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ABOUT

Established in 1978, Emerald Staffing is the Portland area’s most reliable, locally-owned staffing agency. Our office located in Lake Oswego, Oregon offers an authentic balance of professional service and essential marketplace knowledge. As a leader in Portland’s employment and staffing industry, our clients rely on our proven success to provide dependable results for their hiring needs. We carefully screen job applicants through an extensive interview process, secure professional references, and offer valuable skillset assessments. As your staffing partners, Emerald Staffing offers a variety of resources to the clients we represent, including:

TEMPORARY STAFFING

TEMP TO HIRE

PERMANENT PLACEMENT

EXECUTIVE SEARCH

CANDIDATE SCREENING

ONSITE INTERVIEWING FACILITIES

ACA & ERISA WRAP COMPLIANCE

MARKET TRENDS ANALYSIS

HUMAN RESOURCES CONSULTING

PAYROLL SERVICES

OREGONSAVES COMPLIANCE

OSHA SAFETY PARTNER

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FRESH IDEAS FOR YOUR GROWING BUSINESS.

A blended service. We place temporary, temp to hire, and permanent candidates. Call us today to discuss new opportunities for you or your company! 

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EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Need expert assistance finding your next Executive-level hire? Emerald Staffing's Executive Search can assist you!

WITH OVER 40 YEARS’ OF EXPERIENCE… John Burton, Jr. has helped build successful corporate teams across the nation. Starting in 1978, Emerald Staffing has continued to thrive as a family owned and operated business. For over 30 years, John has helped build the Emerald Brand from 3 employees to over 100 today. Being pliable in today’s market helped John work with hundreds of firms, spanning multiple industries, assisting with Executive placement.

BEING A NATIVE OREGONIAN… John has been able to cultivate a network that brings talented people to accomplished employers. John is actively involved on the Oregon board for the American Staffing Association, Panelist speaker for Occupational Safety & Health Administration, Panelist speaker for the 2019 Pay Equity Act, and a leader in Compliance. Being involved in continued education assists John’s expansive knowledge helping him navigate through different industries seamlessly.

WE BELIEVE THE BEST APPROACH IS… to listen to the client’s needs to assess what didn’t work or why the position is open. To experience continued growth, we reverse engineer the process building a candidate profile that will fulfill and exceed our client’s needs. Finding the proper candidate takes skill, understanding, vision, and dedicated work. One of our top priorities is to find an Executive that will fit into our client’s culture and vision for the future.

Contact us directly to discuss potential Executive Search needs! 

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TESTIMONIALS

Don't just take our word for it, see for yourself what our clients, candidates & employees are saying.

  • John Burton and the entire team of professionals at Emerald Staffing are top-notch partners in the increasingly competitive recruitment market. Emerald Staffing has given CRB Manufacturing a competitive edge when searching for those hard-to-find professionals with technical skills. We count on Emerald to help take our third-generation manufacturing company to the next level by finding and recruiting our most valuable resource – people!

    Aimee Baker, Controller
    CRB Manufacturing Inc – Est. 1948
  • I have had a business partnership with John Burton & Emerald Staffing for over 30 years. When I have an accounting or administrative opening – Emerald is my first call. They are trustworthy, honest, fair, very valuable in placement within our workforce and so much fun to work with!

    Wyatt Satrum – Director of Human Resources, Willamette Egg Farms
  • John Burton and the Emerald team have an exceptional program. They have helped our firm with laser point accuracy when hiring executive level administrative staff. I recommend Emerald to any employer without hesitation.

    Mike Nye – Founding Partner Capacity Commercial Group, LLC
  • It takes AWESOME people to hire AWESOME people…John and his team are the real deal! They helped me to fill a mission critical role that I had been struggling for months to fill. Not only did we find a great new addition to our team, but the decision was very difficult due to the high caliber of candidates that John presented. He truly is all about the relationships. This organization has energy and passion. And it shows in their work.

