Your Authentic Self at Work

When you start a new job, do you do your best to fit in and fall in line with the culture of the company? If so, you may start to feel like you are not being yourself, or you simply cannot be yourself so you decide you can’t possibly continue in that workplace and jump to the next.

It costs a company a lot of money to hire and rehire so it is in their best interest to retain their employees – especially the good ones. It takes time, effort and money to constantly hire and train new staff. At All Star Labor & Staffing it is imperative that we not only fit qualified people with each job but fit personality and character as well. It is in all our best interest to foster your individual talents and skills because companies want you to be an asset.

How do you not leave YOU behind when you walk into work? The following are ways you can fit into the culture but also set your own tone and exemplify authenticity in your workplace:

Be your authentic you from the start. Be upfront about the way you work best, express your ideas and put your whole self into your work. Just remember that everyone of your co-workers should be allowed to be their true, whole selves as well. Acceptance and appreciation leads to a happy and healthy work environment. It also makes it a more creative and collaborative one since everyone brings their own special skills to the table.

Ask the tough questions. Ask questions that will lead you to what you need to do to get ahead, fit in, and stand out. Find out how your company values creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. Don’t be too fearful to ask about technology usage, performance reviews, the promotion process, or any other facet of your work. Transparency creates communication between employer and employee and that can lead to the autonomy of self-expression.

Let others in. When you let others know the reason behind how you choose to work and share your ideas you give insight into how your authentic self helps you perform better at work. Also giving permission for others to appreciate your true, authentic self.

How do you bring your authentic self into your work?

7 Habits of A Powerful Leader

7 Habits of A Powerful Leader
By Ramona Mathany
Owner, American Admin, Inc. & All Star Labor and Staffing

In times of uncertainty, we look to our leaders to guide us. In order to be a true and powerful leader you must stick to your principles. If you heard someone described as a powerful leader, you might assume he or she would be the loudest person in the room, the one telling everyone else what to do. But powerful does not mean dominating. In fact, a controlling, dominating person is the very opposite of a powerful leader. So what exactly makes a powerful leader and how do you become one? Here are the 7 essential habits of a powerful leader:

1. Do not control others
Powerful leaders do not try to control, convince, or manipulate other people or their behaviors. They know it doesn’t work, and it’s not their job. Their job is to control themselves.

2. Create a respectful environment
Powerful leaders are able to consciously and deliberately create the environment by showing respect. They deliberately set the standard for how they expect to be treated by the way they treat others. As they consistently act in responsible, respectful, and loving ways, it becomes clear that only people who can get close to them are those who know how to show respect, be responsible, and love well.

3. Refuse to be a victim
Life does not happen to powerful leaders, powerful leaders make choices and decision to navigate proactively. They are not controlled or infected by their environment. Powerful leaders refuse the play the victim by shifting responsibility for their choices onto others.

4. Require others around you to be powerful
When powerful leaders encounter a powerless person, they are not tempted to dive into any unhealthy emotional ties or attachments. They hear a victim’s sob story and ask, “so what are you going to do about that? What have you tried? What else could you try?” These questions confront powerless people with their responsibility and their capacity to make choices and control themselves. This is the only option a powerful leader will offer to powerless people: become powerful, make choices, and control yourself.

5. Make daily decisions that align with your vision
Powerful leaders do not simply react to whatever is happening today. They are able to take responsibility for their decisions and the consequences of those decisions – even for mistakes and failures. They can respond to today and create tomorrow. Powerful leaders have a vision and mission for their life, and can use the events of each day, whether positive or negative, to direct themselves toward that vision.

6. Let your “yes” be “yes” and “no” be “no”
Popular opinion or the pressure of others does not sway the language of powerful leaders. They know exactly what they want and how to communicate their desires. A powerful leader says, “I will. I do. I am.” Powerful leaders can say both “yes” and “no,” and mean it. Others can try to manipulate, charm and threaten, but their answer will stand.

7. Consistently demonstrate who you say you are
Powerful leaders can be who they say they are on a consistent basis. And because they know how to be themselves, they invite those around them to be themselves. Only powerful leaders can create a safe place to know and be known intimately. They say, “I can be me around you and you can be you around me. We do not need to control each other, and we don’t want to control each other. “

We all have room to grow in becoming powerful leaders. No matter what, know that every step on the journey to getting free and being a powerful leader in your own life is worth it. Choosing to say “yes!” to a life of responsibility will be one filled with adventure and joy. Do not let powerlessness and a victim mentality steal from you any longer. YOU can be powerful leader who can make powerful decisions implementing these 7 traits.

Ramona Mathany is owner and director of All Star Labor & Staffing and American Admin Inc.

