Monthly Archives: July 2015

Why Doing a Job Search Alone isn’t the Best Choice

Change in both the economy and the needs in the workplace are occurring so rapidly that searching for a job in today’s job market is a daunting task. How can you be sure if your specialization is in demand? What if you are not sure where you fit? Perhaps you have some knowledge of your competency, but is the market more competitive than usual in the area you are looking, such as Waukesha or Milwaukee? Then there is the ever-present dilemma of how you can stand out from others?

Of course, you first turn to your computer to search for what resources might be available. However, you find an abundance of employment resources on the web and sorting through them can be overwhelming and time consuming. It is difficult to be motivated to do so, much less know how to prioritize.

Where should you start your job search?

Times past would draw you to the classified section of the newspaper, and maybe you still do check the online version of your local paper. Chances are you would find little help there.

Perhaps you scroll through online job boards such as LinkedIn or CareerBuilder. You may even wonder why someone would name a job board Indeed.com.

No doubt, you have heard that searching for a job is a job in itself. It does take an extraordinary amount of time to review available positions and applicant requirements. It takes time to research individual companies via their websites and attempt to learn about their culture.

Suppose you’ve found a few listings for which you want to apply.

Whom do you contact?

You feel like you have networked with so many family, friends, and friends of friends that you are positive you’ve gone beyond the six degrees of separation, and even Kevin Bacon could have your resume by now.

Because of research, you have adjusted and targeted your resume. To differentiate yourself from the slush pile, you create individualized, well-written cover letters. You highlight a desired skill or experience and tweak this statement or that summary in hope to catch the eye of a particular employer.

After the investment of time, energy, and research, how can you be assured your hard work will rise to the top? Is it possible you located the correct name of the hiring manager? You feel hopeful and hit the send button.

Still, nothing happens.

It’s time to work with a team.

Being part of a team immediately gives you a lift because it removes the solitary burden of searching for a job. With a staffing team, you won’t be doing the job search alone.

Here are 7 advantages a staffing team offers:

  1. Specific suggestions on improving or tailoring your resume
  2. Potential computer training or refreshment of skills
  3. The potential of guaranteed work hours
  4. Greater access to and knowledge of a constantly-growing list of prominent companies in the vicinity
  5. Extensive knowledge of regional job market needs and pay ranges
  6. Specially selected job opportunities that fit your personal criteria, goals and lifestyle
  7. Career counseling, advice, and guidance on how to “re-invent” yourself

Seeking a Job? Connect with our staffing team.

Need help with your job search? Our Nissen Staffing Continuum team is ready to work with you. We can help you determine your goals, hone your skills, and translate them into employability. Contact Nissen Staffing Continuum today to get started.

 

 

Resume Tips: Write a Resume Employers Want to Read

writing a resume for the employerYou have seconds—that’s right seconds—to capture the attention of a potential employer. A good first impression is a MUST. You often can’t make that impression in person, so you have to gain your prospective employer’s favor—and the chance for an interview—with a well-written resume. Think of your resume as a teaser; this is a chance to impress the employer and make them want to find out more. We’re not going to lie to you; creating a resume employers want to read isn’t easy, but it’s not that complicated if you follow these resume tips:

  1. Include your contact information. If you want to receive a phone call or email about your job interview, include contact information on your resume. Contact information such as your full name, address (street, city and zip code), phone number and email should be at the top of your resume, easy for employers to see and use. You may also want to include a link to your professional social media sites, like LinkedIn.   Always be sure that if you are including links to your professional social media, that the information is up to date and that there is nothing on your pages that you don’t want an employer to see.
  2. Appearance does matter. Just like you painstakingly choose your outfit for your job interview, use the same care when writing your resume. Pay attention to formatting and create a clear, well-written resume without typos or grammatical errors. Make sure you proof, proof and proof again. Ask friends or family to double-check your resume before you send your resume out.
  3. Be honest. Don’t exaggerate on your resume, or write anything that isn’t 100% honest. Honesty is one of the traits that employers want in a good employee. Your resume is your first impression; a lie or exaggeration on your resume will surely eliminate you from the candidate pool.
  4. Don’t over generalize. Saying ‘worked in an office’ does not explain what you did, what you accomplished, and what experience you can draw on for your new employer. Be specific about what you did and accomplished at your previous employer. For example, ‘created documentation and processed orders for customers’ or ‘answered customer calls and solved common customer problems with a customer satisfaction rating of 9/10’ tells your future employers what you did and accomplished for your previous employer, and what you could do for them. Remember to use resume tip #3 when compiling this list: be honest.
  5. Customize for your potential employer. ‘One size fits all’ does not apply to resumes. If you are applying for an administrative position at a manufacturer, customize your resume to highlight your training and administrative experience that makes you the best possible candidate for the job. For a managerial position in a manufacturing setting, write a list of positions that show your leadership skills and experience at past employers in production, assembly and shipping.
  6. Use it. Network as much as possible. Keep in mind that “networking” is not a desperate plea, or should include any negative comments about your past co-workers, company or boss. Think of networking as a strategic advocacy—on your behalf. Identify the kind of position you want, and who to contact to make that happen. Then, make a list of points that you want to make about your goals and strengths and start networking. Submit your application to a staffing agency with direct hire or temp-to-hire positions (which have their own set of advantages). Attend job fairs and professional networking groups. Reach out to other associates in your industry via social media (such as LinkedIn) and at industry association meetings. This is where the Nissen Staffing Continuum “It’s not who you know, it’s who we know together” comes into play—and gets you, and your perfect resume in front of your next potential employer.

Nissen Staffing Continuum Wins Future 50 Award

Nissen Staffing Continuum has been named a 2015 Future 50 company by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE)

The Future 50 program, now in its 28th year, recognizes privately-owned companies in the seven-county Milwaukee region that have been in business for at least three years and have shown significant revenue and employment growth.

“It is always encouraging to see such a strong group of applicants and winners in this program each year. These companies truly represent the future of our region,” said Mary Steinbrecher, executive director of COSBE.

The Future 50 companies will be honored at an awards luncheon on Thursday, September 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Pfister Hotel. The luncheon will be hosted by the MMAC, COSBE and BizTimes Media. To register to attend, visit www.mmac.org/events.

“We look forward to honoring these fast-growing companies and learning more about the best practices that are driving their growth,” said Dan Meyer, publisher of BizTimes Milwaukee.

“We make exceptional service a priority and we are proud and honored to be recognized for our efforts.  Our company mission statement is to provide human capital solutions to our clients that create and grow value. We do this by working with our clients in a consultative manner, doing our best to understand their business and exceed their expectations. We are committed to this mission and our growth is evidence of this commitment.  We are honored to once again be recognized as a Future 50 Winner,” Nissen Staffing Continuum’s President and CEO Scott Nissen said.

About Nissen Staffing Continuum

Established in 1997, Nissen Staffing Continuum has consistently focused on helping businesses grow their organization’s most precious asset:  their people. They understand that to succeed in a fragile economy, or thrive in a strong one, organizations require a staff that is flexible, innovative, and dependable. Nissen Staffing Continuum offers multiple solutions for all of your staffing challenges; from sourcing temporary help required to meet a tight deadline of a project, to finding capable temp-to-perm personnel, to recruiting a professional with just the right background and qualifications.  Nissen Staffing Continuum also offers personalized, on site partnerships to meet the ever changing needs of businesses that rely on a flexible workforce to meet their customer needs.  This is their second Future 50 Award and earlier this year, Nissen Staffing Continuum also won the Inavero Best of Staffing Client Satisfaction Award, powered by Career Builder.   Visit their website link to learn about their service offerings, contact their office or read direct customer testimonials.