    Clint Kendrick - Sr. Director, Donor Services
    Bloodworks Northwest
  • Emerald Staffing has helped grow our startup company from one employee to six. The staff at Emerald have a firm grasp of our needs and have always been able to execute.

    Mike – President @ Envoy Inc.
  • The word that comes to mind when I think of Emerald Staffing in Lake Oswego, Oregon is WOW. Emerald Staffing was referred to me by the local Chamber of Commerce. I was having a difficult time finding an experienced, competent employee to add to my current business team. It took only a single phone call to Cory and her team to provide me with 5 extraordinary applicants. Within the first week I hired an outstanding employee that has now been with me for more than a month. Both Cory and my new team member ROCK! Thank you for your extraordinary assistance. You are the best!

    Pat Healey – State Farm – Owner
  • I’ve got to say; in the past I’ve worked with other agencies and didn’t get the service or response that I have received with Emerald Staffing recruiters. Because of past experience with other agencies, I planned on it taking much longer to find the right candidate to fill our position. Emerald Staffing has been great to work with and I will recommend highly in the future!

    Sue Vliet – Meadows Executive Office Suites
  • The Emerald Staffing Team is dedicated to ensuring successful placements at a fair price. After all making the wrong hiring decision can be financially crippling for any company especially a small one; therefore investing in a partner who is committed to a long term relationship to help make the right choice it worth every penny.

    Evelyn Hecht – President
    Hecht & Hecht Insurance Agency Inc.
  • I’m so grateful to have connected with this staffing agency! Nick Burton, was outstanding to meet with. I have full confidence that working with him, through your agency contacts, I will finally find a great and lasting opportunity to shine! I look forward to the opportunities that will be available to me soon. Thank you!

    Christine M. – Emerald Staffing Candidate
  • I feel very grateful for finding out about this agency. They seem very knowledgeable and have great connections that will help you find a job. When I came in for my interview I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly all the staff were. It makes a big difference for someone who is nervous. My interview was with Mary. She genuinely seemed to want to help you find the best job fit for you.

    Yana M. – Emerald Staffing Employee
  • The people I met were very friendly and helpful. I found the whole experience to be positive. I love that Emerald is a local and family-owned company. I look forward to working with Emerald!

    Amy R. – Emerald Staffing Candidate
  • Emerald Staffing is AMAZING! If you are a qualified individual looking for a great place to have someone assist you in finding a career, this is where you would start. Mary Marshall helped me find my dream job – correction my career that I plan on staying until retirement. They take their time and make sure the fit for both parties is right and are great communicating with you throughout the process. Many thanks!

    Monica H. – Emerald Staffing Employee
  • I showed up today for an interview and was greeted promptly by a member of the staff. Personable and kind within a calming atmosphere I settled into the space. The interviewer had good questions for me as well as being a good listener.

    Jeffrey M. – Emerald Staffing Candidate
  • Had a great experience! The office environment is very warm and calming. Met Elise at the front desk who was very sweet and easy to talk to. The interview was with Mary, who was really helpful and took out the time to go over my experience in a personalized way to improve the chances of getting hire. Very excited about working with them!

    Aniqa A. – Emerald Staffing Employee
  • I have worked with other staffing agencies in the past. My experience with Emerald was quite different. I wasn’t at all expecting to feel so comfortable or the surroundings to be so aesthetically pleasing. Normally it’s bare walls a few chairs, a fake ficus tree and an endless views of cubicle land with people less than excited to be there. Emerald is warm, inviting and friendly. Emerald staffing agency knows how to bring people together in an inviting and fun way without the feeling of making the interview process scary and dry. If you are considering a temp to perm job without scouring indeed and Craigslist, give Emerald Staffing a try. You won’t be disappointed.

    Tammy W. – Emerald Staffing Employee
  • The office is in a great location. The receptionist is very personable. The office is very clean and neat. Nick, my interviewer, was very amiable and professional. I didn’t realize that Emerald Staffing is a family-owned business. The company already had me in mind for a position when I arrived.

