ABR Manitowoc Job Fair May 30th

May 29th, 2013


ABR Employment Services of Manitowc is hosting a job fair on Thursday, May 30th from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m at our office located at 1011 Washington Street, Manitowoc, WI. Need directions?

We are actively recruiting candidates for administrative, call center, light industrial and skilled industrial positions. Please visit abrjobs.com to complete an application.

Questions? Call us at 920-684-8324. We look forward to working with you!

AA/EOE, Never a placement fee.

June Job Seeker Webinars

May 28th, 2013


Register today for the following free webinars on ABR JobConnect. Login or create an account; then click the WEBINAR Tab to reserve your spot. Webinars for June, 2013 include:

Topic: Re-THINK! The Brand Called YOU – Your Personal Branding Session
Date: Wednesday, June 5th
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Description: It’s crucial when you interview for job to be able to distinguish yourself from every other candidate. Your part on the interview is to articulate why they should hire you. When you are unclear and have difficulty talking about yourself, it’s actually uncomfortable for both you and the person you are interviewing with. You are less likely to share the things about yourself that they need to know in order to hire you. The brand called YOU is one of the most important parts of the whole job search process.

In this webinar you will learn:
• To polish the diamond. (That diamond is you!)
• How to change the way you think about YOU
• How to boost your self-confidence
• What is your “ME” file and how important this is to your success
• What relationships are absolutely necessary to drive you forward

Topic: Creating a Resume that Attracts Attention: Consult with the Expert
Date: Tuesday, June 11th
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description:  You will have the opportunity to learn about recent changes in the world of professional resume writing. No matter if you are a C-level executive or an entry-level college graduate, you will gain information about must-have resume characteristics, what to avoid and how to make your resume standout. Our resume writing expert will also discuss digital tools that serve as a complement to your hard-copy resume.

Topic: Conduct a SMART Job Search
Date: Thursday, June 20th
Time: 12:00 pm EST (9:00 am PST, 10:00 am MST, 11:00 am CST)
Description: Working hard on your job search does not guarantee success. During this program we will discuss a process that helps escalate your job search. You will learn:
• The SMART method of job searching
• Implement subtle changes that can enhance your results
• Why working SMART can put more energy behind your search

Topic: Stay Motivated
Date: Tuesday, June 25th
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Description: Your attitude can make or break your job search. The people you surround yourself will also have a great impact on the results you achieve. During this session we will discuss the following:
• How to limit noise in your life
• Why someone’s opinion isn’t your reality
• What you can do to stay motivated throughout your search

My Experience With ABR Was Simply Wonderful

May 22nd, 2013


ABR regularly receives testimonials and letters of thanks from our Talent. We recently received the following from Fred McDonald:

My experience with ABR was simply wonderful. Very shortly (less than a week) I was given the opportunity to do meaningful work.  At other agencies the jobs they offered were short term and did not fit my skill set very well.  At ABR the position I eventually was hired for is interesting and rewarding.  Without the services that ABR offers I certainly couldn’t have landed this job.

At ABR the staff reviews some of the kinds of things that employers are seeking.  Any job seeker should listen to and strive to demonstrate the kind of attitudes and behaviors that potential employers pay attention to when making a decision to hire a person.  I have seen co-workers get passed over for full time positions simply because they had attendance problems or couldn’t interact well with others in the workplace.

Pay attention to what ABR tells you during the review process.  Practice what will focus an employer on your skills and the benefits that employer will get by hiring YOU and ABR will help you get that job.  They helped me in my search.

– Fred McDonald

Improve Your Customer Service by Treating Your Employees Well

May 20th, 2013

woman standing and smiling at coworker

A New York Times blog post asked the question, “How do you treat your employees?” It’s a simple question, but one we might not always ask ourselves. Instead we prioritize other issues: employee happiness, engagement, and productivity.

However, if we really break it down, the key to a successful workforce might be found in your very own actions. Simple everyday actions in fact – a timely arrival, a friendly hello, and a sincere thank you (or apology) when needed. After all, that’s how you’d expect your employees to treat your customers, isn’t it? And that’s exactly the point New York Times blogger Josh Patrick is making.

While it’s important to focus our best behaviors toward our best customers, the same courtesies should be extended toward our very own employees. Not only is it respectful, but the good vibes will go viral. In turn, employees will treat customers in the same way they are treated. It creates a positive environment. In the New York Times piece, Patrick elaborates:

“The biggest lesson I learned was that if I ever wanted my employees to treat my customers well, I had better treat my employees well,” Patrick says. “It took me 10 years to learn this lesson, but once I did, our customer service went from O.K. with lots of effort to great with minimal effort.”

What action steps can you take for your business? Here’s our recap of this concept with a few simple strategies you can enact today:

Build Trust

Think of a relationship with an employee like any other relationship in your life. Trust cannot be built unless you are reliable. Do the things you say you are going to do when they need to be done. Again, you wouldn’t offer a refund to your best customer then forget about your offer, or send the rebate two months late. Remember: treat your employees like your best customers.

Show Respect

Respect goes far. Give all of your employees a level of respect, even the newest additions to your workforce. Each is a sort of expert in their own rights and knows ins and outs of a position that you might not understand. Most importantly, respect employee’s time. Return phone calls and emails in a timely manner.

