All Star Success Story – Terry “Bear” L.

“Every time I walked through the door, I had a job.” That is what Terry “Bear” L. said when I spoke to him yesterday. Terry is a long time All Star employee in Bend, OR. Terry has been working with All Star to successfully find employment since the office was first opened. When Terry first moved to Bend he was referred to All Star and met Scott Reynolds, the Bend Branch Manager. Terry has developed a friendship with everyone in the Bend office over the years. “Always dealing with the guys in the office, you end up with a bunch of friends rather than managers,” said Terry. “I often run into them outside of work and they are just great people.”

Terry has held all kinds of positions with All Star Labor & Staffing over the years. He has worked mostly in the construction industry, some seasonal, some temp jobs and quite a few that turned into full time positions that would last years. Seasonal jobs have included working at Mt. Bachelor, and events at the fairgrounds. Some of his favorite jobs over the years have included demolition, framing and drilling. He has a real talent for working with his hands and has learned some amazing skills from different kinds of temp work over the years. He learned how to build water features, conveyer systems, corrals and out buildings. He loved building fences on the edge of the national forest area and discovered he has a knack for bringing in business for the contractors he has worked for. Over the years he has been given great bonuses and even nicer work trucks for the hard work he has put into every job he does.

The last temp job that Terry was sent to has now turned into a full time job that he has been at for years. He hand crafts wood paddles for a local company. He loves working with his hands to create and sculpt, loves going to work every day and especially loves not having to work outside in extreme weather. The company even worked with All Star to bring on Terry’s stepson for seasonal work. He has been the jack of all trades and learned so much over the years but he now feels like he has found what we like to call – his forever home. The job that turns out to be the right fit in a way that you didn’t even know was possible.

“We could not be happier for Terry,” said Scott Reynolds. “It has been our pleasure to help him find good jobs over the years and we love getting to know people so well that placing them in the right job is easy for us. We will be here if Terry ever needs us again, but I think he has found the right forever job for him. Finding a job is hard when you go it alone. You never know what you are going to get but when you work with All Star we get to place you with clients we know, job descriptions that are very clear and by getting to know our employees we have a much better sense of what works best for everyone. We wish Terry all the best and hope that he won’t be a stranger and that he will stop by and see us every once and awhile.”

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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.