Mariani WI Rapids: Hiring for 30 New Positions

October 30th, 2017

Mariani WI Rapids Plant Expansion – Now Hiring

Staffing Recruiter Andrea Eichmann of ABR Employment Services Stevens Point is working with Mariani Packaging Company in WI Rapids to hire for 30 newly created warehouse and packaging line positions. The plant is located at 6011 Washington Street in Wisconsin Rapids.

These jobs offer excellent health insurance, advancement potential, a structured schedule and year-round work (no seasonality).

For Employment Consideration, Easily Submit Your Application Now

Why Join The Mariani WI Rapids Team?

As a full-time employee of Mariani Packaging Company you will enjoy:

  • Competitive food manufacturing wages
  • $0.75/hr. night shift differential pay for hourly employees
  • Medical Insurance (Mariani pays 100% of deductible for preferred provider network)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance (company paid)
  • 401(k) Plan (company provides a percentage match up to 5% of employee’s contributions)
  • Sick Time
  • Vacation Time
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Additional Insurance Offerings (short-term & long-term disability, additional life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, cancer insurance)
  • $500 Referral Bonus
  • Attendance awards and drawings
Attractive Time Off & Work Schedule
  • Work 4 days one week and 3 days the following week (Sunday through Saturday work week)
  • Night shift works 7:00pm to 7:15am // Day shift works 7:00am to 7:15pm
  • Every other weekend off (3 consecutive days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
  • Adding a retail packing line in January, 2018 with a schedule of Monday through Thursday, 7 am to 5:30 pm.
Check Out The Mariani WI Rapids Plant Expansion Video

If you have any questions, call or email Andrea Eichmann at 715-344-7146.

Jobs With ABR La Crosse at Agropur Ingredients

October 23rd, 2017

Fast Paced, Never Boring Days; Always an Opportunity to Learn

That’s how employees working in general labor and food packaging jobs with ABR La Crosse at Agropur Ingredients describe their days.

ABR La Crosse is currently hiring for a variety of jobs on First (M-F 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at $11.50/hr), Second (M-F 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at $12.25/hr) and Third shift (Sunday to Thursday 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. at $13/hr) at the Agropur Ingredients La Crosse, WI plant.

Current Jobs With ABR La Crosse at Agropur Ingredients Include:

General Labor: Food Production

Packaging: Powdered Foods

These positions are ‘Try-Before-Hire’ which mean you have the potential to get hired on by Agropur with full benefits after working a certain number of hours. Competitive benefits upon hire include health/dental, 401k, vision, Section 125 plan, generous PTO,  discretionary bonus program, life insurance and disability insurance.

Working for Agropur in La Crosse

Agropur Ingredients is a growing manufacturer and distributor of food ingredients to the nutritional and food industries in North America.  Working at Agropur means being a member of an extended family where simplicity and honesty are part of everyday life, and where the management style is based on integrity, openness and autonomy. The  La Crosse, Wisconsin location currently employees approximately 260 employees. They maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Easily Apply Now For Current Openings with ABR LaCrosse/Agropur Ingredients

3 Networking Tips for HR Introverts

October 23rd, 2017

3 networking tips for introverted hr professionals

Are you an HR manager or hiring professional that shy’s away from the limelight? If so, you are far from alone.

According to Time, about 50 percent of Americans are introverts. Many of those introverts—who work in all kinds of professions—have found, and continue to find throughout their careers, new ways to navigate networking challenges with great success. You can do it too.

The Introverted Hiring Manger’s Networking Dilemma

If you feel that your career as a hiring manager may be suffering due to your introversion, it makes sense that you are searching for new ways to face related social challenges, like networking, head-on. With some strategic networking tips, you can fully serve your company, employees and job seekers while also keeping your own career moving in the right direction.

The Value of High-Level Networking

Networking at a high-level—especially when networking becomes reciprocal between you and the other party—is beneficial to introverts since it makes the relationship less about you. Rather, it is about you and your new contact and your possible mutual benefits.

High-level networking is essential to HR managers and other hiring professionals since you need to work with such varied professionals, including your own employer, fellow HR professionals, current management and staff, and prospective new hires. The more high-level networking experience you explore, the easier all professional encounters are likely to become.

Try Out a Few of Our Professional Networking Tips

Whether your introversion is mild or sometimes feels borderline debilitating, there are several available tips that can help you get through any networking scenario.

Once you get enough practice, you might even discover that you have a true talent for and an increased interest in regularly stepping out of your comfort zone to form and foster amazing and lasting professional connections.

