Alexis Marsh Receives Certified Staffing Professional Designation, Promotion

December 31st, 2013

ABR Employment Services (ABR) is pleased to announce that Alexis Marsh recently received her Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) designation from the American Staffing Association. Receiving the CSP credential demonstrates her knowledge of labor and employment law, ethical staffing industry practices and their relationship to her professional responsibilities.

Alexis was also promoted from Staffing Coordinator at ABR’s Sparta, WI branch office to Staffing Specialist. Alexis, a graduate of Western Technical College, joined ABR in June, 2012.

Jim McNett, CEO of ABR Employment Services said, “We encourage all of our staff to participate in continuing education.  The CSP not only gives staff the knowledge needed to effectively perform their job responsibilities but also provides a professional development avenue.  At ABR, obtaining the CSP designation is mandatory in order to be considered for promotion from the Staffing Coordinator to Staffing Specialist role.”

ABR Wausau Staff Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

December 26th, 2013


The ABR Employment Services Wausau branch received the Excellence Award at ABR’s annual awards banquet held earlier this month.

The Excellence Award is given to the ABR office that exceeds key performance indicators. CEO Jim McNett explains, “To achieve excellence you need to be resilient, you need to be determined. Carol Howard, Janice King-Nelson, Nicole Brummond, Linda McCraw, Amy Thraen, Candi den Otter, Hannah Zebro, and Debra Evers of our Wausau location embody these traits and are well deserving of this achievement and the recognition that surrounds it.”

In addition to receiving commemorative plaques, each employee received a monetary award.

Founded in 1987, ABR Employment Services ( provides administrative, call center, light industrial and skilled industrial employment opportunities to Talent, and workforce solutions to companies in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  ABR is a 2013 Best of Staffing Talent and Best of Staffing Client company.  ABR’s subsidiary, Kinsa Group, provides executive search and placement services for the food and beverage industry.

I Am Impressed and Pleased With Your Services

December 19th, 2013

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

ABR Employment Services is an excellent resource that quickly matched my job interests with the right employer. I found ABR to be very professional, courteous, and excellent at following through on the job application process.

I was amazed and very impressed with how fast I was matched with employers that suited my interests and work experience. The staff members at ABR guided me through the job search process, and it was so great to have their support and professional expertise.

Thank you to the staff at ABR Employment Services. You definitely improved my confidence and satisfaction in securing a job with the right employer. Working with you has been a very pleasant experience.

Anne Vogt

Terri Boerger Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

December 17th, 2013

TerriBoergerTerri Boerger received the Outstanding Service Person Award at the ABR Employment Services annual awards banquet. Terri has been employed with ABR for almost a decade and is a Staffing Specialist at ABR in Manitowoc.

The Outstanding Service Person Award is given to individuals who have shown outstanding customer service, above and beyond normal expectations during the fiscal year. This is proven by comments from customers, testimonial letters from clients or employees, observed actions and results that went above and beyond normal expectations. Terri received multiple client testimonials and multiple candidate testimonials, along with testimonials from ABR staff.

One ABR client had this to say about Terri, “She understands our company’s unique staffing needs and is always responsive to my requests for people, no matter how little notice I give her.  She has always been the perfect combination of professional and friendly, making it enjoyable and easy to work with her.  While anyone who works in HR know this is not an easy job, being able to work with her at least makes my job a little more enjoyable.  She makes me feel like ABR is an extension of my department, a true business partner”.


ABR/Miken Job Fair January 2 from 10 am to 3pm

December 16th, 2013


If you or someone you know live in the Caledonia, MN area and are looking for a new general production or machine operation job opportunity, we want to hear from you!

ABR Employment Services in partnership with Miken Sports are holding a job fair on Thursday, January 2nd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at:

Miken Sports
131 Bissen Street
Caledonia, MN – 55921

ABR is recruiting for multiple shifts. Based on production needs and your successful performance, these jobs could be long term try-before-hire opportunities.

