Thank You Tom Wilson!

Today, it’s with mixed emotions that All Star Labor & Staffing says good bye to Tom Wilson, our Bend Staffing Coordinator who has been with us for 5 years. Like many employees we see here, we are so proud and honored to be a part of his journey. Tom is particularly hard to say goodbye to as he has been an exemplary employee for so long. We wish him all the best on his new adventures!

“Tom’s tenure with All Star has been a deep dive in the HR field for Tom,” says Scott Reynolds, Branch Manager for Bend. “He has worked with hundreds of employees over the years, and has developed into a mentor for many long term employees. Tom’s helpful personality and incredible intuition helped assist candidates to get from temp work into full employment. Tom’s careful placement of employees into the correct job has paid off over and over with great rewards. In many cases the supervisor calling in orders for employees are now the same people who Tom had once placed there as a temp. Tom’s ability to relate with the clients request has grown into some really strong relationships that will last for years to come. I have seen Tom work with employees in such a way that it truly changes their lives. I have witnessed his employee placements thriving after Tom has carefully placed them in positions, often giving people a chance where no one else had. I have also witnessed people thriving and starting families as employees kept a close relationship with our office because of Tom. He always understood his job to be an important one because he was shown over and over the power of the right job placement and how that can impact someone’s future. He knew from firsthand experience since he had been placed in a position that he never knew he would be good at or love the way he did.”

Tom recently sent out an email to give his thanks and say his goodbye’s
Most people don’t know how Scott and I crossed paths. About 14 years ago I was on the local school board and Scott joined us shortly afterwards. Through many late night school board meetings, and quite a few even later after school board meetings, where we blew off a little steam from them, Scott and I became friends. At some point I was growing tired of working on Service Stations, stinking like gasoline, and throwing around 3 inch steel pipe for a living, when Scott mentioned he was looking for a Staffing Coordinator. Not having a clue what the heck a Staffing Coordinator was, I said I would be interested in taking a look at it. Well it turns out a Staffing Coordinator is just a person who likes to talk to people and is in a position to help people find a career or just have some extra cash to spend. Heck, it turns out I like to talk AND help people and it has been 5 very good years working with him.

My own son found work with our agency and even received a Rolex for his last work anniversary with a company called Structus. All of my kids have worked for us at some point in time, and used their experience to move on to other opportunities and jobs. Scott was in the center of all of their job searching and ultimately where they ended up. He has been a great friend, boss, mentor and supporter of mine for many years. He hasn’t gotten rid of me, because I’m going to come say hello when I’m in town visiting. I will have to get used to not seeing him each and every morning as I have for the last 5 years, but we’ll both survive I’m sure. There is an 11 year old granddaughter who I’m going to be spending a lot more time with, and I appreciate Scott and Ramona understanding my decision.

Many thanks to Ramona Mathany for being the person she is. I have truly enjoyed my time with All Star Labor and Staffing, and having the opportunity to actually change people’s lives.
It was great to see everyone this past Christmas, I hope you all enjoy the work as much as I have.

-Thank you Tom, the pleasure has truly been ours.

College Graduates: Minimize Work History Gaps on Your Resume with Temporary Assignments

Many people fresh out of college looking for their dream job can simultaneously look for temporary work in their industry in an effort to keep employment history current, especially if they have worked for a staffing company in the past.

These days we see a lot of college students not wanting to take a temporary job while they are hoping to get hired straight out of school into their field under their dream conditions. This may not be a solid plan since one of the worst things a job seeker can do is have a big gap in their work history. It is a hard job market out there. You can have a degree and not get a call back from your resume, let alone an in-person interview. Working with a staffing company can help. Most companies you wish to get your foot in the door with are going to want to see your work experience. They want to know you are motivated and see that you are a hard worker. All Star Labor & Staffing can help you take on temporary assignments that will get you experience in aspects of your dream job while still searching for it. In that scenario, you could structure your resume like this:

All Star Labor & Staffing, Portland, Oregon 3/2017 – Present

Job Title, Current Company/Client Name (7/2017 – Present)
Job duties
Accomplishments

Job Title, Former Company/Client Name (3/2017 – 7/2017)
Job duties
Accomplishments

In this example, it may not be your forever job, but more importantly, it shows that the staffing company wanted you to work and liked you enough to put you with yet another client. It is a testament that the staffing company appreciates your work, work ethic and personality, so other companies can extrapolate that they would probably like you too. This strategy also speaks to the fact that many employers are bias towards hiring employed people – the thought is, if someone else loves you enough to employ you, they probably will love you too.

