New Job Anxiety: 4 Tips To Keep It Under Control

May 30th, 2018

new job anxietyYou did it! You made it through the interview, your references checked out and you got hired. You’ve made it through the hardest part, right? Well, maybe.

The first few days on a new job are always tough. You don’t know anyone and you might feel a little overwhelmed.

Try these 4 sure-fire ways to keep the new job jitters at bay.

1. Remember Why You’re There: You were hand-picked for the job over of a lot of applicants! Your new employer trusts you are the best person for the job, has faith in what you can do and wants you to succeed. It’s their job to help you succeed and grow in the position.

2.  Just say hi: Every time you shake a new coworker’s hand, you’re not only making a new friend – you’re making a connection. Explain that you are new to the job and ask  if they have any advice to share.

3. Write it down: You won’t learn everything on your first day so keep a running list of questions.  If you’re unsure about something, ask your on-site supervisor. Whether you prefer to take ‘how to’ notes electronically or with an old fashioned pen and paper, make sure you save them for future reference.

4. Take the time: It’s one of the easiest ways to make a good impression, yet it’s so easy to overlook. Show up on time, take only the allotted lunch break, and don’t sneak out the door three minutes early – every minute matters!

The Night Before Your First Day

The Muse shares some great tips on what to do the night before starting a new job.

With these tips, we’re confident you’ll make a great first impression and wish you all the best on your new career adventure! Remember, there’s only one chance to make a first impression. So make it a good one.

Editors note: the content of this blog was originally published in November, 2011 and has been updated. 

Office Job Interview Tips: How to Prepare

May 29th, 2018

Occupational Outlook: Office Support Jobs

It goes without saying. Office  support is key to the efficient operation of a department or company.  Of the top 25 largest number of projected job openings in WI, Wisconsin WORKnet ranks office clerks number 6 on the list through the year 2024.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual wage for office support personnel at $38,640 per year.

So how do you prepare for an office position interview?  We’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions to help you prepare.

The Office Job Interview: Common FAQ’s

  • What interests you about working in an office position at this company?
  • What kinds of office projects do you like to work on?
  • What office projects are less interesting for you? How do you overcome your disinterest in order to do a good job?
  • How would you rate your computer skills?
  • Describe your experience with calendar management.
  • What kinds of documents have you made from scratch using MS Office programs?
  • What is your experience with data entry?
  • How do you ensure accuracy in tasks such as processing expenses and preparing reports?
  • If you support multiple people at one company, how do you decide which projects to work on first?
  • Have you ever been on a team with a difficult coworker? How did you handle it?
  • Describe a time you worked with a team to meet a common goal. What was your role?
  • Describe a time you suggested a way to save time, lower costs, or increase revenue.
  • What does “managing up” mean to you? In what ways have you done that?
  • Some of this work can be repetitive. What motivates you to excel in this role?

ABR Employment Services:  Your Employment Connection To The Future

When you work with us to find an office job, we’ll provide guidance and support to help you land a position where you want to work, learn and grow. And get promoted at work!

Search our open jobs on our website or on our branch Facebook for Business pages. If you have questions about anything, please don’t be shy! We want to hear from you; access our office contact information.

Editors note: the content of this blog was originally published in July, 2013 and has been updated.

Now Hiring: Staffing Coordinator in Appleton, WI

May 29th, 2018

We are growing and currently recruiting a Staffing Coordinator for our Appleton office. If you are sales-driven, customer-focused and goal driven you’ll fit right in! Learn more and easily apply through Workforce Now ADP.

ABR HR Insights Magazine: Workplace Communication

May 21st, 2018

Feature article focus: workplace communication

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Employees who feel connected to and invested in their organizations are more likely to stick around, and good communication can play a key role in helping them feel that way.

In this issue’s feature article, “It’s Time to Revolutionize Workplace Communication!” Mark Sawyier notes workplace communication is behind the times. Even though it’s not the most efficient communication tool and takes up far more of our work days than it should, e-mail continues to dominate the business world.

Workplace Communication Is More Than Newsletters & The Company Intranet

Newsletters and company intranets are ignored because they’re not engaging, and instant messaging focuses too much on productivity and isn’t fun to use. It’s clear that organizations need to revamp how they communicate with their employees. They need to implement solutions that communicate important information to their employees and engage them at the same time.describes how to make sure that such communication both informs and engages employees.

Sawyier describes how to make sure that such communication both informs and engages employees.

