CL&D Graphics, Sjoberg Tool Hiring Event

August 13th, 2018

CL&D Graphics, Sjoberg Tool Manufacturing Jobs

August 23, 2018 Hiring Event – 9 am to 12 noon – Oconomowoc Library

ABR Greater Milwaukee is hiring for CL&D Graphics & Sjoberg Tool on August 23, 2018 from 9 am to 12 noon at the Oconomowoc Library.

Opportunities include entry level manufacturing jobs starting at $13/hr to skilled manufacturing jobs that pay between $15-$17/hr. Jobs available on all shifts.

Job Description – CL&D

Machine Operator – 1st shift – $14/hour

Job Descriptions – Sjoberg Tool

General Production – unspecified shift – $13/hour

Robotic Welder Operator – 1st & 2nd Shift – $15/hour

Press Brake Operator – unspecified shift – $17/hour

Can’t Attend the Job Fair? Easily Apply Now







Helping Our Sun Prairie Neighbors In Need

August 9th, 2018

ABR Sun Prairie Food Pantry Donation

Fifty-one families in Sun Prairie, WI were displaced on July 10th after a natural gas leak explosion destroyed their homes. Tragically, a Sun Prairie firefighter died and nearly a dozen people were injured. Several businesses were also destroyed.

The explosion happened just 3.5 miles away from the ABR Employment Services Corporate office. Several ABR employees live in Sun Prairie.

Moments of sorrow (and happiness) have the power to bring people closer together by making them a priority and supporting one another. We wanted to do something to help support our neighbors.

The following week, a food drive was launched at the Corporate office to benefit the Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry to help feed people displaced from their homes.

When Jamie Hetzel, our HR Administrative Assistant dropped off the donations, a food pantry volunteer exclaimed, “My goodness, is there a bottom to those bins?”!

As the Greek philosopher, Aristotle said over 2300 years ago, “What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.”

At ABR, serving others through our daily interactions with clients and the people we connect to jobs are at the heart of what we do. Community involvement is also a core company value to help enrich the communities where we live and work. We look forward to continuing this way of doing business for years to come.

Madison, WI Manufacturing & Professional Office Jobs

August 6th, 2018

Good Paying Jobs In Madison, WI.

Do you feel ‘stuck’ in your current job? Are you looking to earn more money? There’s never been a better time to change jobs!

Because unemployment is at an all-time low, that means there’s more job openings than people to fill them. That’s a huge plus for people wanting to try something new. Or, to possibly earn more money at a different employer doing the same thing.

Hiring for manufacturing and office jobs paying between $13 – $30 per hour

Here’s just a few of our current openings (we’re currently working with dozens of employers to fill many different positions). Complete the form to easily apply.

Maintenance Mechanic/Technician  Sun Prairie , Wisconsin 

Production Supervisor – Beaver Dam , Wisconsin

Maintenance Technician – Middleton , Wisconsin

Inside Sales Associate – Madison , Wisconsin

General Labor – Middleton , Wisconsin

Assembler/Operator – Middleton , Wisconsin

Sales Support Specialist – Madison , Wisconsin

Machine Operator III – Middleton , Wisconsin

Consumer Sales Advisor – Madison , Wisconsin

Let the team at ABR Madison – Robin, Nathan and Jennifer –  help you find a new job — free of charge — to get noticed and hired by local employers in manufacturing and professional office jobs.

August 2018 Free Job Seeker Webinars on ABR JobConnect

August 6th, 2018

August 2018 Webinars ABR JobConnect

The REAL Reasons You Don’t Hear Back

Date: Tuesday, August 7th
Time: 11:00 am EST (8:00 am PST, 9:00 am MST, 10:00 am CST)

 It can be frustrating to feel your resume or CV ends up in some deep dark hole with no response. It’s estimated that over 75% of job seekers who apply to job boards, website postings ad other resources NEVER hear back from the employer. It’s even more frustrating not to receive feedback after you’ve had a telephone or face-to-face interview. During this session, we will review the following:

  • How to make your resume/CV stand out
  • How to receive a return call when you leave a voicemail
  • How to receive a response to your email
  • What it takes to get feedback after an interview
  • Six ways to manage poor experiences during your job search





Ignite Your Job Search with Confidence – Re-THINK You!

