How to Stay Motivated in the Workplace

We’ve all faced those days when we’re not feeling the most motivated at work, and that’s completely normal. In fact, most people feel loss of motivation sometimes, but if you keep in mind that your job and career’s success is up to you and only you, you will find your motivation. We have complied a list of inspirational tricks to help jump-start your work drive. If you practice and commit to them, by focusing on being motivated you may find yourself being more productive and chances are your supervisor will too.

Commit to giving it your best
To start, you need to get into the right mindset. Commit to being motivated and accomplishing your job in an above-and-beyond manner. Every morning try taking a moment to get excited for your work day, look at the positive and how you contribute to the company.

Stop sweating the small stuff
In the workplace there will be things out of your control, but don’t let that ruin your motivation. Learning and understanding that you can’t control every situation or person will help you in being YOUR best self in the workplace. Try to focus on achieving your goals and priorities.

Make a to-do list and check it off
Nothing is more rewarding then checking an item off your to-do list. We suggest physically writing down your goals and as you complete them, begin checking them off. This is both satisfying to do and you can look back on at the end of the day to see how much you were able to accomplish.

Ask for feedback
Feedback can seem a little scary going into it, but it can be very inspirational in finding your motivation. Take any constructive criticism and use that to amp your work drive. If you receive great positive feedback, use it! Let that feed your ego and continue to do great.

Reward yourself
Bribing yourself can be a great incentive to keeping yourself motivated at work. Decide on a goal and establish a reward of your choosing for once it is completed. Knowing that you have a treat waiting for you once it’s completed can help drive you to the finish line much faster.

Set small attainable goals
Start off small and try not to overwhelm yourself with large goals, instead look at your big goals and prioritize how you can break them down into smaller goals. Miniature sized goals are a great way to stay focused and are much easier to manage. Many people find it easier to visually see their goals so you may try writing them down on a post-it note. Try writing out both your short term and long term goals, so you can also keep an eye on the bigger picture.

Hang with productive people
Associating yourself with productive individuals will allow you to observe their practices on how to be productive and efficient. Typically productive people are positive people which will also encourage you to have a positive attitude too.

Take breaks
In your jammed packed day, you may find it impossible to take breaks, but these are essential! Schedule time to take a moment to walk around and stretch, get some water, say hello to a coworker in another area. Something to help clear your head for a moment and keep you from feeling overwhelmed from going non-stop.

Hopefully by following these motivational tips you will find yourself feeling more positive, enjoying being at work, and more productive in the workplace.

4 Qualities to Look For in a Staffing Agency.

We understand there are lot of staffing services out there to choose from, so how do you know which one is right for your company? It is essential to do a little research, ask around and most importantly, request a meeting. Working with an agency can help alleviate the hassle of dealing with recruiting, payroll and human resource – so it is very beneficial to find one that meets your specific needs.

Finding the right agency can make a world of difference. With a well-developed relationship and open communication, you should feel confident in reaching out to your agency with your request and being supplied with qualified talent that meets your requirements within your required time-frame. Unfortunately so many services out there use fowl practices in order just to fill needs without taking the time to properly screen candidates so it is important to choose the right one and only one for you. Here are some qualities to look for when deciding.

  1. They listen.

One of the most important qualities of a good staffing agency is they listen to your needs. They should be actively listening to every detail of your company, the culture, your requirements, job expectations, and job duties. Having good communication throughout the whole processes is beneficial for both you and us to remain on the same page and be as effective as possible.

  1. Understands your business’s needs.

A good staffing agency does their research into your company and industry so they are prepared with the knowledge of what it take for a good employee to thrive. They ask detailed questions of what a company is looking for in a future employee then implement that into their recruiting process.

  1. They follow through.

From the first employee interview all the way to continuingly supplying employees, they are consistent in their vetting processes and do not skips required steps. They communicate and understand your timeline needs and stick to it. Following up with employees progress and your satisfaction is also a great quality to look for.

  1. Demonstrates honesty and integrity.

Honesty and integrity are essential to a successful partnership. You need to feel confident that you are receiving the same qualified candidate that has been advertised to you, and you need to trust that they are educated on the role and ready to accept it.

All Star Labor & Staffing truly believes that your success is our success. We want to help your businesses grow and thrive. Our team of highly trained Business Develop Managers, Branch Managers, and Account Managers are here to listen to your needs, develop a plan specific to your company and help find you the right qualified candidates. We value our relationships with our clients, and would love an opportunity to meet and discuss your needs.