Great Ideas & Partnerships Begin With A Conversation

Let us help you determine the best ways to strengthen workplace communication within! Contact any of our locations to get the dialog going.


Working At Tramontina: Open Tours Event

May 17th, 2018

Working At Tramontina: Behind The Scenes Look

Interested in working in a manufacturing environment in the Manitowoc, WI area? Never heard of Tramontina or curious about what the facility looks like? Looking to join a work-place offering advancement and promotion from within?

Tramontina Open Tours Event – Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm – 2005 Mirro Dr, Manitowoc, WI

Stop by and take a tour of Tramontina. We want to show you around, give you some insight and answer any questions you have.

Tours will be conducted at 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm or 5 pm. This is your opportunity to learn more about current opportunities Tramontina is hiring for:

  • General Labor –  1st and 2nd shift
  • Line Lead – 2nd shift –  $14-17/hour
  • Paint Mixer – 3rd shift – $14/hour
  • Electro/Mechanical Technician – Any shift – $21-27/hour
  • Maintenance Technician – Any Shift

The positions are a mix of ‘try-before-hire’ (after working a certain number of hours and based on attendance and work performance, you may receive an offer of full-time employment with full benefits) and ‘direct-hire’ (employee benefits start 1st of the month following date of hire).

Working At Tramontina: What To Expect

  • A clean, well-designed and safety focused facility
  • Newly built locker room and cafeteria
  • The feel of a small family business
  • A competitive compensation package
  • A manufacturer of quality products
  • A customer focused organization

Benefits Package

  • On-Site clinic available to all employees at no charge
  • Spouses and children can utilize the clinic if they are on the health plan
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Paid Time Off: 6 days your first year, 16 days every year after
  • Employee appreciation events (example, wellness competitions, luncheons,  food days)
  • Reimbursement for safety glasses and shoes
Interested but want to pass on taking a tour? Apply for work at Tramontina now:

New London WI Manufacturing Jobs: Multiple Opportunities & Shifts

May 14th, 2018

New London WI Manufacturing Jobs

Lineman, Maintenance, Welder New London WI Manufacturing Jobs

ABR Employment Services Appleton is working with a manufacturing company in New London, WI to hire for a variety of manufacturing positions on all shifts. Shifts include:

  • 1st shift 5am-1pm
  • 2nd shift 1pm-9pm
  • 3rd shift 9pm-5am

Our client offers many opportunities for advancement and growth! Jobs pay between $12 to $20 based on experience. Positions are ‘try-before-hire’ which means after working a certain number of hours and based on attendance and work performance, you may receive an offer of full-time employment with full benefits.

New London WI Manufacturing Jobs – Current Opportunities & Pay

1st Shift Lineman – Summer Opportunity – Through August

Lineman will work in the Production Cell area inspecting welds and paint on finished beams.  Great opportunity to become familiar with the organization and its operations. Work hours are 5:00 am – 1:00 pm. Pay is $12 per hour.

 Multiple Shifts – Welders – $14/hour – Opportunity to Make $17.80/hour

Welding positions ensure proper operation of welding equipment, read blueprints, work orders, and production schedules to determine product needs. Maintain great attendance and work performance and your pay will increase to $17.80 your first year of employment!

Multiple Shifts – Maintenance – $17 to $20/hour 

Maintenance positions install, inspect, repair and dismantle machinery, physical structures and mechanical equipment.

Multiple Shifts – Machine Operators – $12/hour

Machine Operators perform various tasks using machines related to the manufacturing processes.

For Employment Consideration, Easily Submit Your Application Now

Benefits Upon Offer of Full-Time Employment Include:

  • 401K Plus Company Match
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Dental Insurance Coverage
  • Section 125 Pretax Savings Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term & Long Term Disability Coverage
  • Health Club Membership Contribution
  • Wellness Incentive
Questions about the New London WI Manufacturing Jobs? Give ABR Appleton a call at 920-830-1181 Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Want A Promotion? Use Our Six Tips To Get Promoted At Work

May 14th, 2018

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Tips To Get Promoted At Work

Looking for ways to get promoted at work, earn raise or learn something new?

Get on your boss’s A-List.  If you consistently show your boss that you’re doing a great job, you’ll progress further, faster.  Use our tips help get you noticed, separate yourself from the pack, create a lasting positive impression and to get promoted at work.