    Elisabeth J. – Emerald Staffing Candidate
  • The employees at Emerald Staffing were very professional but at the same time, very friendly and welcoming. This was my first time working with a staffing agency so I was a little nervous. They made me feel comfortable right away. Although they were interviewing me, it felt more like a friendly conversation to get to know me. I am looking forward to working with them on my job search.

    Patricia T. – Emerald Staffing Candidate
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FUN FACTS

Here at Emerald, we love what we do!
Each time we place a new employee or successfully fill a position, we celebrate!

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HAPPY CLIENTS

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HOURS WORKED BY OREGONIANS

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OUR TEAM

We believe in a diverse range of personnel to bring excellent service, appropriate job placement, and essential ideas to the table. Meet our local team!

John Sr. & Meri

John Sr. & Meri

Founders View Details
John Jr.

John Jr.

President View Details
Mary

Mary

Senior Recruiter View Details
Nick

Nick

Senior Recruiter View Details
Angela

Angela

Staffing & Recruiting Consultant View Details
Mady

Mady

Staffing & Recruiting Consultant View Details
Shasta

Shasta

Operations & Recruiting Assistant View Details
Katy

Katy

Client Relations – HR | Accounting View Details
Goose

Goose

Resolutions Representative View Details
Auggie

Auggie

First Impressions Director View Details
Watson

Watson

Music Director View Details
Yankee

Yankee

Security Specialist View Details
Thoreau

Thoreau

Candidate Connoisseur View Details
Sookie Mae

Sookie Mae

Meal Mixologist View Details
Daphne

Daphne

Interior Re-Designer View Details
Frank

Frank

Sr. Operations Manager View Details
Sebastian

Sebastian

Activities Coordinator View Details
Leche

Leche

Chief Communications Coordinator View Details
Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

People Partner View Details
Jebediah

Jebediah

Dust Buster View Details
John Sr. & Meri

John Sr. & Meri

Founders

John and Meri Burton founded Emerald Staffing in 1978 – They have mentored many great professionals throughout the years.  Their honest and dedicated approaches to business are the building blocks which shaped Emerald’s foundation and success!

Fun Fact:  They met in grade school and have been together for over 70 years – They speak on the phone every Emerald work day at 9am

John Jr.

John Jr.

President

What do you enjoy about the Staffing and Recruiting industry? After nearly 40 years in staffing and recruiting with Emerald, what I enjoy the most is being that helping hand. To help the job seeker land their perfect career and our corporate clients to build meaningful and productive teams.
Share your favorite hang-out spot in Oregon? Dead tie! Bend and Astoria Ore!
It is pizza time… What kind of pizza do you order? Straight up – Pepperoni with olive oil base with thin crust. This way I can eat more!
You are the biggest fan of what game/sport? We all know I do not watch sports! Trick question!
What are your favorite dancing shoes? Flip Flops!
Your spirit animal is? According to our friends at Google, my spirit animal is a deer. I am going against the research, and I am definitely an otter. Little known fact, the otter is the golden retriever of the sea.

Mary

Mary

Senior Recruiter

What do you enjoy about the Staffing and Recruiting industry? Staffing keeps me on my toes! It is a very fast paced, ever changing job, where I’m constantly switching gears and having to come up with solutions to everyday staffing problems, whether it’s helping a client find that right candidate, or assisting a candidate in prepping for a big interview. Not one day is the same. It’s somewhat of an adrenaline rush, and I feed off that.
Share your favorite hang-out spot in Oregon? That’s tough, but I love Mount Tabor.
It is pizza time… What kind of pizza do you order? It’s got to be Meat lovers!
Your not-so-secret hobby is? DIY crafts and home improvement projects. I’d rather build the furniture for my home than buy it.
What is your go-to karaoke song? Ironic by Alanis Morissette, and the runner up is Superstition by Stevie Wonder.
Your spirit animal is? I. am. a. Mountain Lion.

