How to Build a LinkedIn Profile

December 28th, 2015

If you’re not already using LinkedIn, it’s time to get on board. Marcelle Yeager, a blogger for US News ‘On Careers’ recently wrote a post on How Job Hunting Has Changed Over the Last 10 Years. She points out that new technologies have changed the ways in which hiring managers find and evaluate applicants.

LinkedIn helps you establish a personal brand beyond your resume and can include additional information that doesn’t belong or fit on a resume. Write a summary that highlights your  accomplishments and shows your personal side. For example, why did you choose your career path? Get recommendations as these add credibility and can result in interviews. It’s like an easy reference check before calling you in to interview.

A big take away from Marcelle’s blog is it’s not enough to create a bare-bones  profile. Complete it because people will notice when they search for you via Google or on LinkedIn itself.

Not sure how to get started? See what other people are doing!

Example, if you’re a machine operator living in Wausau, WI, type that phrase into the search box. It looks like this:


As you can see, there are 22 Machine Operators in Wausau WI with LinkedIn profiles. While that’s not a lot, it can be to your advantage. Companies are using LinkedIn to search for people to fill open positions.

Take a look at several profiles and make notes about what you like. Next, upload a professional looking picture of yourself.

Follow these 5 tips for using the right photo:

  1. Choose a photo that looks like you (hint: not one from 10 years ago) and that your face takes up at least 60% of the frame (crop and zoom if necessary)
  2. Make sure you are the only one pictured in the photo (hint: don’t use your wedding photo or photo holding your adorable grandson)
  3. Choose the right expression (hint: you look happy)
  4. You’re wearing clothes in the photo that you’d wear to work (hint: again, no formal wear or Halloween costumes)
  5. Choose a background that isn’t distracting

LinkedIn put together the fantastic infographic below to show you how a few simple, personal and creative tweaks can really make your profile outstanding.

A great  profile doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a bit of time, effort and refinement, just as it does to create a solid resume (hint: portions of that resume can be copied and pasted into your LinkedIn profile!). Have questions about building your profile? Submit them and we’ll answer them in a future blog post. Please put ‘LinkedIn profile question’ in the subject line.

Free Rent and a job! December Recipient…Steven Saari

December 22nd, 2015
(left to right) Lisa Sobczak, Tama Manske, Steven Saari, Heather Carter, Andrea Eichmann

(left to right) Lisa Sobczak, Tama Manske, Steven Saari, Heather Carter, Andrea Eichmann

Congratulations to Steven Saari, our 14th Free Rent and a job! recipient! Steven works in property maintenance at the Stevens Point Housing Authority through ABR Stevens Point.

The Stevens Point Housing Authority provides decent, safe and affordable housing to low income households. Steven’s supervisor, John, said he is a “hardworking, stellar employee” and that “I am very happy to have Steven on my team”.

Steven has been working for ABR since February, 2014.

Webinar: How to Ace a Telephone Interview

December 21st, 2015

How to Ace a Telephone Interview

Date: Monday, December 28th
Time: 11:00 am CST (9:00 am PST, 10:00 am MST, 12:00 pm EST)

A telephone interview is much different than a face-to-face interview. Employers are scheduling telephone interviews more frequently because of time and expense. During this session you will learn the following:

• How to conduct an effective telephone interview
• When you suggest a telephone interview
• The best way to convert a telephone interview into a face-to-face interview
• Pitfalls to avoid

Registration Link:

Webinar: The Day in the Life of a Job Seeker

December 14th, 2015

The Day in the Life of a Job Seeker


Date: Thursday, December 17th
Time: 11:00 am CST (9:00 am PST, 10:00 am MST, 12:00 pm EST)

We will review what you should do each and every day of your job search if you want to improve results. During this session we will address the following:

• Daily activities and priorities
• Networking
• Follow ups
• Tracking and reviews

Registration Link:

Webinar: Resumes That Get Results

December 8th, 2015

Resumes That Get Results

Date: 12/08/2015

Topic: Resumes That Get Results

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

During this session, tips and strategy will be delivered by a professional resume writer on how to get your resume noticed by hiring managers. This presentation is a must attend, no matter if you are an entry-level job seeker or a C-level executive.

Registration Link:

Talk of the Town: ABR Madison

December 3rd, 2015

ABR Madison Featured in Talk of the Town TV Show

Watch the recent ‘Talk of the Town’ segment to discover why we’re the best staffing agency in Wisconsin.

ABR’s Madison office offers a vast array of jobs and staffing agency services. From administrative, customer service and call center work, to forklift operation, packaging/assembly and other general manufacturing, we can find the right job or employee for you. We work with many of the major industries and companies in and around our State’s capital. We’d be happy to help you find your next job or employee!

If you would like additional information, please contact Branch Manager, Andy Eastman, at 608-827-5818.