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The Power of Expectation | Employment Central Oregon

Posted by | June 15, 2015 | Uncategorized

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Central Oregon is the Land of Expectations. Think about it…why do people move here? Because they have expectations of a certain quality of life. One of the principal reasons Central Oregon fills the thoughts and dreams of people all over the country has to do with their idealized visions of the recreation, tranquility beauty this place has to offer.

But there can be a disconnect, something that presents a barrier to such wistful reverie—at least a mental barrier. How many people are daydreaming about living here, yet nagged by the question, “How can I make a living over there?” The fear of the unknown, the cliché of “poverty with a view,” or a misconception that good jobs are only found in big cities…these are the things that hold people back. Yet they are all illusions.

Basketball legend, Michael Jordan, said, “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative one, then you will never change the outcome.”

As a professional staffing company in Central Oregon for over 30 years, we assert that there is good reason for job seekers to have optimism and the confidence to live and work here. There are always opportunities for employment in Central Oregon, and it can take you where you want to go. “High expectations,” as Sam Walton said, “are key to everything. Consider these few points that may influence your own expectations:

  • Our clients’ expectations are high. In other words, the companies that come to Mid Oregon Personnel to help them find good employees expect a lot from us, and a lot from the people they ultimately hire. While any field has its entry-level wages, business owners with high expectations typically see dedicated go-getters with good work ethics as worth their pay and will reward hard work and dedication. For those willing to rise to the level of those expectations, the future can be bright.
  • A good work ethic (still) matters…and it has a direct relationship to your earning potential. You see, savvy business owners understand that employee turnover is much more expensive and time consuming than investing in the right people for the job. Be that right person, and you will advance.
  • Training and Education go a long way. America is still a country where one can change their “lot” in life through hard work, study and determination. Ours is a nation of people who build their own names, forge their own futures. Many careers are built in steps, with jobs along the journey that can give you valuable experience. Often that means starting with an entry-level position that either develops via promotion, or sets a foundation for new opportunities. Mid Oregon Personnel helps real people develop their skills and experience so they can find a satisfying and sustainable career. It’s our job to help jobseekers rise to the level of their own expectations, and the expectations employers have for solid, dedicated staff.

Writer Ralph Marston said, “Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.”

We couldn’t have said it better!

Employment Central OregonGreg Lambert is President of Mid Oregon Personnel, with full-time offices in Bend, Redmond, Madras, and Prineville. Visit www.midoregonpersonnel.com for more information.

 

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The Right Fit | Jobs Central Oregon

Posted by | June 4, 2015 | Uncategorized

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Mockingbird Legacy IV

Lessons from A Bygone Time

By Benjamin Pierce*

My great-grandpa “Doc” Stanwell, friend of the great Atticus Finch, shared his Southern wisdom with me in his last years. His stories taught me valuable lessons that can be applied to your business. Join me now as I share lessons from the bygone days of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Doc said he’d never forget the day the great basketball player and promoter Chuck Taylor came to town to run a basketball clinic. The guy was a pioneer. Converse All-Star basketball shoes first came out in 1917, and Taylor soon became their first and most passionate spokesman. He even invented the seamless basketball in 1935!

At the end of the week-long basketball clinic, he gave all the participants a brand new pair of Chuck Taylor All-Stars, making sure each person had the right fit. (I still have the old, worn out All-Stars Doc’s son, my grandfather, wore for years; I can still see the dark imprints of each toe.) This was not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition, and there was no mad scramble to get the right size before someone else took it. No, Mr. Taylor took the time to fit the right shoes to each individual, one at a time. He even gave one kid a 9 and a 9 ½ because his feet were not quite the same size!

Finding the right fit makes all the difference in shoes and in life. As a professional staffing company, Mid Oregon Personnel helps job applicants find the best fit for their needs and goals. Just like Chuck Taylor, we take the time to consider the uniqueness of each and every individual we serve—their aptitudes, abilities and interests—and we match them with a compatible company. We always have job openings available, so give us a call or visit our website, and we’ll help you find that right fit!

Mid Oregon Personnel has full-time offices in Bend, Redmond, Madras, and Prineville. Visit www.midoregonpersonnel.com for more information.

*Benjamin Pierce is a fictional character created by “ghost writer,” Kelly Walker.

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Mockingbird Legacy III: Getting a Foot in the Door | Employment Bend OR

Posted by | May 4, 2015 | Uncategorized

Mockingbird Legacy IIIEmployment Bend OR

Lessons from A Bygone Time

By Benjamin Pierce*

My great-grandpa “Doc” Stanwell, friend of the great Atticus Finch, shared his Southern wisdom with me in his last years. His stories taught me valuable lessons that can be applied to your business. Join me now as I share lessons from the bygone days of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

In 1930’s Southern Alabama, a young person had to be pretty resourceful to work his or her way up the ranks. High-paying jobs were hard to come by and only the most dedicated and ambitious got into them.

