Resume Do’s and Don’ts: Tips for a Job-Winning Resume

June 26th, 2017

picture of two resumesAre you ready to start your job search, but new to the workforce? Maybe you are ready for a new position or want to work in a different field. Regardless of your reason for launching a new job search—whether working on your own or with a professional staffing agency—your resume will be a key factor in helping you make a positive impression that results in an interview.

HR decision makers and other hiring professionals consider the resume an essential tool as long as prospective job candidates follow the generally accepted resume do’s and don’ts.

What Are Some Important Resume Do’s and Don’ts?

By learning and following some basic do’s and don’ts when preparing your resume, your carefully crafted professional outline may find its place closer to the top of the stack. After that, it’s probably a short time before they are ready to slide it over to the “call for interview” group.

At ABR Employment Services we provide personalized support throughout the job search process. We thought we’d share our  list of our top resume do’s and dont’s. Here’s how you can use them as you launch your own job search.

Resume Do’s

Do Prepare a Cover Letter. Make sure your cover letter reflects the job that interests you, as well as your relevant experience, education or any special training. In your cover letter, describe in a few sentences how your experience relates to what’s outlined in the employer’s job description. Also, be sure to briefly share how  your beliefs and values align with the company’s culture. Information about a company’s culture is usually available on its company website or social media sites.

Do Make Your Resume Scannable. Many companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that allow them to scan your resume for key words and phrases. Keep the formatting simple; ATS systems prefer plain text resumes. Use the same keywords in the job posting in your resume to help get ‘noticed’ by the ATS. The Jobscan tool on our food and beverage partner’s website will help you do that!

Do Share Results-Based Success. Tell a CAR story —  a workplace Challenge, the Actions you took and the Result.  If possible, when describing the result, include what you saved, improved or enhanced like time, money or productivity.

Resume Don’ts

Don’t Submit a Resume That Contains Typos. While your job may not involve clerical work, your resume is your chance to go above and beyond the duties of the job itself. Show hiring managers how important this job is to you by making sure each word is spelled correctly and that your sentence structure is correct. Consult our team or a trusted friend if you have any doubts. It is worth the effort to avoid this error and make a great first impression.

Don’t Include Unnecessary Information. Information that falls under this “don’t” includes anything personal like hobbies or your birth date. Your resume is a snapshot of your professional experience, and so anything beyond that may be considered too much information.

Don’t Provide False Information. This “don’t” includes exaggerating your work experience and job titles, but it also includes any information you provide that is outright false. Employers and hiring teams regularly perform background and reference checks. Providing false information is a quick way to take yourself out of the running.

Learn More About the Do’s and Don’ts of a Job-Winning Resume

At ABR Employment Services, we understand that preparing a spot-on resume can be tricky.  If you have any questions about the resume tips listed here, or if you’d like to learn about some additional resume do’s and dont’s we couldn’t fit on the list, we are here to help. Contact us so we can help you start your job search with all the right tools.

This blog was written by Joan Pajari, Senior Marketing Specialist at ABR Employment Services and Kinsa Group.

Staffing Coordinator Opportunity with ABR Madison

June 19th, 2017

Who We Are

ABR Employment Services is a Midwest based workforce solutions company. We are a professional services firm that offers knowledge, experience and intelligent strategies that enable employers to better manage hiring and leverage staffing for competitive advantage.  For over 25 years, ABR has been serving Wisconsin and Minnesota businesses in the administrative, light industrial, skilled industrial and call center sectors.

What We Will Do For You

  • We value work life balance- no nights or weekends!
  • We will foster a culture of recognition and community involvement
  • We will provide you with hands on training from our talented training and development team
  • We will help you reach your full potential by developing a career path that matches your career goals
  • We will provide you with competitive pay, quarterly incentives and outstanding benefits including, PTO, 401(k) Plan, Medical, Vision, Life, Dental and more!

