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.

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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.