6 Tips To Get Promoted At Work:

  1. Communicate clearly.  When in doubt, ask questions when things are unclear.  Provide your boss with regular updates about your projects and plans.  But be careful not to go overboard – ask him directly if you’re providing enough information or too much.
  2. Honor your commitments.  Underpromise and overdeliver.  Don’t shy away from new challenges, but make reasonably sure you can hit an objective before taking on the additional responsibility.
  3. Know what makes your boss tick.  Learn your boss’s pet peeves – and avoid them.  Find out what his priorities are – and incorporate them into your own (e.g., if your boss is a “numbers guy,” quantify all your results).  Anticipate his needs, by providing what you know he’ll want before he asks.  Show him you understand the issues he faces and you’re sure to make your mark.
  4. Provide solutions – not just problems.  Everyone makes mistakes.  So if something does go wrong, view it as an opportunity to set yourself apart from chronic excuse-makers.  Own up to the problem and come to the table with potential solutions.  Your boss will appreciate your ability to think for yourself and manage a difficult situation.
  5. Be positive.  When you celebrate a departmental success, send a congratulatory e-mail to those involved and copy your boss.  The gesture will draw attention to your success as well as your leadership skills.  During more stressful times, strive to maintain a positive attitude.  For every two complaints or suggested improvements, point out eight positive things.
  6. Take a calculated risk.  A boss will notice a talented employee who demonstrates his desire for excellence by occasionally sticking his neck out.  So when the time is right, volunteer for a difficult assignment or challenge the status quo to improve a work process.  Your courage and enthusiasm will increase your visibility and earn the respect of your boss and co-workers alike.

ABR Employment Services:  Your Employment Connection To The Future™

When you work with us to find a job, we’ll provide guidance and support to help you land a position where you want to work, learn and grow. And get promoted at work!

Search our open jobs on our website on our branch Facebook for Business pages, or on If you have questions about anything, please don’t be shy! We want to hear from you; access our office contact information.

VOP On Site: Vendor On Premises Temporary Staffing Solutions Simplified

May 10th, 2018

VOP On Site

VOP On Site Program: High-Volume Workforce Solutions

Does this sound familiar? Your internal HR Team is flooded with staffing requests. Your temporary workforce is made up of too few quality workers.  Your HR Team is getting flack about time-to-fill and costs associated with managing a temporary workforce. If you’re nodding your head ‘yes’, it may be the perfect time to consider entering into a vendor on premises relationship.

Vendor On Premises Workforce Staffing Solutions

Vendor-on-Premises (VOP), is exactly what it sounds like – a vendor provides an on site representative to manage and coordinate temporary employees at your company. At ABR Employment Services, our name for VOP is ‘On Site Staffing’.

ABR’s On Site Staffing is an outsourcing management program, which encompasses every facet of coordinating, ordering, planning and tracking of contingent employees.  This program is managed by an ABR On Site Manager, who acts as the central contact for hiring managers, coordinates recruiting activities, and handles a multitude of personnel related issues.

If you’re a high-volume staffing user, an On Site Manager can greatly simplify staffing for you.  In essence, s/he acts as an extension of your HR department to streamline your staffing function.

Here’s how:

Increasing Efficiency

A VOP On Site Manager can:

  • Handle the daily deployment of temporary workers to get them on-task quickly.
  • Make daily rounds to ensure temporary workers stay productive.
  • Provide detailed, customized reports like: staffing usage, cost analyses, attendance and tardiness.
  • Evaluate personnel needs to plan for peak and non-peak periods, and handle worker reassignment.

Reducing Headaches

A VOP On Site Manager can:

  • Manage daily work issues, like problem resolution and worker injury reporting.
  • Handle scheduling to ensure departments are adequately staffed.
  • Resolve payroll and administrative issues.
  • Recruit new temporary employees directly at your site.
  • In some cases, even manage more than one facility so you can stay focused on core duties and responsibilities.

Managing Other Staffing Functions

A VOP On Site Manager can:

  • Screen, interview and skill-test candidates before they’re approved to work for you.
  • Check references, and if required, drug test applicants.

Ensuring Safety

A VOP On Site Manager can:

  • Provide facilities tours and customized safety orientations for your new temporary employees.

Could your temporary workforce benefit from an ABR VOP On Site Manager?  We would love to have a conversation with you to explore if our VOP On Site Workforce Solutions are right for you.

Editors note: the content of this blog was originally published in March 2011 and updated in 2018.

Asked A Weird Interview Question? Do This To Keep Your Cool

May 9th, 2018

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It’s like a bad dream. You’re in an interview, dressed to impress and feeling totally in control of the situation, when the unthinkable happens – the interviewer asks a weird interview question that completely stumps you:

“Why do cows sometimes wear red roller skates?”

