May 2019 Webinars on ABR JobConnect

May 6th, 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 May, 2019 lineup includes:

Re-THINK: Shifting for Success In Your Job Search


Date: Tuesday, May 7th
Time: 1:00 pm EST (10:00 pm PST, 11:00 am MST, am 12:00 pm CST)

Description:
 Being in job search mode can bring up a lot of feelings that can get in the way of your success making you feel defeat and discouraged. This webinar is designed to show you how you can shift your thoughts and feelings of being upset, angry, frustrated, hopeless, burned out, or all of the above.

In this results-focused presentation, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to decide and commit to your goal of getting hired.
  • Shift from focusing on “what’s wrong” to focusing on “what works”.
  • Discover how to rise above the circumstances and take powerful action.
  • Be empowered to move through your job search activity with ease.
  • Learn how to powerfully use your time and energy starting today.

What Should Be On Your Daily Plan


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

Description:
 Individuals who are accepting job offers are often the best planners. If you are not planning out your schedule as a job seeker, you are inadvertently planning for failure and your job search will take much longer than anticipated. During this session, we will address the following:

  • Why and when you should plan
  • What should be included in your daily plan
  • Where to place your focus to get the greatest results

Don’t Burn Any Bridges


Date: Monday, May 20th
Time: 12 :00 pm EST (9:00 am PST, 10:00 am MST, am 11:00 am CST)

Description:
 You want to leave every job on a good note to help you obtain positive references and hopefully valuable referrals and recommendations throughout your career. There are things you can do even if you were terminated. During this session, we will discuss the following:

  • Six Degrees of Separation
  • Eight Basic Rules
  • What to do if you’re Terminated

Network Your Way to A New Job


Date: Wednesday, May 29th
Time: 3:00 pm EST (12:00 pm PST, 1:00 pm MST, am 2:00 pm CST)

Description: 
Networking is the number one way to find a new job. In fact according to LinkedIn, more than 82% of current job seekers find their next opportunity through their networking efforts. IT doesn’t matter whether you’re a recent grad or C-Suite Executive, networking is critical to your success. You will learn the following:

  • Networking Goals you should set
  • How and When to Network
  • How to evaluate your personal and professional network

 

Explaining a Lay Off or Firing In an Interview

April 9th, 2019

Experiencing a Work Lay Off or Firing is Emotional

And awkward. And no one wants to talk about it, especially during an interview. If you were laid off or were fired, the subject is going to come up. The interviewer is not looking to shun you, they just need to know what happened.

To clarify, a lay off and firing are two different things. With a lay off,  it typically has nothing to do with job performance. Layoffs occur when a company undergoes restructuring or downsizing or goes out of business.

Employees can be fired for a variety of reasons and are usually related to work performance or negative behavior.

Whatever happened, do this to help explain your situation.

Layoff: State the Facts 

There are certain things you must say in an interview, and then there are certain things that you most definitely should not say in an interview. Bad-mouthing your former employer is one of those things not to say! Even if your boss was a horrible person, or even if the company laid off a bunch of employees for what you suspect is no good reason, you have to remain professional.

If you were laid off, all you need to do is briefly state why you were laid off.

Addressing Being Fired

The way you explain what happened will make the difference. Your answer must be a believable and true statement, short, positive, and not critical of the company. To help you explain the firing, first answer these questions:

1. What did your former company tell you when you were terminated?

2. What do you believe was the reason for your termination?

Using the information above, write out a short answer.  Then, read the answer out loud in front of a mirror or video yourself and watch how and what you said. Is it smooth?  Is it honest?  Does it have any negative or critical comments about your past company?  If so, revise it!

Once you have completed this step, and feel good about your answer,  you will probably feel relief and begin to be comfortable with moving on in your job search.

Give Your Lay Off or Firing Situation a Positive Spin

Once you’ve covered the brief details of why you’re unemployed, do a quick flip. Focus on what you’ve been doing since you’ve been laid off or fired and how your positive attitude has gotten you over this obstacle. Rehearse a little speech on how you’re ready to tackle a new challenge and you’re looking forward to the future.

The rest of your interview should be business as usual. Remain positive and confident. Your potential employer won’t even remember that dreaded question if the rest of your interview outshines it. So be prepared. Be practiced. And that’s all there is to it.

Reach Out for Your Next Job Opportunity

You do not have to figure it all out on your own. Work with our award-winning job placement experts – free of charge! – to get you back to work. Contact any ABR office to get started.

Manufacturing Jobs with Tramontina

March 26th, 2019

Tramontina Manufacturing Jobs

Looking for manufacturing work in the Manitowoc, WI area?  Looking to join a work-place offering advancement and promotion from within? Tramontina’s your place!