Is your social media hurting your chances of landing a job?

If you’re like most of us these days, you probably have a social media account, or maybe even a couple. Why not, they are a great way to stay connected with friends and family, plus they can sometimes even help you in your job search. Be careful though, in some cases, your social media accounts can actually hurt your chances of landing that job, or even keeping your current one. According to a recent survey done by CareerBuilder.com, screening a candidate based off of their social media prior to hiring is at an all-time high of 70%.

Where are hiring managers looking for information on their future employees, or current employees?  Most hiring managers will be looking at your social media platforms, as well as run your name through popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo, or Bing, so it is important to do a full cleanup of your online footprint. What are they looking for in their search?

Professional persona

Hiring managers are looking for a professional candidate because that person will be representing their company. How you showcase yourself online can be perceived of how you will act in the workplace, so always use your best judgement when it comes to online posting and sharing. Also, check your writing, are you using correct grammar and spelling correctly? Managers will look at that too.

Information to back up qualifications

Share information about yourself that backs up your professional experience and your qualifications. For example, if there is a certain field that you study, share related posts and give your insight into the information, or try writing educational posts. It’s okay to share your graduation photo or certification acknowledgments too. Showing an interest into your line of work will show a future hiring manager that you are serious about your career. If you are currently employed, share information about your company, like their accomplishments, current projects, or community development.

Positive interactions

When someone looks at your social media what are they going to see? Do you have positive, upbeat posts and interactions with your friends or do you share negative information? Believe it or not, many hiring managers relate your online attitude to how you will act in the workplace and may be turned off by that. So as tempting as it may be, avoid getting caught up in sharing negative viral posts and stick to keeping it positive any chance you get. Also, always avoid talking negatively about current or former employers or customers. Almost any hiring manager that sees that will automatically assume that is how you would speak about them if hired.

Reason not to hire you

Initially a hiring manager will be looking for an easy reason not to hire you, so try not to give them that option. Go through your accounts, view all your posts, pictures, likes, friends, grammar, tags etc. Remove anything that could be seen as offensive or negative. Even if your account is set to private, you would be surprised how much information is still available for the public to see.

Here are some more tips of what to avoid doing on online when you are on the job search:

  • Avoid posting or using inappropriate language.
  • Refrain from posting pictures of drug use or alcohol consumption.
  • Ditch the unprofessional screen name or handle.
  • Never use discriminatory language when commenting on public posts.
  • Poor communication skills, avoid using texting language.
  • Don’t badmouth current or previous employers.
  • Delete old, non-professional photos and posts
  • Consider removing friends that tag you in inappropriate content.
  • Try not to overshare.

While all these do’s and don’ts may have you ready to delete your online persona all together, you may want to think twice because this may actually hinder your job search. Studies show that one-quarter of hiring managers expect candidates to have some sort of online presence, and nearly 60% are less likely to call someone in for an interview if they can’t find them online.

So, continue to stay connected to the online world, but take a moment to look over your profiles, review your content, and clean up anything that you think a future or current employer would find negative. Use your social media to your advantage and let your professional and positive side shine through.

One Family’s Success – A True Community Effort

Recently, our Albany All Star Labor & Staffing office was mentioned in a great article by Family Tree Relief Nursery about one of our own community family success stories. From struggling to find housing and work; to finally being able to find and settle into a full-time, permanent job with a reputable local businesses. This families success story is one to read and be proud of our community coming together to help each other!

Mark and Susan have been sober for a year and moved to Sweet Home in August of 2017 with their son Billy, hoping to make a fresh start. After struggling to find housing and resources, Mark and Susan were forced to live in a tent by the river. As a result, DHS became involved in their lives in October, and Billy was removed from their care. They took a bus once a week to DHS to visit with Billy.

Imagine you are Billy, a 4-year-old boy who loves his parents very much and hates only getting to see them once a week. Billy struggled with seeing his parents so stressed out.

In February of 2018, Mark and Susan were referred to Family Tree Relief Nursery by their DHS Child Welfare caseworker. Within a week of working with a Family Navigator and Visitation Coach, Mark and Susan moved into one of the shelters in Albany and were able to visit Billy twice a week for 4 hours at Family Tree Relief Nursery, where we have therapeutic and welcoming visitation rooms. In their first week in Albany, Mark and Susan were connected to community resources like CHANCE, who assisted them in obtaining their Birth Certificates so they could get their Oregon IDs. Thanks to the kindness of our donors, we were also able to assist Mark in getting steel-toed boots to start work at a job found through connecting him with All-Star Labor and Staffing in Albany. Mark was able to obtain a full-time position with benefits. Susan has also been connected with medical resources to help her deal with a chronic illness. Both Mark and Susan also enrolled in our weekly parent education class.