Nick

Nick

Senior Recruiter

What do you enjoy about the Staffing and Recruiting industry? I love developing long lasting relationships with our local clients and candidates. Finding a great employee or a new career can be stressful, our dedicated team of recruiters and support staff work hard to streamline the process.
Share your favorite hang-out spot in Oregon? Short Sands beach, just south of Cannon.
What is your favorite hot sauce? Secret Aardvark’s Habanero Hot Sauce (red label).
You are the biggest fan of what game/sport? Rip City!
What is your go-to movie?Easy, it is The Wedding Singer.
Choose your spirit animal? Squirrel!

Angela

Angela

Staffing & Recruiting Consultant

What do you enjoy about Staffing and Recruiting industry? I love talking with candidates, getting to know them and their career journey. It’s so rewarding connecting candidates with positions that align with their career goals and knowing I’ve made a difference for the candidate and client.
Share your favorite hang-out spot in Oregon? I like getting away and going to Newport Beach. Otter Rock is my favorite spot!
What is your favorite food? Tacos! Always up to try new taco places around Portland!
You are the biggest fan of what game/sport? Anything the Oregon State Beavers are playing!
What is your go-to movie? 50 first dates I could watch over and over. I like any comedy and anything with Adam Sandler.
Your spirit animal is? A llama, laying in the sun all day doesn’t sound like a bad gig.

Mady

Mady

Staffing & Recruiting Consultant

What do you enjoy most about the staffing and recruiting industry? There is so much joy out of meeting new people every day and be a resource for them in their job-hunting journey. I also value building relationships with our clients and finding the right candidates to join their team.
Share your favorite foodie spots in Oregon? My hometown is Beaverton so if you are ever in the area, these are my recs:
Breakfast: Sunrise Bagels
Lunch BGs Food Cartel
Dinner: Decarli
Dessert: Crumbl
Late Night Grub: Shake Shack
You are the biggest fan of what game/sport? Any University of Oregon team, go Ducks!
What are your favorite dancing shoes? My bare feet! In the wintertime though I will go with some thick fuzzy socks.
Your spirit animal is? Melman, the giraffe from Madagascar.
What would be your Hogwarts house? I’m in Hufflepuff!

Shasta

Shasta

Operations & Recruiting Assistant

What do you enjoy about the Staffing and Recruiting industry? Talking to really great people and seeing them get the job they want and deserve.
Share your favorite hang-out spot in Oregon? Down by the river with a picnic blanket, some friends, and some good food!
It is pizza time… What kind of pizza do you order? My go-to pizza order is herb chicken Mediterranean, but I love a classic combination pizza too!
Your favorite movie is? It’s Coraline!
What are your favorite dancing shoes? My favorite dancing shoes would have to be just socks so I can do cool slides and spins on the tile floor.
Your spirit animal is? My spirit animal is probably a cat because I can be cool and collected one moment and then energetic and playful another!

Katy

Katy

Client Relations – HR | Accounting

What do you enjoy about staffing? Every client is unique, and every job is different… The diversity is what makes this job a world of its own. My team is the best; we get the job done, jam out to our favorite tunes, and have little bit fun.
Share your favorite hang-out spot in Oregon? The Highland Stillhouse in Oregon City.
What’s your go-to movie? Point Break, it has everything you need in a movie!
You are the biggest fan of what game/sport? I’m from Minnesota… Hockey, Go Wild!
What are your favorite dancing shoes? My very comfy, dirty vans.
Choose your spirit animal? Three-Toed Sloth; I love trees and hanging around.

Goose

Goose

Resolutions Representative

Favorite Food: Everything…Especially grilled cheese sandwiches
Favorite Activity: Playing with my pal Auggie
Favorite YouTube: Funny Guilty Dog Video Compilation (Best of 2016)

Auggie

Auggie

First Impressions Director

Favorite Food: Whatever Goose doesn’t eat
Favorite Activity: Playing with my pal Goose
Favorite YouTube: Throwing My Dogs a Pool Party

Watson

Watson

Music Director

Favorite Food: Frozen bananas with peanut butter
Favorite Activity: Listening to music with Dad
Fondest Puppy Moment: Chasing the sprinkler

Yankee

Yankee

Security Specialist

Favorite Food: Everyone’s scraps
Favorite Activity: Snuggling under the covers
Favorite Time of Year: Winter!

