Category Archives: Finding a job for the holidays

December Webinars Announced!

Looking to end the year with a plan for your future?  Why wait until January and your New Year’s Resolution?

Several times a month, our company will provide you with timely (and free!) career development webinars to help you make the most of your job search and career development.

You do not need to come to our office to attend these webinars, you simply need to sign up and log in from the comfort of your own home.

Of course, if you do not have access to the internet and are interested in taking one of our webinars, please contact our office and we will do our very best to accommodate you.

To register, log into your Career Resource Circle account and click on the Webinar Tab. If you have any questions, please call our office at (262) 544-4787.

CAREER RESOURCE CIRCLE

The Career Resource Circle is a free career resource tool for our current and future associates.

To access this resource:

Log onto www.nissenstaffing.com, click on “CAREER RESOURCES” and then “CAREER RESOURCE CIRCLE”

or quick link to http://www.careeresourcecircle.nissenstaffing.com/

DECEMBER OFFERINGS

Ignite Your Job Search with Confidence – Re-THINK YOU

Tuesday, December 5th @ 3:00 pm CST

It is time to re-invent your self-image, expand your self-concept, and ignite self-confidence.  No matter what you are doing in life, it’s important to know how to effectively manage yourself on all levels; physically, mentally, and emotionally.  If you feel like job searching is a defeating experience, make it a priority to join us.

In this webinar, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Shift your perspective to cultivate self-confidence
  • Discover how easy you can change your self-image
  • Learn strategies to help you powerfully manage emotions
  • Build and strengthen your attitude – Be a Yes to You!
  • How to access the courage, clarity and power already in you!

 

Make the Holidays Happy: Resume Writing Tips to Beat the Job Seeking Doldrums

Tuesday, December 12th @ 10:00 am CST

In this webinar, job seekers will learn tips to keep their job search fueled through the holiday season and beyond. Targeted to help all job seekers—from entry-level to senior-level—our resume writing expert will offer easy to implement strategies that attendees can use immediately.

 

Nine Things to Do Before an Interview

Tuesday, December 19th @ 12:00 pm CST

There are hundreds of interviewing books and thousands of articles on the Internet. Often the most qualified person does not obtain the job offer. It is often the job seeker who aced the interview. Today we will discuss what you can do before an interview to gain a competitive edge. During this session, we will address the following topics:

  • Nine steps to help you prepare for an interview
  • Why preparation improves your interview abilities
  • Tips to remember during the interview process

 

Holidays are the Best Time to Escalate Your Search

Thursday, December 28th @ 11:00 am CST

Holidays can be very difficult when you are not working. Don’t get caught in the trap of waiting until after the first of the year to continue your Job Search. Understand the benefits of escalating your Job Search during the Holidays. During this session, we will discuss the following:

  • Hiring budgets that must be spent before the end of the year
  • Why many terminations occur during the last quarter of the year
  • How there is “less competition” right now!

Surviving (and Thriving) During a Job Change

Change.

This one little word can cause excitement in some and panic in others.  While the expression is “Change is Good,” it can also be a bit scary, especially when it involves an involuntary change in your employment status.

Here is where we can help.  As your local employment expert in Southeastern Wisconsin, our team of dedicated staff can provide you with support as you navigate the unknown waters that is a job search. Earlier this year, we provided you with some helpful tips on the World of Work Basics and this month we will share the benefits of working with a staffing firm like Nissen Staffing Continuum.

Benefit #1 – Working Knowledge of Your Specific Job Market

Remember, career consultants at Nissen Staffing Continuum are talking to employers every day.  They know which skill sets are in demand, they know what companies are paying and they know who is proactively looking for employees, even though they may not be advertising it.  Take advantage of this information and look to our team of employment experts to be your eyes and ears in the job market.

Benefit #2 – Honest, Straight-Forward Advice

Of course your mom loves your resume and thinks you are grossly underpaid.  But do employers think the same? We’ll evaluate your skills, your experience and your salary expectations and give you an honest answer about whether or not your expectations will likely be met.  We’ll coach you through the job search process and help you identify which skills are most marketable and suggest skills you may want to develop.  While our advice is not always exactly what you want to hear, it is always helpful and well intended.

Benefit #3 – It’s FREE.  That’s right, we said free.

Our clients pay our fees.  Our associates never pay a dime for our services and this is most helpful if you need advice about your resume, or coaching on an upcoming interview or the “inside scoop” about an employer, an interviewer or a benefit package. Take advantage of us. That is why we are here.

Benefit #4 – In many cases, you can “try before you buy.”

