Top Jobs

October 31st, 2011

Top Jobs features ABR’s hottest open temporary and direct hire job opportunities. All are listed by branch location. You may need to scroll down to see “top jobs” in your area.

Don’t delay, apply now at! Questions? Call or email the contact listed.

Madison, WI – 2 Opportunities — Direct Hire & Try-Before-Hire

Direct hire – Diesel Mechanic – $14-$21/hr plus benefits

ABR Employment Services in Madison, in partnership with a local industrial company, is currently recruiting a Diesel Mechanic.

A successful candidate for this position:

  • Performs inspections and preventive maintenance of vehicles and equipment.
  • Reads, interprets, utilizes and follows industry standards for truck preventative maintenance and repair orders.
  • Prepares and maintains records and reports.
  • Reads prints, schematics (e.g. electrical), plans, drawings, documents, procedures, regulatory requirements, etc.
  • Interfaces with customers or vendors professionally, courteously and honestly.
  • Prioritizes and accomplishes required work within established standards. Consistently reports to work on time and as scheduled.  Incumbent is capable to work overtime as required.
  • Incumbent is highly motivated, self-directed and responsible to make independent decisions and judgments, as appropriate, to fulfill job requirements.
  • Maintains a uniformed and professionally acceptable appearance per company requirements.
  • Good organization, customer service and interpersonal skills are essential.

Within the last 10 years, two or more years of experience and/or training in diesel vehicle/construction equipment repair and maintenance shop or any combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.  Mack Truck experience preferred.

Current Wisconsin Commercial Drivers License (Class B) or ability to obtain a valid license within the first six months of employment. Two or more years in Waste Systems or Recycling or Transportation are preferred.

Hours are weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.   This is a full time position with overtime to be expected, including every third Saturday but more Saturdays may be needed or required.  

Questions? Contact Becky at AA/EOE


Try-Before-Hire Electronics Manufacturing Assembler- $10/hr

ABR Employment Services inMadison, in partnership with a local manufacturing company, is currently recruiting an experienced electronics assembler.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Reading and interpreting drawings.
  • Understanding and following work instructions.
  • Producing electronic products in compliance with job specifications and IPC A-620.
  • Maintain labor standard guidelines within each assembly worked.
  • Meet attendance/tardiness requirements set up in company policy.
  • Performing other duties as assigned by Supervisor or Manager.


  • High school diploma/GED
  • 1-2 years experience in electronics manufacturing or assembly environment.
  • Self-starting and self-organized.
  • Ability to lift at least 25 pounds and to work independently.
  • Soldering experience, ability to read decimals and rulers, and strong basic math skills are required.
  • Attention to detail is a must!

This position will work four 10-hour shifts, 5:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with some Friday overtime.

Questions? Contact Becky at AA/EOE

Manitowoc, WI
2 Opportunities —  Try-Before-Hire & Direct Hire

Try-Before-Hire Pipe Technician – $11.50/hr

Job Description: Apply quality tools to make sound data driven decisions by utilizing Statistical Process Control, Control Charting, Gage R & R?s and established Data Collection Methods. Demonstrate a working knowledge of required Measurement Methods. Apply the fundamentals of pipe design during production to ensure the product meets customer requirements through identification of non-conformance as it relates to materials and design specifications. Demonstrate proficient use of powered industrial trucks by applying safe practices, conducting equipment inspections, and utilizing material management processes. Create segments, demonstrate a working knowledge of process inputs and outputs, collect and record quality measurements, identify job specific hazards, apply machine specific Lock Out/ Tag Out, build cassettes, and utilize material management process. Operate carousel, demonstrate a working knowledge of process inputs and outputs, identify job specific hazards, apply machine specific Lock Out/Tag Out, setup goal posts, record specific machine inputs and meet quality requirements. Operate resin system, demonstrate a working knowledge of process inputs and outputs, identify job specific hazards, apply machine specific Lock Out/ Tag Out, collect resin samples, utilize material management process, maintain guns and transfer pumps, dispose of waste, demonstrate resin application and working knowledge of resin and epicure spill procedure.  Strong Safety Orientation Strong Quality Conscience Effective Communications Ability to trust and be trusted Value for people Effective Leadership Skills Ability to drive teamwork Problem Solving Skills.

