Painting Your Employee Portrait: Choose Job References Wisely

October 27th, 2014






A job reference paints a portrait of what type of employee you’ll be. And, good job references can be the deciding factor in whether you get the job offer or not. At ABR, references count. Our applicants need a minimum of 2 references. And we check them before making a hiring decision.

By properly managing your employment references, they can be a valuable tool in helping you get the job you want. Put your best job reference foot forward by following these reference tips:

  1. Choose good references. They should know you very well and be able to speak about your qualifications for the job you’re pursuing. Individuals with whom you have worked closely can make excellent references, including former co-workers, clients, teammates, professors or community leaders.
  2. Keep your reference list information complete and up to date. Providing incorrect titles and contact numbers impacts negatively on the impression you want to give the potential employer. Use this free resume reference template from Microsoft Office template to keep your list neat and organized.
  3. Keep in touch with your job references. You don’t have to contact them about every single job opportunity but if you are particularly interested in a position and it is looking positive, call the reference and explain what the company is looking for. They can then tailor their answers according to the job requirements.
  4. Never suggest that a reference stretches the truth. You don’t want your reference to overstate your skills and abilities to help you get a job for which you are not properly qualified. Being hired for a job at which you are likely to fail is a very damaging career move.
  5. Link puts Rhett down as a reference on his job application. Mistake? You decide. Inject job reference blog humor here. Hint: you would not want to receive a job reference like this!

Have a great reference tip to share with your fellow job seekers? Comment below.

7 Cold and Flu Prevention Tips

October 20th, 2014


When it comes to what the average person believes about colds, there seems to be as many misconceptions as cold medicines on a drugstore shelf.

True or false:

  • Colds strike only those with a weakened immune system
  • Zinc and Vitamin C prevent colds
  • Dry or Cold air can cause colds
  • Antibiotics kill cold germs

All are false according to Thomas Tallman, DO, an emergency medicine physician and cold and flu expert at the Cleveland Clinic.

You can be the healthiest person in the world and still catch a cold or the flu. So what preventative measures can you take to protect yourself?

Follow These Tips from Web MD

  1. Get a flu shot; it’s the #1 thing you can do to prevent the flu. Read this flu fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control for flu shot benefits and find a place close to home to get vaccinated.
  2. Wash your hands – a lot – and be thorough. A good way to time yourself is to sing “Happy Birthday” twice while scrubbing the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. It doesn’t matter if the water’s hot or cold — the very act of scrubbing will physically remove the germs.
  3. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available to clean your hands.
  4. Keep your hands to yourself; don’t shake hands! Just explain, ‘To keep transmission of colds and flu down, I’m not shaking hands. But hello! Nice to meet you!’ People will understand!
  5. Keep your surroundings clean. Wipe off light switches, doorknobs, computer keyboards, computer mice, your desk, etc. with virus and germ-killing wipes.
  6. Keep yourself clean. If you come into contact with many coughing, sneezing people during the day, launder your clothes and take a shower when you get home from work.
  7. Try to keep a healthy lifestyle. Get enough sleep. Get good nutrition, don’t smoke, and keep your allergies controlled, because if they’re out of control, then your upper respiratory tree is already inflamed, which sets it up to more easily acquire a virus.

Contact ABR if You’re Sick and Unable to Work

In case of an unplanned absence due to illness contact your ABR office at least one hour prior to the start of your shift. A 24-hour answering service is available for you to leave a message when the office is closed.

A list of branch phone numbers can be found on the ‘Contact Us‘ section of the ABR website or in the back of your Employee Handbook. In some cases, it may be appropriate to contact the customer location or immediate job-site supervisor. However, initial contact must be made with ABR.

Congratulations ABR Performance Recognition Award Recipients!

October 13th, 2014

ABR Maniotowoc branch Manager Kristin Kracaw and Performance Recognition Award recipient Danielle Kirt.

As part of ABR’s commitment to being a Candidate-Centric place to work, we publicly recognize and reward outstanding Talent performance through awards and bonuses. ABR  recognizes the following Performance Recognition Award recipients for the period July 2014 to September 2014:

Danielle Kirt is granted the Manitowoc Performance Recognition Award

Alejandro Ramos is granted the Madison Performance Recognition Award

Erik Payne is granted the Brookfield Performance Recognition Award

Gerald Schoenick is granted the Sparta Performance Recognition Award

Laurel Schiffleger is granted the Green Bay Performance Recognition Award

Dylan Hemingson is granted the Appleton Performance Recognition Award

Congratulations! We’re proud to have such great employees!

ABR Shows Employee Appreciation With Launch of Free Rent and A Job Campaign

October 6th, 2014


Employee Appreciation Day originated in 1995. It is celebrated world-wide in March; the next celebration is on Friday, March 6, 2015. However, at ABR, we didn’t think holding a one day celebration was good enough. We’re a Candidate Centric company, and as a result have been repeatedly voted a Best of Staffing Talent (and Client) company.

We appreciate our employees EVERY DAY and wanted to show that. So for the next six months (October 2014 through March 2015) current supplemental employees (talent) of ABR in good standing will automatically receive an entry into our ‘FREE RENT and a job!’ drawing for each week that they work. The monthly grand prize is $1,000 cash to help the winner pay their rent or mortgage, one’s largest monthly expense. The first drawing will be held the week of November 10, 2014.

In addition to this employee appreciation campaign, ABR also rewards our employees with $50 for every referral hired that works 80 hours for ABR.

Whether you, a friend or family member is looking for full-time or temporary work, whether you want to work in an office or manufacturing setting, ABR will match you with the area’s top employers. And pay an employee’s rent or mortgage as a gesture of appreciation for a job well done!

Search our open job opportunities and apply today. If you have ANY questions, please contact the ABR location near you.



Spooktacular Free October Webinars On ABR JobConnect

October 2nd, 2014


Is Your Resume Horrifying? October 14th @ 10:00 am 
Does your resume scare hiring managers? Or do your employment materials haunt them (in a good way) so that they beg you for an interview? This October, learn key tips and make sure that your resume isn’t as cheesy a bad horror movie.

Registration Link:

Workforce Workplace Trends  October 20th @ 11:00 am
Change is occurring at lightning speed in the job market. Today’s market is about the Power of Now. Conventional practice is gone. It’s time to rethink priorities and to shift emphasis because the competition is tougher than ever. During this session we will address the following:

  • Workforce/Workplace Trends
  • Three Drivers of Change
  • Nine Current Trends You Need to Embrace

Registration Link:

How To Network Your Way To Your Next Job Even If You’re Shy! October 30th @ 2:00 pm
Over 50% of all jobs get filled through networking. Networking must become an important part of your job search process. During this webinar we will discuss the following:

• Why Networking Works
• Top Three Networking Techniques You Can Implement Today – Even If You’re Shy
• Networking Guidelines

Registration Link:

In addition to offering weekly, webinars, ABR JobConnect is a career resource that guides and supports job seekers throughout the entire job search process.  Get started today. Registration is free! Use ABR JobConnect and be one step closer to landing your next job.