Fall In To A New Job With ABR

September 23rd, 2019

Today marks the beginning of a new season; the beginning of Autumn. It’s also the perfect day to set your career move plan in motion!

At ABR, we believe every career move should bring you one step closer to where you want to be. No matter what type of position you are looking for — professional, office or manufacturing — we will work closely with you to understand your unique wants and needs so we can connect you with a position you can feel good about now and into the future.

As Your Employment Connection to the Future™  you’ll receive personal support to help you get the job offer. Whether that’s interview coaching, a resume review or interview dress tips, we’ll provide the guidance needed to help you land a position where you want to work, learn and grow.

Not looking to make a career change but know someone that is? Refer them to us. If all referral criteria are met, you could receive between $50 to $150! Ask any ABR Representative for details.



Offboarding: What it Means and Why it Matters

September 13th, 2019

ABR HR Insights Magazine Autumn 2019

In every edition of our HR Insights Magazine, influential and wide-ranging thought leaders in HR, recruitment, staffing, management, and other fields discuss themes that are relevant to our clients’ businesses.

Workplaces are full of relationships, and the one that exists between an organization and its candidates and employees forms the foundation of everything the organization does. In this issue of our HR Insights, we have gathered some great articles that speak to the importance of building and strengthening the company–employee relationship at all stages of the employment cycle.

Feature Article: Offboarding: What it Means and Why it Matters

Contrary to popular belief, the end of someone’s employment does not necessarily mark the end of his or her relationship with that company. As Brian Anderson writes in “Offboarding: What It Means and Why It Matters,” the last stage of someone’s employment cycle with an organization can have long-lasting effects on the organization’s employer brand, performance management, and potential to hire boomerang employees.

Abby Perkins continues the examination of boomerang employees in “6 Tips for Interviewing and Hiring Former Employees.” Because these candidates are already familiar with the company (and already know many of the people there), there are a number of special considerations to keep in mind when engaging with this talent pool.

In “Worth the Investment: Why Corporate Culture Is Important,” Julie Dodd explains how today’s tight job market makes it more important than ever for organizations “to foster a high-functioning, people-first corporate culture” that attracts candidates and retains current employees.

A company runs on its people, and those people do their best work when they are engaged and feel connected to the organization and its purpose. In its relationships with its employees, a company can promote the growth of that engagement and purpose.

Need to Replace Offboarded Employees?

Great ideas and partnerships begin with a conversation. Contact any ABR location now to get started.

What Kind of Clothes Should I Wear When Welding?

September 9th, 2019

100% Cotton; No Synthetics or Synthetic Blends Ever!

If you work in welding, it’s critical that you wear the right clothing to avoid being burned. When welding, wearing cotton is king!  Wear 100% cotton shirts. They are made out of completely natural fibers which are harder to catch on fire and easier to extinguish than synthetic fibers. 100% wool is also acceptable but tends to be too hot to wear when welding.

DO NOT wear clothing made from synthetic or synthetic blends. A welding spark can make synthetic fabric  burn vigorously, melt the fabric and produce bad skin burns.

Also, because welding can be such a hot task, it can be tempting to not wear all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Wearing all recommended PPE is critical to avoid burns, injury and illness!

Remember, 100% cotton clothing is the most cool and breathable fabric there is, and the safest to wear when welding.

In addition to wearing cotton when welding, follow these additional welding safety tips from ABR’s insurance partner, Cottingham & Butler.

Welding Risk & Prevention
Some of the most common injuries associated with welding are related to the radiation given off by the arc. If the eyes are not
protected, the welder can suffer an eye burn known as weld-flash. Even a brief exposure to the arc radiation can result in weld-flash.
Because of this, weld-flash is not just a concern to welders but to anyone else who may be in the area. This condition can
result in pain to the eye, swelling, and temporary blindness. This is a temporary condition, but repeated exposure to the
radiation can result in long-term eye damage. The radiation can also cause skin burns. Repeated, excessive exposure can result
in skin cancer in the long-term.

Also hazardous are the fumes that are created while welding. A lot of variables determine the severity of this hazard, including
the type of welder used, the electrode, the base metal, any coating on the metal, and the environment where the welding is
being done. A common short-term effect of over-exposure to weld fumes is metal fume fever, which feels similar to the flu.
Additional hazards include noise, burns from slag and hot material, and electric shock from live electrical parts.