To apply, visit and click on the red ‘apply now’ button. Be sure to select ‘La Crosse’ from the drop down menu.
Questions? Call ABR at 608-782-9700.  AA/EOE

**UPDATED** ABR Madison Job Fair December 20th – 9 AM to 1 PM

December 11th, 2013

Customer Service job Fair

ABR Employment Services in partnership with HSA Home Warranty is hosting a customer service/authorization associates job fair on Friday, December 20th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at:

HSA Home Warranty
1861 Ludden Drive
Cross Plains, WI 53528

We are currently recruiting for Customer Service/Authorization Associates for classes beginning on:

  • January 6, 2014
  • January 20, 2014
  • February 3, 2014

These positions offer $11.32/hour with rapid increases!

Completion of your application on prior to the job fair is encouraged (select the Madison branch office location).

An ABR Representative will contact you upon completion of your application to follow-up and schedule an interview; pending qualifications.

Questions? Contact the ABR Madison office at 608-827-5818.   AA/EOE

Upcoming Job Seeker Training Webinars

December 10th, 2013


What are the REAL reasons you don’t hear back?

Date: 12/23/2013

Time: 1:00 PM CST

Topic: How To Solicit Feedback After The Interview

Webinar Focus: It can be very frustrating to feel your resume ends up in some deep dark hole with no feedback. It’s even more frustrating to receive no 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 stand out
  • How to receive a return call, when you leave a voice mail
  • How to receive a response to email sent
  • What it takes to get feedback after an interview

Register for these free webinars on ABR JobConnect by clicking on the WEBINAR Tab. Then click on the event and reserve your seat by clicking the webinar registration link for each event listed.

ABR Winona Job Fair December 11, 11 AM – 6 PM

December 3rd, 2013


ABR Employment Services is hosting a career fair on Wednesday, December 11 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM at:

ABR Employment Services
902 East 2nd Street, Suite 211
Winona, MN – 55987

ABR is currently recruiting for Industrial, Administrative and Call Center positions.

Attendees may have the opportunity to participate in an onsite interview with ABR staff. Walk-Ins are welcome!

Completion of your application on prior to the event is encouraged (select the Winona location). Questions? Call us at 507-474-6340.



Workplace Safety for Machine Operators

December 2nd, 2013
Photo Credit: Haryanto Witjaksono

Photo Credit: Haryanto Witjaksono

4,383 workers died on the job in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workplace safety is not a laughing matter – it can be a matter of life and death. Machine operators have an added concern: improper use can result in amputations that can be debilitating in their career and in their lifestyle.

Hazards can occur wherever there is mechanical motion. Workers should be especially aware of areas on a machine like pinch points and movements such as rotations, punching, and cutting. While every machine is different, there are basic safety precautions that must be followed by machine operators at all times.

 Follow these safety precautions:

  • Don’t operate a machine unless you’ve undergone the appropriate training.
  • Never operate machinery unless you’re wearing the appropriate uniform and footwear. Avoid loose clothing and hair.
  • Check for proper safety guards and devices before operating a machine.
  • Wear approved safety goggles with side shields or respiratory protection when required.
  • Check machines for cracks or missing pieces before and after use.
  • Know where the fire extinguishers are located in your workplace.
  • Never operate a machine in excess of the recommended speed.
  • Never make adjustments while the machine is operating.
  • Do not operate machinery while under the influence of dugs, alcohol, or medication that could cause drowsiness.
  • Never leave tools near a machine. Keep the work are free of clutter.
  • Always work on a non-slip surface when operating machinery and keep the ground surrounding a machine free of clutter.
  • Turn off equipment and unplug the machine (if possible) before making repairs.

Keep these rules in mind then look into specific safety information regarding the machinery you work with most. Here is more specific safety information about spot welding, CNC milling machines, powered press brakes, and grinding machines.