All Star Labor & Staffing – In The News

Ramona Mathany, Director All Star Labor & Staffing

Our Fearless leader Ramona Mathany was in the Eugene Register-Guard newspaper commenting on the unemployment rate in Lane County as All Star has opened a new branch in Eugene, Oregon this week!

Lane County April jobless rate of 4 percent stayed near record low

By Sherri Buri McDonald
The Register-Guard
May 24, 2017

Lane County’s unemployment rate has been holding near the record low set in February, according to the latest state Employment Department report released Tuesday.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4 percent in April, virtually unchanged from March, the report said.

While the jobless rate has stayed low, over-the-year job growth in Lane County has started to slow, said Brian Rooney, a labor economist with the department.

“It had been at about 2.5 percent,” he said. In April, “it was 1.7 percent.”

“When you have rapid employment growth it’s hard to maintain that percentage increase” over an extended period, Rooney said.

He said nothing negative on the horizon would suggest a sustained downturn in job growth.

Total nonfarm employment, not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations, rose by 1,100 jobs in April. It was up 2,700 from April 2016 for over-the-year job growth of 1.7 percent. That compares with the overall state growth rate of 2.1 percent in April.

Total nonfarm payroll employment in Lane County was 159,500 in April, up from 158,400 in March.

Lane County showed regular seasonal gains in April.

Ramona Mathany, director of Portland-based All Star Labor & Staffing, recently opened an office in Eugene, at 235 W. 10th Ave. It is her firm’s sixth office. The others are in Portland, Bend, Salem and Albany.

With summer coming and a stronger economy, she anticipates filling many positions for laborers in such industries as construction, landscaping and manufacturing.

Mathany also thinks hospitality in Eugene will be a hot industry for her company.

“In our Portland branch, we find a lot of servers, cooks and baristas,” she said. “We feel in Eugene there’s a lot of great restaurants and caterers and wedding (venues) that we’ll have a good-size hospitality (clientele.)”

In Lane County in April, leisure and hospitality gained 300 jobs, for a total of 17,100.

Retail trade added 200 jobs, for a total of 20,300. Education and health services gained 200, for a total of 25,800. Professional and business services, which includes temporary staffing, added 200, for a total of 17,900. Construction gained 100 for a total of 6,600.

Government lost 400 jobs in April, the report said. A loss of 500 in local government education, which includes the University of Oregon, was countered by a 100 gain in noneducation local government.

Eugene – KEZI Channel 9 News Story on Newly Opened Eugene Branch

Check out the KEZI Channel 9 News story about our new branch in Eugene. Thanks KEZI!

EUGENE, Ore. – A new employment agency in Eugene is ready to help businesses hire employees, as the state faces historically low unemployment rates.

The Portland based company, All Star Labor and Staffing, officially expanded their services to Eugene on Wednesday, making it the sixth branch in the state.

Alicia Scott, the manager at the site on West 10th Avenue, said they offer a personalized approach to recruiting and placement that will help local businesses hire exceptional employees.

“We want a personal relationship with them and we want to have an opportunity to help them grow by finding them the best candidate for their business.” Said Scott.

Scott said they only have three staff members at the Eugene branch, but they hope to continue growing.

All Star Labor & Staffing Employment Agency to Expand into Eugene on May 17

EUGENE, OR – 05/17/2017 — Portland-based All Star Labor & Staffing company expanded its services and opened the doors to its new Eugene location today, with plans to match local residents with available jobs in Lane County. All Star Labor & Staffing is a full-service boutique agency focused on creating successful partnerships with local companies by understanding each client’s unique needs and striving for excellence with every placement. Founder and Director Ramona Mathany spent 15 years in the PEO business providing clients with payroll, HR, workers’ compensation insurance and administrative services before starting All Star Labor & Staffing. She brought this expertise into her staffing business, and is now committed to providing companies with their single most important asset – their people.

All Star Labor & Staffing was established in 2009 in Portland, OR and placed 150 employees in the first year. Now, as the company celebrates its 8th anniversary, it also celebrates 3,200 employees across Oregon including Salem, Albany and Bend and two branches in Portland with the latest being an office in NE Portland on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. In an effort to expand its services and continue to serve Oregon business and support local jobseekers, it will open its 6th location in Lane County. Mathany said the agency has temporary positions and long-term assignments available throughout Lane County.

“We find jobs for individuals including temporary assignments, seasonal positions, and evaluation-to-hire opportunities that could lead to a full-time, permanent placement,” Mathany said. “But it is not as simple as it sounds, as we consistently provide quality service and pay special attention to what makes each business unique. We strive to help employers grow their businesses while helping employees develop their careers. All Star serves as a bridge to finding the right fit for both clients and employees. Our job is to be a part of the journey, lending a hand with a spirit of excellence.” Mathany said.

