Category Archives: On demand employment

Lifelong Learning is the Key To Success

Don’t look now, but your local big box store has exploded with back to school offers and products and tucked them in right between the Halloween costumes and the dwindling summer clearance merchandise. You just noticed that it is getting darker earlier and you occasionally think about grabbing a light sweater before heading out for the evening.

This time of year always makes us think about learning and new beginnings. Do you feel stuck in your job? Do you wake up in the morning and wonder if your career is heading in the right direction? Stop wondering and start DOING. The employment market is great and employers are bending over backwards to attract and retain talent.

Do Some Goal Setting.  September is a great time to think about what you want to accomplish in both the short and long term. Think about what you can accomplish in the next 30, 60 or 90 days and develop a plan.

Commit to Learn Something New.  Our most successful employees are both capable and willing to learn new things. Did you know that Nissen Staffing Continuum offers free webinars several times a month? Check out the events page on our website to learn more! With the unemployment rate at an almost 30-year low, now is a great time to take a risk and try something new. Go back to school, try a different industry, ask your manager to expand or change your areas of responsibility. Seek out leadership opportunities. Open yourself up to what could be and walk away from things that are no longer fulfilling to you.

Ask for Training or Seek It Out.  Love where you work, but sick of what you do? Ask to be cross-trained. Today’s employers are more likely to offer on-the-job training programs to employees they want to retain. If your employer doesn’t offer this, look for one that does. If you position yourself correctly as a life-long learner, ready to learn new skills and show that you’re both dependable and trainable, there are many options in today’s job market.

Find a Mentor.  A great teacher is a plus for any student starting a new school year. Don’t decide that just because you’re an adult that a great teacher can’t make a difference for you. Find a mentor that can help you identify and develop your strengths and work on improving areas of weakness.

Polish Your Resume.  Now is a great time to take a look at your resume, even if you’re not sure you’re ready to make a move. Have you learned any new skills this year that you can add? If not, why not?  Talk to your current employer about growth opportunities.

Ask For Feedback.  Research shows that those who ask for and apply feedback feel more successful and have a higher rate of success. Welcome feedback and make necessary changes.

Start a New Job!  If you are not currently working, or not currently happy in your role, this is a great time of year to try something new. Consider working temporary jobs that allow you the flexibility to work around family schedules and help you find a great fit. Check out some of our current openings or contact us for an appointment!

At Nissen Staffing Continuum, we encourage our employees to never stop learning. 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!

Today’s Job Market is a Win for Job Seekers

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development just released February unemployment numbers and the results aren’t surprising area employers:  The State’s unemployment rate has declined to 3.7%, the lowest since 2000.  Pick up an issue of any business-focused magazine, HR-related journal or Google “how to find and keep employees” and you’ll see article after article about the talent shortage. While finding new talent is part of the challenge, keeping that talent is equally as difficult.  While employee recruitment and retention is a huge challenge for employers, it’s a huge opportunity for job seekers.

Employees are no longer lured to a company just by a decent salary and benefit packages.  This generation of our workforce has different ideas and the current employment market is only adding to their cause.  Companies are offering things like unlimited vacation time, flexible work schedules, paid volunteer time and employee wellness programs. Employers are getting creative, doing things like providing free lunches and breakfasts and offering family friendly policies that employees are encouraged to take advantage of.  Some are even allowing employees to bring their pets to work. Today’s employers have had to get creative.

This work environment has made us pause and take note. Workers in Southeastern Wisconsin, what is important to YOU?  What types of recruitment programs and employment offerings would make you sit up and take notice?  What type of benefits are most important to you and would make you consider leaving your current job?

Sound off!  We want to hear from you!

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!  