If you’re open to a temp-to-hire job, you have a wonderful opportunity to work in a business before actually committing to the position.  Want to know more about the company culture?  Not sure if you want to work in a small business?  Have you always been interested in jobs in manufacturing but are not sure where to start?  No problem.  Actually DOING something is always more insightful than hearing about doing something.  So give it a try and see what you think, and THEN make a longer term decision.  Not your thing?  No problem.  We also offer direct hire placement.

Benefit #5 – We can help you fill in the gaps. 

Not sure what you want to be “when you grow up?”  Are you feeling stressed and not sure which direction you want to go?  Want to change industries but are not sure how? Consider temporary work.  You might find an environment you’d love to call home and you are now connected and have your foot in the door.

Get expert advice on the current job market, honest advice and get your foot in the door, all at no cost to you. Allow our team of experts to help you during this transition.  You’ll be glad you did.  After all, like we always say, it’s not who you know alone, it’s who we know together.

An award-winning job placement expert in Southeastern Wisconsin, Nissen Staffing Continuum can assist you in your job search in southeastern Wisconsin. As your strategic partner and career coach, we’ll help you take your job search to the next level.  For more information about how you can find a new career, contact us today and allow us to help you focus on success!

 

 

‘Tis the Season to be Working

According to the National Retailer Federation (NRF), an average consumer will spend more than $800 on gifts and holiday merchandise this season.  The NRF also estimates that retailers will hire between 700,000 and 750,000 new holiday positions to cover the busy shopping season.  But the retail industry is not the only industry that sees an increase in activity this time of year. Product needs to be produced, items need to be shipped and delivered, restaurants and grocery stores see an increase in sales and the demand for personal services (hair salons, spas, etc.) also increases.

This increased activity means that you have an opportunity to make a little extra money this holiday season, and perhaps try something new. Here are five reasons to pursue a holiday position this year:

  • Earn more than you’ll spend! Wouldn’t it be great to not incur debt this holiday season?
  • Discounts! Many retailers offer product discounts to their employees.
  • Learn something new! Many companies are willing to train seasonal help and it’s a great opportunity to learn something new.
  • Get your foot in the door! Have you always wanted to work for a specific company? See if they are hiring seasonal help and apply.  Companies often offer longer term positions to people that do a great job during their seasonal roles.
  • Enjoy the flexibility! If you’re looking for some extra money and want a short-term, flexible job, seasonal positions often fit the bill.

Nissen Staffing Continuum can help you find seasonal work or a short term, flexible temporary job. An awarding-winning job placement expert in Southeastern Wisconsin, Nissen Staffing Continuum, can assist you in your job search in southeastern Wisconsin. As your strategic partner, we’ll help you take your job search to the next level.  For more information about how you can find a new career, contact us today and allow us to help you focus on success!

Finding (and Keeping) A Job in Today’s Market

Recently, our team of experts was invited to speak at a conference targeted at people looking to enter, or return to, the workforce.  The goal of the program was to provide essential job search skills and advice on how to keep a job in today’s employment market.

Here are some highlights from our program:

On Job Availability:

  • There are many available jobs in today’s job market, as unemployment is extremely low and the market is looking for capable workers, provided they have skill sets that complement emerging job trends.
    • Health Care jobs, IT jobs, Construction jobs, Business Management and Financial jobs, Installation, Maintenance and Repair Jobs are some of the jobs with the largest needs and the most availability.
    • These jobs all have a median salary higher than the median salary in our region.
  • Our low unemployment means one thing to qualified job seekers: GREAT OPPORTUNITY.
  • If you don’t have experience in one of these growing jobs, look for transferable skills (skills that you already have but can use elsewhere) that you can apply in a new role.
  • Look for non-traditional employment!  As employers seek to diversify their workforces, ignore gender stereotypes about certain jobs and pursue any job you find interesting!  Many employers have developed special programs to introduce interested job seekers to roles that have traditionally been filled by typically one gender or the other.

