Low Unemployment and the Skills Gap: How Manufacturing Employers Can Respond

August 21st, 2017

low-unemployment-skills-gapWhile the 16-year low unemployment rate is good for American workers, it is a complex issue for the economy and leaves employers wondering what to do to attract the right talent within their budget.

A quick glance at the American Staffing Association Fact Sheet for Wisconsin reveals that the average earning for workers employed through a temporary service is $30,235 annually, or $14.53 per hour. A pay-gap exists in many portions of the State with companies willing to pay supplemental staff a rate between  $10-$12 per hour. As you might imagine, prospective candidates with the necessary skills outright reject work at this pay rate stating they’re unable to meet financial obligations.

How Does the Skills Gap Come into Play?

The skills gap is another challenging issue you may face in the current economy when trying to find talent in for manufacturing positions.

Following are just a few varied and complex reasons you may be running up against a brick wall when it comes to the skills gap:

  • Wages Are Insufficient in Attracting Skilled Talent. Workers who have the necessary skills may already have a job at an acceptable wage to them.
  • Training Has Not Caught Up to New Technologies. New technologies require specific skills, which makes it challenging for job seekers to ensure they have the necessary skills for a particular job.
  • No Proper Preparation for the Real World of Work for Students. Modern students who do not follow the path to college may find themselves left behind in the classroom. Ideally, students have access to a career center program or technical school if they do not plan to attend college, but that is not always the case.
  • Lack of On-the-Job Training. Perhaps the job candidate has worked in manufacturing positions before, but they didn’t use the same equipment or require the same skills.
  • Unrealistic Expectations for the Job Applicant. Employers may look at an ideal candidate, save for a lack of the precise skills they need, and proceed to toss the application to the side.

Looking at these reasons, it may help you see that skilled employees are all around. You may just need to look more closely at their potential for gaining the skills you need.

What Can You Do in Response to the Combination of Low Unemployment and the Skills Gap?

If you are wondering how you can find the right talent with the skills your manufacturing positions require, it may help you to learn more about what other employers are doing.

  • Listening to What Candidates Want from a Job. In a low unemployment climate, you have to look more closely at what talented candidates want from their employer. It may come as no surprise that good pay is the single most important thing manufacturing workers want, followed by job security and benefits, according to Industry Week.
  • Adjusting Expectations. Employers who come across talent who have years of manufacturing experience, yet do not have specific skills for a specialized position, they are loosening their expectations and choosing to invest in the person’s potential. They may offer on-the-job training to get the candidate up to speed.
  • Broadening Ideas About Who Is the “Right Candidate.” Today’s employers are looking at the big picture and taking steps like hiring the long-term unemployed, looking beyond resume titles, reassessing position requirements and paying higher wages for specialized skills.

Do you need more ideas about finding the right talent to meet your needs while reducing costly turnover rates?

The professional staffing team at ABR Employment Services can help you find the right balance for your manufacturing talent needs.

Accounting Administrator: Hiring at ABR Corporate in Madison WI

August 10th, 2017

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Accounting Administrator Opportunity At ABR Corporate

ABR Employment Services is a Midwest based workforce solutions company. We are a professional services firm that offers knowledge, experience and intelligent strategies that enable employers to better manage hiring and leverage staffing for competitive advantage.  For nearly 30 years, ABR has been serving Wisconsin and Minnesota businesses in the administrative, light industrial, skilled industrial and call center sectors.

What We Will Do For You As Our Accounting Administrator

  • We value work life balance- no nights or weekends!
  • We will foster a culture of recognition and community involvement
  • We will help you reach your full potential by developing a career path that matches your career goals
  • We will provide you with competitive pay, outstanding benefits including, PTO, 7 paid holidays, 401(k) Plan, Medical, Vision, Life, Dental and more!

Key Accounting Administrator Characteristics: Who You Are

  • 3+ Years Of Work Related Experience
  • Associates Degree in Accounting or Related Field
  • High Attention To Detail
  • Outstanding Communication Skills
  • Excellent Computer Skills
  • High Sense Of Urgency
  • Goal Oriented
  • Team Player
  • Fun

What You’ll Get To Do as an Accounting Administrator 

  • Responsible for the prompt payment of company obligations and recording expenses in the general ledger which are coded to the appropriate cost category by others
  • Responsible for all payment of ABR Branch Leases
  • Responsible auditing timesheets and other payroll duties
  • Maintaining garnishments and direct deposit payroll for Supplemental Workers
  • Assist Controller with annual filings of IRS Forms 1099 and 1096.
  • Other duties to assist ABR and the Finance and Accounting team as assigned