Questions? Contact Terri at or call  920-684-8324. AA/EOE


Try-Before-Hire; Direct Hire Layout Technician (call to inquire about pay range)

Job Description:

Immediate opportunity for a Layout Technician to perform testing, layout, data analysis and reporting activities. Primary responsibilities include the following: Programs and operates CMM and VMM equipment. Coordinates and prepares PPAP packages for submission to customers. Performs routine maintenance of analytical and process equipment as required; inspects, adjusts, and verifies accuracy of gages and measuring instruments for conformance to specifications. If you are interested in working in an environment where Teamwork, Diversity, Honesty & Integrity, and Optimism are among our core values then you are invited to explore this opportunity further. An Associate Degree in Quality Control or related field is preferred. Must have extensive knowledge of metrology and inspection equipment, methods, and techniques. Must have working knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GDT). ASQ CQI certification is desired. In addition, to perform this job successfully, an individual must possess computer proficiency in a Windows environment, preferably with Word, Excel, Outlook, and Project. Experience with IQMS or related integrated manufacturing software systems is preferred.

Questions? Contact Kristin at or call 920-684-8324. AA/EOE

Stevens Point, WI – 2 Try-Before-Hire Opportunities

Try-Before-Hire Service Specialist – Pay Negotiable Based On Experience

Job Description: Service Specialist needed to start as soon as possible for a company in Central Wisconsin.  Provide upgrades, troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair on (but not limited to) the following products: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and future platforms, Windows Solutions on OSX, Desktops, Laptops, Netbooks, and Printers. This is a try-before-hire position. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on some Saturdays.

Questions? Contact Andrea at 715-344-7146 and reference job number 35684. AA/EOE


Try-Before-Hire Lab Technician – $12-$13/hr

Job Description: Performs laboratory tests to ensure water control systems and food products meet specifications. Compile, monitor and analyze data for special projects as needed. Prepare analytical reports for internal and external contacts. Responsible for the effective utilization of all Quality Assurance Department resources and for participating on management teams to provide information or direction on special projects. The following is a general list of the essential duties & responsibilities. Other duties may be assigned as needed to assist within the department or in other departments.

Questions? Contact Andrea at 715-344-7146 and reference job number 34798. AA/EOE

How to Take Advantage of a Company’s Social Media Presence

October 21st, 2011

Loving Social Media In Job Searches

As you browse a company’s career site, pay attention to more than just the job listings. Those little social media icons aren’t there just to look pretty – they’re a way to connect to people within the company.

Here are some tips to help you use social media in your job search:

Search Well
If a company doesn’t display social media icons on their home page, check the career page. If you don’t see anything, there’s a chance the company has not yet had an opportunity to advertise their social side. But, don’t take that as a sign that the company does not have a social presence. You can always “Google” the company; their social sites should appear in the search results.

Show Interest
Send a tweet or post a Facebook comment and there’s a chance you’ll get an answer almost immediately. Comments, ‘likes,’ retweets, and posts on a company’s Facebook or Twitter page not only show your interest, but also get your name out there.

Be Professional
If you’re going to reach out to a company over social media, make sure your profile picture is business professional and your posts and tweets are rated G. Delete any that aren’t.

Utilize Your Connections
Growing your social network is the best way to find an “in” at your target company. Follow and friend acquaintances, former coworkers, or mentors on your favorite social networks and you might discover that you have a friend of a friend who works at a company you’ve been eyeing. Don’t be afraid to do a little self-promotion. Send a tweet or post to friends and followers letting them know that you’re on the hunt for a new opportunity.

Stay Organized
When you follow @ABRjobs on Twitter, you’ll see a steady stream of our latest job opportunities every time you log in. Organize the job feeds you follow by clicking Lists>Create a list>Save List on your Twitter homepage. Add a user to your new list by clicking the drop down menu to the left of the “Follow” button. Choose “Add to list” and select your list.

Separate your Facebook friends from your favorite pages by clicking Lists>Create a List from the left sidebar. Click “Add friends” then choose “Pages” from the drop-down menu to add a page, such as the ABR Jobs Facebook page, to your list. We update the ABR Jobs Facebook page frequently with upcoming job fair events, free job seeker webinars, new jobs and more.

Have you ever landed a job using social media? Comment below!