Date: Wednesday, August 15th
Time: 1:00 pm EST (10:00 am PST, 11:00 am MST, 12:00 pm CST)

Description: It is time to re-invent your self-image, expand your self-concept, and ignite self-confidence. No matter what you are doing in life, it’s important to know how to effectively manage yourself on all levels; physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you feel like job searching is a defeating or discouraging experience, make it a priority to join us. In this webinar, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Shift your perspective to cultivate self-confidence
  • Discover how easy you can change your self-image
  • Learn strategies to help you powerfully manage emotions
  • Build and strengthen your attitude – Be a Yes to You!
  • How to access the courage, clarity and power already in you

Instead of defeat, you will see that you are already a WINNER! Come experience the shift for yourself.





A Day In The Life of a Job Seeker

Date: Thursday, August 23rd
Time: 11:00 am EST (8:00 am PST, 9:00 am MST, 10:00 am CST)

 During this webinar we will review what you should accomplish each and every day of our job search, if you want to enjoy improved results. During this session, we will address the following:

  • Daily activities and priorities
  • Networking
  • Follow-Ups
  • Tracking and reviews





It Is Time for a New Job Target

Date: Tuesday, August 28th
Time: 3:00 pm EST (12:00 pm PST, 1:00 pm MST, 2:00 pm CST)

Description: If you’ve been in your job search more than six months with little or no results, it may be time to consider a new job target to put momentum back in your job search. During this session, we will discuss the following:

  • How to determine if it’s you or your target
  • Steps to identify a new target
  • How to market yourself
  • Pros and cons of multiple job targets


Sandwich Generation Employee Benefits To Support Elder and Child Care

July 30th, 2018

sandwich generation employee benefits

With so much focus lately on Millenials, what can employers do to support another group of employees, the Sandwich Generation?

Employees in the Sandwich Generation, who are caring not only for their children but also for their own aging parents, often struggle to balance all of this responsibility.  According to the Northeast Business Group on Healthcare, these caregivers miss an average of six days of work each year due to caregiving responsibilities, are less productive because of personal distractions, and are in poorer health than non-caregiving colleagues.

By providing sandwich generation employee benefits, employers can give employees the support they need to succeed in and out of the office.

Sandwich Generation Employee Benefits:

Flexible work schedule: This enables employees with personal obligations during the typical 9-to-5 workday to accomplish everything they need without having to take off to catch up.

Child care benefits: Employers can alleviate the financial burden of child care by subsidizing care options, including backup care.

Senior care benefits: In addition to helping employees find senior care options employers can also provide tips and guidance to give caregivers confidence to navigate their new roles.

Financial planning assistance: As if managing personal finances wasn’t already hard enough, this generation may also be making mortgage payments, helping pay college tuition, and managing their parents’ estate. Access to financial planning allows employees to work caregiving-related costs into their financial plans and better prepare for the future. Pew Research Center studied the rising financial burdens of the Sandwich Generation.

Household help: Employers can ease the burden of simple household tasks by providing meal preparation, house cleaning, and laundry services.

Access to elder care experts: Senior care needs often arise suddenly, so providing information (through webinars, on-site seminars or even just contact information for local experts) can be extremely helpful to employees.

It’s in employers’ best interest to provide the tools employees need to manage their personal lives so they can do well and excel at work. Employers who offer these types of benefits show that they care about their sandwich generation employees.

Editorial Note: The content of this blog originally appeared in the July/August, 2018 edition of ABR Employment Services magazine, HR Insights. It has been edited for SEO by ABR Employment Services and originally written by Robin Throckmorton of Strategic Human Resources Inc.

What Do Paint and Jellyfish Have In Common?

July 17th, 2018

paint health hazards

They’re Both Hazardous To Your Health

What do box jellyfish and paint have in common? Both can be hazardous, even deadly. Paint is a chemical, and unprotected exposure over time causes short and long-term health effects. OSHA even created many paint safety and health standards for employers to follow to protect employees against paint health hazards.

So, if you’re a professional painter (think spray gun operator, spray line operator) how can you protect your health?

