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!

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.

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!

Be Your Own Leader

Be Your Own Leader

Be Your Own Leader


This week, like most weeks we sat down with our fearless leader and as usual she gives us a little life’s tale or truth to think about. Life lessons if you will, that translates into work and beyond. This week I thought it was appropriate to share because she wanted to talk about goals – personal and professional including where we see ourselves a year from now. This time of year, is full of goal angst. Mostly we’re going into the holidays with the hope to change things we don’t like about ourselves. Maybe we want to not gain the holiday weight or perhaps change a bad habit but that’s not what this goal focus should be about. Our leader was asking us to be our own leader by looking at our current situation, then giving voice to what may be holding us back and then purposely breathing life into it as we set our sights on that goal.

Ramona wanted us to think about giving voice to our desires, putting a bull’s-eye on our vision while using the metaphor of a bow and arrow to get us there. Let me explain a bit further; you see as you hold a bow and arrow in your arms, when you’re pulling back and you feel that tension, that is your current circumstances. When you take a deeper look, you might realize that the circumstances are of your own making. You can do something about it, you can in fact be your own leader. Where you aim the bow, that is your target, the bull’s-eye holds your vision of where or who you want to be. When you have that tension of your current circumstance pulled back, you will need to let go and send it on its path. You are giving that vision a voice. It’s what you want, your heart’s desire if you will.

You see, at All Star Labor & Staffing we are big believers in that the past is not going to pre-dictate your future and you must make goals from the right place, not from a dark place, not from shame or doubt. They must come from that light within. What will make you happy? What will make you proud? We were tasked to think about a year from now sitting around the same table what kind of person do we want to be, where do we want our life to be, what do we want to master in our work and our personal life?

So, friends I am tasking you as well. Be the leader in your life. What is your heart desire? What do you want to do or to be, what do you want to master in the next year? Take aim with your bow, pointing directly at your goal. Feel the tension of your current circumstances. What is really holding you back? And then give voice to it! Say it out loud! Give it voice and let it fly!
And then – let us know how it goes. We can’t wait to find out.

The Benefits of Hiring Veterans

This Veterans Day marks a significant milestone for service men and women. Since 9/11, the American people have shown incredible support for our troops, but those returning from service have faced many challenges with workforce reentry, particularly in finding meaningful employment. In our experience we have seen that a veteran may have never had to apply or interview for a civilian job before. Some may be struggling with constant worry or concern that may interfere with their daily tasks. The pace of the work may be too intense, or the lack of a chain of command may cause a veteran more stress. We have found some specific things that employers can do to smooth the way for veterans looking to enter the civilian workforce and to help them succeed once they have been placed.

If you are looking to attract top veteran talent, then you need to analyze your company’s job posting for veteran suitability by removing any requirements that could be exclusionary to them, such as years of industry experience, certifications, etc. At All Star Labor & Staffing we pride ourselves on recognizing ones skills even if they don’t see it in themselves yet. Applying with us is different than directly applying to the company in that we meet with you to recognize the skill set that veterans bring to the workforce and help them translate that into a successful resume resulting in a successful placement for all. Nearly 200,000 servicemembers will return to civilian life this year and helping them transition to the workforce is the least we can do as Americans.

But the truth is that our work has only just begun. Reports show that half of veterans seem to be leaving their first jobs out of the military within a year. What’s more, a new study by the Center for a New American Security sponsored by JPMorgan Chase found that nearly 60% of veterans feel overqualified for the civilian jobs they’re offered. We can do better, we all should take the time as small and large businesses to understand how to invest in resources to help veterans translate their experience into marketable skills. The traits they learn in the military lend themselves to a diverse range of position in the private sector. It’s not easy making the switch from the battleground to the office or labor job, but the skills our veterans bring—honor, diligence, commitment—are highly valued. Hiring veterans is good business because they inherently bring those traits to the job; engaging and retaining their talent is also great for business.

Let us not forget that hiring and investing in our American veterans is also great for our business’s bottom line. If you were not aware of the tax breaks you get for hiring veterans that let me point you in the right direction. On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act) that extends and modifies the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program, WOTC), resulting in an extension of the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Credits. Both of these credits expired on December 31, 2014, but were retroactively reinstated for 2015 and extended through the end of 2019. These credits, in addition to the Differential Wage Payment Credit, offer three ways your company can claim tax credits for employing qualifying veterans. For more information please visit the Work Opportunity Tax Credit page for the United States Department of Labor. Or call American Admin Inc, our PEO business and we can give you a quote on doing all of your payroll and taxes for you.

This Veterans Day, we honor, salute and thank the past and present men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. To best honor their service, we must find ways to support our veterans as they transition back to civilian workforce

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10 Traits That Every Successful Employee Needs

If you are worried you might be un-employable, or you don’t have the skills or enough education – think again. Stop doubting yourself, you can be the person that staffing companies LOVE to put to work. If you have the following 10 qualities, then your future is looking up!

