Assisting the Job Seeker in Their Pursuit of Employment: A Comprehensive Approach

At All Star Labor & Staffing, we understand that looking for work is stressful.  We know that every job seeker has a “moment before”.  They are coming from various points of crisis; there’s a reason why they’re looking for work.  We also acknowledge that we cannot employ everyone that we encounter.  Taking all of this into account, we take a comprehensive approach as we assist job seekers by offering resources.

As a job seeker, one can NEVER have too many irons in the fire.  Each one represents a 50/50 chance that something’s going to pop or something’s not.  To that end, resources are extremely beneficial.  As stated earlier, we are not able to find work for everyone.  While we are a Second Chance Employer, we are unable to work with those that have sexual offense related felonies. For those with that particular challenge, each one of our branches has 4-6 resources where they may be able to secure employment.  At job fairs, we encounter job seekers that are looking for positions of which we don’t currently recruit.  For those seeking niche-specific jobs, we offer a comprehensive list of specialty staffing agency resources in each branch community.  At the end of the day, we want to help people achieve their employment goals whether we’re providing them with work or not.

By offering resources, we hope to relieve some of the stress that comes with looking for employment.  Whether the job seekers walk through our doors, or we meet them at a job fair; whether we can employ them or not, we want to make sure that they walk away with a resource that will get them closer to their employment goals.

Labor Contractors – Let Us Help!

The warm weather is back in Oregon and that means there is outdoor work to be done. If you are a contractor with some big projects this summer, let All Star Labor & Staffing help supply you with qualified employees to ensure the work gets done on schedule.

Partnering with us before the busy season can help you be prepared when your labor needs arise. All Star Labor & Staffing can help your business succeed this summer in these ways and more:

  1. All Star Labor & Staffing has employees available for as long as a project takes, with a four hour minimum.
  2. We offer vetted laborers who bring verified skills to your team.
  3. We handle employee paperwork, weekly payroll, employee taxes, benefits administration, garnishments, unemployment claims and more.
  4. We deal with workers compensation insurance on your behalf to minimize the stress of onsite injuries.
  5. We tailor our labor search to the single employee needs and requirements of your company.

So whether you’re a small businesses needing a single employee, or a large construction company needing a whole crew, All Star Labor & Staffing has professional, hard-working employees ready to get to work. For more information visit our website at

To request a quote in Portland, Salem, Albany or Eugene call 503-558-3911 to speak with Allen Gilbert.

For the Bend area call 541-389-1718 to speak with Scott Reynolds.

All Star Success Story -Vincent Arthur

All Star Success Story -Vincent Arthur

Vincent initially learned of All Star through a friend in 2016, and came in to seek employment in October 2018 when he found himself in a really difficult time in his life. He interviewed with MaLeigha from the All Star Labor & Staffing – Portland office who he says, “Is absolutely amazing! I really felt that I was being listened to in regard to who I am and what I was looking for in a position.”

Shortly after Vincent’s interview, he began ongoing work as a Prep Cook. This position evolved from a temporary assignment, into a permanent position. Vincent showed up every day and learned everything he could. He said that it didn’t take long for him to grow into the culture and everyone became like a second family to him. He is extremely happy with his new job he found with the help of All Star.

Our Portland office is very proud to have Vincent on the All Star team and are grateful for all the hard work he’s put into his new job. He was eager to work and always received the highest praise and positive feedback from our client. He truly has been a model All Star employee!

How to List All Star Labor & Staffing on Your Resume

How to List All Star Labor & Staffing on Your Resume

Working with All Star Labor & Staffing has been proven beneficial for many employees because we can provide employment, and opportunities to gain verifiable work experience, learn new skills, expand your network and boost your resume. It is important to know the proper way to showcase these different roles and how they have impacted your career development in your resume. Here are five steps to follow when listing your employment with All Star.

Step 1: List All Star Labor & Staffing as your employer

While employed with All Star, you may work with several different companies, but it is important to remember that your employer is All Star Labor & Staffing. In this economy, it not uncommon for employers to see staffing agencies listed. This will also be beneficial to you as it shows your longevity with a single company, as opposed to job hopping.