Now hiring for:

The positions are ‘try-before-hire’ which mean 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. 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
Easily Apply for Work at Tramontina Now:

When A Valued Employee Joins Your Competition

March 11th, 2019

As with most things in life, you should hope for the best but plan for the worst in the event that a valued employee leaves to join a competitor. Keep these tips in mind following such a move by a key employee.

Stay On Good Terms With The Former Employee Whenever Possible

Once your employee announces that he or she is making the jump to a competitor, ending the relationship on amicable terms can benefit you down the road. It may very well turn out that the employee’s experience and knowledge of past or ongoing projects become critical to the resolution of a future problem or dispute. For that reason, among many others, it is better to remain civil despite the negative feelings that frequently percolate in these kinds of situations.

Take Action When Things Get Ugly

Of course, though you may try, it is not always possible to maintain an amicable relationship with a former employee. Most of the time, you will simply move on with business as usual. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon that a former employee attempts to pack up and take your business to the new company. This frequently takes the form of a soon-to-be former employee copying documents and computer files containing the likes of confidential client information or records concerning former and ongoing projects. If this occurs to you, it is time for action.

The law provides you with several methods of redress to prevent other businesses from obtaining an unfair competitive advantage where a former employee has taken proprietary information. Here are some of the most common lines of defense.

A Well Drafted Employment Agreement

An artfully crafted employment agreement with a covenant not to compete can provide the basis for a breach of contract claim against the former employee. Many employment agreements also prohibit solicitation of clients or taking confidential information. An effective employment agreement is a great tool to prevent a former employee from unfairly poaching your business.

The Duty of Loyalty

When it comes to high-ranking employees, always remember that the soon-to-be ex-employee has a continuing duty of loyalty while working for your company. Almost certainly, the former employee will have breached that duty if he or she surreptitiously copied confidential records and computer files during employment.

Trade Secret Laws

It is also illegal to misappropriate trade secrets. This can vary from state to state.

Copyright Laws

Copyright laws may further help to protect your business interests. Copyright tends to be particularly important for businesses involved in artistic endeavors, architecture, and software development among many other fields that produce original works of authorship. Usually, the underlying copyright in any work generated for your company by the employee within the scope of his employment will belong to the company. Such laws can, for example, help stop a former employee from taking copyrighted project plans and using them to replace you on a client’s project or passing off the material in a portfolio as their own. Because registration of the work with the U.S. Copyright Office (www.copyright.gov) is required to file a lawsuit for infringement, see 17 U.S.C. 411(a), and because registration also provides the opportunity for statutory damages and attorneys’ fees, we recommend registering the copyright in your valuable works and include a copyright notice on each of the works involved (e.g., for works first published in 2019, acceptable copyright notice would read “©2019″).

Computer Fraud & Abuse Act

Finally, the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), 18 U.S.C.A. 1030, is a vital law that protects you from theft and destruction of information stored on your company’s computer system. In the event your company sustains damage or loss due to a CFAA violation, you may be able to maintain a lawsuit to prohibit the former employee from using the illegally obtained computer files. Damages may also be available under the CFAA. As a measure of cautious practice, you should have your information technology staff check all computer systems after the employee departs.

Through the use of the foregoing business and legal tools, you should be able to protect your business interests in the event those interests are threatened by illicit means. Your attorney will usually start by writing your former employee and/or the new company a “cease-and-desist letter.” However, depending on the urgency of the matter, events may require an immediate lawsuit to enjoin the former employee and/or their new employer from acting in a way detrimental to your interests.

Remember the Flip Side When You Are Hiring

Similar concerns exist when you are on the hunt for new talent. Regarding the recruitment process, you should always:

  • Remember that the employee owes a continuing duty of loyalty to his or her current employer for the entire duration of employment.
  • Inquire whether the prospective employee may be subject to any post-employment restrictions contained in an employment agreement.
  • Take the time to understand whose rights may be implicated by any potentially proprietary information gleaned from the new employee, and refrain from acting upon questionable information.

In short, while a valuable new employee can certainly lead to new business opportunities for your company, you should always act carefully to avoid potential exposure to the types of litigation discussed above.

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Editorial Note: This article originally appeared in ABR Employment Services e-newsletter, HR Insights. It  was originally written by Michael Faley, a partner at SmithAmundsen LLC in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. 

March 2019 Career Webinars on ABR JobConnect

February 25th, 2019

Our goal is to help you achieve career success. We conduct weekly free career webinars on hot topics for job seekers. 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 March, 2019 lineup includes:

 

Questions That Eliminate Most Job Seekers From Consideration


Date: 02/28/2019
Time: 03:00 PM EST (12:00 pm PST, 1:00 pm MST, am 2:00 pm CST)

Description: 
Have you noticed that many companies are now conducting phone screens, rather than bringing you in for an interview? This is usually the second step in the hiring process. The first step was the automated process that either screens in or screens out resumes that are submitted. There are questions that eliminate most candidates from being considered, and that is what we’re going to address during this session.

