All Star Success Story – Ed

Ed, a retired Air Force veteran has worked with All Star Labor & Staffing in Bend, on and off since 2004. Ed’s relationship and work history with All Star speaks volumes to how the Bend branch maintains and supports relationships with employees while they are trying to find their forever job or as we call it, their “home”. Ed has been a temporary worker, hired on full-time with the company 3 times! His journey started with temporary assignments including day labor, painting crews and major events at the fairgrounds. The first one that led to a full-time job was working at a local college doing custodial and ground maintenance. After a couple years, Ed ended up deciding to go back to school to pursue a different occupation but he ended up not enjoying that chosen career path.

That had Ed heading back to All Star for another assignment. His second full time gig grew out of a temporary assignment working for a local newspaper where he worked successfully for 5 years. Ed, wanting to get out of an office and have a bit more independence went back one more time to All Star looking for something that might fulfill his needs. He ended up back at the fairgrounds where he had done temporary assignments years earlier. When a county job opened up doing building and ground maintenance for the fairgrounds, Ed got the job!

“Working with All Star has kept me working for the best part of 10 years! Now I am in a job that I actually look forward to going to every morning,” said Ed. “Each day brings a new challenge and I could not be happier. It is hard work but I am happy and I have fun doing it. The benefits and wage don’t hurt either! All Star has been really supportive, always have been. Scott is always so personable, even when I see him around town he stops to check in with me and we chat about how things are going.”

“It has been such a pleasure to work with Ed, finding him jobs that have worked out so well for him. We are all thrilled that he has finally found his “home” and truly enjoys what he does, said Scott Reynolds, Branch Manager. “We hope Ed still pops in every now and then, just to tell us how he is doing. We wish him all the best.”

Be The First Rate Version of Yourself

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else”. This quote by the amazing Judy Garland resonates on a personal and professional level with everyone. For Judy Garland this meant that no matter the ups and downs in her life, at least she was her authentic self. This quote has been used time and time again for good reason as nothing good can come from pretending to be something that you’re not. “Be yourself.” It’s a vague adage, so what does it really mean, to be yourself? And is it really as easy as it sounds? With the steps below, it can be.

Don’t get stuck in the past.
Let yourself grow without reminding yourself of past mistakes. You are not a victim of your circumstances, you don’t need to cling to past mistakes. You should absolutely own them, but then allow yourself to forgive and move forward.

Find how you define yourself on your own terms.
Oscar Wilde once said: Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. It’s a humorous quote but speaks of the truth. You can’t be yourself if you don’t know, understand, and accept yourself first. Take the time to see yourself for who you are, not what everyone expects you to be. This is not easy and you may be self-conscious but when you surround yourself with people who are of like minds and who are also true to themselves, you will be accepted for who you are.

Find your talents and your career path.
When it comes to finding your career path there are ways to find out what you are naturally drawn to. Everyone was born with talent, you just need to explore them. There are many personality tests that will help you see what sort of work you may be suited for. Just remember to take this with a grain of salt – no test can define you. Only you can do that.

Don’t put yourself in a box.
You are not just one thing with defined edges. You can be brought up with certain values that will make an undeniable impression on you such as your religion, culture, mentors, education and friends. As you figure out who your authentic self is, you can weigh these values and decide what belongs to you, what you want to own as your truth and what you feel in conflict with. It is okay to feel conflicted, it is all a part of you. You have wonderful dynamic edges that can contain all different aspects of your beliefs and feelings. Just value what feels the most true to you and just keep doing the next right thing for you.

You are stronger than you know.
If you are not focusing on who you are and you are constantly comparing yourself to someone else, than you likely are holding on to resentment. If you want to be like someone else, then you will constantly disappoint yourself and hold unhealthy resentment that will only lead you to self-destruction. Start looking within for your strengths and good character. If you can accept yourself, than you can start to learn and grow into the person you were meant to be. You are meant to be YOU, the first rate version!

Top 5 Benefits of Working for a Temp Agency

What about temp work? If you don’t think it is an option, think again.

So you want a full-time opportunity, but you’ve been searching for a while – with no luck? Have you also considered temporary employment? As a leading temporary employment agency All Star Labor & Staffing is a full service employment agency offering temporary, contract to hire, and direct hire positions. We connect top companies with screened candidates in fields such as accounting, clerical, construction, distribution, human resources, information technology, labor, logistics and transportation, management, marketing, medical, warehouse, and beyond.

If you haven’t considered checking out what your local temp agency can offer, you may be missing out on something wonderful.