Tell us why you should be our Accounting Administrator by submitting a cover letter and resume to:

ABR Employment Services
4600 American Parkway, Suite 301
Madison, WI 53718
Email: hr@abrjobs.com

Manufacturing Jobs Lewiston MN: General, Skilled, Office, Professional

August 9th, 2017

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Manufacturing Jobs Lewiston MN

Machine Operators, Inspectors, General Assembly, Administrative, Quality, Operations Manager, Buyer

ABR is a no-cost job placement resource that helps job seekers get noticed and land positions at employers that are hiring. We’re currently helping a Lewiston, MN contract manufacturer of  electronic and electro-mechanical assemblies hire for a variety of manufacturing, office and professional level jobs in Lewiston MN. The company is very clean and climate controlled. A lot of growth opportunities are offered at this manufacturer.

Easily Apply:

These positions are a mix of direct hire and ‘try-before-hire’. Direct hire positions offer immediate benefits and paid time off. Try-before-hire jobs mean after 90 days, you may transition from being an ABR employee to our client’s employee; company benefits and paid time off will be offered upon hire.

Upon hire, the following benefits are offered:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • 125 Pre-tax Spending Plan
  • 401K Plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Prescription Safety Glass Program
  • ESD Shoe Program

Employee Rating

People that work here provided a ‘3 out of 5 star’ rating on Glassdoor.com. One reviewer said, “Awesome work environment, excellent training and work direction.” The company describes their mission as “To provide unsurpassed manufacturing services while striving to improve daily”. The company mission statement is “To grow revenue and make a fair profit by forming strong partnerships in electronics contract manufacturing and related services”.

Let us help you find your next Machine Operation, Inspection, General Assembly, Administrative, Quality Coordination, Operations Manager or Buyer job. We hire for positions in the industries of electrical components, electrical manufacturing and machine shops and will find a position that meets your interests and skills.

Schedule an Interview with Michelle

Work with our recruiter, Michelle, to get hired faster and start earning a paycheck more quickly. For more information about this company, just ask Michelle!


Mariani WI Rapids Plant Expansion: Now Hiring

August 8th, 2017

Mariani WI Rapids Plant Expansion – Now Hiring

The Mariani WI Rapids plant expansion is well underway! As a result of the expansion, Staffing Recruiters Andrea Eichmann and Danelle Drevetzki of ABR Employment Services Stevens Point are working with Mariani Packaging Company in WI Rapids to hire for newly created warehouse and packaging line positions. The plant is located at 6011 Washington Street in Wisconsin Rapids.

For Employment Consideration, Easily Submit Your Application Now

Why Join The Mariani WI Rapids Team?

As a full-time employee of Mariani Packaging Company you will enjoy:

  • Competitive food manufacturing wages
  • $0.75/hr. night shift differential pay for hourly employees
  • Medical Insurance (Mariani pays 100% of deductible for preferred provider network)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance (company paid)
  • 401(k) Plan (company provides a percentage match up to 5% of employee’s contributions)
  • Sick Time
  • Vacation Time
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Additional Insurance Offerings (short-term & long-term disability, additional life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, cancer insurance)
  • $500 Referral Bonus
  • Attendance awards and drawings
Attractive Time Off & Work Schedule
  • Work 4 days one week and 3 days the following week (Sunday through Saturday work week)
  • Night shift works 7:00pm to 7:15am // Day shift works 7:00am to 7:15pm
  • Every other weekend off (3 consecutive days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Check Out The Mariani WI Rapids Plant Expansion Video

If you have any questions, call or email Andrea Eichmann or Danelle Drevetzki at 715-344-7146.

Recruiter Texting Etiquette: How To Text A Recruiter

August 7th, 2017

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If you are like 68 percent of the millennial population, or 47 percent of those age 30 to 49 and 26 percent of 50 to 64-years-old, you likely spend significantly more time texting than actually talking on the telephone than you did a decade ago, according to Forbes.

If you are about to start your search for a new job—or your first job—you may wonder how you can use your texting skills to your advantage. You might even assume that there is no place for text messaging during a job search. The truth is that text message recruiting is on the rise, so you can definitely use your preferred means of communication—whether using text messages, emails, social media or old-fashioned telephone calls—to stay in contact with your possible employer or professional staffing agency.

Employers do not want to miss finding the right candidate for their position, so they are happy to adopt any and all modern technologies to make sure they don’t miss an opportunity. There is even HR software that makes it easier for recruiters to manage text messages and even send a text message job offer when the time is right.

Is There Such A Thing As Recruiter Texting Etiquette?