 

Source:  https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/newsreleases/2017/unemployment/170323_february_state.pdf

 

Twenty Years of Learning Can Lead to Your Success

Happy New Year! This year is especially important to Nissen Staffing Continuum, as we mark and celebrate 20 years in business.  We’ve come a long way, starting off as a three-person operation and growing and expanding to being one of the largest and most successful staffing companies in Southeastern Wisconsin.  Some may ask, “How did you do that?”  The answer is probably simpler than you think:  We Listen.

We listen to our clients when they tell us what THEY need to make their business successful.  We listen to our associates when they tell us what THEY need to be successful in their careers.  We listen to our staff when they suggest new and better ways to do things.  We listen to both our supporters and critics, because each of them tell us something new from a different perspective.

As your trusted career advisor, all of this listening has given us a lot of insight that can help you. While this list isn’t inclusive of everything we’ve learned, we hope that some of our learnings will help you grow into a successful career.

  • Integrity comes first. Be honest, do the right thing, and never compromise your integrity.
  • Do your very best. Give 100% effort in everything you do. You might not be good at everything, but sincerely trying to do your best is all anyone can ask for. You might learn something new or you might learn what you were meant NOT to do. Sometimes, landing your dream job can take a number of attempts. Don’t give up.
  • Be willing to learn. If there’s one thing that is certain, it’s that nothing is certain. Things change.  Technology changes. Processes change. Don’t run from change, run to it. Embrace the opportunity to learn something new and once you do, learn it well enough to teach others.
  • Mind your manners. Say please. Say thank you. Show the best of intentions, always. Be mindful of others’ time, and this includes being ON time and ON task.
  • Ask good questions. If you don’t know something, ask. However, before you ask, make sure you don’t have another resource that can get you the same answer. Maybe it’s in some training material you were expected to understand. Maybe it’s something that can be found on the company’s website. Ask a question because you can’t find the answer, not because you weren’t willing to look for it and couldn’t retain the information you were already expected to know.
  • Ask for feedback. You can’t fix something if you don’t know it’s broken. Ask for feedback, and more importantly, be open to the feedback that you get and act on it.
  • Find a job you love. Many people spend more time at work than with their own families. Make sure you enjoy your work and your place of employment.  Happy employees make happy customers.

Notice that our list doesn’t include technical skills, the name of a school, or a specific job title?  This is because over our 20 years of experience, placing people into careers in Southeastern Wisconsin, we’ve learned that we can TEACH technical skills and many employers are more than willing to make an investment in job training.  What an employer can’t teach is a good attitude and work ethic.  Employees with great attitudes that work hard, with integrity and dedication are often the employees that are most successful in our workforce.

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!

‘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!

A Millennial’s* Guide to Workplace Success (*Also applicable to every other employee on Earth)

If you are reading this, chances are you are a millennial who is sick of two things:

  • Constantly having to defend your generation
  • Trying to communicate with other generations and consistently failing

Never fear – help is here!  We know you like things quick and succinct, so here you go:  Ten Workplace Tips for the Millennial Generation

