Category Archives: what employers want

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!

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!

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!

 

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!

What qualities are employers looking for?

welderTrying to determine what employers want from you, the job seeker, can seem like an unending maze with a million dead ends. What do they want from me? How can I show them what a great employee I can be? The irony is that the answers to these questions are not as complicated as we can make them out to be, because all employers are looking for these key qualities of a great employee:

  1. Honesty. If you exaggerated about your responsibilities at your last job on your resume or dishonest in any way on the job application, expect your employer to view that as a red flag. This is one of the top qualities an employer wants in an employee, regardless of the job. All employers want employees who are truthful about the amount of hours they worked, who only pass in expense sheets for job-related expenses, and call in sick only when too sick to work.
  2. Strong work ethic. Employers want an employee who can pitch in and get the job done, without constant direction. Demonstrate your competence and strong work ethic in the job interview by telling the interviewer about past successes, how flexible you can be in other capacities when work needs to be done, about any times you’ve stayed late to help, and how you’ve solved a problem at a past position.
  3. Dependable. Did you meet the deadlines during the application window? Were you on time for your job interview? Prove your dependability before you get the job. Be prompt and respectful of your interviewer’s time. If there are pre-employment tasks that need to be completed, such as a computer test or dropping off a document, show up and follow through—without numerous calls from the human resources department.
  4. Positive attitude. Listen to the interviewer, choose your words carefully and use body language to show you want this job. Don’t be openly critical of a previous employer, which raises alarms for your interviewer. Sit up straight, smile and show that you are willing to work.
  5. Excellent communication skills. No matter what type of position you are applying for, at some point in your employment you are going to need to interact and (respectfully) communicate with your supervisor and fellow employees. Demonstrate your communication skills during the interview. Be respectful and polite, and maintain proper eye contact when talking with the interviewer. If you need to prepare a resume for the position, use proper grammar and spelling. Have another person proof and look for potential mistakes on your resume before you send it in.

Just as it’s not that hard to figure out what employers want in an employee, don’t overly complicate your job search. Compile your job history for job applications or in a resume, and apply or submit a resume through a local staffing agency, which has some advantages over applying directly through an employer. Another option in your job search is applying for temporary employment, which offers the chance to learn new skills, network, show competence and flexibility and earn a wage and possible benefits. Whatever you choose for the next step of your job search, show that you have another aspect of a positive attitude that employers are looking for: a willingness to work. Don’t procrastinate in your job search. Get started today showing employers what a great employee you would be on the job.