Since partnering with Family Tree Relief Nursery, Mark and Susan have made huge strides in meeting their goals. After months of hard work, Mark and Susan were able to clear their biggest hurdle: housing. After completing numerous application, Mark and Susan were finally rewarded with their second chance and were approved for an apartment; their first home together. With the help of their Family Navigator and their DHS Child Welfare Caseworker, Mark and Susan were able to move in less than a week after being approved. Staff connected Mark and Susan with Furniture Share in Corvallis and were able to get their new home furnished. Mark and Susan have moved into Community Visits with their Family Tree Visitation Coach, where they are able to take Billy into the community during supervised visits. They enjoy many activities as a family including swimming at the YMCA, going to the arcade and visiting the Albany Carousel.

As a result of their hard work and partnership with Family Tree Relief Nursery, Billy was able to be reunited with his parents in early June of 2018. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we were able to present Billy with a “Welcome Home Basket” full of toys, books, sheets, and more so he could truly celebrate being reunited with his parents (see above picture).

Article by Family Tree Relief Nursery. For more information or to learn more about them, please visit their website at www.familytreern.org.

What it Takes to be a True All Star Employee

All Star Labor & Staffing is just that… All Stars. We pride ourselves on having some of the greatest employees there are. But what does it mean to be a true All Star employee? True All Stars show up early, go above and beyond, have an open mind, a positive attitude, and show gratitude for opportunities. These are the employees that we are proud to provide to the successfully growing businesses we work with.

Be on time.

Punctuality is a must no matter the job. Showing up late looks poorly on an employee and it may appear that an employer’s time is not important. Good rule of thumb is always show up at least fifteen minutes early, this way you get in, get your stuff put away and are ready to start right on time. If you are ever running behind, it is also a good idea to notify your employer.

Be a team player.

Companies our built on team work, so it is essential to be able to work well individually and as a team. Good team work benefits everyone by getting the work done more quickly, combines many great ideas, and can improve employee relations.

Respect your employer.

Always remember you are representing their business so you need to be respectful of the company at all times. Listen to instructions, follow company policies, be courteous, and never talk back or ill of your employer. Showing respect goes a long way.

Be dependable.

Nothing speaks louder than being dependable and keeping your word. Carefully listen to instructions, and follow through with what has been asked of you. If you don’t think you can accomplish something in the required time, speak up. Always keep your word, as trust is vital in the workplace.

Be flexible.

Unfortunately some jobs won’t always go your way, so it is helpful to have an open mind and be adaptable. If you’re against change, it may make it difficult to find a place for you within the company in the long run. Be open to trying new things, working new shifts, and learning new skills as this will also benefit you.

Be productive.

Nothing can replace the value of hard work. There are many people that just view work as a nine to five and only do the bare minimum, but you always need to have productive attitude and look for what more you could be doing. No matter the task, you need to have passion and go the extra mile. For example, if you finish your task ahead of schedule, go find another project you can start working on.

Have a positive attitude.

No matter what you have going on in your home life, you need to shake that off and come into work every day with a positive attitude. Your positive energy will be contagious to those around you which makes for a more positive work place.

There are many other traits to being an outstanding employee, but the most important thing to focus on every day is how you can contribute your best self to this company and job. With that mindset you will succeed and be a True All Star Employee.

Benefits to “Temp” Jobs

While All Star Labor & Staffing is known for our variety in lengths of jobs, one that actually has the most benefits are our short term temporary jobs. What are temporary jobs or “temp” jobs? They are short term assignments that could possibly turn into permanent position. Many of our employees embrace these opportunities to learn a new skill by working on different projects for a variety of companies.

Here are some other benefits from doing temp work:

  • Gain practical work experience and learn a new skill in either your field of interest or a new career.
  • Earn extra money while waiting to land that perfect job.
  • Meet new people that can help you in job networking.
  • Flexible schedule.
  • Fills time gaps in resume.

Another great advantage of working temp jobs is we work around YOUR schedule. You let us know when you’re available and we will work to find jobs that fit around it.