Seasonal Help: Why You Should Plan Your Staffing Needs Now

October 14th, 2011

Admittedly, it may be a little early to light a Yule log.

But if you’re in the customer service, administrative/clerical, hospitality, shipping/delivery, inventory or technology/finance industries, you’re probably headed for a busy – if not your busiest – time of year.  If you’re going to require extra help this holiday season, it’s definitely not too early to plan for your staffing needs.

Here are just a few reasons why:

  • Prevent rash hiring decisions.  If you wait until the last minute to recruit and hire, you may find yourself “up against a wall” when business suddenly surges.  Waiting until your needs are urgent may force you to make hasty hiring decisions.
  • Get a jump on your competitors.  Many companies will wait until next month to gear-up.  Why not start your efforts now and reach the most qualified candidates before other seasonal employers get them?
  • Avoid being overwhelmed.  This year’s seasonal job market will be flooded with applicants.  With so many job seekers competing for positions, the sheer volume of résumés and applications may bog you down.  Give yourself as much time as possible to find the best candidates by starting the search process early.

If just reading about seasonal hiring makes your stomach churn, relax – you don’t have to do it alone.  Staffing firms specialize in helping companies like yours effectively manage the highs and lows of business cycles.  Plan your workforce needs now with your staffing partner to:

  • Get the flexibility you need.  Seasonal on-time staff (temporaries) can handle surges in demand without impacting fixed expenses.
  • Say “goodbye” to post-holiday layoffs.  Since the staffing service is the seasonal employees’ employer of record, you can avoid the hassle and expense of letting workers go once things slow down.
  • Access the talent you need, right when you need it.  Planning your workforce needs now gives your staffing firm time to locate the most qualified staff for you, especially when you require a large number of workers – so they’re available right when you need them.
  • Shorten learning curves.  Your staffing provider will recruit seasonal workers with the specific skills and experience you require.  The provider can also, at your request, develop customized orientation materials to help reduce training costs and get workers up-to-speed more quickly.
  • Eliminate additional administrative and legal burdens.  By using on-time (temporary) employees, you avoid the social security, payroll and other tax and legal burdens associated with seasonal employees.  Freedom from these hassles will give you more time to focus on other important priorities.
  • Cut back on overtime.  On-time (temporary) employees help you minimize the additional cost and burnout overtime causes.

Plan Your Workforce Needs with ABR Employment Services

If your business has frequent or predictable surges in demand, a planned staffing option may be right for you.  Planned staffing is the strategic use of on-time employees (temporaries) to accommodate workloads known to vary in seasons or other cycles.

First, an ABR Employment staffing expert will work with you to examine year-round fluctuations in workload and identify peak demand periods.  Next, we will create a customized staffing plan for your business that: provides on-time (temporary) employees to handle your busiest times; reduces or eliminates your need to lay off employees during slow periods; frees you to focus on the most critical parts of your job.

Remember, the early bird gets the worm – it’s never too early to discuss your staffing needs with ABR Employment Services.

How to Get the Gig at the Next Job Fair

October 3rd, 2011

For those seeking employment, a job fair is the Holy Grail. Where else can you get face-to-face time with a potential employer? You get one chance to bring the black-and-white letters of your name to life — and hopefully land yourself a job. Take full advantage of those precious moments by wowing everyone with your image, your experience, and your enthusiasm.

Here’s how to prepare for the big fair:

Dress the Part

Never be afraid of overdressing at a job fair. Employers will know you’re serious about your job search if you wear dress pants and a nice shirt. Keep jewelry, hair, and shoes classic and simple.

Memorize Your Experiences

Whether you’re handing over a resume or filling out an application, you must be able to communicate your previous experiences verbally and on paper. Take the time to highlight details of your past positions that apply to this specific opportunity.

Be Over-Prepared

The application process will move much more smoothly – and quickly – if you bring along the appropriate materials. Think references (names, your relationship to your reference, address and telephone numbers), a license, a resume, or a cover letter. Call the company in advance if you’re not sure what to bring.

Pay Attention to Details

Never underestimate a firm handshake, eye contact, and a smile. Ask intelligent questions about the position or mention a recent industry news article. Before saying goodbye, don’t forget to “close the deal” by restating your interest in the position.

What other job fair tricks have you used to land a new job? Share your tips below!