Fall Changes
Fall Changes

It’s Fall Ya’ll

It’s official, this week brought the first day of Fall in Portland. Like the seasons, Fall is a wonderful time for change! It’s that beautiful time of year when our leaves change colors, and gently drift away so new ones can grow with time.

Our Staffing and Recruiting team have already experienced new changes this week – We have a handful of cool new job opportunities that flew onto our Job Board for the Portland Metro Area. If you find yourself like the trees and are ready to make room for new growth, then connect with the Staffing gurus at Emerald Staffing and we’ll see what our new opportunities can provide you!

While you’re applying yourself to new career opportunities in Portland, try your had at these delicious fall-inspired muffins!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1/2 beaten egg
1/3 cup white sugar
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, eggs, sugar, and vegetable oil until well combined.
3. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger and mix with a spatula. Set the batter aside.
4. Combine the cream cheese, 1/2 egg, and sugar in a bowl until the mixture is smooth. Set aside.
5. Portion out the pumpkin batter into the 12 muffin cups, filling each one about 2/3 full.
6. Add one tablespoon or so of the cheesecake mixture to the top of each and use a toothpick to swirl the cheesecake mixture into the pumpkin batter.
7. Bake the muffins at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes, or until they’re done.
8. Let cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

2019: Happily Placed Yearbook

Over the past year, Emerald Staffing has had the pleasure to work with an array of bright, driven, and amazing professionals. Our team wanted to showcase the talent we had the pleasure to meet. When a candidate is happily placed, us at Emerald Staffing has done our job.

If you want to be the next happily placed candidate, call our office to schedule an interview!

Emerald Staffing, Inc.
5285 SW Meadows Road Suite 190
Lake Oswego, Ore. 97035

Happily Placed
Happily Placed

Happily Placed Episode 3 – Top 6 Staffing Agency Myths

In this episode of Happily Placed!, John and Mary go over the top 6 myths and questions that they hear floating around about staffing agencies.

Questions or comments:

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Happily Placed
Happily Placed

Happily Placed Episode 1.5

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 your first new round of interviews can be nerve wracking. In Happily Placed Episode 1.5, John Burton and Mary Marshall dish out some tips for the experienced candidates who are back on the job market.

Questions or comments:

Happily Placed!
Happily Placed!

Voices Behind 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 insiders 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!

Happily Placed
Happily Placed

Happily Placed – Episode 1 (Tips for College Graduates)

Emerald Staffing Presents: Happily Placed!

You have graduated college… now what? Listen to this fun, fresh take on getting a jump start in the working world. John Burton, President of Emerald Staffing, and Mary Marshall, Senior Staffing Consultant, dive into being the stand-out candidate, always showing up prepared, and ultimately becoming Happily Placed. Join us weekly for a new podcast exploring all the topics of staffing!

Steps to Success
Steps to Success


Having a clean, direct, and professional resume can take some time to perfect.

The best advice is to not rush the process – take your time! Here are some great tips to follow when creating your resume:

  1. There is no problem with using a template to help create a clean format. With Microsoft Word, look at the resume templates they have on file.
  2. Make sure to include phone number and email (tip: set up an email for job hunting – this way only important emails show up and no spam mail)
  3. Put jobs in chronological order from newest (at the top) to oldest (at the bottom)
  4. Use the same tense regardless of timing. If starting in present tense, stay in present tense throughout the resume
  5. Include all forms of education/certifications
  6. Include at least 2 professional references. The references should either be bosses, supervisors, or co-workers.


Everyone has had embarrassing emails, from cutiepie101 to pokemon4vr… but now is the time to change the email address to something more work appropriate. When thinking about what email to use, stick to the simplest form. A great example is using initials or full name. By choosing a professional email, it shows the employer that the candidate has taken the time to be polished and ready.

Once the email is created, set up a signature to show up at the bottom of the email. This way, signing off appropriately is never forgotten.

Full Voicemail Boxes: Don’t Do it!

Before looking for a job, clear out your voicemail box. There is nothing worse than trying to get a hold of someone in a timely manner and being unable to leave a message. By keeping messages instead of taking care of the tasks, the candidate looks disorganized. Make sure the set-up voicemail message is professional. We always advise a candidate to have an automated message with their phone number as their message machine. This creates ease for the caller.

LinkedIn is a Great Tool for Candidates and Recruiters.

LinkedIn allows both parties to show off their resume and skill set without being confined to one page. The beauty of LinkedIn is that the candidate can either state their talents/experience in paragraph or bullet form. We suggest their old colleagues or supervisors endorse the information. When someone endorses the skills it makes it paints a better picture for the individual who is researching.

(Hint: Any recruiter or headhunter can look at your LinkedIn profile. Currently, we now can access millions of resumes using this platform. Imagine… a recruiter across the country or even around the world has access to your resume – make it great!)

Social Media is a Great Tool…But Also Can Be A Slippery Slope.

Our rule of thumb is to keep all social media private. Having an account on public opens private life to professional life. We promote work life balance and the same should be taken with social media. Social media includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Turn all to private!

Everyone here at Emerald Staffing wishes you great success on your future endeavors! Please feel free to call our office if you need any assistance in finding your next careers – 503.212.0000.

Interview Tips;  Beginning to End
Interview Tips; Beginning to End

Interview Tips: From Beginning to End

Having worked in the front office of a couple companies, I have seen great and poor candidate check ins. Coming in disoriented, not focused, and all over the place is not a good impression. Company’s when hiring talk to the receptionist to ask how the candidate presented themselves and how they communicated. Here are some great tips from prior to stepping into the office, to leaving!

1. Know Who You Are Interviewing With
While scheduling your interview, you should be able to ask who you will be meeting with. This is a great piece of information because you can 1) Look up the person on LinkedIn (Researching the Interviewer is a great way to see if you have any commonalities to discuss during the interview), 2) Makes you more confident in conversations when you can incorporate their name, 3) Having the ability to know who you are asking for when you arrive in the office.

2. State Your Name and Appointment
When you come into the front office and speak to the receptionist make sure to speak clearly and direct. One of the hardest things as a receptionist is having a candidate or client come in and say, “I have an appointment at 1pm”. This sentence does not help the receptionist if their calendar is filled with multiple appointments at this time. It will make their job easier if you state your name and appointment time. “Hi, my name is Sarah and I have an interview with Bob at 1pm”. Concise and direct – the receptionist will love you!

3. Interview Questions
Prior to your interview draft 6 questions – 3 you will use and 3 for back up. Having questions for an interview is a great way to get to know the role a little better. But, asking questions that have already been asked can show a lack of listening or attention to detail. If during the interview your questions were answered naturally – great, if not, ask them at the end of the interview. Keep your questions direct and professional. A great rule of thumb is to ask questions that do not put too much pressure on the interviewer. Believe it or not, they are probably just as nervous as you are about being put on the spot. After 3 questions wrap up the interview. Too many questions might derail from the main point of the meeting.

4. Thank You Means the World
Following the end of your interview always thank your interviewer(s) as well as the receptionist. All participants gave their time for the interview, so showing thanks is very important. It would surprise you how many people walk out of the office without stopping and thanking the receptionist. Remember, when you are in the office, you are showing your best foot forward!

Good luck interviewing from everyone here at Emerald Staffing! If you have any questions about interviews, please do not hesitate to call our office 503.212.0000.


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