So if you like a variety and a challenge, and are looking to gain new skills, give us a call today! You will sit down with one of our highly trained recruiters who will get to know you and what you are looking for. They will find out what skills you currently have and what you would be interested in. Let us know your schedule and we will get to work for you!

Things to Avoid During an Interview

You’ve turned in our application, you’ve confirmed your interview, and now it’s time for the next crucial step in the hiring process, the interview. Your interview could be the make it or break it point in landing that job you really want, so it is important to come prepared.

All Star Labor & Staffing does hundreds of interviews each week so we know what it takes to showcase your best self. Representing your best self while interviewing reassures us that you will be a great candidate for any job we place you at, so it’s best to avoid these common mistakes.

Arriving late

If you’re unable to be punctual when it’s time to represent your best self, our interviewers will have their doubts about you being a reliable worker. A good rule of thumb is show up five to fifteen minutes early. To ensure this, research how long it will take you to get there and have reliable transportation. If something does happen and you’re running behind, always call to us.

Using your cell phone

Although tempting, avoid using your phone during an interview and keep it on silent. Answering calls or texts during an interview can cause you to loose favor very quickly as this can appear that you do not take the interview seriously or you do not respect the interviewer or their time. It is also professional to remain off your phone while in the waiting area so you’re prepared for when it is time to interview.

Dressing inappropriately

Pay attention to how you appear before going into an interview. Are your clothes too tight, too loose, too dirty, inappropriate logos or brands? How you dress now shows how you will appear to future employers and customers. It is always best to dress more professional than less.

Lying

This should go without saying, but just don’t do it. Lying about your past employment, abilities, education, drug screen, criminal background can most likely forfeit you from a position. Honesty is always the best policy with us.

Talking wages at the beginning of interview

Candidates should not bring up the topic of salary as this can appear you are only interested in the job perks. Coming out immediately with wage requirements may also eliminate you from certain positions that may have room for much growth. Instead, wait for the interviewer to bring up wages.

Talking negatively about previous employers

Maybe you had a bad experience at a previous job, but badmouthing them will only make you look bad. An interviewer will automatically think this is how you would speak about us if hired. Stick to just your past job duties, experience and skills you learned while employed there. Also, if you are asked about weaknesses, hold yourself accountable instead of blaming others in past experiences.

Having poor body language

Communication goes way beyond words. An interviewer is noticing everything that you are doing, so shake off those nerves give a firm handshake, have good eye contact and try not to fidget excessively.

Being rude or using inappropriate language

It doesn’t matter if you’re having a bad day, you need to come into an interview with a positive attitude. Be courteous to everyone you encounter as you don’t know who has a say in the hiring process. Please always keep language professional even while in the waiting area as well.

By avoiding these mistakes you will appear professional, and a trustworthy person that is ready to work. So if you’re ready to take that next step in your employment search, fill out All Star Labor & Staffing’s application online today at www.AllStarLabor.com then call to schedule your interview.

 

How All Star Labor & Staffing Works

During my time as an Account Manager with All Star Labor & Staffing, I would often get asked the question of, “How does this work?” I would always enjoy letting them know all the benefits that we can offer. This made me realize how many people are still unfamiliar with what we do, which is completely normal unless you’ve ever worked with an agency before. So I wanted to share exactly how we work so everyone can have a better understanding.

How we find jobs

We partner with businesses around that area that have staffing needs that they are not able to always fill. Many have their own employees already, but are in need of additional employees and may not have the time or resources to actively recruit full time. These positions can be a wide variety from short term, full time, and temp to hire positions. We work around the client’s needs, they give us their requirements and we get to work.

How we fill positions

Once a client’s request has been made, the recruiting process takes place, we call this “filling the order.” This is done typically in three steps:

The first step is finding qualified candidates whether they’re already registered in our system or posting advertisements to attract the right candidates. Our recruiters will go through hundreds of resumes and applications looking at past experience, education, and skills to see if they’re a good match.

The second step is interviewing and screening. We sit down with every single employee to actually interact with them to see if they will be a good fit for the company’s culture. We administer any required testing if we feel they would be a good addition. Once they have passed all of the client’s requirements such as employment reference checks, background checks, drug screens, testing skills proficiency, and behavioral assessment, we submit their information to the client to review.

The final step is hiring. If you are one of the lucky candidates that are selected you will now be working with that company but still an All Star employee (unless this is a direct hire position.) The duration of your employment is determined by the client.

What type of jobs we offer

We partner with a wide variety of businesses and industries in our areas, so we can offer a multitude of job opportunities. These are the three employment options we offer:

Temporary.

