All Star Success Story – Omar

Omar came to All Star Labor & Staffing – Portland in hopes of finding a more professional environment. He was working as a freight stocker at a big box appliance store and while it was a great job, he was looking to move up in the professional world. When he came to All Star he was instantly liked by supervisor Adam Stephens. “We knew Omar would be a great fit after just one meeting. We originally hired him to be an Staffing Coordinator here at All Star but he is such a great people person that he ended up doing a lot of administrative duties for the front desk, interacting with people on a regular basis,” said Stephens.

Before Adam had hired him internally, he was sent on one interview for an Administrative Assistant position at a large construction company. He was originally the runner up and did not get the position but when the person hired did not work out, Adam received a phone call right away because the hiring manager had regretted not hiring Omar to begin with.

While everyone at All Star was sad to see him go, we knew that Omar had dreams that surpassed our office. He is now working at the construction company as an Administrative Assistant and attending school at PCC working towards his associates degree in business management and IT.

“I want to thank All Star for all of the support I felt from the moment I walked through their door. I was presented with such great opportunities,” said Omar.

We know that Omar will go on to have a very bright future, we thank him for letting us be a part of his journey and we wish him well!

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!

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.

Happy New Year – A Positive Look Back on 2016

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Happy New Year!

As we move forward into another new year, I think it is only natural to reflect on the year we are leaving behind. Now, none of us look back through the same lenses, we all have different outlooks on experiences, loves, losses, wins and moments that turn into history. Here at All Star we decided we should reflect on some of the undeniably good global things that happened in 2016.

10) Veteran Homelessness Has Dropped 50% Since 2010.
9) After a century of decline, tiger numbers are now rising – 22% growth since 2010.
8) The United States Treasury Department is making some refreshing changes to show a diversity of new faces including Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony.
7) 24 different countries united to create the world’s largest marine reserve in Antarctica.
6) Even though we have had some memorable losses this year, 2016 was one of the safest years in aviation history for over 3 billion people who boarded planes.
5) The American teen graduation rate reached a historic high – 83.2%!
4) A 50-year war finally ended with a peace treaty in Colombia.
3) India planted 50 million trees in one day, smashing the world record.
2) The Americas are finally entirely declared measles-free (after 22 year effort).
1) Monumental breakthrough: gravitational waves finally detected, proving Einstein was right.

On less of a global note, here at All Star Labor & Staffing, we are extremely thankful when we look back and see that we were able to assign 3,300 employees to jobs in 2016. For that we are truly blessed.

We wish you love, laughter, health and great employment in 2017!

-All Star Labor & Staffing

Celebrating National Staffing Employee Week: All Star of the Year Award

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On any given day, All Star Labor & Staffing has more than 700 talented workers deployed to jobs all over Oregon. We know how hard they work and how nerve-wracking it is to be sent out to new jobs where your needed or to start a new career as a direct hire. During National Staffing Employee Week – and every week – we want our All Stars to know how much we appreciate them. This week we have chosen the best of the best as nominees for our All Star of the Year Award. With 5 outstanding candidates, one was chosen to take home the big prize!

All Star of the Year: Walter Bauder

All Star Labor & Staffing wishes to congratulate Walter Bauder as our All Star of the Year! Walter received a cash prize along with a congratulatory certificate. Walter has been with All-Star for only a short time, but in that time he has been a stellar employee. Everywhere Walter has been sent, he has been requested back. Gina’s Catering, LAM Research and The Oregon Zoo have all requested Walter on several occasions. He has been willing to drop everything and work doubles if need be. Walter makes our job easier because there is never a doubt that he will give it his all, be punctual, and always “WOW” our clients. Walter and his girlfriend Maggie have been so fantastic; they often get asked to work shifts together.

You guys have been great at keeping Maggie and I busy which we deeply appreciate. We also love the multitude of venues we get assigned to as it keeps the job fresh and exciting. But most of all we love that we’re always learning new things from the various experts we meet. Again thank you for what you guys do because it can’t be easy coordinating everything…. I can’t imagine the patience it must take! LOL” – Walter Bauder

All Star of the Year – Nominees

Casey Lawrence – Salem Branch
Casey Lawrence was the first employee of the month at the Salem branch back when it opened and was hired on with the very first employer that he was sent to. Casey had a difficult background but we knew he was coming to us with the hope of us helping him turn his life around. In these cases, All Star Labor & Staffing puts in the work to make sure we place workers with backgrounds in places that are open to it so that we never put a client or employee in an uncomfortable position. Casey more than excelled where he was placed. After having worked 520 hours through our office, Casey was hired on by the employer full time.

During Casey’s time with us not only have we regularly received offerings of gratitude from him and his family, we’ve also received messages from his employers such as: “we are extremely happy with Casey.” Casey is just one example of how important our All Star Mission is. We are so proud to be a part of his journey.

Barbra Peterson – Portland Branch
Barbara has only been with us for a few months now but in that short time has become our go-to person on so many occasions, we have lost count! Barbara is incredibly talented and has an amazing set of skills that give her the capability to work across in many different industries.

Michael A Rogers – Albany Branch
Michael has been a rock to us as far as showing up for last minute orders and when other employees call off. He has also recently been getting part-time hours with a client that has spoken very highly of him. It’s people like Michael that have really made staffing fun and rewarding!

Christopher Benton- Bend Branch
In Celebration of National Staffing Week, the Bend office nominated Christopher Benton. Christopher came in to the Bend office 15 months ago looking for some work. In that time, he has been on 24 different assignments. The assignments range from landscaping to working at Deschutes County Solid waste. Christopher is always responsible, turning in his time card on time and done accurately. It truly is a pleasure to work with Christopher.

Thank you to ALL of our All Stars! We appreciate you!

Can I get you a Latte?

I know, it’s a strange question to start a blog but it’s the best question to start your day here at All Star Labor & Staffing. Let me explain, the Latte is a symbol for us here at All Star. It is a symbol of respect to everyone who walks through our door, it is a simple way that we serve to honor our employees. It says, welcome, come in and tell us what you are looking for. We know and respect that everyone coming through our door comes from different circumstances. Putting yourself out there to be interviewed or start a new job is nerve-racking. We want to offer you a latte, maybe an apple and let you know that we see success in you even if you might not see it in yourself yet.

It starts with a latte but we honor our employees throughout the process. We do this because our biggest asset is people – our All Stars that work so hard and jump into every job with a full heart and appreciation. Our staff works hard to make sure we honor you by placing you in a good place. Knowing what kind of employer we are sending you to, knowing what you need to bring, where to go, who to report to, what to expect and any safety concerns – is essential to how we honor you at All Star Labor.

Every month each All Star Labor & Staffing chooses an employee that goes above and beyond. Those chosen are true All Stars. They are our go-to’s, our life savers. When one of our wonderful clients calls with an urgent need– these All Stars are always willing to work. No matter what the job is, they always give it their all. Check out our Facebook pages to see our latest employees of the month.

Come in and meet us, let us see how we can help you. This we believe to be true: “They will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them FEEL.” – Maya Angelou

Have a fantastic weekend!