Give some of the following networking tips for introverts in HR a try to see if they help you step out of your comfort zone and into your high-level networking zone:

  • Prepare and Practice Possible Scenarios. Whether you are conducting a job interview with a promising candidate, or you are attending a high-powered luncheon, preparation and practice are pivotal ingredients for success when it comes to introverts. Consider possible conversational scenarios and write them out. Follow up with possible talking points and specific responses. This tip serves as a warm-up before the main networking event.
  • Attend Luncheons and Other Networking Events. Sometimes immersion therapy is good for introverts, so force yourself out of your comfort zone by occasionally attending a non-mandatory luncheon or other networking event. Above all, you will get invaluable impromptu practice.
  • Reach Out for Reinforcements. For your next networking event or meeting, call on your colleagues for support. In a strong team environment, you can enlist professional allies to support you, which can be extremely helpful for introverts. Talk to your trusted peers before a meeting or event to discuss your ideas. Between their understanding of your introversion and your clarification of your ideas, they can pitch in to help ensure that your message comes through.
  • Be a Good and Responsive Listener. As an introvert, this is probably a long-practiced and organic tactic for you. Executives, employees, prospective employees and your trusted peers will appreciate your engaged listening skills. As long as you respond to key points and questions, you may find that your networking partner will guide the encounter, making your work far easier.

Do You Need Other Tips to Help Manage Your Introversion as a HR Professional?

Our ABR Employment Services’ staffing professionals have worked with many introverted HR professionals over the years with positive outcomes. Sometimes hiring professionals needed advice and guidance while others allowed us to offer the benefits of our years of networking experience in Wisconsin and beyond.

Contact us so we can work together to develop a networking strategy that fits your professional personality and fulfills your organization’s needs.


Join our Team as an Account Executive in Appleton, WI

October 19th, 2017

ABR is looking for a highly motivated Account Executive in Appleton, WI to join our Sales Team!

 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 30 years, ABR has been serving Wisconsin and Minnesota businesses in the administrative, light industrial, skilled industrial and call center sectors.

We are currently seeking an Account Executive for our Appleton office with occasional travel within the assigned territory.

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, incentive bonus and outstanding benefits including, PTO, 401(k) Plan, Medical, Vision, Life, Dental and more!

Who You Are                       

  • Team Player
  • Goal Oriented
  • Highly Motivated Professional
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Has worked in customer service or sales industries

What You’ll Get To Do

  • Prospects new clients
  • Develops Sales Plans and Campaigns
  • Collaborates with Branch Managers on business proposals and reviews
  • Develops Sales Solutions to meet our needs to grow profit and help meet the needs of our clients
  • Visits client companies, tours their place of business and develops business relationships

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

4600 American Parkway, Suite 301
Madison, WI

On-The-Job Eye Safety and Protection

October 17th, 2017


eye safety

The majority of work-related eye injuries are caused by flying objects, falling objects or sparks striking the eye. Other common eye injury hazards also include fumes, vapors, chemical splashes or extremely bright light. Protect those pretty peepers! If the company you are working at provides, or recommends, a particular type of eye protection, wear it to keep you safe and avoid eye injury.

Work Around Large Flying Objects? Wear Polycarbonate Lens Safety Glasses or Goggles

When we think of eye injury, we usually think of something large striking the eyes from in front—perhaps a board thrown back by a saw, falling object, or flying chunk of rock.  If you are around this sort of hazard, you need high-impact protection–safety glasses or goggles with lenses of polycarbonate, the most impact-resistant material used in safety glasses.  In choosing protective eyewear, remember that while goggles offer overall protection, safety glasses may be the best choice if your job requires plenty of side-vision.

Eye Protection From Fast Moving Particles

The most common eye hazards, and causes of eye injury in the shop, are fast-moving, small particles, such as dust and debris from sanding, grinding, chipping, and similar operations.  A fast-moving particle, smaller than a grain of sand, can cause a great deal of damage to an unprotected eye.  Even relatively, slow-moving, fine particles, such as dust, can scratch the eye’s surface.  When choosing safety glasses or goggles for this type of hazard, you have to weigh impact-resistance against scratch-resistance.  Plastic and polycarbonate lenses are highly impact-resistant, but less scratch-resistant than glass lenses.  Glass lenses will shatter on high impact, but resist scratching from dust and grit better than other lenses do.  Some polycarbonate lenses are coated with a scratch-resistant surface to protect against both high-impact and fine-particle hazards.