Thoreau

Thoreau

Candidate Connoisseur

Favorite Food: Tuna & String Cheese (cut up into tiny pieces)
Favorite Activity: Chasing birds and watching my dad garden.
Favorite YouTube: Birds in the Park (in High Definition)

Sookie Mae

Sookie Mae

Meal Mixologist

Favorite Food: Butter
Favorite Activity: Running rampant throughout the house at 1:00AM
Favorite YouTube: Bird Sounds and Squirrels Extravaganza

Daphne

Daphne

Interior Re-Designer

Favorite Food: Paper
Favorite Activity: 9pm perimeter check
Favorite Time of Year: Halloween, it was my adoption day!

Frank

Frank

Sr. Operations Manager

Favorite Food: Mice
Favorite Activity: Attacking John
Favorite YouTube: Sad Cat Diaries

Sebastian

Sebastian

Activities Coordinator

Favorite Food: Greenies Treats
Favorite Activity: Playing fetch
Favorite Time of Year: Winter with snow

Leche

Leche

Chief Communications Coordinator

Favorite Food: Ice cream
Favorite Activity: Singing
Favorite Holiday: Cinco de Mayo

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

People Partner

Favorite Food: Bugs
Favorite Activity: Long walks on the beach
Favorite Holiday: Christmas, so much wrapping paper!

Jebediah

Jebediah

Dust Buster

Favorite Food: Dandelion yogurt treats.
Favorite Activity: Chewing on apple wood sticks and doing taxes.
Favorite Time of Year: Christmas, I like it when it’s cold and get all the treats.

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GET CONNECTED

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HAPPILY PLACED!

  • Meet the voices behind Happily Placed!. John Burton, President of Emerald Staffing, and Mary Marshall, Senior Recruiter bring an exciting take on recruiting and Staffing.

  • This dynamic duo gives the audience an insider’s peak into being a recruiter in the ever-changing workforce. From hilarious stories to tips and tricks – you will never be bored whilst they are at the mic! Pull up a chair, grab a pen, and get ready for your weekly dose of Happily Placed!

  • Join John Burton and Mary Marshall as they dole out real-life advice about how to nail your interview. In this episode, these seasoned staffing professionals have a chat about the best ways for recent college grads to prepare for their interview, nail the questions, and get the job.

    (Click to Watch – Interview Tips & Tricks from Staffing Pros)

    Interview Tip & Tricks for Staffing Pros
  • Has it been a while since your last interview? Whether you are on the hunt for a new job or just transitioning positions in your current career, having the first round of interviews can be nerve wracking.         

    (Click to WatchInterview Tips for Experienced Professionals)

  • John and Mary go over the top 6 myths and questions that they hear floating around about staffing agencies.

    (Click to WatchOur Top 6 Most Common Staffing Agency Myths)

  • John and Mary go over the top 6 myths and questions that they hear floating around about staffing agencies. 

    (Click to WatchThe Power of Positivity In an Interview)

  • John and Mary go over the top 6 myths and questions that they hear floating around about staffing agencies.

    (Click to Watch – First Impressions & Excuses At the Interview) 

    First Impressions & Excuses At the Interview
  • John, Mary and Elise talk about first impressions, what to do when you need to reschedule, and what NOT to do when you think you aren’t going to make it in. 

    (Click to WatchFirst Impressions & Excuses At the Interview)

    First Impressions & Excuses At the Interview
  • John and Mary answer some email questions and doll out advice. 

    (Click to WatchWhat Happens After the Interview?)

    What Happens After the Interview?

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COMMUNITY

At Emerald, our community is important to us. We strive to be involved in local organizations that make a positive difference in our community.

Children's Cancer Association

Basic Rights OR

JDRF

Bloodworks

Friends Of Trees

Phame

OR Humane Society

St Jude Children's Hospital

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