The more short term temp jobs can be grouped together, under a common company or staffing company name, the more it appears that your work history is stable and that you are not a job-hopper. I can tell you as the owner/director of All Star and American Admin, a PEO company – I look for three main traits in everyone I hire: Honesty, Hardworking and Integrity.

All Star Labor & Staffing is here to help everyone find success. We are just happy to be a part of your journey.

Happy Valentines Day

Ten Tips For A Great Interview

1. Preparation
Do your research! On both the company and the role you are applying for before you enter the interview. If you are coming into our office for an interview but have not yet been assigned to a client, then simply put together a resume that lists your qualifications, skills and past work experience that might be relevant.
2. Dress for Success
If you are the best person for the job, then do your best to look your best. If you don’t feel like you have the right clothes, there are organizations that would love to help. You can go to your local Dress for Success chapter https://oregon.dressforsuccess.org/ or MercyCorps NW https://www.mercycorpsnw.org/ for free interview clothing.
3. Be on-time (meaning early)
If you show up on time – great. If you show up early, that shows the interviewer that you are responsible and really want the job.
4. Turn your cell off
You want to make sure that your interviewer knows that you can give them your full attention. Turn off your phone before you enter the interview. If you receive a call or text during the interview it will look extremely unprofessional.
5. Smile
A warm smile and eye contact can make the situation feel instantly comfortable and will help you relax for the interview.
6. Firm handshake
A firm handshake can show confidence. Just don’t overdo it! Injuring your interviewer usually does not go over well.
7. Body Language
Body language is essential during an interview. Sit up straight, nod while they’re talking and always keep eye contact. As soon as the interviewer recognizes you aren’t interested it is difficult to win them back over.
8. Take Notes
Write notes during the interview that you think might be useful. It also demonstrates you are fully focused on what they are saying.
9. Polished Resume
Making sure your resume is up to date is a must but don’t forget that you want to always bring extra copies. You may have emailed the resume in advance but that doesn’t mean that they will have brought copies to the room for others that may be included. You will also want to be able to refer to what you have written when asked a question. Take care to keep it clean and presentable as it shows that you take pride in your work.
10. Ask Questions
Don’t forget that you are interviewing them for this position too. You want to make sure it is a good fit for yourself as well by asking on average 3, no more than 5 well thought out questions. You can ask about benefits, hours, where the company is headed in the next year to five years, retention rate or anything else that might impact you as their employee.

Good Luck!

Life Is a Marathon

Yesterday I had a rare mom moment where a piece of advice came out of my mouth and it actually sounded wise and true. I even looked at my eldest son after I said these pearls of wisdom and said, “oh, that was good, right?” I am not totally sure if he meant this but he seemed to whole heartedly agree. So maybe wisdom does come with age and experience and maybe sometimes parenting isn’t just shooting in the dark hoping to hit the right path to turn your children into fantastic, caring, successful members of society.

So, this was my advice, and It applies to everyone, including me. “Life is a marathon, it is a solid pace of steady work running towards your goals. You can’t sprint every time you get behind or you will never win the race.” Ok – it’s not genius but it really worked. In my son’s case, he was stressing over finals and I was taking him in early so he could start his chemistry test. If he would have been more prepared and took that steady working pace throughout the semester, he wouldn’t have had to sprint this entire week to prepare. In the end, he did NOT do well on the test and it was a major lesson for him. It will be his first C in high school and he feels like he not only let us down but more importantly, he let himself down.

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about tips for Time Management in The New Year and the conclusion of that post was simply: time management IS life management. As Ramona Mathany always says, “Just keep on doing the next right thing. Making bad choices in life only makes your life harder – so why be the cause of your own stress?”

I completely agree! We have all made the wrong choices in life, especially by not putting in the work every day, at a steady pace. Why do we continue to get in our own way? Hopefully my pearls of wisdom can help you, I know I need to take my own advice. Let’s just keep on doing the next right thing!

– Erin, Marketing Manager, All Star Labor & Staffing