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

We want to help you build your career, by providing the opportunity, expertise and support you need. Search our current job openings here:

How To Create A Job Reference Page

January 9th, 2019

What Employers Want In A Job Reference Page

So what’s the big deal about job references? And why does EVERY job you apply to ask for them? Employers aren’t asking to be annoying, promise!

The reason job references are so important is employers want to know about your work habits from past employers. Learning this information from people you’ve worked for in the past helps demonstrate that you’re qualified to do the job and will be a good team member.

 

Making A Job Reference Page

Employers are looking for the following information on a job reference page:

  • your references full name
  • their current job title
  • the company name
  • street address
  • city, state, zip code
  • telephone number
  • email address

It’s also good to include a brief sentence about your relationship to your reference.

Job Reference Page Visual

For example, your job reference page could look like this:

Be sure to let your references know that you are searching for a job! This will allow them time to reflect on your past work and prepare to address reference questions.

Most employers, ABR Employment Services included, need a minimum of two job references in order to consider you for employment. Help employers help you speed the hiring process along by having your references ready to go and up to date!

Free Resume Help On ABR JobConnect

December 12th, 2018

Free Resume Help A Few Clicks Away

Ring…ring.

Hello, ABR Employment Services; how may I help you?

Yeah, you’re an employment agency, right? Well, I need some help creating a resume. Can you help me? 

We get that question — a lot! And yes, of course we can help you! We want to see everyone we interact with to succeed.

ABR JobConnect, Your Free Job Resource

For over eight years, we’ve offered everyone a free job resource tool called ABR JobConnect. Create a free account and you’ll be guided through how to build your resume!

How To Access The Free Resume Help Tool

To use this free resume building tool, login or create an account on ABR JobConnect. Then:

  1. Select the ‘prepare’ tab
  2. Click on ‘the ‘create’ box (box 3)
  3. Then click on the sentence ‘If you do not currently have a resume, click here to use our Resume Builder ‘.

Follow the steps and your resume will be created in no time! 

Here’s what else you get when you register for a free account on ABR JobConnect

 

December Webinar Feature: Interview Preparation Tips

December 3rd, 2018

https://www.abrjobs.com/2018/12/03/interview-preparation-tips/Interview Preparation Tips

Seeking interview preparation tips? Looking to avoid future interview mistakes? You’ve come to the right place! We cover these topics this month during our free webinars. A live Q&A session will be held at the end to address your questions.

Re-THINK! Job Search Mistakes Even Smart People Make


Date: Tuesday, December 4th
Time:  11:00 am CST

Description: Re-THINK and Get Results! We are going to break it down, so you can see the Job Search Mistakes being made and more importantly how to turn these mistakes around, so you can get results.

Come ready to learn! This webinar is designed for smart people who are ready to get back to work. I have helped place thousands of people get hired for jobs they love, and I want to help you, so you too can land your dream job.

Here is a sneak peak of the mistakes we are going to Re-THINK:

  • Disempowered Thinking
  • Online Resume Submittal
  • Ineffective Networking
  • Low Self-Confidence
  • Not Being Clear
  • Lack of Preparation for Interviews
  • Not Fully Communicating Your Value
  • Lack of Commitment to Job Search Activity
  • Fear of Follow Up
  • Not Having Support

This will give you the confidence you need to get your job search into “high gear”. Say GOODBYE to these mistakes and let’s get you back to work!

Interview Preparation Tips: Outwit Your Competition 


Date: Tuesday, December 18th
Time: 11:00 am CST

Description:
 The most qualified person does not necessarily get hired, it’s the person who aces the interview. How can you PREPARE better than your competition, so you end up with a job offer? During this session, you will learn the following:

  • Nine specific steps to prepare for an interview
  • Additional tips to improve the results of your job search process

How to Handle an Uninformed Interviewer


Date: Thursday, December 27th
Time: 1:00 pm CST

Description: Have you ever been frustrated when you realize the person interviewing you doesn’t understand your credentials or the position, they are presenting to you? What can you do to turn this situation around, so you are considered for the job? During this session, we will address the following:

  • How you can be scheduled for a subsequent interview
  • How to turn this type of interview into your favor
  • Why it’s important to understand the priorities of this individual

HR Insights Magazine: Winter Issue

November 19th, 2018

Feature Article: ABR Professional Search

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.

The feature article of this issue spotlights our professional search division. CEO Jim McNett explains how contingent and priority search services were created to in response to client needs for mid-level management positions.

contingent priority search

Great Ideas & Partnerships Begin With A Conversation

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.