Upcoming Job Seeker Training Webinars

December 10th, 2013

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What are the REAL reasons you don’t hear back?


Date: 12/23/2013

Time: 1:00 PM CST

Topic: How To Solicit Feedback After The Interview

Webinar Focus: It can be very frustrating to feel your resume ends up in some deep dark hole with no feedback. It’s even more frustrating to receive no feedback after you’ve had a telephone or face-to-face interview. During this session we will review the following:

  • How to make your resume stand out
  • How to receive a return call, when you leave a voice mail
  • How to receive a response to email sent
  • What it takes to get feedback after an interview

Register for these free webinars on ABR JobConnect by clicking on the WEBINAR Tab. Then click on the event and reserve your seat by clicking the webinar registration link for each event listed.

Four Goal Setting Tips for Career Growth

April 1st, 2013

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Some companies conduct mandatory annual check-ins or quarterly career goal assessments. Whether you can count on sitting in one these meetings with your manager or not, it has to be said: goal setting is integral for career success. And the same strategies can be applied to your job search. Here’s how you can begin outlining career goals that will help you succeed:

Step 1: Write it down.

Sit down and really think about what you want to accomplish in the next six months, the next year, and the next 5 years. Is it a promotion? A career change? A new life skill? You must be able to communicate your dreams and aspirations before you can achieve them.

Step 2: Break it down.

If you want a promotion, how will you get there? By taking on a new project? By showing off your leadership skills? Write down three small steps you can take now to help you achieve each goal later.

Step 3: Set deadlines.

Force yourself to complete those three small steps within a certain time period. For example, “I want to take on a new project by the end of June.” Be realistic with yourself, but also push yourself a bit. This deadline is motivation.

Step 4: Revisit your goals. Often.

At the end of each week, or each month, revisit that original document. Review the progress you’ve made and analyze what steps you can take to continue moving forward.

Bonus Step: Share your goals with a spouse, friend, or coworker. Sometimes knowing that someone else is watching you is that little kick in the rear you need to succeed.

Do you have tip to offer about what goal setting tactic worked for you? Share it below and connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn for more job seeking tips and advice.

3 Overlooked Job Hunt Resources

January 22nd, 2013

We’ve said it before: jobs aren’t found by blindly applying online – you must take an active role in finding a job. One of the three ways to rev up your job search is to ask for help. But whom can you turn to? Your job search fairy godmother, of course! Oh, you don’t have one of those? Well we’re going to outline who that person may be for you:

The Mentor

A former boss or coworker may be able to give you great advice on the next best step for your career. Even if you aren’t very close with this person, it’s not too late to build a relationship. Ask them out for coffee via a simple email exchange. During the meeting, outline your goals for your job search and get their opinion on the ups and downs of your job hunting journey.

The Stranger

Social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter can help you keep in touch with more than just friends. Perhaps someone in your close network knows someone who works at a company you’d like to work for. Ask to be put in touch with that person. They can help answer questions about the work environment or the interview process itself, and may even be able to put you in touch with an additional person in the company who can help you out.

The Staffing Agency

It’s no secret that ABR Employment Services has acted as a fairy godmother of sorts for thousands of job seekers throughout Wisconsin for over 25 years. We’d like to set you up with an employment opportunity.  If you have strong skills, solid references and a great work ethic, we want to hear from you! Search open job opportunities and apply now. Or, if you are already working for ABR, refer a friend and you could receive $50 if we hire them.

About ABR


ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center. Connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn for job seeking tips and advice. Have an overlooked job search resource to share? Tell us about a job hunt resource you used successfully below.

Three Right-Now Ways to Land a Job

June 25th, 2012

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You’ve applied to every job online. You’ve reached out to everyone in your network. When it comes to finding a new opportunity, you feel like you’ve hit the wall. Fear not, because that wall can be broken down with a little positive thinking and creativity:

Dedicate Yourself to Being the Best

When it comes to job searching, you can’t just go through the motions. Each step of the process has to be your best effort. Make a trip to a job fair worth your time with a little preparation. Details like a firm handshake, eye contact, and a classic suit can put you a step above the rest. Not to mention nailing an “elevator pitch” of why you’re a great candidate. Read more ways to get the gig at a job fair.

Think Outside the Box

You’ve heard enough about networking and searching for jobs online. These days many companies have social media presences. Search for job listings on Twitter, ask a company a job-related question on their Facebook page, and get your name out their socially. Be sure to spell everything correctly and be courteous.

Take Advantage of Every Opportunity

While a temporary assignment may not be what you’re looking for, it’s a great opportunity to earn extra cash, make some connections, and learn a new skill. You never know what or who will point you in the right direction so don’t turn down a chance to branch out into new territory. Read more about how to make the most out of every temporary assignment.

Want more job searching tips? Sign up for our free career resource, ABR JobConnect or find us on Twitter and Pinterest.

About ABR
ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire  job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center.

How to Handle Unusual Interview Questions

August 30th, 2010

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 question that completely stumps you: 

“If you could have dinner with anyone from history, whom would it be and why?”

“Why is a manhole cover round?”

“Which fictional character would you say best describes you?”

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 odd questions intentionally, to see how well job candidates thinks on their feet and respond to stress.

Because unusual interview questions can be about virutally any topic, they’re nearly impossible 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, it merely demonstrates that you think carefully through a situation before responding.
  • Relax.  When it comes to unusual interview questions, 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

Register with ABR Employment Services today.  Our team of staffing professionals will listen to your needs, match you with a perfect direct placement opportunity, and then prepare you to ace the interview.