All Star Labor & Staffing. Portland, Oregon 11/2015 – Present

Step 2: Use reverse chronological order

When listing temporary work on your resume, list your assignments in reverse chronological order. Having your most recent jobs at the top and working backwards makes it easier for a potential employer to read your resume and understand your employment timeline.

Step 3: Add your temporary assignments

If you have worked multiple assignments for All Star Labor & Staffing, you will want to add each role with dates of employment and supervising company name, if you wish.


All Star Labor & Staffing. Portland, Oregon 11/2015 – Present

Job Title, Company Name (07/2018 – 12/2018)

Job Title, Company Name (04/2018-07/2018) 

Step 4: Reference your roles

Under your past assignment, list the roles you have undertaken and the main duties you were responsible for in each position. This will allow you to expound on the skills you used during the job your area of specialization.

Step 5: Highlight your accomplishments

You want potential employers to take a serious interest in you as a candidate, so it’s important to highlight your key achievements in each role you have undertaken, and explain how the position has assisted your career development. Even short-term work can offer valuable skills that you can apply to future jobs.


All Star Labor & Staffing. Portland, Oregon 11/2015 – Present

Job Title, Company Name (07/2018 – 12/2018)

Job duties


Job Title, Company Name (02/2018 – 07/2018)

Job duties


All Star Success Stories – Joshua Emery 

All Star Success Stories – Joshua Emery 

Joshua found himself looking for work this past summer but was hesitant of utilizing a staffing agency for the thought of he wasn’t sure it would benefit him. After some online research and a little nudge from his wife, he decided to give All Star Labor & Staffing a try.

Within a week of interviewing with our Albany team, Joshua was busy doing anything and everything we had available. Some jobs he did were: horse stall clean outs, demolition, event set up, working the fair, pressure washing and a lot of general labor. Our Albany team cannot think of a single job that he ever turned down! By early September, Joshua had been offered a full time, temp-to-hire position with one of our largest companies. As he was being offered this position, we also had two other companies requesting him on full time as well.

Joshua has continued working full time and is about to be hired as a permanent employee. He says that All Star Labor & Staffing has changed his mind on staffing agencies. Since starting with us, he has been able to better support his family and pay off his fines. He is feeling accomplished and is able to do things he wasn’t able to do before.

Tips to Maximize Your All Star Labor & Staffing Experience

Tips to Maximize Your All Star Labor & Staffing Experience

All Star Labor & Staffing matches job seekers with reputable companies around Oregon and the Northwest. We pride ourselves on the success of our employees and the productivity they bring to our clients. To ensure a prosperous relationship with us and our teams, we have compiled a list to help maximize your employment potential. Here are seven tips to help you get the most out of working with us:

  1. Do your research

Before applying with All Star Labor & Staffing, do a little research so you understand what we do, how we work and what our mission is. All of this information can be found on our website at Go beyond that though. Ask around your community to hear other experiences of working with us to see if it will be a good fit for you.

  1. Take the interview seriously

Treat your interview with our recruiters just as you would any other job interview. Dress appropriately, arrive on schedule, be polite, and come prepared. How you present yourself in your interview with us may be seen as you will represent yourself in front of a potential employer.

  1. Be honest

Honesty is key when it comes to an effective partnership between you and our All Star team. Being up front and honest from the beginning helps us both in avoiding miscommunication and frustration. Some essential items to be straightforward about are: past jobs and reasons for leaving, skills, education, availability, jobs you’re willing to try, any criminal background and ability to pass a drug screen. We are here to help you, and the only way we are able to do that is if you are completely candid with us.

  1. Have an open mind

Even if permanent work is what you are looking for, keep an open mind to temporary work. These jobs can provide income until your ideal position is available, and can be an opportunity to learn new skills and expand your job network. Sometimes these temporary positions can turn into full-time, permanent positions as well.

  1. It’s okay to say “No”

While we would like to provide you with any available work that we can, it is okay to pass on jobs that you do not feel comfortable with. We don’t want you to feel that if you decline a position now that you will not be looked at for further placement. If you are not comfortable with a certain assignment, let us know from the beginning and we can continue our search for the right fit for you.