  1. Being on time – Punctuality is key, trust me, your employer is watching. If you are always on time, ready to work at your designated time, you will definitely earn respect from your boss.
  2. Work Ethic – One MUST put great effort into working hard at one’s job and duties. This goes to your character; it shows your employer that you are trustworthy.
  3. Effort – The effort you put into a job is directly related to your achievements. The result of hard work and never giving up when the tough gets going will bring great rewards.
  4. Body Language – This can get you in trouble! Gestures, unconscious bodily movements, facial expressions, etc. serve as nonverbal communication. It can be very hard for those who wear your heart on your sleeve, but remember your nonverbal expressions can speak volumes to an employer.
  5. Energy – This can be your capacity to do work. It is an intangible force that can often be characterized as either positive or negative by an employer. Remember your vibe is going to leave an impression.
  6. Attitude – Now this one includes both verbal and non-verbal communication. It is the manner of acting your feelings out, it is one’s disposition, opinion and mind set.
  7. Passion – If you love what you do – it shows. Find something you love, something that inspires you to go to work every day. At All Star, our passion is helping those who might need a second chance as well as helping as many people as possible find suitable employment.
  8. Being Coachable – This is huge! If you have ever played youth sports you know that being coachable was the way to win the coaches heart. In the work world, you have to be able to listen to instructions, take criticism with grace and try new ways of doing things that may be out of your comfort zone.
  9. Doing Extra – Going above and beyond will get you noticed. This is one of the best gestures you can do at a job. Showing that you are a team player, willing to work until the job is done and that you are ready for more. Doing extra helps you climb that pay scale ladder!
  10. Being Prepared – Especially if you go through a staffing agency, this is key. You will be sent out on jobs, sometimes with little notice and you need to make sure you don’t show up to a job unprepared. You will get all the necessary information from All Star Labor & Staffing so make sure you pay attention. If you show up wearing sandals to a construction zone – you’re going to be sent home with no pay. Details are always important.

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Staffing Agency

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Using a staffing agency has many benefits for a business. Most businesses can use an extra set of hands to handle a big project or a new surge in business. But most are reluctant to hire full-time staff. A staffing agency can provide temporary employees to help with a wide variety of business tasks. Working closely with the staffing agency, a hiring manager can ensure that temporary workers possess the needed education, skills and experience to meet the needs of the company.

 1. Access to more candidates

A staffing agency saves time and money, especially when you need a larger pool of potential candidates to pull from. During the holiday season when some employers are looking to fill 150 open spots in a very short time. By utilizing an agency to fill your vacant positions you are utilizing professional recruiters! Interviewing, screening and recruiting is what staffing companies do non-stop! Those responsible for this process have the capabilities and knowledge required to be highly effective recruiters. By using an agency to recruit, it allows the employer to focus on their specialty or expertise, while simultaneously filling vacant positions.

2. Gauge the fit before hiring

Temporary employees give the business a chance to try out an employee before making a permanent offer of employment. This has happened to all of us. A candidate can look perfect on paper and answers all the right questions, checking every box you think you are looking for, but a few hours into the first day you know this person is not the right fit for the company. A person may have the experience and education for a job but simply does not mesh well with the business environment. Having the opportunity to have the person work on a temporary basis first gives the business a chance to evaluate how the person will fit in with the corporate culture and other employees. It also provides time to identify any weaknesses that would not typically be evident in the interview process.

3. Access to talent with specialized skills

To ensure only the highest level of quality, applicants are screened throughout the interview process with employment reference checks, skill and proficiency testing (as applicable), drug screening, behavioral assessments and safety orientations. Once a candidate has successfully passed all aspects of the screening process, it is then that they may be considered for employment. Staffing agency’s continually recruit to have specialized skilled workers on hand for the industry’s they serve.
• Clerical / Administrative
• Medical and Dental
• Skilled Nursing / Long-Term Care (CNA’s and LN’s)
• Landscaping & Landscaping Maintenance
• Hospitality
• Manufacturing and Production
• Construction
• Industrial
• General Labor

4. Ability to fill positions quickly

Temporary and On-Demand Staffing is a service geared towards an immediate need to cover for staffing shortage or abnormal work load. Temporary staffing can continue between 4 hours and one year. During this time, the employee remains on our payroll, worker’s compensation insurance and unemployment insurance.

5. Flexibility

Temporary employees allow businesses to use staff as needed. Temporary employees can be brought in to cover the vacation of an employee or maternity leave. Many staffing agencies can provide employees in a wide variety of disciplines to meet all of the needs of the business. The business then has the flexibility to use the services of the temporary staff as needed, whether it is a few hours a week or on a full-time basis. Using a staffing agency can avoid the permanent commitment that a full-time employee requires, saving both time and money.