But that didn’t dampen Eustace Kincaid’s spirits. One of eight children born to local dirt farmers, Eustace wasn’t the type to let other people’s notions of “reality” stand in the way of what he wanted; he created his own reality.

He started by selling the farm’s produce door to door. He knew that making a little money and getting to know folks in town would be a foot in the door to greater things. People came to appreciate his friendliness and enthusiasm. He used some of his profits to buy books about law, studying by night toward his dream of becoming a lawyer. Each week, he delivered fresh produce to Atticus Finch and shared many a conversation. Atticus began to admire the young man’s spunk and intelligence and one day offered him a job as a paralegal. That was the beginning of a remarkable career that eventually led to Eustace becoming a noted District Attorney.

Many careers are built in steps, with jobs along the journey that can give you valuable experience. Often that means starting with an entry-level position that either develops via promotion, or sets a foundation for new opportunities. Mid Oregon Personnel helps real people develop their skills and experience so they can find a satisfying and sustainable career. We always have job openings available for people looking to get a start in Central Oregon. Give us a call and we’ll help you get your foot in the door!

Mid Oregon Personnel has full-time offices in Bend, Redmond, Madras, and Prineville. Visit www.midoregonpersonnel.com for more information.

*Benjamin Pierce is a fictional character created by “ghost writer,” Kelly Walker.

 

 

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Mockingbird Legacy II: Lessons From a Bygone Time

Posted by | March 5, 2015 | Uncategorized

The Rise and Fall of Silas Curlew

Silas Curlew: Player of all, master of none.

Silas Curlew: Player of all, master of none.

By Benjamin Pierce*

My great-grandpa “Doc” Stanwell, friend of the great Atticus Finch, shared his Southern wisdom with me in his last years. His stories taught me valuable lessons that can be applied to your business. Join me now as I share lessons from the bygone days of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

On a sweltering Southern summer evening in 1949, a rattletrap old 1933 pickup came sputtering into town, raising a mess of dust and gas fumes. A sign on the door said, “Silas Curlew’s One Man Band.”

Like most small towns of that time, we welcomed visitors with a high degree of hospitality, and it soon became apparent to folks that Silas was extremely likeable and sincere. Children flocked to him and grown ups enjoyed his stories of the road.

There was just one problem: His music left a lot to be desired. (Atticus likened it to the sound of a cow giving birth.)

Nobody doubted Silas’s sincerity, but in trying to beat, blow and strum several instruments at once, he didn’t play any of them well. Prevailing wisdom was that he’d made his living by being paid not to play! Maybe old Silas should have focused on mastering just one instrument.

Finding high-quality applicants and hiring the best fit for your company, much like playing an instrument well, takes time, practice, and experience. Mid Oregon Personnel helps business owners focus on what they do best instead of trying to be a “one man band.” You won’t have to be a Silas Curlew trying to play every role in your business; Mid Oregon will team with you, in harmony with your company culture and mission, so you can play to your strengths!

Mid Oregon Personnel has full-time offices in Bend, Redmond, Madras, and Prineville. Visit www.midoregonpersonnel.com for more information.

*Benjamin Pierce is a fictional character created by “ghost writer,” Kelly Walker.

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Mockingbird Legacy, Part I

Posted by | March 3, 2015 | Uncategorized

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My great-grandpa “Doc” Stanwell, was a friend of the great Atticus Finch, and he shared his Southern wisdom. His stories taught me valuable lessons that can be applied to your business. Join me now as I share lessons from the bygone days of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Folks in our county trusted Doc deeply. During the Great Depression, he often accepted collared greens and such from those who couldn’t pay for his medical services. But after the War, money was easier to come by, and he decided it was time to find someone to run the front office.

His son Nash, my grandfather, studying business at Alabama U, convinced Doc against his better judgment to put out an ad in the Tuscaloosa News and accept resumes through the mail. “It’s a more scientific way to hire people,” Nash told him. Doc hardly had time to write up an ad and look through a bunch of resumes, but he wanted to make Nash feel important…

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Millenial Challenges | Staffing Central Oregon

Posted by | September 24, 2014 | Uncategorized

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We make you a target…for career satisfaction!

There is a large group of Americans who are in an historically unusual situation. Multiple millions of them are still living with their parents, to where it has surged to record levels. And those who have achieved housing independence are buying far fewer homes than is typical for their stage of life. In addition, large numbers have consciously postponed having children. This group now actually composes the largest share of the workforce. Unfortunately they also represent an even larger share of the unemployed in America. The Greater Central Oregon area is directly affected by this demographic and staffing situation.