Who You Are                       

  • Team Player
  • Goal Oriented
  • Possesses a Hunter Mentality
  • Enjoys Sourcing Candidates
  • Highly Motivated Professional
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Has worked in customer service/sales industries and preferably has recruiting experience

What You’ll Get To Do

  • Recruits, sources, interviews, and selects candidates
  • Makes offers of employment to Talent
  • Matches Talent to our customers’ needs
  • Conducts new employee orientations and processes hiring paperwork
  • Manages Talent employee relations issues with clients
  • Visits client companies, tours businesses and develops client relationships
  • Maintains a high level of rapport with clients, staff and Talent
  • Initiates, develops and maintains recruiting relationships within the community
  • Represents ABR at association meetings, networking groups, business shows and job fairs
  • Attends meetings, providing status reports on current job order activities and future projections

Tell us why you should be our next Staffing Coordinator by submitting a cover letter and resume to:


OSHA Young Worker Safety Campaign and the Temporary Worker Initiative

June 19th, 2017


“Young Workers! You Have Rights!”

The motto of the new OSHA Young Workers Safety Campaign says volumes about the concern over the well-being of earnest young workers. If you have young workers on staff — whether full-time, part-time, or as a temporary employee at a call center, in an office, or manufacturing environment — it is essential that you understand the key points of this vital campaign.

What Are Your Responsibilities When It Comes to Complying with OSHA’s Young Worker Safety Campaign?

You likely already do your best to make sure your young workers stay safe while working for you. OSHA’s new campaign can actually help make your efforts easier, giving you a guideline about this vital segment of the workforce.

JD Supra recently reported that, per OSHA’s guidelines, “Young workers are those new to the workforce, even up to age 24. Young workers can be an asset to your workforce. However, it may be their first job or the first time they are operating equipment.” Additionally, if you do employ people under the age of 18, you must observe child labor laws, which restrict types of jobs, equipment used, and hours worked.

Inform and Equip Your Young Workers

It is important that, once you enlist a young worker, you give them all the information and safety gear that they need to stay safe and healthy during their shift and on your grounds. OSHA has provided several resources that you can use to supplement the training you already have in place, including construction hazard videos, restaurant safety modules, “how-to” safety videos for landscaping and construction, and guides to avoid special risks for warehouse workers. Remember to equip young workers with safety gloves, goggles, hard hats, and anything else to keep them protected in your specific work environment.

Give Your Young Employees the Voice to Raise Safety Concerns

An important dynamic of this campaign involves giving young workers a voice while working at your business. Young employees may hesitate to ask questions about safety, worried that you will think they are questioning your management’s authority, or that they were not listening. They may not ask questions out of sheer work inexperience, insecurity and shyness. Let your young employees know that they can, and should, ask questions any time they have them without fear of judgment or any sort of backlash.

How Does OSHA’s Young Workers’ Campaign Affect the Temporary Worker Initiative?

Time Doctor reports that, since 1997, young people have become the largest demographic to become involved with the temporary staffing phenomenon.

OSHA recognizes the value of this segment of the U.S. workforce and wants to ensure their safety and health while gaining experience to become a permanent fixture in the American workforce, whether permanent or temporary. OSHA thought of everything when it came to this campaign for all workers, including temporary workers, drawing from the Temporary Worker Initiative.

As the host employer for your temporary team, we know how important it is to you to follow the proper guidelines to keep your young temporary workers safe. At ABR Employment Services, we can help you stay in compliance to keep your young team safe, healthy and on the clock. Our team has learned both the Young Worker’s Campaign and the Temporary Worker Initiative, inside and out, and we can help you in the following ways so you can feel at ease when welcoming young temporary employees:

  • With your agreement, we visit your workplace to go over OSHA’s requirements before sending young workers your way.
  • We provide training for young employees on safety matters that apply to your workplace.

We can do so much more to help you keep young workers safe while they are at your company. Contact us for more information about what you can do on your own to ensure workplace safety for your young and eager workers.

