Is Your Company Ready For The Holiday Rush?

Is Your Company Ready For The Holiday Rush?

It’s that time of year again… the weather has gotten colder, Halloween has passed, you’re noticing all the holiday décor up in retail stores and if you’re like many companies, you’re gearing up for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. If you are one of these businesses, you’ve probably already started planning for these big events and sales coming. But, have you scheduled out your staffing needs and planned for unforeseeable changes such as vacation time, unplanned call-offs, or leave without notice? Don’t panic, there is still time, and we are here to help!

Determine your needs

Ask your permanent staff to pencil in their holiday leave requests now if they have not already, but let them know there will be no guarantee. You want to grant your permanent staff their hard earned vacation time, but you still also need to ensure that you have enough experienced employees to cover vital shifts.

Offer incentives

We understand that keeping your regular full-time employees on during the busy rush of the holiday season is a priority when it comes to planning your staffing needs so we suggest offering incentives. This may be a little tricky as so many would rather be spending this time with their loved ones but you will need to emphasize the importance of their role in the company’s success. As an incentive, you can try offering higher pay during this time, or time off after the holiday season. Also, you can try ordering in some kind of food or snacks to have on hand for those employees working during holiday time.

Partner with All Star Labor & Staffing

Hiring temporary employees may be a great option for your company and can save you a lot of headache that comes with staffing during the busy season. Our team of recruiters understand the urgency and importance of finding quality employees to fit your company’s needs. We will sit down with you to carefully listen to your staffing needs and determine the skills, experience, and attitude needed for an employee to be successful while working with your business. Plus the nice option with working with us is there is no commitment. You can utilize an employees for just one day, a week, a month, or longer if you choose.

There is still time to get ahead of the holiday rush when it comes to keeping your company well-staffed, and All Star Labor & Staffing is here to help you with any or all of your needs to keep your business running smoothly. Please feel free to contact us today to discuss possible staffing needs.

All Star Labor & Staffing offices:


Portland – 503.619.0811

Salem – 971.209.7130

Albany – 541.791.7928

Eugene – 541.228.9751


How to Ace Common Interview Questions

Everyone knows that the key to a successful interview is being prepared, so why not prepare yourself for some of the interview questions that may be coming your way? This can help put your mind at ease, and avoid struggling to come up with an answer during an interview. Here we have compiled a handful of common questions that cover your history, your skills, and your future.

How to Ace Common Interview Questions

“Tell me about yourself.”

This is probably one of the most common questions you may be asked in an interview, as it typically is a good icebreaker and introduction/summary of your skills and what you are looking for. It’s important to keep it professional and talk about your work history and explain how and why you are currently looking for employment.


  • Keep it limited to your professional life. Summarize your work history from the beginning.
  • If you have lengthy work history, keep it relevant to the job at hand that you are interviewing for.
  • If you have limited work history, try using other experiences to showcase your skills.

“Why do you want this job?”

Interviewers are wanting someone that is passionate about their work, so you should prepare a good response for this question. Research the company and fully read the job descriptions, then pick a few key points that really attracted you to this job or company.


  • Pick a couple points in the job description that you relate to the most and give examples on how you can excel at them.
  • If you know the company you are applying for, do your research on them as well and list a couple key points as to why you would be a good fit.

“What are your greatest strengths?”

Interviewers are looking for honesty and self-awareness with this questions. Focus on something relevant and accurate, not just something you think they want to hear. Don’t feel awkward answering this question, this is an opportunity to toot your own horn.


  • Avoid a cheesy answers, such as, “I’m too dedicated to my work.”
  • Focus on a skill crucial to the job at hand. For example, for a customer service related job, try using “relationship builder” instead of “people skills.”

“What do you consider to be your weaknesses?”

Typically when being asked this question, it’s not to identify any red flags, but a gauge self-awareness and identify self-improvements.


  • Avoid using a strength as a weakness. Such as, “I am too hard of a worker.”
  • Use non-essential skills for this position, such as, “My public speaking needs improvement.”
  • Keep it brief and try not to dwell on the questions too long.

“Why did you leave your last job?”

This question is intended to gauge your relationship with your current or past job. Avoid talking negatively about your former employer, this can leave many interviewers feeling hesitant of hiring you, especially if you blame failures on others.


