Calendar of Events: Intern Job Fairs

January 26th, 2016

Internship Recruiting pic for TwitterIntern job fairs will be held at the following colleges between February 11 and March 2

A paid internship with ABR is a great way to explore the staffing/hr field and gain real world experience.  ABR interns learn how to recruit and pre-screen candidates, interview candidates and place new hires in jobs at our client companies.

UW Madison – Kohl Center – February 11 – 4 pm to 8 pm

Marquette University – AMU Ballroom – February 18 – 4 pm to 7 pm

UW Stevens Point Dreyfus University Center, Laird Room – Feb. 23 – Noon to 4

UW La Crosse Valhalla – Cartwright Center – February 24 – 10 am to 3 pm

UW Oshkosh – Kolf Sports Center – March 1 – 1 pm to 4:30 pm

UW Green Bay – Phoenix Room – University Union – March 2 – 9:30 am to 1 pm

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Volunteering in the Community: Second Harvest Foodbank

January 26th, 2016

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(left to right) Natasha Duda, Mary Wilkosz, Michelle Kamin, Kim Moddie, Sue Zimbrich, HR Representative, Dave Unmacht, Terie Cebe, Jim McNett.

Volunteering in the community is a core company value to help enrich the communities where we live and work.   Recently ABR Corporate staff volunteered at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin labeling canned goods. As Second Harvest points out, an unexpected job loss can impact life very quickly. One day things can go from being comfortable to struggling with hunger.

Learn more about ABR’s Community Involvement Program and the organizations we support.

New Year Job Search Tips to Land That New Job – Conclusion

January 18th, 2016


This is the conclusion of our three-part series, New Year Job Search Tips to Land That New Job.

Interviews aren’t fun. They don’t always go as planned and sometimes you may find yourself tongue-tied or at a loss for words. Remember these four phrases and your interview will end on a high note — hopefully above that of your competition.

Be Polite

Basic etiquette and conversational skills go far. By setting the tone with a friendly greeting, you’ll both feel more at ease. Many companies are looking for a good personality fit as much as the appropriate list of credentials.

What to say: “Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. I’m excited for the opportunity to learn more about this position.”

Be Open Minded

When strolling through a job fair, you may be approached by a company representative to discuss a job you think you’re not interested in. Or an interviewer might mention a similar job opening that might be a better fit for you. Hear them out.

What to say: “I’m open to new opportunities so I’d love to hear more information before I determine if the job is right for me.”

 Express Your Interest

At the end of an interview, do you simply walk away with a smile? Not good enough. You want to “close the deal” by reiterating why you’re the right person for the job and how you excited you are for this opportunity.

What to say: “I really do feel that my background and skills are a great fit for this position because [fill in the blank] and I’d love to join the team.”

Say “Thank You”

Want a way to really stand out from others being interviewed for the same position? Send a handwritten thank you note immediately after the interview. Take a blank thank you note, envelope and stamp with you. Right after the interview, write out a thank you message, address it and send it off. Yes, it’s old school, but everyone else will send an email, so your way of saying ‘thanks’ will be different, in a good way, and remembered.

Don’t forget to prepare yourself the day before with these smart tips to nail your next interview. For even more interview tips, visit the ‘interview’ section on ABR JobConnect.

Making a Career Change: Retail to Customer Service

January 12th, 2016

Making A Career Change from Retail to Customer Service

Making a career change from working retail at The Home Depot and mall shoe store to a call center customer service career is exactly what Jasmine did. She recently sat down with Kim Ryan to talk about her transferable skills, opportunities for advancement, how her new job differs from retail and why she chose to work with ABR.

You can make the change from retail to customer service with support from ABR. Contact any ABR location today and we’ll help you get started. Call centers in Wisconsin and Minnesota are looking for driven individuals that can offer exceptional customer service. This field offers jobs in customer care, inbound or outbound customer service, telemarketing and individuals who can interact with customers and potential new leads in languages other than English (bilingual call center positions).

New Year Job Search Tips to Land That New Job – Part 2

January 11th, 2016


This is the second part of our three-part series, New Year Job Search Tips to Land That New Job.

You’ve jumpstarted your job search, reached out to your network, and set a schedule for Operation: Find Job. But now it’s becoming more and more difficult to stay motivated. After all, relentlessly surfing the web for your next great opportunity can get old — fast. Breathe a little life into your search by following these mantras:

Don’t Apply to Everything You See…

Quality is better than quantity when it comes to job searching – especially when applying online. You’re much better off spending your time thoughtfully applying to a few positions than blasting out your resume to every open opportunity out there. You should have a general idea of what kind of job you’re looking for. Only apply to the positions that meet your needs.

If you’re not sure what kind of position is right for you, set up an appointment to talk with an ABR recruiter. We’ll review your job history, experience, likes and dislikes. When you work with ABR to find a job we commit ourselves to finding you the right opportunities for your skills and to treating you with the respect and professionalism you deserve.

Remember that each application should be tailored to the company and position you’re applying for. That means there might be certain achievements and skills you list on one application that you don’t call out in another. It shows you’re truly interested in working for the company.

…But Remain Open To New Opportunities

If you still find yourself stuck in a job hunt rut, we offer a free online resource called ABR Job Connect that uses your interests to find the best opportunity for you. There might be a new career out there that fits your skills and personality perfectly, but you’ve never really considered it.