Here’s the top 5 benefits that temporary work can offer you:

1. Get your foot in the door
A couple of things may be getting in the way of your dream full-time job. 1. You might be interested in working for a company that isn’t advertising full-time positions. 2. You want to break into a field, but don’t have a lot of experience. Either way, temp assignments would be a fantastic way to achieve both these goals. Not only are companies more likely to hire candidates without a lot of experience on a temporary basis, but you can also get your foot in the door at your dream company.

2. Flexible schedule
When you work as a temporary employee, you can have more say in what your schedule will be. While you can absolutely work full-time, you can also work just a few days a week or a few hours, every day. You simply need to have clear communication regarding your scheduling needs when working with your staffing coordinator.

3. Free training
There are so many job possibilities out there but some extra training might be needed. When you partner with a trustworthy staffing agency for your temporary assignments, you can easily access new resources, including free training. As a result, you can develop new skills and improve existing ones, helping you get into a new field that can jump start your career.

4. Get paid while you find your passion

Not quite sure what you want to do with your life, who you want to be or the kind of company that would be the right fit for you? With temporary assignments, you can test out many different work environments until you find one that best fits you.

5. Get a full-time job

In many cases, a temporary job can lead to full-time employment if a you impress your manager. That’s why it’s important to work hard, follow the rules, meet expectations, and have a positive attitude on every assignment.

If you have any questions or want to come in and interview, just give us a call!

All Star Success Profile – Tavarius W.

Here at All Star Labor & Staffing we have the honor of being a part of peoples journey. Everyone’s needs are different and it is our job to find them a job that is the right fit for both their skills and personality. Our employees are our partners, we wouldn’t be here without their hard work and that makes us their biggest fans. Cheering on our fellow staff members and employees is a gift and we like to honor them as much as we can. Today we want to honor one of them – Tavarius W., employed in Salem, OR.

“Tavarius W. came to our office on December 9th, 2016,” said Karen Cain, Salem Branch Manager. “It was clear from the outset that he was a well-raised young man; he is polite, engaging, and expressed a strong desire to work. His first assignment was working as a water technician. His primary duty was to use pumps and other tools to remove water from flooded homes or businesses. The work ethic and charisma Tavarius has demonstrated has caused him to be requested repeatedly by the same company for other jobs. In fact, the company operations manager has expressed his desire to hire Tavarius, essentially switching him onto the company’s payroll including benefits. This is something this company is not in the habit of doing very often. Whenever this young man pays us a visit, we are always left with smiles.”

Travarius and his fiancée moved to Salem, OR from Riverside, CA where they had a difficult time finding a job. He applied to multiple locations and was always liked by the company, but getting an actual interview proved to be difficult. As most job hunters find these days, it seems that you don’t always hear back from companies after submitting resumes. After moving to Salem and contacting All Star Labor & Staffing, Tavarius not only was immediately employed, he now has his first full-time job ever and it comes with a 401K! “I love my job,” Tavarius said when talking to All Star, “I am so thankful for the help the All Star team gave me. Someday I intend on attending college to go into law enforcement and I know I can count on All Star to find me work that helps accommodate my school schedule. I am just so happy!”

Thank you Tavarius, you are an All Star!
-All Star Labor & Staffing

Business Development Professional Needed for New Eugene All Star Staffing Branch

All Star Labor & Staffing, founded in Portland, OR in 2009 is opening in Eugene, OR. We currently have four branches throughout Oregon and have exceeded growth expectations over the last eight years. We are currently recruiting a Business Development professional for our newest office scheduled to open in Eugene in early spring. Approximately 75% of your time is out in the field knocking on doors, cold/warm calling and maintaining client relationships. Must be a team player with a positive attitude, strong work ethic with the ability to roll-up your sleeves and get the job done. Looking for a natural sales person that loves a challenge. Strong knowledge of the Eugene area and business environment is required.

Position Overview: Responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with new clients. Ensure client’s satisfaction and loyalty while maintaining profitability. You will be responsible for maintaining and building the branch’s revenue and will support branch operations and respond to the needs of our clients. Must be results oriented, self-confident and demonstrate a high sense of urgency, organization, and integrity.

Essential Job Functions:

Strategy

  • Exceed sales revenue quotas by winning new contracts and job orders through prospecting and developing new customer relationships.
  • Develop and implement sales plans and associated activities.
  • Define and develop lead generation strategies and marketing plans for new accounts to further penetrate existing accounts.

Initiation and Implementation

  • Initiate the sales process by scheduling appointments with decision-makers with prospective clients.
  • Analyze the prospective client’s needs and build custom staffing solutions and make recommendations.
  • Develop and execute sales presentations to potential clients.
  • Identify and qualify sales opportunities by providing a consultative and value-added approach to develop relationships.
  • Negotiate contractual terms and conditions for employment services, and works with the operations and recruiting teams to ensure smooth hand-offs.
  • Accurately assess potential client’s credit worthiness. Take appropriate measures to ensure limited liabilities during the contract negotiations.