 

On “The Search”- Considerations When Looking For A Job:

  • Manage every contact like it’s a live interview. Your interview started with the first contact and will continue until you get an offer, or they move on to someone else.
    • Check your voice mail! Make sure your outgoing message is professional and says “Hire Me!”  If it doesn’t, change it!
    • Check your e-mail. Make sure your email address sounds professional and all things related to email (your auto-signature, your grammar, etc) is professional.
    • Check your social media. What does it say about you?  Remember, if you put it on the internet, you should not expect any privacy.
    • Answer the phone with a pleasant, professional voice. If you are in a situation where you can’t talk, or things around you are chaotic, then let it go to voice mail and handle the call when you can do so in a quiet, professional manner.
  • Use your Network
    • Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work.
    • If you are involved with organizations that can help you, take FULL ADVANTAGE of their services, many of which are free.
    • Consider informational interviewing and find a mentor.
    • Consider working through a staffing company. You can build your resume, gain work experience, try something new and learn more about what you like and don’t like.
  • Follow up and be persistent. Don’t be afraid to call, but do so on a reasonable schedule, like once a week, not several times a day!
  • Have an updated and accurate resume.
  • Don’t give up and when feeling frustrated, DO SOMETHING.
  • Know your bottom line. We all have a budget, we all have a “bottom line”—know what yours is!  If you don’t know this, figure it out.  It’s important.
  • Know what the market is currently paying for your skill set. And if you’re not happy with that, go find a new skill set and learn some new things.  That’s the great thing about resources—you can use them!
  • Interview for as many jobs as you are invited to. Interviewing takes practice. Get good at it!
  • SAY THANK YOU. Thank you notes, letters, even e-mails, will set you apart.
  • If you are working, always give notice.

On KEEPING the Job You Found:

  • Be On Time. On time means on time.  Every Day.  Without Fail. It shows you are dependable and that you care about other peoples’ time as well.
  • Work Ethic.  Work Ethic means doing what you say you’re going to do, without fail, with honesty and good judgment. Always try your best and seek out improvement.
  • Body Language. You “hold” yourself with confidence and look approachable and pleasant.
  • Be Positive! Your bring effort and a can-do, positive attitude every day. A good attitude is half the battle.  Look at your job, your wins, your losses, your celebrations and your frustrations with a positive attitude and your life just gets easier.
  • Learn to love what you do.  And if you don’t love what you do, learn what you can from it so you can work toward loving what you do.
  • Be Coachable. Be coachable and learn to take feedback.  Learn to ask for feedback and most importantly, apply it.  It will only make you a better human being.
  • Do Extra. Go out of your way to be exceptional. Ask what else you can do to help and show a willingness to go the extra mile.
  • Be Prepared. Always be ready for your day, your week, your month.  Have a back-up plan.  Be ready for whatever the task at hand is.

All of these tips can help you to have a more successful job search and working experience.  In this market, many employers are willing to TEACH a candidate the specific job skills, but they expect a candidate to come to the table with excellent “soft skills.”  Apply our advice and be ready to succeed!

An award-winning job placement expert in Southeastern Wisconsin, Nissen Staffing Continuum can assist you in your job search in southeastern Wisconsin. As your strategic partner, we’ll help you take your job search to the next level.  For more information about how you can find a new career, contact us today and allow us to help you focus on success!

The Advantages of Seasonal Work—Beyond the Extra Cash

smiling workerHoliday trees in local department stores signal more than just holiday shopping; store decorations also mean retail, manufacturing and service employers are looking for seasonal employees to assist with increased holiday business. Could seasonal employment be right for you?

Before you dismiss the idea based on the traditional vision of an overworked seasonal retail employee, replace that picture with a few new ideas. Major employers often hire seasonal employees through local staffing agencies, so skip the want ads. Today’s seasonal workers fill manufacturing and administrative roles as well, and do so for reasons beyond more cash in their pocket. Yes, the extra money is a huge bonus when buying gifts, but workers enjoy other benefits as well:

  • Flexible part-time or full-time work. As a seasonal employee, you “fill in the blanks” for your employer, ideal for anyone juggling a busy schedule filled with jobs, personal commitments and school. Seasonal work is available on all shifts at companies throughout southeastern Wisconsin.
  • Learning new skills. Temporary employment is an opportunity to build hard and soft skills for your resume. If you are a reliable, hard-working employee who catches the attention of a manager, you’ve also gained another reference who can recommend you for future positions or promotions.
  • Temporary work. A job as a seasonal worker is ideal for anyone who has a new upcoming opportunity and needs to fill in an employment gap: a student not starting school until the summer term; a worker laid off for the winter; a professional looking for a transitional position to full-time employment.
  • Trying new jobs. Seasonal employment is your chance to try new jobs for a short period of time without the long-term commitment.

Did we mention you can earn extra cash to tackle those holiday bills? If you are looking for a seasonal position, contact Nissen Staffing Continuum. Our Career Consultants can give you an idea of open seasonal positions that you can apply for, as well as the hours, timeline for employment and nature of work. The next step is to fill out an application, perfect your interview skills and enjoy the advantages of seasonal work.