Be Your Own Leader

Be Your Own Leader

Be Your Own Leader

This week, like most weeks we sat down with our fearless leader and as usual she gives us a little life’s tale or truth to think about. Life lessons if you will, that translates into work and beyond. This week I thought it was appropriate to share because she wanted to talk about goals – personal and professional including where we see ourselves a year from now. This time of year, is full of goal angst. Mostly we’re going into the holidays with the hope to change things we don’t like about ourselves. Maybe we want to not gain the holiday weight or perhaps change a bad habit but that’s not what this goal focus should be about. Our leader was asking us to be our own leader by looking at our current situation, then giving voice to what may be holding us back and then purposely breathing life into it as we set our sights on that goal.

Ramona wanted us to think about giving voice to our desires, putting a bull’s-eye on our vision while using the metaphor of a bow and arrow to get us there. Let me explain a bit further; you see as you hold a bow and arrow in your arms, when you’re pulling back and you feel that tension, that is your current circumstances. When you take a deeper look, you might realize that the circumstances are of your own making. You can do something about it, you can in fact be your own leader. Where you aim the bow, that is your target, the bull’s-eye holds your vision of where or who you want to be. When you have that tension of your current circumstance pulled back, you will need to let go and send it on its path. You are giving that vision a voice. It’s what you want, your heart’s desire if you will.

You see, at All Star Labor & Staffing we are big believers in that the past is not going to pre-dictate your future and you must make goals from the right place, not from a dark place, not from shame or doubt. They must come from that light within. What will make you happy? What will make you proud? We were tasked to think about a year from now sitting around the same table what kind of person do we want to be, where do we want our life to be, what do we want to master in our work and our personal life?

So, friends I am tasking you as well. Be the leader in your life. What is your heart desire? What do you want to do or to be, what do you want to master in the next year? Take aim with your bow, pointing directly at your goal. Feel the tension of your current circumstances. What is really holding you back? And then give voice to it! Say it out loud! Give it voice and let it fly!
And then – let us know how it goes. We can’t wait to find out.

The Benefits of Hiring Veterans

This Veterans Day marks a significant milestone for service men and women. Since 9/11, the American people have shown incredible support for our troops, but those returning from service have faced many challenges with workforce reentry, particularly in finding meaningful employment. In our experience we have seen that a veteran may have never had to apply or interview for a civilian job before. Some may be struggling with constant worry or concern that may interfere with their daily tasks. The pace of the work may be too intense, or the lack of a chain of command may cause a veteran more stress. We have found some specific things that employers can do to smooth the way for veterans looking to enter the civilian workforce and to help them succeed once they have been placed.

If you are looking to attract top veteran talent, then you need to analyze your company’s job posting for veteran suitability by removing any requirements that could be exclusionary to them, such as years of industry experience, certifications, etc. At All Star Labor & Staffing we pride ourselves on recognizing ones skills even if they don’t see it in themselves yet. Applying with us is different than directly applying to the company in that we meet with you to recognize the skill set that veterans bring to the workforce and help them translate that into a successful resume resulting in a successful placement for all. Nearly 200,000 servicemembers will return to civilian life this year and helping them transition to the workforce is the least we can do as Americans.

But the truth is that our work has only just begun. Reports show that half of veterans seem to be leaving their first jobs out of the military within a year. What’s more, a new study by the Center for a New American Security sponsored by JPMorgan Chase found that nearly 60% of veterans feel overqualified for the civilian jobs they’re offered. We can do better, we all should take the time as small and large businesses to understand how to invest in resources to help veterans translate their experience into marketable skills. The traits they learn in the military lend themselves to a diverse range of position in the private sector. It’s not easy making the switch from the battleground to the office or labor job, but the skills our veterans bring—honor, diligence, commitment—are highly valued. Hiring veterans is good business because they inherently bring those traits to the job; engaging and retaining their talent is also great for business.

Let us not forget that hiring and investing in our American veterans is also great for our business’s bottom line. If you were not aware of the tax breaks you get for hiring veterans that let me point you in the right direction. On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act) that extends and modifies the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program, WOTC), resulting in an extension of the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Credits. Both of these credits expired on December 31, 2014, but were retroactively reinstated for 2015 and extended through the end of 2019. These credits, in addition to the Differential Wage Payment Credit, offer three ways your company can claim tax credits for employing qualifying veterans. For more information please visit the Work Opportunity Tax Credit page for the United States Department of Labor. Or call American Admin Inc, our PEO business and we can give you a quote on doing all of your payroll and taxes for you.

This Veterans Day, we honor, salute and thank the past and present men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. To best honor their service, we must find ways to support our veterans as they transition back to civilian workforce


It’s An Employee Market, Turn to a Staffing Agency for Help


Primarily, the benefit of working with a staffing agency is saving time and money! First, consider the time. In today’s economic situation, the applicant to position ratio is lower than normal. As the job market begins to recover, applicants have more options to choose from, especially during the holiday season when we tend to get employers looking for 50 temporary employees for the busiest shopping time of the year. When your company places a job opening on the internet you may receive fewer resumes – of those, generally less than 50% of applicants are truly qualified for the position. This leads to increased time requirements to find the appropriate candidates to fill vacant positions.

Here is how we save you money: All Star Labor & Staffing has been placing screened, qualified employees since 2009. We are experts in recruiting and work with each individual client to identify hiring pain points in an effort to solve each staffing issue in a customized and timely way. Most advertisements on the web for employment range from $400.00 to $800.00 with no guarantee for results. However, in utilizing All Star, if we fail to provide you with the results you desire, your company will not be charged a cent. Unless we are able to provide you with your needed employee, we do not get paid!

In addition to saving your company time and money, All Star Labor & Staffing isn’t your average staffing company. Interviewing, screening and recruiting is what we do and our company mission is to staff with honor. That means always respecting our clients by doing our very best at only sending candidates that we believe would be the best fit for your needs. The same goes for our employees, we believe in honoring them by sending them out to jobs completely prepared and confident in that they are a good fit for the position they are filling.

~ All Star Labor & Staffing