  • Reference your past jobs as opportunities to gain new experience and learn new skills.
  • Try to focus on what new opportunities you’re looking for in your future role.

“Why are you the best person for this position?”

If you’ve reached this question, this is a good thing as it means they are usually interested in moving forward with you. While it may seem a little forward, you should be ready and excited for this question. This is the time for you to cover three basic items: you can successfully do the work, you can deliver results, and you are a good fit for this company. If you have time, feel free to highlight a couple of your skills or accomplishments that make you the better candidate.

“Describe your dream job.”

An interviewer is asking this question not to get the response of, “This job,” but to find out what you’re passionate about and see what your career goals are. They want to find out if you truly would be happy in a certain position.


  • Give a general job description instead of a job title.
  • Tailor your response to a certain job you are interviewing for.
  • Use this question to go into more detail about what you’re looking for. So instead of saying that you’re looking for customer service work, you could explain how helping people and being able to change their day makes you happy.

There are many other common interview questions out there, so do some research and start preparing your answers incase those questions may come up in your next interview. This can eliminate so much additional and unneeded stress from the interview process.

If you have not applied with us already, please feel free to use our online application at then call to schedule your interview. If you have previously interviewed with us but feel you now need a refresh, that’s great! Give us a call and we’ll get that scheduled.

All Star offices:

Portland 503-619.0811

Salem 971-209-7130

Albany 541-791-7928

Eugene 541-228-9751

Bend 541-389-1718

Tips for Getting Back Into the Workforce after Long-Term Unemployment

With Oregon’s unemployment rate at a historical low rate, many people are able to find work that were not able to before. If you are one of these individuals, you may be having some mixed feeling about getting back into the workforce, and that’s completely normal. A common feeling right now may be anxiety, but there is no need to worry yourself, now is a better time than ever to get back in the saddle. To help guide you through this transitioning phase, we have put together a list of tips to ease you back in.

Tips for Getting Back Into the Workforce after Long-Term Unemployment

Apply with All Star Labor & Staffing

Going through all the online job boards and filling out endless applications can be very tiring, but if you apply with All Star, you won’t just be applying for one job, you’ll be applying for ALL of our jobs! We understand gaps in work history and we are always willing to work around that and find you employment that you want.

Dust off your resume

Yes, your employment gaps will show up on your applications and resume, but you just need to be prepared to explain your situation. You can adjust your resume to avoid those gaps being the first thing someone sees by doing a career summary resume to highlight your top qualifications. This will draw attention to your selling points and downplay your work history.  We also always suggest having a cover letter to be included with your resume. This is a great tool to utilize a couple sentences to explain your unemployment until you get an opportunity to interview.

Get back into a work schedule routine

While you’re away from a regimented work schedule, you tend to go more with the flow in regards to your daily schedule, but that will all change when you start working again. Prior to starting your new job, it is a good idea to get into the habit of getting on a schedule again so you can find how everything will fit into your day. Once you are offered a position, find out the hours and start working your day around it, such as, wake up times, meals, workouts, knowing when to drop off kids, etc.

Limit your outside obligations

If you’ve been unemployed for a long period of time you may be amazed at how exhausting being in the workforce again may be. This goes for both physically and mentally as your head may be spinning with trying to learn so much and remember everything. This will get much easier and your body will get adjusted, but for the first couple weeks, it may be best to pare down on workweek activities before or after work. Allow yourself to get adjusted.

Be humble 

Once you start your new job, it’s best to not over stress yourself right from the get go. It’s okay to be the rookie in your new role. Set realistic goals for yourself and don’t feel pressured to learn it all in your first week. Get comfortable in your role, observe your colleagues and adapt to the flow of your environment.

Get to know your coworkers

Having someone to talk to will make this transition so much easier on you, and you may even make a new friend in the process. Be friendly and introduce yourself to everyone you meet. Having a friendly coworker can alleviate a lot of the stress that comes with starting a new job and they are great for answering all the many questions that come along with a new work environment.

No matter the duration of your unemployment, if you are physically and mentally ready to return to work, you can do this! Apply today with us and let us help get your back into the workforce.