Protect Yourself Against Paint Health Hazards

You can prevent exposure to paint chemicals by wearing the appropriate protective equipment – a respirator designed for painting, coveralls, chemical-resistant gloves, and eye protection.  Use an appropriate respirator when spraying polyurethane paints and other paints in enclosed areas.  Paint in ventilated spray booths, or work in a well-ventilated area.  Change the respirator cartridge according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Educate Yourself About Paint Health Hazards

Always read the label before beginning a paint job.  Use your Safety Data Sheet (SDS) as a guide to what hazards your paint contains, what type of protective equipment to use, and whether the paint may easily ignite.  The SDS will also tell you how to contain and clean up a paint spill, and what to do in case of overexposure to paint.

Paint Health Hazards – What They Are

Paint contains pigments, solvents, resins, and other ingredients to give it color, texture, spreadability and durability.  Many of these ingredients are hazardous to your health.  First among them are the solvents, such as mineral spirits, naphtha and turpentine, that evaporate readily from paint exposed to the air.  Even short-term exposure to these chemicals can cause dizziness, eye irritation, nausea, coughing and other symptoms.  In addition, paints containing polyisocyanate hardeners can cause shortness of breath, chills, and fever.  Long-term exposure to paint ingredients, even when no short-term effects are noticed, can damage the kidneys, liver, blood, or nervous system.  Some even cause cancer and birth defects in laboratory animals.

You may work with paints for a long time with no ill effects.  Suddenly you develop rashes, hives, swelling or scaling of the skin, or you begin coughing and having shortness of breath, which often leads to permanent lung damage or severe respiratory stress.  This is sensitization, an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients in paint.  Once you become sensitized, it is virtually impossible for you to work with the sensitizing substance again.  This is why you must avoid contact with the paint in the first place by using the right protective equipment.

Keeping It Safe

The volatile solvents in paint are flammable.  Painting in an unventilated area near an ignition source – such as cigarette, spark or static electricity – can be dangerous.  Paint containers exposed to high heat may explode.  And some paints contain chemicals that may react violently with other substances.

Reporting An Unsafe Work Environment

ABR Employment Services and the companies we partner with to provide people jobs have a joint responsibility to keep our employees safe. If you work with paint on the job, and are unsure whether or not you need to wear protective equipment, contact your ABR Employment Representative immediately. We want to keep you safe and healthy!

New Job Anxiety: 4 Tips To Keep It Under Control

May 30th, 2018

new job anxietyYou did it! You made it through the interview, your references checked out and you got hired. You’ve made it through the hardest part, right? Well, maybe.

The first few days on a new job are always tough. You don’t know anyone and you might feel a little overwhelmed.

Try these 4 sure-fire ways to keep the new job jitters at bay.

1. Remember Why You’re There: You were hand-picked for the job over of a lot of applicants! Your new employer trusts you are the best person for the job, has faith in what you can do and wants you to succeed. It’s their job to help you succeed and grow in the position.

2.  Just say hi: Every time you shake a new coworker’s hand, you’re not only making a new friend – you’re making a connection. Explain that you are new to the job and ask  if they have any advice to share.

3. Write it down: You won’t learn everything on your first day so keep a running list of questions.  If you’re unsure about something, ask your on-site supervisor. Whether you prefer to take ‘how to’ notes electronically or with an old fashioned pen and paper, make sure you save them for future reference.

4. Take the time: It’s one of the easiest ways to make a good impression, yet it’s so easy to overlook. Show up on time, take only the allotted lunch break, and don’t sneak out the door three minutes early – every minute matters!

The Night Before Your First Day

The Muse shares some great tips on what to do the night before starting a new job.

With these tips, we’re confident you’ll make a great first impression and wish you all the best on your new career adventure! Remember, there’s only one chance to make a first impression. So make it a good one.

Editors note: the content of this blog was originally published in November, 2011 and has been updated for SEO and edited for accuracy.

Office Job Interview Tips: How to Prepare

May 29th, 2018

Occupational Outlook: Office Support Jobs

It goes without saying. Office  support is key to the efficient operation of a department or company.  Of the top 25 largest number of projected job openings in WI, Wisconsin WORKnet ranks office clerks number 6 on the list through the year 2024.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual wage for office support personnel at $34,740 per year.

