5 Reasons A Job Fair Is Worth Your Time

February 19th, 2016

Job Fair Love

Job Fair Goers Get Immediate Offers

A little secret; most employers host job fairs because they have an immediate hiring need. That’s a great opportunity for people who want or need a new job right away. Many employers offer on-the-spot interviews. If the interview goes well, references check out and you have a solid job history, job fair attendees have a good shot at receiving an immediate job offer.

Put a Face to the Company

When submitting a job application or resume online, you’re just a virtual ‘piece of paper’. By attending a job fair, your whole persona is presented. You can formally introduce yourself and create a great first impression. Plus, you get the opportunity to meet the company representative and ask questions about what it’s like to work there.

 Ask Questions

You can gain valuable insight into the hiring criteria of employers by asking questions. Feel free to ask questions such as:

  • “What is your ideal candidate like?”
  • “Do you like working for your organization?”
  • “Are there opportunities for advancement in your company?”
  • “What makes your organization a great place to work?”

What employers say in their responses, and how they say it, will give you a good idea if you are a potentially good fit for them, and if they are a good fit for you.

Networking

Job fairs offer a great opportunity for networking and connecting with local professionals. Make the effort; introduce yourself, smile, share your elevator speech (It communicates who you are, what kind of job you’re looking for and how you can benefit a company or organization. It’s typically about 30 seconds, the time it takes people to ride from the top to the bottom of a building in an elevator). Ask for business cards or if company representatives are open to connecting with you on a social network.

Save Time and Money

A recent LinkedIn post revealed it takes an average of 30 minutes to complete just one application form. If you print a resume and send it snail mail, it will cost you a minimum of .50 cents. And, according to career site Glassdoor, it takes employers an average of 23 working days on average to fill one position. While attending a career fair won’t guarantee a job offer, you’ll save time and money and speed the hiring process if you attend.

Upcoming ABR Job Fairs

Appleton
Tuesday, February 23, 10 am to 2 pm – Fox Valley Technical College – 1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton, WI

Stevens Point
Tuesday, February 23rd, Noon to 4 pm – UW Stevens Point Dreyfus University Center, 1015 Reserve Street – Laird Room 

Wausau 
Tuesday, March 8th, 10 am to 1 pm – Marathon County Job Center, 364 Grand Ave, Wausau, WI 

La Crosse – ABR/LHI
Tuesday, March 15th, 10 am to 6 pm – Village Shopping Center – 1501 Losey Boulevard S., La Crosse WI

Sturgeon Bay
Tuesday, March 16th, 2 pm to 6 pm – Cherry Point Mall – WI Job Center Door County – 1300 Egg Harbor Rd Ste 124, Sturgeon Bay, WI

We look forward to meeting you during our job fairs! If you have any questions beforehand, please contact us.

 

 

 

 

ABR Receives Inavero’s Best of Staffing Diamond Awards

February 18th, 2016

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Best of Staffing Diamond Awards Given For Continuous Service Quality

At ABR, we strive to provide everyone an exceptional experience and partner with  satisfaction research firm Inavero to survey our clients and talent. Our most recent survey was sent in October 2015; it asked participants to rate us on their most recent experience with us and how likely they are to recommend ABR to a friend or colleague.

Fewer Than 2% of Staffing Agencies Earned the Best of Staffing Award

The results are in! Inavero collected, calculated and validated all scores of staffing companies that participated. We’re thrilled to share we have been awarded Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Diamond Awards. Fewer than 2% of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada earned the Best of Staffing Award. 22% of the 2016 Best of Staffing winners earned the Diamond Award distinction. Diamond Award winners receive the designation after receiving the Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards at least five years in a row.

ABR Scores Significantly Higher Than Industry Average

ABR received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 63 percent of our clients and 70 percent of our talent, significantly higher than the staffing industry average. Inavero calculates staffing industry averages for client satisfaction at -3.0% and talent satisfaction at 24%.

Feedback from Talent & Clients That Took The Survey

Even more importantly, we are pleased with the feedback we’ve received and plan to use it to continue to provide our clients qualified talent who best fit and represent the companies we serve.

Here is a small sampling of what our clients and talent had to say about our service:

“I have a great partnership…we get very qualified candidates that are serious and lasting.  Our staffing partner knows us and gives us an exceptional experience.  She strives to meet both our position AND culture needs.”

  • Client Mary Roy

“I have been working with ABR since the beginning of 2015, and we have had such a positive experience. ABR took the time to sit down with me and review the positions I needed to fill to ensure they were screening candidates who would be the best fit for my team. The follow up and communication once I moved forward with the candidates has been stellar. ABR finds long-terms employees; they are not just looking to fill  a job. I also love that ABR can handle the background checks and take care of all the “dirty” work for me. I would recommend ABR to anybody, and I have!”

  • Client Jill Ullmer

“Communication is very good; timeliness is very good; everyone is very upbeat and congenial; and everyone in the office that I have connected with is a pleasure to speak with and work with.  ABR is a very good resource and service provider.”

  • Client Roger Honeyager

“Friendly and understanding crew that assist very well in job placement. I’ve worked through other temp agencies and ABR is by far the best around.”

  • Talent Daniel Weeks

“Staff stays in touch with you- they are professional, kind , & really care. They place you in a job that really fits.”