Who are these people? They are known as the Millennials, and they consist of those who were born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. Fortunately, many of them are doing well. But a large percentage have been struggling in ways that directly alter their economic decisions and behavior–and also strongly impact the broader economy. Millennials make up more than 40 percent of the nation’s jobless, while accounting for approximately 25 percent of the population.

Just one example of these struggles is a student who graduated with degrees in both English and education, and yet she had to apply to more than 200 positions over a year and a half period. She only heard back from four of these possibilities, and grew discouraged. She frequented job sites, passed out resumes. Eventually she considered just postponing a career and instead going back to graduate school. And at the last minute she finally landed a teaching job!

A major concern and even a danger for Millennials is that a difficult beginning can hurt careers for quite some time, said Mark Schmit, executive director of the Society for Human Resource Management. A new graduate who can not procure a quality job that fits her or his skills can find that career and income prospects become impeded. “We have a bit of a lost generation,” he said. “It becomes very hard, the longer that you are not in your field, to get back with it.”

A big problem is that numerous younger employees have spent years in low-skill jobs. In addition, quite a few Millennials have been underemployed. They are either working fewer hours than they need or desire, or employed in work for which they are overqualified. So even though more jobs are opening now, they lack sufficient experience of a more specific nature. And this makes enterprises more reluctant to hire them. Exacerbating the problem is that numerous companies have also slashed training budgets. As Schmit said, “You end up with open jobs and with lots of people in the group unemployed.”

One bright spot for Millennials is the fact that older Baby boomers are aging out of the workforce at an accelerating rate. “In the high-value jobs, especially,” emphasized Schmit. “Take the oil industry—50 percent of the engineers are retiring within 10 years.”

So there is at least some room for growing hope and optimism, and it is not just the oil industry where demand will grow. What is important for Millennials to remember is that there are particular skills that are already in a state of fairly high demand, both regionally and nationally. Younger people with software, technology, financial, and certain scientific skills are often doing better in the job market overall. So keep this in mind as you contemplate going to school, or going back to school!

Mid Oregon Personnel helps make this situation better by placing our applicants with highly-relevant jobs that often lead to satisfying careers. We leverage our strong, long-standing relationships with some of Central Oregon’s top employees to meet their staffing needs and YOUR career aspirations–millennial or not!

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Thirty Years, and Moving Forward! | Central Oregon Jobs

Posted by | May 7, 2014 | Uncategorized

Central Oregon jobsCentral Oregon is one of the best places in the world to call home. Our majestic Cascade Mountains, the pine-clad forests and high desert sagebrush steppe, the silver ribbon we call the Deschutes winding through the heart of it all…we live in paradise! The key to enjoying it on a long-term basis is, for most of us, a job!

Mid Oregon Personnel celebrated a milestone just last month: Thirty years of serving our community, thirty years of matching good people with good employers. Over the past three decades, we have helped fulfill staffing needs for Central Oregon’s top companies and helped multiple thousands of people find fulfilling jobs. Our 30th anniversary is a celebration for the community as a whole, and we would like to say “THANK YOU” to all those who have been a part of what we do.

As 2014 progresses and we look to our next thirty years, Mid Oregon Personnel continues to move forward! Business is good–we know that, not just by the numbers, but by what our clients have to say–but we’re not content to stand still. One of the first things you’ll notice is our new website. We wanted a fresh, open new design that really highlights our business clients and real people whose careers have received a boost from a Central Oregon job opportunity we’ve offered. They are the true barometer of our success; the legacy we are building is written in what our customers have to say about us.

In addition to the website’s new look, we have launched a new easy-to-use application form for Central Oregon jobs that can be filled out and submitted right online. Simply browse current job listings, click on the “apply now” tab, and you’re in the running!

Our business clients will benefit from our growing brand message. Mid Oregon is working with Bend’s own Intrepid Marketing on comprehensive marketing strategies that will ensure quality applicants are exposed to our brand on multiple media and easily find us when they query the search engines. We understand that the depth and quality of our marketing has a direct effect on the quantity and quality of applicants available to meet your needs. Maintaining consistent, creative marketing is an important part of how we serve you!

Over the past thirty years, Mid Oregon has built its long-standing reputation on relationships. Conversational, person-to-person interviews seek to determine a person’s goals so that they can be met. “Our word is our bond,” says our President and Founder, Greg Lambert. We do what we say we will do.”

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30 years in the arena, and still moving forward!

“The essence of our company is that we find out what people need and serve them the way they want to be served,” says Lambert. “We like to use a shoe analogy: We don’t have a shoe that you have to try and fit into; we work hard to find the best fit for you—whether you’re an employer or someone seeking employment.”