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.

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.

Five Things You Can Do to Take Charge of Your Job Search

April 18th, 2011

Like most things in life, you’ll get out of your job search what you put into it.  Those who work harder, have a positive attitude, persevere and go the extra mile are more likely to get what they want – period.

If you have the commitment to work hard, but need direction for your efforts, here are five things you can do to take charge of your job search today:

1.  Clarify your self-knowledge and your goals. Do you know exactly what you have to offer an employer?  Do you know exactly what you are looking for in a career?  Take the time to write down your specific skills, strengths, accomplishments and career goals.  If you know what you want, and what you bring to the table, it’s infinitely easier to focus your efforts, identify potential employers and find the job you want.

2.  Establish your network. Identify individuals in companies, industry organizations and professional associations who can provide insight into their employment needs.  When possible, schedule informational interviews to learn more about potential careers, as well as skills you may need to acquire to make yourself more employable.  Identify faculty, friends, business associates and relatives who can assist you with your job search.  Tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a job and ask them to refer you to potential employers.

3.  Get more organized. Place all of your job search materials, including: research on potential employers; listings of job postings to which you’ve responded; resume versions and cover letters; staffing services with whom you’ve registered; network lists, etc.  Use this binder to track your progress, plan follow-up, develop daily to-do lists or record other important information.

4.  Find a mentor. If you don’t have a trusted advisor who can help guide your job search efforts, you should get one.  To select a mentor, choose someone you know who:  has earned your respect; is successful in his or her career; will provide honest and effective feedback; will take an interest in your professional development; will support you in your career progression.  Meet with this person regularly to solicit advice, share your ups and downs, and get the feedback and support you need to keep going.

5.  Register with ABR Employment Services. As a leading Wisconsin staffing and placement service, we connect thousands of individuals with rewarding employment each year.  Launched in March 2011, our new ABR JobConnect™ is a career resource to help guide and support you in your job search.  It empowers you to:

  • Access over 1,000 Job Boards on one site
  • Prepare a resume or receive a resume critique
  • Utilize the career advisor
  • Participate in weekly webinars covering job seeker “hot topics” and receive job search advice
  • Take advantage of job assessment tools
  • Receive information on continuing education opportunities

Best of all, it’s FREE!  Register today for access to additional career information on this topic.

Mistakes at Work: How to Handle Things the Right Way

September 20th, 2010

Everybody makes mitsakes (oops, that should read “mistakes”).

But while a blog typo may be easily forgiven, other mistakes on the job can have serious consequences – for you, your boss, or even the company as a whole.  And frankly, the way you handle your slip-up can be just as critical as the mistake itself.

So what should you do when you make an error at work?

  • Assess the situation.  As soon as you realize your misstep, take a minute to consider the ramifications, as well as whether or not you can correct the mistake yourself.  If you can solve it, do so immediately; but if not, take a moment to brainstorm possible solutions.  This way, when you approach your boss you’ll appear proactive and responsible.
  • Own up to it.  Never try to cover up your mistake.  If a boss finds out later that you hid a problem, it can permanently damage your credibility.  So take the initiative and bring the situation to your supervisor’s attention.  When you’re honest from the outset, your boss won’t feel the need to underscore the situation’s importance to you.
  • Take responsibility.  Don’t make excuses, act defensively or place blame elsewhere.  Negative reactions like these will cause equally negative reactions from your boss.  Instead, use your mistake as an opportunity to step up to the plate and demonstrate your responsibility and problem-solving abilities.  If someone else is involved in the mistake, encourage him or her to follow your lead and do the right thing.
  • Explain what happened and what you plan to do about it.  Once you’ve acknowledged your misstep and apologized, you must present a plan for correcting it.  You can say something like, “I’ve made a mistake and I apologize for the error.  I’ve come up with some possible solutions and would like your feedback on how to best resolve the situation.”  It’s fine to ask for help developing and implementing your solution – the key here is to not simply ask for your boss to bail you out.
  • Demonstrate that you’ve learned from your mistake.  When a mistake occurs on the job, it’s not enough to just solve it and move on.  Once you’ve resolved the problem, you need to determine what caused it in the first place – and discuss your plan to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.  Explaining to your boss what you’ve learned from your mistake demonstrates that you’re conscientious and have the organization’s best interest in mind.

You’re human.  You’ll make mistakes from time-to-time (we all do).  And if you handle a mistake at work correctly, you can turn a difficult situation into a learning experience – an experience that actually provides an opportunity to demonstrate your honesty, integrity and problem-solving ability.

Handle Your Job Search the Right Way

Don’t make the mistake of going it alone in your job search.  Contact ABR Employment Services today.  Whether you need a flexible opportunity, or are searching for full-time employment, we have rewarding clerical, light industrial, technical and professional opportunities with leading Wisconsin employers.  Finding a job through us is fast, easy…and free.