Now that you know texting is a possible way for you to easily communicate with your recruiter, it is important to know that there are some considerations for you to keep in mind. While recruiters are open to this modern method of communication, the hiring process is still basically the same, as far as professionalism and etiquette.

Keep the following 5 etiquette tips in mind on how to text a recruiter:

  1. Spelling and Grammar Still Count. Approach your text messages the same way you would approach writing an email or cover letter. Don’t use text style abbreviations, emoticons or acronyms. Use full sentences to let the recruiter know you are professional and serious about the position. Before you press “send,” make sure you proofread your message so you don’t send a message riddled with spelling or grammar errors.
  2. Keep the Text Message Professional in Tone and Content. Treat your text messages to recruiters the same way you would treat a telephone call. Keep your message brief, polite and to the point. Avoid typing information that is off-point, such as any personal information. You definitely want to avoid sending any information that is inappropriate, which might include mentioning your significant other or your hobbies. It is easy to treat text messaging as a casual method of communication, so it is important that you keep context at the forefront of your mind when texting your recruiter.
  3. Don’t Use Texting as Your Only Means of Job Search Communication. Just because texting has become an important part of the recruiting process doesn’t mean it is the only choice you should make. It may be perfect to confirm an interview via text, but if you have a more detailed question or concern, picking up the telephone or writing a professional email is probably better for you and the recruiter.
  4. Avoid Sending Bad News Via Text. It is always better to deal with unpleasant conversations on the telephone or face-to-face, if possible. For instance, if the recruiter chooses you for the position, and you decide not to accept, you probably want to let them know directly.
  5. Track and Save Your Text Messages. Just like you keep your emails and make notes about telephone calls with recruiters, track and save your text messages to review previous conversations to avoid repeating yourself or repeating the same questions.

Do You Need More Ideas About Your Job Search?

If you need help starting your job search, ABR Employment Services can help. Whether you have more questions about texting, or another means of communication with recruiters, our professional recruiting team is here for you.

Contact us to learn more about our services that will help you kick off a successful job search.

Data Entry Jobs: Part-time Jobs & Full-time with LHI

August 3rd, 2017

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Part-time Jobs & Full-time Data Entry Jobs

ABR, in partnership with LHI are looking for Data Entry/Admin Candidates!

Flexible Shifts: Full Time & Part Time Jobs

Job Summary: Responsible for processing all incoming medical and/or dental service documentation according to contract requirements and customer specifications. Receive and thoroughly review documentation for errors, identify missing components and complete data entry. Ensure program policies and customer designated guidelines are adhered to while processing the documentation under time-sensitive deadlines.


High school diploma or equivalent required, post high school education preferred.

A minimum of 1 year of related work experience required.

Intermediate computer skills including Microsoft Office programs and electronic file/database management experience required.

Strong keyboarding skills required.

Data entry and customer service experience preferred.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation or gender identity. EOE/AA

Apply Now:

Questions? Contact:
Brittany Erickson
328 Front Street South
La Crosse , Wisconsin 54601
Phone: (608) 784-0760
Email: berickson@abrjobs.com

328 Front St S
La Crosse, WI 54601-4023

That First Impression: Why Your Voice Matters In An Interview

July 24th, 2017

VoiceYour Voice Matters When Trying To Make A Great First Impression

There are so many factors that play into creating your first impression when you are interviewing.  One of those factors that is not addressed enough is your voice.  Conclusions can be drawn simply by the way you speak.  Whether those assumptions are correct or not, it does not matter when you are being considered for a job.  You need to actually listen to your voice and analyze how you sound.  If you have trouble being honest with yourself, ask someone you can trust to provide you with honest feedback.

The rate or speed of your words is very important.  If you talk too fast you may be perceived as nervous, impulsive, disorganized, immature, or even flighty.  On the other hand, if you talk too slow you may be perceived as lacking intelligence, unable to keep up with a fast paced environment, older or lacking overall confidence.

The best place to be is in the middle of too fast and too slow.  You need to speak clearly, distinctly, slowly and thoughtfully.  Try to pronounce each syllable, the syllables that are meant to be stated.  If you are unsure of a word you need to look it up in the English Dictionary, never assume anything.  If you keep your speaking at a medium pace, you are able to get your thoughts across more clearly and easily.  If you want to check your speech, you can tape yourself speaking or you can speak in front of a mirror.  Both techniques are helpful and will provide results!

