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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!

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!

Do You Need A Job? Are You A “Super” Job Seeker?

This year’s “big game” has come and gone.  While the actual game is over, the discussion about the infamous commercials continues.  What made a commercial memorable? Did it make you think?  Was it a funny commercial?  Did it make you more interested in the product?  In a recent CNN interview, CBS President Les Moonves said that a 30-second spot during this year’s broadcast would cost $5 million dollars.  Wow!

Luckily, you do not need to spend $5 million dollars to become a super job seeker.  However, you can take some of the lessons learned from the CBS advertisers and apply them to your local job search.  Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Make yourself memorable. Be the job candidate that includes real accomplishments on your resume instead of just your job duties.  Follow up after the job interview with a phone call and not just an email.  Take the time to email or hand write a thank you note to the person(s) that did the job interview, highlighting how your skills can make an impact in your new job and in the organization.  As simple as it sounds, many job seekers do not take this last step and doing so can make a huge impression.
  • Customize your resume and/or cover letter for the specific job.  Just like the big game marketing, your resume is a mini-commercial that highlights you.  Be sure you are talking to your target customer:  the company to which you are submitting your resume.
  • Know YOUR brand. Be prepared to talk about your background and your accomplishments during your interview.  Be specific about all you would be able to contribute to the organization and do not be afraid to sell your talents.
  • Know THEIR brand. Do your research on the company that is offering the job and know about their business.  Know who their competitors are.  Know who their customers are.  A quick online search can tell you more about their short and long term plans, their management structure and their company culture.  Searching on websites like LinkedIn, Google, Glassdoor, and even Yelp can give you valuable insight before you even walk in the door.
  • Have a little fun. Hiring managers look for technical skills and job experience.  However, they also look for personality and cultural fit.  Be appropriate, but be yourself.  Do not be afraid to let your personality shine during an interview.  After all, if you get the offer, you want to be able to enjoy the job.  A job candidate that is friendly, personable and appropriate comes off as trustworthy and someone who is enjoyable to be around.

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!

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.