  • What are the questions that trip up most job seekers?
  • How can you answer questions to be advanced to another interview?
  • What questions should you ask to impress the person conducting the phone interview?

 

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


Date: Thursday, March 7th
Time: 3:00 pm EST (12:00 pm PST, 1:00 pm MST, am 2:00 pm CST)

Description: 
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!

 

You’re All Qualified – How Being Positive Can Get You The Job!


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

Description:
If you are one of the top three or four candidates being considered for a job, you are probably no less or more qualified for the job than the other’s being considered. Employers are too busy to waste their time interviewing unqualified candidates.  During this session, we’re going to discuss what gets someone hired including:

• Being more likeable
• Fitting in better with the company culture
• Impressing the interviewer with specific accomplishments
• Focusing on what is most important to the decision makers

 

Tailor Your Application to the Company Culture


Date: Thursday, March 21st
Time: 11:00 am EST (8:00 am PST, 9:00 am MST, 10:00 am CST)

Description: 

If you’re interested in a job at a specific company, learn why you should make every effort to understand more than the product line or business focus. It’s also not enough to merely read information on their website. During this session, we will address why it’s important to also learn about the following:

• Management Style
• Dress code
• Company Culture
• Core Values

 

Employee Quit Conundrum: Handling A Resignation Rescind

February 11th, 2019

When An Employee Changes His Mind About Leaving

Employers might welcome notice of resignation from a troublesome employee as a simple solution to a problem. But what are the ramifications when the employee tries to rescind his resignation?

In most cases, the better choice will be to reject the rescission and hold the employee to his resignation. Ensuing litigation may have to be settled or defended, but the potential harm to morale and productivity from an unhappy and resentful employee will be avoided. Best practice – if an employee will be trouble whether he is inside or outside, put him outside.

Be Aware of ‘Constructive Discharge’ Claim

Moreover, courts in wrongful discharge cases have supported employers who reject rescission of a notice of resignation. An employee who quits can attempt to bring a wrongful termination claim against the employer on a theory called “constructive discharge.” Constructive discharge occurs when the employer intentionally creates a working atmosphere which is so intolerable that a reasonable person would be forced to resign. However, courts have held that an employee who seeks to rescind a notice of resignation and remain in the workplace has in effect admitted that the workplace was not intolerable, which defeats the claim of constructive discharge.

Also, in order for a former employee to make a claim of employment discrimination, he must show that he has suffered an adverse employment action. Ordinarily, termination is a classic adverse employment action. However, courts have held that the refusal to permit an employee to rescind a resignation is not considered an adverse employment action. There is no grace period allowed by law in which an employee is free to reconsider a notice of resignation; it is not an adverse employment action for the employer to take the resigning employee at his word.

Tricky Unemployment Compensation Principles

On the other hand (in employment law, there is usually an “other hand”), different principles apply to claims for unemployment compensation. A person who voluntarily quits his job is usually not eligible for unemployment compensation benefits. Nevertheless, there can be variations from state to state. For example, in CT, according to state regulation [31-236-18], a person who gives notice of resignation and then attempts to rescind it before the expiration of the notice period is not considered to have quit voluntarily and is therefore eligible to collect unemployment benefits, unless the employer has made a commitment to a replacement in the meantime.

The regulation also provides that a person who gives notice of resignation but who is discharged before the end of the notice period will be eligible for benefits unless his employer pays him the full amount that would have been earned during the period of notice.

Acknowledging that every situation will be different, often the best response to a notice of resignation delivered by a problematic employee is to make the resignation effective immediately, pay out the notice period, and wish him luck in his future endeavors. But even when an employee who is still working during the notice period tries to rescind the resignation, the better response is usually to reject the rescission and carry out the separation. There may not even be much exposure to an unemployment compensation claim since employees usually have another job lined up before they resign. And it is almost always better to allow a trouble-maker to remove himself from the premises than to fire him later on and have to deal with a wrongful termination claim.

Reduce Hiring Risk 

If you are having trouble finding your perfect candidate, take some time to reconsider how—and where—you’re searching for and evaluating them. They may already be in our database! We can help you reframe your search criteria and focus your efforts in new directions so you have more success in finding what you need. Get in touch with us now.

Editorial Note: This article originally appeared in ABR Employment Services e-newsletter, HR Insights. It  was originally written by Michael N. LaVelle, an attorney with Pullman & Comley LLC.

ABR Wins ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Awards In 4 Categories

February 7th, 2019

ABR Wins Best of Staffing® Client & Talent Awards, Best of Staffing® Client & Talent Diamond Awards

 

Nine-Time Best of Staffing® Award Winner in ClearlyRated’s 10 Year Award History.

ABR Employment Services (ABR), a leading staffing and recruiting agency in professional office support, professional search and executive placement announced they have earned the ClearlyRated (formerly known as Inavero) Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards and Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Diamond Awards for delivering superior service quality to the clients and job seekers they serve.