Follow Up

If there’s a problem that’s been brought to your attention, don’t just suggest a solution and move on. Follow up. See how it unfolded. Make sure the issue was resolved successfully. This applies to positive ventures as well. Follow up with praise if a great project has been wrapped up. Don’t let anyone feel forgotten or neglected. One more time: treat your employees like your best customers.

Be Humble

As mentioned previously, the simplest actions may make the biggest difference. Please. Thank you. I’m sorry. These phrases go far in your home life and at the workplace. And a humble disposition means these phrases will flow like water. It’s an attitude adjustment, but one that won’t go unnoticed.


4 Tips to Establish Workplace Credibility

May 13th, 2013


It’s always important to “be professional” at work. But what does that really mean? If you show up on time, get your work done, and dress acceptably, have you done your part? Not fully. There’s more to being professional than going through the motions. Here are the biggest obstacles you’ll face when it comes to saving face at work.

1. Keep the drama to a minimum.

We know that you’re not going to get along with every coworker. You need to accept that fact and move on. Just because you don’t like someone on a personal level does not mean that you can’t have a work relationship with him or her.

2. Keep secrets safe.

If your boss divulges any important information to you – perhaps about a new project or a new hire – keep it to yourself. There’s no need to go on starting rumors or get involved in other peoples’ business. Leave that to your boss.

3. Leave the personal stuff at home.

This includes physical “stuff” and emotional “stuff.” While there’s no problem with sharing information about your personal life at work or displaying a few photos, it’s best to keep it to a minimum. Don’t get too nosy about your coworkers’ lives either unless they willingly share that information. Some people prefer to keep their work life and home life as separate as possible, and you should respect that.

4. Be aware of your personality.

We all have bad habits. What are yours? Do you tend to interrupt people? Are you bad at listening? Do you know that you talk on the phone too loud? Do you always show up five minutes late? Make a concerted effort to tone down those habits and make a change for the better.

Have a tip to share with your fellow job seekers on what you do to stay credible on the job? Comment 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 at Victor Allen’s Coffee Job Fair May 14 and 15

May 9th, 2013

ABR Employment Services of Appleton will participate in the Victor Allen’s Coffee Manufacturing Operation Job Fair May 14th and 15th between 4 pm and 7 pm at:

Victor Allen’s Coffee
1101 Moasis Drive
Little Chute, WI  54140

ABR will be recruiting applicants for the positions of:

  • Production Line Operators
  • Production Team Members
  • Forklift Operators
  • Coffee Roasters
  • Seasonal Production Positions

Qualifications for these positions include:

o All positions require a high school diploma or GED. Post-secondary education is a plus.
o Food processing or packaging experience
o Understanding of food safety, workplace safety, and food quality standards is strongly preferred.
o Self-directed, personally motivated with strong attention to detail
o Able to work in a fast paced environment while focusing on meeting or exceeding customer expectations
o Good team player able to work well with others and contribute to a positive work environment.
o Good attendance and performance track record.
o Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation
o Coffee Roaster, Production Line Operator and Forklift Operator roles require additional related work experience

If you are  unable to attend, please submit your resume to to jobs@victorallen.com. AA/EOE

ABR Sparta Strictly Business After 5 Event

May 7th, 2013


ABR Employment Services in conjunction with the Sparta Chamber of Commerce are holding a business networking event on Wednesday, May 15 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the ABR Sparta office located at:

620 Industrial Drive
Suite 5
Sparta, WI  54656

Enjoy appetizers, drinks and good conversation with your local business peers.  Door prize drawings will be held.

Register now to attend.

Stuck in a Work Rut? 3 Ways to Re-energize Your Career

May 6th, 2013


There comes a point in everyone’s career where they start to feel…uninspired. Call it ‘being in a rut’ if you will. We know it’s hard to stay positive at work, especially if you aren’t feeling challenged. But even if you love your job, the day-in and day-out responsibilities can get monotonous at times. The solution is one part change, one part inspiration, and one part growth. Here are three ways you can re-energize your career:

1. Sign up for a “just for fun” class.

Have you always been interested in photography? Or woodworking? Or cooking? Enroll in a “just for fun” class that’s completely brand new to you. Even though the curriculum doesn’t directly impact your work skills, it will challenge your mind. With challenge comes creativity. And that inspiration might rub off on your day job as well.

2. Sign up for a career-relevant course.

One way to re-energize your career is to work toward a goal. Be it a promotion or a degree or a skill. Taking a class that supports this goal is one step in the right direction.  Your local community college likely offers courses related to your career goals.

3. Join a professional organization or network within the industry.
Many fields have a professional organization that holds meet-ups and industry events in different cities across the country. If you’re an administrative professional, the International Association of Administrative Professionals is worth checking out.  Or, if you’re a CNC Machinist, LinkedIn’s CNC/Machining/Manufacturing network (they currently have 18,383 members) may be a good resource.

Networking with people in similar positions helps you understand the universal pitfalls and plusses of your career. You might learn of a new tactic or strategy that would work great in your workplace. Or you might just find solace in speaking to other people who understand what it’s like to walk in your shoes. Either way, joining a community can bring more satisfaction and happiness to your day job.

Have a tip to share with your fellow job seekers on what you did to get out of a rut? Comment 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.