer’s objections in a recent call?

Want to explore a call center opportunity with ABR? Visit abrjobs.com and click on the red ‘search jobs’ button. Then, type ‘call center’ or ‘customer service’ into the keywords field. And, visit our customer service tips for call center professionals pin board on Pinterest for career tips.

Even if you’re not actively looking for a job like this, but know someone who is, refer them to ABR!

About ABR
ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin and in Winona, MN. 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.