Best Wisconsin Staffing Agency

This is the ninth consecutive year that ABR has won the award since award inception by ClearlyRated in 2009. Less than two percent of staffing agencies in North America received the 2019 Best of Staffing® Awards. ABR is the only Wisconsin staffing agency with multiple branch locations to repeatedly receive the ClearlyRated Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards and Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Diamond Awards for providing exceptional service to the clients and the talent they serve.

ABR’s client and talent satisfaction ratings are significantly higher than the staffing industry average. The client satisfaction industry average is 11% and talent satisfaction industry average 24%. ABR received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 71% of their clients and 53% of their talent. View the ratings for ABR’s 11 locations.

“Our company works hard to make service and employee satisfaction a priority.” ABR CEO, Jim McNett said. “The ABR Team is very pleased to have received both 2019 Best of Staffing® Awards. It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts. I am very thankful to our clients and talent for taking the time to rate our services and for providing candid feedback. I am also very appreciative of our staff; they do a fantastic job serving our clients and talent every day.”

About ABR Employment Services

ABR Employment Services provides staffing and recruiting workforce solutions through three operating divisions: ABR Employment Services, ABR Professional Search and Kinsa Group. The company is headquartered in Madison, WI and was founded in 1987.

About Clearly Rated

ClearlyRated administers more staffing agency client and talent satisfaction surveys than any other firm in the world, reporting on more than 1.2 million satisfaction surveys from staffing agency clients and job seekers each year. Committed to delivering ongoing value to the industry, ClearlyRated is proud to serve as the American Staffing Association’s exclusive service quality partner.

About Best of Staffing

ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing® Award is the only award in the U.S. and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service quality based entirely on ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Award winners are showcased by city and area of expertise on ClearlyRated.com – an online business directory that helps buyers of professional services find service leaders and vet prospective firms – based exclusively on validated client and talent ratings and testimonials.

Employee of the Quarter

January 15th, 2019

Stephanie Bailey, Employee of the Quarter!

October to December, 2018

We’re pleased to recognize Stephanie Bailey as our Employee of the Quarter.

Stephanie works for ABR through our ABR Appleton location. She was hired in October, 2018 and works as an Intake Specialist at an organization that helps households with critical energy needs. To be successful in this role, you need to have good communication skills and patience. As an Intake Specialist, Stephanie asks clients a series of questions for the purpose of gathering information, and then uses this information to determine next steps for that client.

Personal Commitment to Excellence

“Stephanie was selected as the Appleton Employee of the Quarter because she meets ABR’s Expectations of Excellence, has incredible attendance and has not called in sick since she started her job,” said Staffing Coordinator Jennifer Philipone. The company Expectations of Excellence entail demonstrating behavioral characteristics of being trustworthy, respectful, responsible, reliable and professional.

“We also have received great feedback from our client on her performance,” Jennifer added.

Paycheck Bonus

In addition to receiving a recognition certificate, Stephanie received a cash bonus in her paycheck.

Stephanie’s actions clearly demonstrate that you can’t ride an elevator to success — you can only take steps, one at a time.

Congratulations, Stephanie! We’re proud of your success and happy that you chose ABR Employment Services as your employer.

 

 

Technology And The Future of Recruiting

January 14th, 2019

ABR HR Insights Magazine

Feature Article: Technology & The Future of Recruiting

Every issue of our HR Insights Magazine contains advice and guidance from industry thought leaders that can give your company a leg up in managing all aspects of the employment lifecycle within your company. In this issue we examine:

  • Technology and the future of recruiting (feature story)
  • Recruitment principles for every hiring situation
  • Balancing fund and productivity in the workplace
  • Benefits of microlearning

Great Ideas & Partnerships Begin With A Conversation

Sure, companies that stick with conventional recruitment and retention strategies can still build connections with candidates and employees. But as new technologies and practices continue to alter the hiring landscape, organizations that don’t change with the times may find themselves falling farther and farther behind. Want to explore new possibilities for your company? Let us know how we can help!

Free Webinar: How To Research Pay Before You Apply

January 10th, 2019

Free Career Webinar With Live Q&A

Learn from top employment experts to help you navigate your career! These sessions address topics most important to your search and allow time for you to ask questions.

Research Salary Before You Apply


Date: Tuesday, January 15th 
Time: 
10:00 am CST (8:00 am PST, 9:00 am MST, 11:00 am EST)

Description: Salary may not be the only thing you consider when looking for a new job, but it is always a consideration. You don’t want to waste your time or the company’s time, if the salary is not what you need to earn. During this session we will address how to do the following:
• Research salary levels
• Determine the compensation package you will accept
• Understand the impact of location on the spending power of a salary offered

Your Employment Connection To The Future

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