Most companies list communication skills, a strong work ethic, and the ability to work with a team and solve problems as the most important qualities a candidate must have for any position. Think about how your past experiences can translate to a new field.

Use Your Time to Better Yourself…

Don’t feel guilty spending your scheduled job search time on something other than applications. Instead of mindlessly surfing the web, try learning more about the companies you’re interested in working for or brushing up on your interview skills. When you do land an interview, that knowledge will help you in a big way.

…But Don’t Lose Focus

Your number one priority is to find a job. Applications must be sent out constantly if you hope to land an interview. Don’t wait for a job to fall in your lap – it’s never going to. But proactively applying and networking will bring results. Search. Apply. Repeat. Stay productive and strong and your job search will come to an end before you know it.

Next week, we’ll feature Part 3 of this series on New Year Job Search Tips to Land That New Job.

Career Change From Retail: A Good Job To Land

January 5th, 2016

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Working in a Call Center is a Great Retail Career Change

If you work in retail you know your life is planned around your job.  A structured, consistent week-to-week schedule with set hours exists only in a dream. Imagine how much easier life would be with a predictable work schedule. Working in a call center is a surprisingly good job you can land after working in a retail gig.

Irregular work scheduling takes a toll on your relationships and health. In fact, the Economic Policy Institute recognizes that people who work irregular shift times, in contrast with those with more standard, regular shift times, experience greater work-family conflict, and sometimes experience greater work stress.

Break free from the chains of an unpredictable retail work schedule and take control of your life. Tim and Jasmine did. They made the transition from retail work to a call center/customer service career through ABR Employment Services. And you can too.

Tim recently sat down with Kim Ryan of ABR to give her the inside scoop:

Next week, we’ll hear from Jasmine.

Whether you’re a seasonal retail employee whose job is about to end, someone who works permanently in retail seeking a change or a soon-to-be college grad, your customer service career awaits at ABR. Give us a call with questions or apply now.



HR Insights – Winter 2016

January 5th, 2016

JanFebHRInsights2016In our feature article, “Intellectual Capital and the Future of HR,” Linda Brenner discusses the need for HR to evolve beyond the industrial-age skills that were vital in past decades but are now overshadowed in importance by intellectual capital. “If HR can’t find a way to innovate and produce real, measurable business value,” she warns, “then it risks being forced to change or being overtaken by other, more strategic functions.”

How do you find good people for your company? And once you bring them on board, how do you keep them? Several other articles focus specifically on some of the hiring- and retention-related challenges that many organizations face today. Rachel Cook and Scott Kinnaird (in “4 Ways to Navigate the Skills Gap” and “Why Every CEO Should Participate in Hiring,” respectively) suggest new strategies for improving hiring practices. And Brian Formato, in “Churnover: The Repetitive Position Turnover Problem,” explains the four-step process that can help organizations decrease their rates of financial- (and morale-) sapping churnover.

A new year means a new start—and a great opportunity to try new things. If you’re interested in re-evaluating your staffing and hiring practices, please contact us. We match companies with the best solutions to meet their needs, and we’d love to talk with you about how we can meet yours.


New Year Job Search Tips to Land That New Job

January 4th, 2016


This is the first part of our three-part series, New Year Job Search Tips to Land That New Job.

Finding a job is a full-time job in itself. If you want to be a good employee at Find A Job Now, Inc. you have to take your new mission seriously by creating a schedule and setting goals. It will make you feel more productive and effective, even if you’re still waiting to land that first interview. Here are three job search tips that will jumpstart your job search in the New Year. In just a few hours, your job search will be on track and you’ll have a leg up on the competition.

Tip 1: Make a Brag Bulletin
Estimated Time: 1 hour

When it comes to the job search, you’re selling one thing – yourself. Now is not the time to be modest so put yourself in the right frame of mind and get bragging. Brainstorm a list of your best qualities and achievements then rewrite the highlights in résumé form.

Even if you usually just fill out an application in person or online, this document will assist you in filling out new applications. You can easily pull out important information like the dates of your last positions and any relevant achievements. Once you’ve created it, keep your resume up to date even when you have a job.

Tip 2: Set a Schedule
Estimated Time: 15 minutes

Be realistic in how much time you can – and should – spend on your job search. Even the most qualified candidates could send out dozens and dozens of resumes before landing the perfect position.

Dedicate a certain amount of time (at least a couple hours) every day to finding a new position and stick with this routine just like an exercise regimen. Think of your job search as a marathon, not a sprint. Keep track of your progress and the positions you’ve applied for each day. Staying organized like this is just one of the five things you can do to take charge of your job search.

Tip 3: Enlist Back-Up
Estimated Time: 2 hours

You don’t want to go at this alone. Spread the news that you’re searching for a new position to friends and family through individual phone calls or emails. Be sure to explain what type of work you’re interested in and what kind of skills you can offer.  If any connection offers a lead, be sure to make note of it follow up with them in a week or two.

Your network is the most important job search tool you have. Expand it by registering with a staffing service like ABR Employment Services. Make sure the company is a good fit for you by asking these important questions candidates should ask a staffing service. With a staffing service by your side, there’s an extra set of eyes looking out for you plus an array of new companies and positions that you may have not have found on your own. Why not give us a call to get started? We’re standing by ready to help.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the series, How to Survive a Job Search.