ABR Supports OSHA Safe and Sound Week June 12 to 18

June 12th, 2017

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Safe and Sound Week

ABR Employment Services supports  OSHA’s Safe and Sound Week. We are committed to the value of workplace safety and the importance of identifying and fixing workplace safety hazards to prevent workplace injury.

Each month, ABR’s Safety Committee meets to foster the committees goals of:

  1. Providing our employees a safe work environment and
  2. Educating our clients about their role and responsibilities in preventing workplace accidents

During this week long Safe and Sound event, ABR encourages:

  • Companies take a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards
  • Establishing procedures to collect and review information about known or potential hazards
  • Investigating the root cause of hazards and prioritize hazard controls
  • Correcting identified hazards to prevent workplace injury
  • Employees to communicate with management about hazards on the job

The Temporary Worker Initiative calls attention to the protection of temporary workers. ABR is committed to keeping our employees safe so they can return home safe and sound after each shift.

OSHA  provides workplace safety help to employers. OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard work sites. For more information, or for additional compliance assistance, contact OSHA.

Top Job Sites and How You Can Use Them to Learn About a Company

June 5th, 2017

job search websites

Searching for a new job—or your first job—comes with more than its share of challenges. Using online job sites as part of your job search can help you bypass some obstacles along the way, and it may just be the key to finding the right job. A few benefits you are likely to experience using a job site include:

  • Convenience and ease of use
  • Thousands of job sites
  • Regularly—even daily—updated listings
  • Faster potential hire-time

Combing online job sites, combined active networking and working with a dedicated employment agency, can give you in-depth insights into all the benefits of working with a specific company. A few of the key details you can learn from a job site include a company’s culture, attitudes toward social responsibility, and benefits that include tuition reimbursement and other training courses that encourage advancement.

The 3 Best Job Sites to Explore During Your Job Search

Even if you are completely convinced that exploring job sites should become part of your job search strategy, you may not know where to start. We have come up with some top job sites—those that include the benefits listed above and more—that you might visit to supplement your dynamic job search:

  • Indeed. The Balance lists as the number one job site, citing its millions of aggregated job listings from thousands of websites. Also, you can spend time learning about subjects like hiring trends, job salaries, and training and certification ideas.
  • CareerBuilder. Similar to, gathers job information from other websites. This site is also well-known for directly working with employers to deliver job postings to potential candidates.
  • Glassdoor. com notes that is like Yelp, but for job seekers. stands out due to its focus on metadata, letting you explore what companies are hiring and whether you might know someone already working at a particular company, or if they need a specific skill set that you have.

It is tough to stop at three websites without adding some honorable mentions, including, and our very own ABR JobConnect.

Use Job Search Engines to Your Career Advantage

Now that you know some of our favorite job sites, we want to share some of our favorite strategies when you start your job search:

  • Post Your Resume. One of the first things you should do once joining a job site is to submit your updated resume. Include specific keywords regarding your skills and job goals to make it easier for hiring managers to find you in a keyword search. Remember to update your resume if you take any classes or earn any certifications before you find your new job.
  • Create a Detailed Profile. On websites like, you have a huge potential audience of employers, so let them know who you are and what you want in a job by creating a detailed LinkedIn profile. Keywords related to your field are important here too, so add your administrative skills, equipment operated, and anything else that might help you stand out from other candidates.
  • Sign Up for Job Alerts. Most job sites have daily job alerts that match your skills and other criteria. You never know when your dream job may land in your email inbox in the morning digest.
  • Use Additional Job Board Resources. Each job board offers its own set of features to help you refine your job search. Explore the job site’s blog, FAQs, forum community, and any other spot that contains tips for job seekers to learn more about current job salaries for your position, available benefits at specific companies, and user reviews.
  • Participate in Groups and Forums. Let your voice be heard in groups that relate to your desired position, field, or industry. These sections of job sites offer you an organic networking tool to engage with fellow professionals, employers who can offer insights, and industry experts.

Work with Us to Pick Up More Job Site Tips

If you need more tips on how to make the most of your time on job sites, give us a call so we can help.