Relationships and Retention

  • Servicing existing business by visiting clients and building relationships.
  • Manage all new accounts in designated sales territory, ensuring clients’ needs are met, problems are solved and issues are addressed.
  • Maintain an ongoing relationship with prospective clients, both in-person and by phone, continuously assessing and communicating how we can address on-going and potential needs.
  • Actively network within the local business community.

Professional Development

  • Initiate personal growth by understanding market trends, best practices in lead generation, and communication with prospects and current clients.
  • Collaborate with branch manager and staff team to evaluate efficacy of active sales strategy and make appropriate adjustments as needed.

Measurable

  • Target gross margins averaging above 20%
  • Target 40% quarterly growth year over year in years 1-3
  • 30% growth years 4-5
  • 20% growth for established branch after year 5.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as needed to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. For consideration please send your resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to adams@allstarlabor.com with a brief summary about your sales ability.  NO COVER LETTER PLEASE.

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Every Day is Employee Appreciation Day

Today is employee appreciation day, so what better time to share some insights on keeping your team motivated and happy. It can be hard on both employees and leaders in a fast-paced work environment where expectations are high. Here are 10 simple ways to show appreciation and keep employees motivated that I have learned as an employer over the last 20 years.

1. Supportive Leadership
Leadership is a key factor in employee motivation. Supportive leaders work closely with employees, keeping senior team members focused and developing new talent.
Great leaders influence how individuals see themselves, they can empower employees for greatness.

2. Celebrate Milestones

It is essential that employees feel appreciated from day one and throughout the year or they’ll feel detached and possibly resentful. It is important that you don’t just put the employee in a desk and let them fend for themselves on their first day. First days are significant and face time is needed with management. On work anniversaries and birthdays, employees should feel special and celebrated. Our practice has always been to get hand-signed cards from all team members, and the employees choice of lunch brought in for the entire team.

3. Positive Work Environment
Since many of us spend the majority of our waking hours at the office, it should be a comfortable place for employees while simultaneously encouraging productivity. Encourage employees to share information and knowledge and always lend a helping hand when needed. What goes around, comes around. You must have a team that feels like they are all in this together and should feel comfortable to share ideas or goals without fear of humiliation.

4. Teamwork = Dreamwork
From a young age, we are encouraged to be a part a of team – from the soccer field to the debate podium, nothing is better at keeping employees motivated than belonging a team. Through teamwork, employees learn to trust each other and to look beyond themselves. And healthy competition in a team setting, can increase creativity as well as productivity.

5. Recognize & reward
Recognition and reward on a regular basis remind employees that they are appreciated, and help them to balance short- and long-term goals. I am a firm believer in the carrot over the stick theory. It doesn’t take much for an employee to feel recognized and rewarded. Some possibilities could be: an employee of the month program, a monetary award, free lunch from their favorite restaurant, or gift card to their favorite coffee shop. A small token of appreciation can go a long way.

6. Listen to Feedback
A huge part of any executive or manager’s job is listening. Listening sparks some of the best ideas, helps identify workplace problems early and builds a more connected and collaborative workplace. This can be implemented easily enough when you set up an in-person weekly or monthly check in.

7. Personal Goals
A great workplace will want employees to thrive, not only for the company’s objectives but also so that individuals can accomplish their own goals. It’s important that team leaders are familiar with employees personal and professional goals. Helping employees grow personally and professionally will help keep your employees stay motivated. Also, have a policy of promoting from within, and make sure staff members know their a path to growth in your organization.

8. Work-life Balance
A culture that prioritizes work-life balance, yields increased productivity and overall happiness in the workplace. Encourage employees to not check email if possible outside of office hours and ensure that they take their holidays and days off. If you see an employee frequently working late, or they seem over-burdened make sure you have a chat with them about their workload. They could be finding something challenging, doing something that may be unnecessary to work goals or even picking up the slack for other team members.

9. Let Them Lead
Motivating employees is not just about fun perks and time off, it’s about showing them that they make a difference and are valued. Encourage employees to speak up, have a voice and take the lead on a project, or presentation. Taking ownership is very powerful, not only do they share their opinions and speak up, but they are motivated to turn their words and ideas into action. Another way to develop leaders is to recognize an employee’s skills by asking them to mentor others.

10. Open-door Policy
It’s amazing how simple changes can impact employees. Creating an open-door policy makes approaching leaders and managers less daunting, it also makes employees feel that their opinion matters. This boosts confidence, morale and productivity. It also helps with transparency among companies of all sizes.

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!