  1. Have good communication

Make it a point to stay in good communication with your All Star team. Keep us in the loop on your current job search status and update us once a week if you are still seeking employment. If your current situation or availability changes, please be sure to let us know so we can work around it. Feel free to call, text or email us.

Portland: 503.619.0811

Salem: 971.209.7130

Albany: 541.791.7928

Eugene: 541.389.1718

Bend: 541.389.1718

  1. Be proactive in your job search

 All Star Labor & Staffing cannot guarantee employment, but we are a great resource in assisting you in your employment search. It is your responsibility to be active in your job hunt and keep applying and networking. If you do find employment, great! Contact us, so our recruiters will know to pause their recruiting efforts until you contact us again.

Job Search Questions – Answered!

Job Search Questions – Answered!

The job search process can be confusing and overwhelming – even for the experienced job seekers. Between the job boards, applications, networking, resumes, cover letters, references, and especially the interview, I see why it can feel overwhelming. While we would like to help answer all your questions, there just isn’t enough time in one blog, but we have answered some of the most common job seeker questions for you.

I’ve applied everywhere but haven’t heard anything back. What am I doing wrong?

When it comes to applying for jobs, it’s all about quality over quantity. Carefully review the job description before applying. Tailor your cover letter, resume and response to each posting. Also, take time to review your resume and cover letter to ensure they are up to date with all of your information.

Should I apply for a job even if I don’t have the specified experience?

Absolutely! If you think you are qualified and able to handle the job requirements, it doesn’t hurt to apply. If you’re lacking in the amount of experience, education, or hard skills mentioned, that doesn’t necessarily rule you out as a candidate. Skills can be learned on the job and many employers are willing to train someone with the right attitude. This doesn’t mean to apply for every job posting you find though, be sure you are reasonably qualified for each specific job.

If a job posting asks for a cover letter, but I don’t have one, should I still apply?

No. This is starting off the processes by showing that you cannot follow direction which will reflect poorly on you. If this is a job that you are truly interested in, invest the time into putting together a well-developed cover letter, or whatever materials the job posting requests.

Should I consider a temporary staffing agency?

We strongly suggest partnering with a reputable staffing agency since many agencies have jobs available in a variety of industries with successful companies. For example, All Star Labor & Staffing has experienced hiring managers that sit down with you to discuss your specific employment needs, then find the right position for you. One interview with a staffing agency opens the doors to all of their jobs – instead of filling out an application for each positions.

How long should my resume be?

Your resume should be limited to one page. On average, a hiring manager spends less than a minute reviewing a resume, so your experience, skills and achievements need to shine through.

Do I put my references personal contact information on my resume?

Instead of putting their personal information directly on your resume for anyone to view, try adding the phrase: “References available upon request.” Protect the personal information of your reference, and if requested, it also lets you know that they are interested in you as a potential candidate. Of course, always have reliable personal references that you have already asked to be your reference beforehand, ready for contact upon request.

Should I include my salary history on my resume?

No, it is too early to discuss salary. Instead, wait until the interview process to talk about wage history and requirements. Bringing up wage requirements from the get go could hinder your chances of landing the job or even getting a call for an interview.

How early should I arrive for my interview?

Good practice is to arrive about ten to fifteen minutes early. While you wait, be sure to avoid talking on your phone or playing games. Instead, spend time reviewing your resume and mentally preparing for your interview.

Should I send a thank you message after my interview?

Yes! This stands out to hiring managers as a personal and professional touch where many other applicants may be lacking. This can be done either by hand or by email, but be sure to send it out as soon as possible after your interview.

Have a question that we didn’t cover? Leave us a comment and we will be sure to answer it!

To apply with All Star Labor & Staffing, and simplify your job search process, visit our online application at

Tips To Ace Your Phone Interview

Tips To Ace Your Phone Interview

Similar to an in-person interview, a phone interview requires proper preparation to ensure you bring your best. Many times, candidates view a phone interview as a lot less formal and may not take it as seriously as if they were in person. These conversations are the gateway to an in-person interview and possibly landing that job, so it’s equally as important. Here are some tips to help prepare you for any phone interviews in your future.