Eye, Head & Face Protection from Chemicals, Fumes, and Heat

If you are working around dangerous chemicals, you need goggles that form a snug seal around your face and have hooded ventilators or, in extreme danger, no ventilators.  Such goggles need to be specially coated to prevent fogging.  The best protection against heat is a face shield that covers the face and neck, and typically made of acetate or other flexible, plastic materials.  Extreme heat or concentrated light may require the protection of a welding helmet.  Face shields should be used with other eye protection, never alone.

Do You Need To Wear Eye, Face or Head Protection At Work?

If you’re not sure, check with your supervisor. If you know your job requires you to wear safety equipment like a eye, face or head protection while on assignment with ABR and you do not have it, report it to your supervisor and your  local ABR Employment Services office immediately.

This blog about Eye Safety was written by Safety Management Services Company and edited by ABR. It is being shared with permission. 

Time to Celebrate: ABR Employment Services Turns 30

October 9th, 2017

The Year Was 1987

Happy 30th Birthday…to us! October marks ABR’s 30th anniversary. That’s thirty years of:

  • helping people obtain employment
  • creating exceptional customer experiences
  • working with wonderful people

And while it may be our business anniversary, it’s your celebration! We’re set to celebrate all year long with monthly gift drawings and weekly 80’s inspired social media posts. Hint: our October drawing is for something worn on your ears.

So tease up that hair (remember, the higher the hair, the closer to God), play Donkey Kong (a popular arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981) and join us in the fun.

We invite everyone to share their 80’s memories or post an 80’s inspired pic on our Facebook page. Be sure to include the hashtag #ABRThrowback30.


5 Smart Video Interview Prep Tips to Ace the Interview

October 2nd, 2017

Video Interview

Video interviews have been rapidly on the rise since the early 2010s, according to PR Newswire. As recently as 2012, roughly 63 percent of hiring managers reported that their companies frequently conducted interviews via video for a few basic reasons:

  • Improved consistency of asking each candidate the same set of questions.
  • Questions can be tailored for a specific job.
  • The ability to replay, review and rate video interviews online and interactively among hiring managers and other key staff.

Use Your Video Interview as a Chance to Stand Out from Fellow Candidates

If you are camera-shy, tech-phobic or simply prefer face-to-face interaction—inasmuch as anyone enjoys a job interview—you may need some tips from a friendly staffing agency when it comes to sharpening your video interviewing set-up, skills and performance.

Sprinkle in a few of these five tips to prepare for any upcoming real-time video requests you receive so it already feels like second nature to you:

  1. Set Up Your Video Interview Tech Station. While most laptops sold over the past 5-10 years feature a built-in webcam, you definitely need to make sure yours has one before you do anything else. If your computer does not have one, you can buy an inexpensive external web cam. Give yourself plenty of time for arrival or store pick-up. Check your camera right away to make sure it works properly. Additionally, test your camera and internet connection the evening before your interview to make sure you are up and running with no possible technical difficulties in sight.
  2. Get the Right Video Interview Platform. Ask your human resource contact which video platform they use. Skype is incredibly popular, so it would be easy to assume that would be the company’s choice. However, with an increasing number of video communication options, it is important to clarify so you can download the right one, set up an account and understand how to use it.
  3. Remove Distractions from the Room. Whether you love massive posters of classic cars or you collect antiques, it is best to avoid sharing those interests in the background for your video interview. Either choose a location clear of those types of items, or temporarily remove them. Additionally, if you have energetic pets or children—like those seen in the recent live BBC interview with Professor Robert E. Kelly that went viral—it may be best to secure the area by closing and locking the door. As charming, mood-lightening, and completely familiar as that moment was for the viewing audience, it was incredibly stressful for Professor Kelly. Save yourself any added worry by securing your video interview area.
  4. Perform a Mock Video Interview. A mock interview can help you iron out any details and determine the best location, lighting, make-up, colors to wear, camera height and angle, and anything else to help you make the best impression. Additionally, your trial interviewer, who is ideally a professional mentor, can ask you a set of interview questions relevant to the job position and company. At the end of it all, ask your mentor, friend or family member to give you honest feedback on each detail. You can also review the mock interview on your own to look for improvements.
  5. Let Your Enthusiasm Shine. Remember to work up the same energy and enthusiasm for your mock interview that you would bring to a live and in-person interview.

We Can Help You Get the Confidence You Need for Video Interviews

Our team at ABR Employment Services understands that not everyone has experienced a video interview and may need some additional assistance in getting ready. We have plenty of other ideas, tools and services to give you the confidence you need to show the hiring manager you are perfect for the job.

Contact us to talk about what you need to prepare for a  interview or any other aspect of the job search process.