If you were a car, what kind of car would you be and why?”

If just reading these questions makes beads of sweat pop out on your forehead, you’re not alone.  In an interview situation, most of us would be stopped in our tracks by off-the-wall questions like these.  But that’s the point:  interviewers ask a weird interview question intentionally, to see how well job candidates thinks on their feet and respond to stress. It’s so common that even Glassdoor compiled a top ten list of strange interview questions.

Because unusual interview questions can be about any topic, they’re hard to prepare for.  Still, here are a few quick tips to help you handle them more effectively:

  • Keep your composure.  The question was meant to throw you off your game – so don’t let it rattle you.  Keep your face neutral and recognize that this is the wacky question you’ve been anticipating.
  • Take your time.  Smile, take a deep breath and avoid the temptation to blurt out an answer.  Don’t panic – if you have to take a moment to gather your thoughts, say, “can you give me a moment to think about that”? This demonstrates that you think carefully through a situation before responding.
  • Relax.  When it comes to a weird interview question, your answer is not as important as how you handle the situation.  In fact, most don’t have right or wrong answers.  So take the pressure off yourself.  You don’t have to be brilliant, you just need to answer honestly.

If you’d like some practice answering off-the-wall questions, consider the following popular ones:

  • If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be?
  • If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?
  • If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
  • If you were a _________ (insert:  car, animal, salad dressing – you get the picture), what kind would you be and why?
  • If you won $50 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
  • How would you rate me as an interviewer?

Be Prepared for Your Next Interview – Work With ABR To Find Your New Job

We work one-on-one with people looking for work. That means you’ll receive personal support to help you get the job offer, including interview coaching. Receive the guidance needed to help you land a position where you want to work, learn and grow. Contact us today to get started.

Editors note: the content of this blog was originally published in August 2010 and has been updated for SEO, accuracy, comprehensiveness.

May 2018 Free Job Seeker Webinars on ABR JobConnect

May 7th, 2018

May 2018 Free Job Seeker Webinars

Weekly Free Job Seeker Webinars With Q&A

Learn from top employment experts weekly, by participating in the Weekly FREE Job Seeker Webinars.These sessions address topics most important to your search and allow time for you to ask questions.

Can Employers Refuse to Interview Someone Who is Not Working?

Date: 05/01/2018

Time: 2:00 pm EST (11:00 am PST, 12:00 pm MST, 1:00 pm CST)

Description: It’s time you heard a straight and honest response to this question. During this session, we will discuss the following:

• Is it legal to refuse to interview someone who is not working?
• Concerns of hiring authorities
• What you can do to schedule more interviews

Register Now

Prepare for the Most Difficult Interview Questions

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

Description: Have you ever drawn a blank during an interview? You must be prepared to put your best foot forward and that’s not easy, especially when you’re nervous. During this session, we will address the following:

• How to handle situational interview questions
• What to do if a question is inappropriate
• How to address a discriminatory question
• What to do if you don’t know the answer

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Gatekeepers – Your Best Friend or Your Worst Enemy

Date: Wednesday, May 16th
Time: 3:00 pm EST (12:00 pm PST, 1:00 pm MST, 2:00 pm CST)

Description: Never underestimate the knowledge of gatekeepers. They know the schedules of hiring managers, their interests, responsibilities and preferences. They can either forward you call or prevent you from talking to potential employers. During this session, we will discuss the following:

• How to align yourself with gatekeepers
• What actions you can take if you’re screened out
• How to obtain information to progress your job search

Register Now

Re-THINK! How to Create a Blueprint for Success in Your Job Search

Date: Wednesday, May 23rd
Time: 1:00 pm EST (10:00 am PST, 11:00 am MST, 12:00 pm CST)

 This webinar is just in perfect time so if you don’t have momentum…it’s time right now to create a powerful plan. Regardless of your job status, goals are an important topic for all of us. There are many hidden obstacles that can get in the way of achieving your goals.

Come learn effective strategies to help when you feel knocked off-track. With all the distractions, it’s easy to feel de-railed…like a complete train-wreck! If you’re exhausted from living this way, now is the perfect opportunity to turn this whole thing around…

The good news is this webinar will show you everything you need to know in a very simple way! Learn how to create an easy to follow blueprint that you can design with all of your goals in mind.
Make changes now so you can get back on the right track…easily and immediately.

Register Now