These are short term assignments where a client may just need help on a single project or event. These types of jobs can go anywhere from a half day to a couple months depending on the needs of the client. This is a great option for employees looking for variety or have a busy schedule, they can fit these jobs in when they’re available.

 

Temp-to-hire.

These positions are for growing businesses that are looking for a full time, permanent candidate. This allows the company to see how well you preform and if you’re the right fit for the culture before hiring you on permanently. Once you have accrued the required amount of hours, you would then be eligible for permanent hire.

 

Direct hire.

We work in partnership with our clients to find the top qualified candidates for their position by recruiting, interviewing and screening. Once selected, candidates are hired on directly with the client.

 

All Star Labor & Staffing is here to help you find that new career or just help you earn some extra income. We listen to your needs and pair you with the right jobs with the right companies. Complete our application today and let us help get you to work!

How to Be Successful in Your First 90 days

You have successfully completed your first couple of months with your new job. The goal for your next month is to establish yourself in your new role, take ownership of it and demonstrate that you bring real value to this organization. Here are some helpful tips to set yourself up for long-term success with your company and career.

Challenge yourself
Set ambitious goals for yourself and continue to conquer them while striving further every time. Make daily, weekly and monthly goals for yourself and prioritize them by importance. It is too easy for someone to gravitate toward a goal or task that they are most comfortable in doing.

Get feedback.
Ask your manager for a moment to evaluate your performance and find where you could improve. This is also a great way to check in and make sure you’re both on the same page. Take this opportunity to let your manager know what goals you have set for yourself and ask what milestones the company would like you to accomplish in the next few months too. Come prepared with suggestions on how you think you could help the company could improve, as well.

Find improvements.
Now that you are familiar with the processes, look for inefficiencies that you can improve — perhaps tasks that can be automated, or workflows that can be improved. This could be as simple as reorganizing spreadsheets. These will give you easy wins that show you are a valuable team player.

Have a long term mindset.
Mentally commit yourself to this role and the organization, look at your potential in the long run. Where could you see yourself in the company in one, maybe even five years? What do you have to do to achieve that? Stay up to date with everything going on in the industry so you can always come prepared with new ideas to keep the business thriving while setting yourself up for success.

Congratulations, hopefully you will ace your way through your first ninety days at your new job and be prepared for a long term success in this career. Let’s do a quick review of some key points to surviving and thriving your first ninety days.

– Ask questions
– Introduce yourself
– Make friends and a mentor
– Be observant
– Look for improvements
– Ask for feedback
– Have a positive attitude
– Set goals

Be sure to check out more of our blogs posted and stay tuned for more tips and advice on how to be your most successful self in the workplace.

Mastering Your First Month.

Congratulations, you have survived your first week at your new job! By now you have probably gotten settled into your new workplace, made a couple friends, and maybe even helped out on a few projects, however at this point it is time to start focusing on establishing yourself and moving into the first month stage. Here are some tips to help guide you into success.

Keep asking questions.

Asking questions is how you will learn and grow in your career. It’s now time to start asking more questions about what you can do to help your team. Ask to be included more in day to day tasks and write down all the important details. Question like, “What are our quarterly goals and how can I help achieve them?” would be appropriate at this time.

What is expected of you?

Have a discussion with your manager to define what their expectations are and come prepared with a plan on how you plan to achieve those expectations. Ask to do a feedback meeting at the end of your first month to see how you have progressed and where you can improve.

Find your niche.

You were hired for a reason and it is time to let your skills and talents shine. Bring your many strengths to the table to fill in where your team needs you. Find out what a struggle is within the company and search for a way to improve the problem.

Study the culture.

Every work environment has its own people dynamics which is very important to observe because understanding the culture will help you fit in and grow. Keep making new connections and allowing other to get to know you too. By interacting with coworkers and attentively observing how everyone works and collaborates, you’ll gain valuable insight into the company and group culture.

Double check your work

You are still in the “extended interview” period so you want to always try to make a good impression. You haven’t be working here long enough to have your work fine groomed yet so be sure to double check your work and even ask a fellow colleague to look something over. While you don’t want to overwhelm yourself with the stress of being perfect, you do want to put your best foot forward any chance you get.

Stay motivated.

While you may not be as motivated as you were on day one, keep a positive attitude and be appreciative of this opportunity that you worked so hard for. For help, find someone in the company that you look up to, what did they have to do to get where they are? Make those your goals and stay focused on your career growth.