Oregon has recently reported historically low unemployment rates. This is great news for our economy but can prove challenging for employers. So while Lane County is home to other staffing agencies, Mathany said she’s confident All Star’s personalized approach to recruiting and placement will be a tremendous asset to local businesses facing unprecedented obstacles due to the declining number of individuals seeking employment.

The newest All Star Labor & Staffing branch celebrates being fully operational today, May 17th. The office is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and will be operated by Branch Manager, Kris Gruba who has worked in business management for 20+ years and specializes in personalized placements for large and small businesses.

“As a seasoned business owner, I understand the need for a strong workforce of dedicated employees,” Mathany said. “Fortunately, All Star Labor and Staffing is always recruiting and we can help our clients build their own all-star team.”

For more information, stop by the new branch at 235 W 10th Ave Eugene, OR 97401, call 541.228.9751 or visit us at www.allstarlabor.com.

About All Star Labor & Staffing

All Star Labor & Staffing, founded in Portland in 2009, is a staffing agency that offers local companies an unparalleled level customer service and customization. Founder and director Ramona Mathany spent 16 years in the PEO business providing clients with payroll, HR, insurance and administrative services before starting All Star Labor & Staffing. She brought this expertise into her staffing business, while also committing to provide companies with their most important asset – their people. All Star Labor has six branches including Albany, Bend, Eugene, Portland SE, Portland NE and Bend, OR.

Branch Information:

Hours: Open M-F from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: 235 W 10th Ave Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: 541.228.9751 I Fax: 541.460.5555
Website: www.allstarlabor.com
Business Development Manager: Alicia Scott
Cell: 541-603-6406
Media Contacts:
Company Name: All Star Labor & Staffing
Full Name: Erin Bledy
Phone: 503.619.0811
Email Address: erinb@allstarlabor.com

All Star Success Story – Armando G.

Armando G. is most certainly an All Star! He came to All Star after Trevor, a Staffing Coordinator at our Salem office met Armando in early November at a non-work related event. After hearing some of Armando’s story, Trevor gave him a business card and invited him to come in and apply for work. Armando came in a couple days later to apply and was immediately sent out on a part-time construction job and totally nailed it, pun intended. Shortly after that, another construction company needed help and Armando was available and sent right out. That client kept Armando working for several months and said he was a great employee, a very hard worker. In total over the course of 5 months, we sent Armando to a total of 4 different clients who needed part-time help and every one of them raved about what a great employee he was. One of the clients said: “ARMANDO KICKS BUTT, SMART, GREAT ATTITUDE”. His fantastic attitude was rewarded in January with an All Star Employee of The Month Award.

When we were able to place him at his now full-time job doing window installation, we could not have been more thrilled for him. His new “home” company is fantastic and incredibly happy to have him. Nothing makes us happier at All Star than watching people succeed. Being able to place someone in a job when they are in need is incredibly rewarding, but when we are able to put them in a full-time “forever” job, it gives us a true sense of happiness and fulfillment.

Armando, thank you for letting us be a part of your journey. We wish you only the very best!
-All Star Labor & Staffing

Social Media – What Not to Do If You Want a Job

We all do it, share our lives on social media but you may not be aware that it could cost you a job. These days hiring professionals see you well before they meet you. One in five employers says they have rejected a candidate after seeing something they deem as inappropriate online. So, what are the red flags employers look for in your social media?

According to YouGov.com, three quarters of employers agree that aggressive or offensive language is the most off-putting social media behavior.

So, what can you do to improve your social habits for the sake of your job or future career? The following tips will help:
1. Get Linked In! Make sure your LinkedIn profile is at all star status! The more you add, the better chances you will have. Add professional pictures and links to any portfolios of work you may have. 48% of 2,000 business manages reported LinkedIn as there go-to social media platform to check on potential employees. Facebook came in as a close second at 46%.
2. You are your own brand. You may not realize it, but what you post across social media paints a picture of who you are and what you stand for. Be cognizant of that every time you post.
3. Avoid the provocative. Images speak for themselves and if you have pictures of yourself doing things up in “da club”, you may want to keep those on your private phone or privately secured pages. It’s not great that people judge, but businesses need to thoroughly vet candidates so they are confident they are making a good investment for their company.
4. Slow your roll with the Selfies! Selfies are great but there is a line that many cross when posting too many and they end up looking very self-involved. Remember, you are your own brand and is being self-involved the message you want to portray about yourself? If you love the selfie, no worries, just stick to Snapchatting your friends with them!
5. Don’t badmouth. Social media can turn into a very hostile place. Just remember to keep your anger in check and most importantly – don’t badmouth your current or previous employer. This creates a negative image of you and your future employer will assume that you will do the same thing to them.

If you are currently seeking employment, it might greatly benefit you to reach out and connect with a recruiter at the All Star Labor & Staffing branch near you to see how we can help.

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!

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!