Relax Speech To Avoid ‘Pitchiness’

Your pitch is also extremely important.  If your pitch is normal, this won’t apply to you.  However, if you have a very high pitch it can be more annoying than anything else.  A high pitch is associated with women, but definitely occurs with men as well.  Part of lowering your pitch to a professional level is relaxing your speech.  It is a difficult thing to accomplish.  First, you must learn to control any nervousness, which is difficult to do in an interviewing situation.  If you speak too low you may be hard to understand.  It may also be perceived as not being honest.  It is also important in business to have a voice that projects professionalism.

The too soft voice is often perceived as a lack of self confidence, fearful and self conscious.  The too loud voice is again annoying and can sometimes be an indication of feeling of superiority.  There needs to be a happy medium when you are in any professional situation.

Verbal crutches are habitual phrases you use; they are extra words you throw in to give yourself time to think.  The two most often abused crutches are “uh” and “ah.”  Often people are not at all aware they use these words.  Once you record yourself talking you may find numerous crutches.

You Know, Like, Nix The Slang

Another crucial part of listening to your speech is looking for any type of slang words.  These are very common with teenagers.  However, it is also common with adults who are not aware of the terms they use.  Some of these slang terms are “you know, like, no way, cuz, yeah, for real and for sure.”  These sound funny in this text, but these simple words can assist in a company taking a pass on you for their opportunity.

Be aware of your voice and realize the necessity to listen to your voice and analyze it.  Practice and speak confidently, it will open more career opportunities for you!

Want more great advice on interview preparation?

Contact an ABR job specialist today. Our goal is to support candidates throughout the job search process to succeed.

Safe Knife Use Tips from the Safety Team at ABR

July 17th, 2017

Be aware.  If a tool is intended to cut whatever you are working on, it will likely cut you as well.

Follow these Safe Knife Use tips from ABR’s Safety Team to prevent injury.

If you are injured while on assignment with ABR, report it to your supervisor or  local ABR Employment Services office immediately.

ABR HR Insights Magazine Summer 2017

July 12th, 2017

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Tips for Building Effective Teams in the Workplace

July 10th, 2017

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Building an Effective Team Starts and Ends with Collaboration

Each manager and team leader in your organization has their own specialized role. While everyone has a full calendar each day, it is crucial that everyone pulls together when it comes to building effective teams in the workplace. It may help your management team to understand that, in order to stay true to your company’s mission and overall goals, everyone must collaborate to find the best team building strategies.

Explore Our Seven Tips to Building Effective Teams

At ABR Employment Services, we continually work to find ways to help our clients build successful teams. We have come up with seven tips we believe will help you.

  1. Define Your Team’s Goal or Goals. The best way to reach any goal is to set a clear and well-defined objective. Cleverism cites a 2008 study that states that “a well set goal will facilitate individuals to focus their efforts in a specified direction to achieve the expected outcomes.” Draw your goals from a combination of your organization’s mission statement, desired profit and productivity outcomes, and the abilities and skills of your team.
  2. Be Aware of Your Own Leadership Style. Self-awareness as a leader is essential. As the leadership front-person, you need to know how your team members see you. Forbes indicates that, for your team to accept your recommendations, they must respect and accept you. While they are likely to follow your lead, as a matter of responsibility, you may not be building a team you truly want if everyone is not on board with your style. Stay flexible and adjust where you feel you can make a difference in your team members’ attitudes.
  3. Give Every Team Member a Voice. If every team member does not feel as valued as the next team member, your team may not work the way you envision it. Let everyone participate by airing their ideas, concerns, and even disagreements. Encourage constructive conversations from everyone.
  4. Encourage Strong Professional Relationships Among Your Team Members. Not everyone on your team will agree with one another. Provide avenues for win-win situations by serving as a mediator when team members openly disagree on a point, and allow for solutions where everyone is satisfied.
  5. Monitor Your Team for Members with Unspoken Issues. Although no one expects you to be a mind reader, you can do your best to get to know your team members and address situations where you think someone is silently dissatisfied. You may notice that a previously eager team member has suddenly withdrawn from discussions.
  6. Review Progress Together. As a team, it is important to periodically review your progress to see how well you are collectively achieving your goals. Prepare to celebrate positive outcomes and search for solutions to any places where you come up short.
  7. Adopt the 12 Cs for Team Building. This alliterative approach to team building is truly all-encompassing for team leaders to consult. The Balance offers a comprehensive list of these 12 go-to ideas on building an effective team, which includes clear expectations, context, commitment, competence, charter, control, collaboration, communication, creative innovation, consequences, coordination and cultural change.

Keep an Open Mind and Stay Open to New Ideas for the Best in Team Building

We hope these tips give you some solid ideas for building effective teams. If you need additional ideas or have any questions about those we’ve listed, we would love to hear from you!