  • Talent Christine Barlament

“ABR is a fantastic company to work for/through. They are always willing to help you any way they can and they seem like more of your friend than your employer, which is a great feeling.”

  • Talent Nicole Kendhammer

If you have any questions about the award or need to add skilled, reliable people to your workforce, please contact us. We’re standing by ready to serve you.

Why Is Rebecca Crying? She Just Received $1,000

February 10th, 2016

You’d Be Crying Too If It Happened To You

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Congratulations to Rebecca Wilk, our 15th Free Rent and a job! recipient. Rebecca works in the call center through ABR/LHI in La Crosse, WI. LHI provides care for mission critical through cost-effective, innovative health care management to the government and commercial organizations who keep America safe and running.

A 2016 To Remember

In addition to receiving $1,000 in ABR’s Free Rent and a job employee appreciation sweepstakes, Rebecca received a permanent job offer from LHI and will become their employee on February 22. Rebecca is also a student and will be graduating from Western Technical College in April with an Associate Degree in Medical Administration. She and her husband will welcome a baby in June.

Cry Joyful Tears

If you know a friend or family member not happy in their current job, refer them to ABR. Our clients are currently looking to us to help them hire for administrative, call center and manufacturing positions. And remember, if you currently work for ABR, you automatically receive an entry into the Free Rent and a job! sweepstakes for each week worked. Who knows, you could be our next winner!

 

Post Interview Thank You Note: What Should I Write?

February 8th, 2016

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The following blog was written by Alex Cavoulacos, founder of career website The Muse. 

You just walked out of an interview—nailed it! But the interview actually isn’t done yet. In fact, most hiring managers pay very close attention to how well (and how rapidly) you write a thank-you note. So, our advice? Get that puppy out as soon as humanly possible. Our email template makes it super easy.

Subject

Thank You

Body

Hi [interviewer name],

Thank you so much for meeting with me today. It was such a pleasure to learn more about the team and position, and I’m very excited about the opportunity to join [company name] and help [list anything awesome you would be doing] with your team.

I look forward to hearing from you about the next steps in the hiring process, and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide additional information.

Best regards,

[Your name]

Pro Tips

  • If you really want to blow a hiring manager out of the water, add in another few lines before “I look forward to…” with some ideas you have on how you could add value.
  • If your interviewer is more traditional or you have a feeling he or she is the type who’d appreciate a handwritten note, feel free to drop a card in snail mail, as well.

Get More Career and Job Search Advice

Our free career portal, ABR JobConnect, is chock full of tips and support. Register now and you can:
• Access over 1,000 Job Boards on one site
• Prepare a resume or receive a resume critique
• Utilize the career advisor
• Participate in weekly webinars covering job seeker “hot topics” and receive job search advice
• Take advantage of job assessment tools
• Receive information on continuing education opportunities

Use ABR JobConnect and be one step closer to landing your next job.

 

Job Seeker Webinars

February 1st, 2016

February Job Seeker Webinars on ABR JobConnect

Did you know we conduct weekly FREE Webinars on hot topics for job seekers? And that you can ask questions to help you solve the job search problems you may be facing?

Register today for one or all of our February Webinars through ABR JobConnect.

2/2/2016 – Seven Tips to Stay Motivated Throughout Your Job Search


Topic: Seven Tips to Stay Motivated Throughout Your Job Search
Date: Tuesday, February 2nd
Time: 2:00 pm EST (11:00 am PST, 12:00 pm MST, 1:00 pm CST)

Description:
If you’ve never been in a sales position, the roller coaster of highs and lows in a job search can be extremely frustrating. The challenge is learning how to stay motivated every day. During this session we will discuss the following:

• Seven tips to stay motivated
• Eliminate the noise in your job search
• Impact of your attitude and expectations

Click here to register 

2/9/2016 – New Year…New Resume


Topic: New Year…New Resume
Date: Tuesday, February 9th
Time: 11:00 am EST (8:00 am PST, 9:00 am MST, 10:00 am CST)

Description:

Make sure your 2016 job search starts out on the right foot. This webinar will discuss what your resume should include—and what it shouldn’t. Designed to appeal to job seekers ranging from entry-level to C-level, this instructional webinar will allow you to connect with a certified resume writing expert.

Click here to register

2/17/2016 – How to Create a Blueprint for Your Job Search


Topic: Re-THINK! A Powerful Plan & Foundation for Success – How to Create a Blueprint for Your Job Search
Date: Wednesday, February 17th
Time: 12:00 pm EST (9:00 am PST, 10:00 am MST, 11:00 am CST)

Description:
This webinar will help you develop a clear set of career goals and a plan for how to achieve them. On the webinar you’ll learn simple techniques that will inspire you to be a winner at getting your goals accomplished.

Click to register

2/26/2016 – Directly Market Yourself to Employers


Topic: Directly Market Yourself to Employers
Date: Friday, February 26th
Time: 12:00 pm EST (9:00 am PST, 10:00 am MST, 11:00 am CST)

Description:
If you are spending most of your time behind your computer, this could be the reason you have not found a job. Over 50% of the job seekers are landing a new opportunity as the result of their networking efforts. During this session we will discuss the following:

• How to identify the correct person to target
• Steps to approach this target both written and verbal
• Appropriate follow up process
• Why this method is so effective to schedule interviews

Click to register