Protect Yourself
Following established safe work practices makes welding a safe task. First, always inspect your equipment prior to use. Ensure
the settings are correct and the equipment is in good condition. All connections must be tight, output terminals must be
insulated, and the electrode holder and welding cable must be well insulated. Ensure that your work area is free of any
flammable or combustible materials. If you are in an area not designated for hot work, you must have a hot work permit. Do
not weld in a damp or wet environment.

Next, wear all the necessary PPE. Protective clothing must be made of a material that will not burn or melt. The clothing must
cover all bare skin, as it is subject to burns from radiation and hot materials. Pants must be worn around your boots/shoes (not
tucked in) to prevent hot material from falling into your boot. Sleeves should also not be rolled up, as hot materials can catch in
the folds. Gloves should be made of a heavy material, often leather. The gloves, if in good condition, will protect against burns
and cuts. Those gloves must also be dry to help protect against electric shock.

A welding helmet of the appropriate shade for the type of welding that is being done must also be worn. A welding helmet
must always be worn, even when tack-welding. It is possible to get weld-flash even during this short period of time. Other
employees working in the area must also be protected from radiation. Welding curtains or PPE may be necessary to protect

Hearing protection should be worn whenever welding. Not only will it help protect against the loud noise that can come with
welding, but also help prevent any hot material from entering your ear.

Weld in a well-ventilated area. If ventilation is not sufficient, a portable fume extractor may be necessary. If welding in a
confined space, additional precautions are necessary, including a confined space permit and air monitoring. Consult your
company’s confined space procedures.

Reporting An Unsafe Work Environment
ABR Employment Services and the companies we partner with to provide people jobs have a joint responsibility to keep our employees safe. If you work with welding equipment on the job, and have questions about protective equipment, contact your ABR Employment Representative immediately. We want to keep you safe and healthy!

September 2019 Webinars on ABR JobConnect

September 3rd, 2019

Our goal is to help you achieve career success. We offer weekly free career webinars on job hunting advice. A live question and answer period is held at the end of each webinar. This provides a great forum to instantaneously receive guidance to solve job search problems you may be facing.

Our September line-up includes:

People Talk – What Are They Saying About You?

Date: 09/06/2019 11:00 AM Eastern Time

In the past, people only talked about you when they were contacted for a reference check. Technology has certainly changed how people communicate about you. People leave an impression when they recommend you on LinkedIn or talk about you on any social media site. It’s important that you realize how this impacts your job search.  During this session, we will address the following:

  • Why, when and how you should prep your references
  • The impact of your LinkedIn Profile
  • Social media do’s and don’ts

Effectively Follow Up

Date: 09/11/2019 02:00 PM Eastern Time (11:00 am PST, 12:00 pm MST, 1:00 pm CST)

Have you ever wondered if you’re following up too much or not enough? There’s a fine line between being diligent and coming across desperate. During this session, we will address the following:

  • How important is your follow-up?
  • How soon to follow-up after sending a resume?
  • What do you say?
  • How do you get your resume to the top of the stack?
  • Who do you call when you don’t have a name?
  • How many times do you follow-up if your job search drags on?

A Day in the Life of a Job Seeker

Date: 09/16/2019 01:00 PM Eastern Time (10:00 am PST, 11:00 am MST, 12:00 pm CST)

A job search can be very stressful, so how do you take care of yourself while you improve the results? The answer to this question is very different for individuals who are employed vs. unemployed, so we will address both scenarios.

  • If you are unemployed – what questions should you answer?
  • Daily Activities and Priorities
  • If you are employed – how can you conduct a job search?
  • Networking
  • Follow up and tracking progress

Re-THINK: The “Ultimate Secret Formula” to Effective Interviewing

Date: 09/24/2019 02:00 PM Eastern Time (11:00 am PST, 12:00 pm MST, 1:00 pm CST)

Come learn to Re-THINK your entire interview preparation and get hired! People often say, “I hope I survive my interview”. However, interviewing is not about survival, doubt or fear. It is absolutely about confidently communicating to the company how you can help them achieve their goals. It’s also your opportunity to show them, that by hiring you, they are making the best choice. During this presentation, you’ll learn:

  • How to create a “highly effective” interview game plan
  • How to easily manage your emotions so you can be Clear, Calm, and Confident
  • How to specifically share the BEST of you throughout the interview
  • What KEY questions can help to GET THE OFFER

Join us to learn the ULTIMATE SECRET FORMULA. Show them your absolute best in your next interview. Let’s get you back to work!