  1. Break the Stereotype: Don’t be bothered by people that say your generation is rude or lazy. They are generalizing and this is never a good idea.  Every generation has rude and lazy people.  At the same time, don’t be rude or lazy.  Say please.  Say thank you.  Respect other people.  Do what you say you’re going to do. You know, all the basic things you learned in kindergarten.  Model how you expect to be treated.
  2. Be Careful with Technology: Technology is great, but does not replace the value of an actual conversation or relationship. Be efficient, but be present.  Too many things can be misinterpreted over email, text or other digital communication tools. You can’t build trust over email.  Don’t discuss your job, your boss, your co-workers or company issues on social media unless you are asked to do so or it is positive marketing.  We live in a world where nothing is private.  Be conscientious of that and don’t share something “privately” that you are not ready for the rest of the world to see.
  3. Be Patient: Not everyone grew up like you did. Your own parents did not grow up with Windows-based operating systems, smart phones or the like.  They didn’t use a “cloud,” they saved things on Floppy Disks.  It was a different time and some people take to technology just a bit slower than your generation grew up learning.
  4. Be a Teacher: You might not know your industry like the 25-year employee that sits next to you.  But, you know a thing or two.  Offer to help, but don’t be a know-it-all.  Say things like “I noticed that it’s difficult to get everyone’s schedules coordinated for our department meeting.  Would you like me to help by showing everyone how to share their calendar so we can find the best possible meeting time and help you make this task an easier process?” or “I am really strong in Photoshop.  I’m not sure if you are, but if you every need help, I’ll be happy to help you!”
  5. Be a Learner: NEVER discount the life experience that sits next to you.  Yes, things may have been “different” back in the day: things change, products change, practices change. But this work history, life lessons and unwritten knowledge are invaluable to your future success.  Say things like “Tell me about a lesson you learned the hard way” or “What are you most proud of about your success in your job and this company?”
  6. Ask for Feedback: You can’t fix something you don’t know is broken.  You can’t be proud of something if you don’t know it’s being noticed.  Look for a mentor or mentors, and continually ask for feedback. Choose someone that you know will be honest and be ready to accept the feedback and apply it.  You don’t always have to agree, but you need to be open to feedback.
  7. LISTEN: Have you ever spoken to someone that you know is just waiting for you to finish your sentence so they can speak? Have you every spoken to someone that you know is not listening?  Don’t be that person.  Make an effort, every day, to LISTEN. Sometimes we do our best learning just by paying attention.
  8. Be Dependable: Be on time. Do what you say you are going to do.  Say you are sorry if you miss a deadline and be prepared to share a plan for how you are going to fix it.  Deadlines ARE important.  Start and end times to your day, meetings or appointments are important.  Ignoring time parameters shows disrespect to others’ time.  If you need more time, ask for it and say why.  If you need more resources, ask for them, and say why.  Don’t say you are/were busy.  Everyone is busy.
  9. Ask About the Big Picture: Ask questions about your company’s past, present and future.  Try and understand why things have happened in the past and how they exist today.  Ask your peers and leadership about the company’s future goals and initiatives.
  10. Ask How You Can Help: Regardless of your generation, companies appreciate people that aspire to be helpful contributors.  Ask how you can help the company achieve its goals.  Volunteer to be part of leadership initiatives. Show interest in the future and success of your organization.  Learn where you can make the greatest impact and go for it.

Following these ten tips will help you to become an engaged, successful employee that is not burdened with a generational stereotype.

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!

 

On-Demand Employment is In Demand

detail_21_staffing_solutions_wisconsinWant to be the superhero that swoops in, saves the day and moves on to the next adventure? Are you someone who doesn’t like to do the same thing day after day? Would you be willing to learn new jobs on a regular basis?

Look no further. On-demand employees are in demand right now. With a great can-do attitude, on-demand workers tackle new work on a regular basis at different southeastern Wisconsin employers. Every day, or every week, is a new adventure with a new job. Could you be an on-demand worker? Answer these questions to find out:

  • Are a quick learner and self-starter?Can you dive in and get it done (and get it done well?) On-demand workers often are given very little training and are expected to hit the ground running. The ability to follow directions and dive in is essential to working as an on-demand worker.
  • Are you dependable? Employers need reliable on-demand workers that show up every day on time.
  • Are you willing to try new jobs? Are you comfortable enough performing different tasks every day? Because businesses are always changing, on-demand workers’ jobs change day-to-day, or even throughout the day.
  • Do you have a variety of skills? Sounds like a sports question, doesn’t it? Like your favorite sports players, on-demand workers need to possess a variety of soft and hard skills.

If you said yes to all (or almost all) the questions, you could be an on-demand worker. There’s more good news: learning about how to be an on-demand work is as simple as picking up the phone. Call Nissen Staffing at 262 544-4787, speak with a “Just in Time” Career Consultant and ask your own questions to find out if on-demand employment is the right fit for you. From there, jump in and enjoy the adventure of on-demand work.