Familiarize yourself as much as possible with the company. Go through their website, mission statement, blog, and social media. Having a general sense about the work environment will benefit you, and may even impress the interviewer with your company knowledge.


Find a quiet location with limited potential for interruptions, and make sure this spot has good reception. Avoid somewhere that you can be easily distracted, such as in the living room with the television on, or in a crowded area.

Come Prepared

In front of you during your interview you should have your resume, cover letter, and job description. You may need to refer to information from these documents so keep them handy. Have your questions you prepared to ask the interviewer ready to go.

Dress the Part

It may sound over the top since it is a phone interview, but being dressed in the right attire can put you in a professional mindset. This doesn’t mean getting into a well-pressed business suit, but getting out of your pajamas and into some day clothes can help motivate your desire to tackle this interview.

Good Conversation

Since this is a phone interview, it depends solely on how you communicate. Ensure that you speak clearly, have good communication, and show enthusiasm. Avoid mumbling and try to talk directly into the phone. Try to make conversation that flows easily, you can do this by avoiding interruption or using one word answers. Show enthusiasm when you speak. The interviewer is looking for a qualified person that is excited for this position and wants to work for their company, so express that with the words and your tone.

What’s Next?

Before hanging up the phone, remember to ask about the next steps. Even if an in person interview isn’t schedule that at time, it will help manage your expectations. Be sure to follow up with a thank you message to your interviewer for taking the time to chat.

All Star Success Stories – Zachary Kissler

All Star Success Stories – Zachary Kissler

Being a true All Star employee means going above and beyond the standard job requirements. Showing up early, trying new jobs, open to working new shifts, asking what more you can do when the tasks are completed and simply having a great attitude. Zachary Kissler from our Bend office exemplifies these “ideal employee” traits.

Zachary initially heard of All Star through a specific Craigslist job posting, and has worked in a wide variety of job industries wherever he is needed. He started out doing masonry work where he’s learning a lot of new skills, and he’s also done events, irrigation, and arbor work. He says that he enjoys working with All Star Labor & Staffing because it has been a solid, reliable source of income for him when needed.

Our Bend office has had the pleasure of employing Zack, this is what they had to say about their experience: “Great working with Zack. Very reliable, very willing to try new jobs and skills.”

Team Building Activities Everyone Will Enjoy

Team Building Activities Everyone Will Enjoy

Noticing a certain damper around the workplace or a drop in moral? Well then, it may be time to plan your teams’ next team building activity! These exercises are a great way to encourage team building, open communication and overall have fun. So whether you are a company of a thousand employees or just ten, here are some great team bonding activity ideas sure to spark some fun in almost any employee.


Have your employees show off their culinary skills (or store bought) by preparing a small dish to bring to a company potluck. Then, set aside an afternoon to enjoy a homemade meal together.

Community Service

Around every community there are those who are less fortunate and in need. Pick a deserving cause and come together whenever time allows to give back locally.

Scavenger Hunt

This classic game is always a good go-to team bonding activity. Create a list of items to be located either around the workplace or in a designated area elsewhere. Divide employees into teams and challenge them to locate all the items on the list and document them by taking pictures.

Office Trivia

This is an easy and inexpensive activity to test your team members knowledge and entice a little competition. Come up with a series of questions related to the company and workplace. Depending on size of company, this could be a team or individual competition, but pick a fun prize for the winner(s).

Escape Room

These challenging scenarios require a lot of team work, problem solving ability and good communication among coworkers. Rooms are furnished by theme and participants are locked in the room and must figure out a series puzzles to find the hidden key and escape.

Two Truths and a Lie

Give every employee a sheet of paper and have them come up with two truths about themselves and one lie. Then, have everyone else try to figure out which of the facts are true and which is the lie.

Painting Class

Do some research around your area to find where painting classes are offered. These classes are great for expressing creativity, as well a,s igniting a little competition all while having fun.

Some other great activates to do with your team outside of the workplace can be: bowling, trampoline park, laser tag, go karting, mini golf, kayaking/canoeing, sports game, something touristy, explore a new place, and so many other fun things.

So now that you have a few ideas for your company’s next get together, start planning it out and get your team exited! An investment in your employee’s happiness is one of the greatest investments you can make as a leader.