So how do you prepare for an office position interview?  We’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions to help you prepare.

The Office Job Interview: Common FAQ’s

  • What interests you about working in an office position at this company?
  • What kinds of office projects do you like to work on?
  • What office projects are less interesting for you? How do you overcome your disinterest in order to do a good job?
  • How would you rate your computer skills?
  • Describe your experience with calendar management.
  • What kinds of documents have you made from scratch using MS Office programs?
  • What is your experience with data entry?
  • How do you ensure accuracy in tasks such as processing expenses and preparing reports?
  • If you support multiple people at one company, how do you decide which projects to work on first?
  • Have you ever been on a team with a difficult coworker? How did you handle it?
  • Describe a time you worked with a team to meet a common goal. What was your role?
  • Describe a time you suggested a way to save time, lower costs, or increase revenue.
  • What does “managing up” mean to you? In what ways have you done that?
  • Some of this work can be repetitive. What motivates you to excel in this role?

ABR Employment Services:  Your Employment Connection To The Future™

When you work with us to find an office job, we’ll provide guidance and support to help you land a position where you want to work, learn and grow. And get promoted at work!

Search our open jobs on our website on our branch Facebook for Business pages, or on If you have questions about anything, please don’t be shy! We want to hear from you; access our office contact information.

Editors note: the content of this blog was originally published in July, 2013 and has been updated for SEO and edited for accuracy.

ABR HR Insights Magazine: Workplace Communication

May 21st, 2018

Feature article focus: workplace communication

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Employees who feel connected to and invested in their organizations are more likely to stick around, and good communication can play a key role in helping them feel that way.

In this issue’s feature article, “It’s Time to Revolutionize Workplace Communication!” Mark Sawyier notes workplace communication is behind the times. Even though it’s not the most efficient communication tool and takes up far more of our work days than it should, e-mail continues to dominate the business world.

Workplace Communication Is More Than Newsletters & The Company Intranet

Newsletters and company intranets are ignored because they’re not engaging, and instant messaging focuses too much on productivity and isn’t fun to use. It’s clear that organizations need to revamp how they communicate with their employees. They need to implement solutions that communicate important information to their employees and engage them at the same time.describes how to make sure that such communication both informs and engages employees.

Sawyier describes how to make sure that such communication both informs and engages employees.

Great Ideas & Partnerships Begin With A Conversation

Let us help you determine the best ways to strengthen workplace communication within! Contact any of our locations to get the dialog going.


Working At Tramontina: Open Tours Event

May 17th, 2018

Working At Tramontina: Behind The Scenes Look

Interested in working in a manufacturing environment in the Manitowoc, WI area? Never heard of Tramontina or curious about what the facility looks like? Looking to join a work-place offering advancement and promotion from within?

Tramontina Open Tours Event – Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm – 2005 Mirro Dr, Manitowoc, WI

Stop by and take a tour of Tramontina. We want to show you around, give you some insight and answer any questions you have.

Tours will be conducted at 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm or 5 pm. This is your opportunity to learn more about current opportunities Tramontina is hiring for:

  • General Labor –  1st and 2nd shift
  • Line Lead – 2nd shift –  $14-17/hour
  • Paint Mixer – 3rd shift – $14/hour
  • Electro/Mechanical Technician – Any shift – $21-27/hour
  • Maintenance Technician – Any Shift

The positions are a mix of ‘try-before-hire’ (after working a certain number of hours and based on attendance and work performance, you may receive an offer of full-time employment with full benefits) and ‘direct-hire’ (employee benefits start 1st of the month following date of hire).

Working At Tramontina: What To Expect

  • A clean, well-designed and safety focused facility
  • Newly built locker room and cafeteria
  • The feel of a small family business
  • A competitive compensation package
  • A manufacturer of quality products
  • A customer focused organization

Benefits Package

  • On-Site clinic available to all employees at no charge
  • Spouses and children can utilize the clinic if they are on the health plan
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Paid Time Off: 6 days your first year, 16 days every year after
  • Employee appreciation events (example, wellness competitions, luncheons,  food days)
  • Reimbursement for safety glasses and shoes
Interested but want to pass on taking a tour? Apply for work at Tramontina now: