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How to Write a Cover Letter: 3 Tips

February 16th, 2016

There are many moving pieces to a successful job hunt, including filling out applications, sending resumes, fielding phone interviews, worrying about dress code, attending in-person interviews and sending thank you notes, but one of the most important parts is the cover letter. It’s your one (and if done incorrectly, only) opportunity to shine and make a great first impression on a hiring manager. How do you write a stellar cover letter that is sure to land you an interview? Read on for three tips.


3 Tips for Writing a Cover Letter

  1. Be Conversational

Many times job applicants who speak, write and work normally in their real life turn to lofty and un-conversational proper English when writing a cover letter. You are interested in a new job, not “Declaring with the upmost certainty and confidence your interest in a new position that may only come about by being selected for this vocation.” Hiring managers are people, not medieval wizards granting you a wish; write the way you would speak on the job in your cover letter. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Fastest Growing Industries in 2016

January 12th, 2016

If you’re on the job hunt or considering a career change, it’s important to weigh your options and pay attention to the fastest growing industries where jobs may be abundant. While some fields are experiencing stagnation, there are several industries where opportunities and options for growth are allowing many new workers to blossom. Read on for the three fastest growing industries in 2016.


3 Fastest Growing Industries in 2016

  1. Alternative Energy

Concerns about environmental health and the increasing demand for fuel has created the booming field of green, or alternative energy. Solar and wind power top the list of desired technologies currently seeking job applicants. The alternative energy industry is diverse and different sectors are expected to grow at varying rates, but this field could grow by up to 26 percent in the next five years. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Tips for Making a Career Change in 2016

January 5th, 2016

If you feel like you’re on a stale job path, it may be time to consider a career change. Instead of getting bogged down with thoughts of only being able to work in a single industry for life, make the switch in 2016 and try something new. Here are three tips for making a career change in the New Year.


3 Tips for Making a Career Change in 2016

  1. Map Your Potential

Look at all of the jobs you have held in the past and identify which industries and career paths align well with your experience. If you’re skilled in project management, you can work in a variety of fields; think about how you can apply your skills to the IT industry or even healthcare. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Ways to Use Body Language to Enhance Your Career

December 8th, 2015

According to top psychologists, there are three unique elements that influence your relationship with the person you are communicating with: your verbal speech, the tone of your voice and body language. Surprisingly, body language accounts for at least 55 percent of the message you are conveying. In a workplace, these elements are very important to master and notice because they can have a big impact on your day-to-day work life. Here are three ways to use body language to enhance your career.


3 Ways to Use Body Language to Enhance Your Career

  1. Practice Your Handshake

One of the first things you do when meeting a new person, whether in a job interview or on your first day is shake their hand. This chance for a first impression is an opportunity to use body language to your advantage. Practice the handshake on friends and family; it should be strong enough to convey confidence, but not too strong or you’ll come off as aggressive. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Benefits of Hiring Job Staffing Agencies

February 17th, 2015

Hiring job staffing agencies is a great way for applicants to advance their career and for employers to seek top talent. For applicants frustrated with traditional career sites which never bring results, seeking help from job staffing agencies like JPS can help them achieve the career they deserve. A staffing agency provides a win-win benefit for all, making the job placement process easier and more targeted. Here are 6 benefits of hiring a staffing agency, for applicants and for employers.

There are many benefits to hiring a staffing agency.

There are many benefits to hiring a staffing agency.

3 Benefits for Applicants

  1. Exclusive Access to Job Openings

Companies who hire job staffing agencies often release job openings to the staffing agency before the general public. This means you’ll have the opportunity to jump on new openings before anyone would view them on a career search website. Read the rest of this entry »

Choosing a Career in 2015: 5 Questions to Ask

January 20th, 2015

2015 is a great time to make a career switch in a variety of growing industries. Whether you’re choosing your first career or entering a new field, there are many ways to tell if you’re in the best job to suit your skills. When deciding what career to choose, it’s important to determine what values are important to you. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before choosing a career in 2015.

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Photo Courtesy of: Flazingo Photos

What Career to Choose? 5 Questions to Ask

  1. Are you a people-person?

Do you like interacting socially while at work? Are you prepared to be in the public spotlight? Some careers require more interpersonal skills and public speaking than others, so before deciding what career to choose, make sure you know what level of hands-on communication you’re looking for in your job. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Fastest Growing Industries in 2015

January 6th, 2015

The New Year is upon us and 2015 will bring rising sales growth in a variety of industries. Employment will also rise in these industries, making them good career choices to aim toward this year. Here are the 4 fastest growing industries for 2015.


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4 Fastest Growing Industries in 2015

  1. Healthcare

Healthcare is a rapidly growing industry. Due to the Affordable Care Act, many more Americans are insured and accessing medical care. An increasing and aging population, as well as newer technology, are a couple of reasons why healthcare is expanding. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Types of Employment

December 9th, 2014

There are many different options for workers when considering what types of employment arrangements to pursue throughout their career. The relationship between an employee and an employer is solidified with an employment contract. But what types of employment arrangements are available to you, and which works best to suit your lifestyle? Here are 4 different employment types, and benefits of choosing each option.

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Photo Courtesy of: Dan Moyle

4 Types of Employment

  1. Independent Contractor

An independent contractor is a worker whose trade is conducted independently and offered to the public. Examples are dentists, doctors, accountants and contractors. Independent contractors are considered self employed for tax purposes. If you have an employer-employee relationship (for example a dental assistant), then you are an employee, not an independent contractor. Read the rest of this entry »

A Guide to Negotiating Salary

December 2nd, 2014

Did you just get a promotion at work? Maybe you’re getting hired for your first job? It’s time for negotiations to begin. Negotiating salary can be tough and nerve-wracking, but when done properly it can make a big difference towards getting what you want in your career and your life outside of work. When you’re sitting in the meeting about to negotiate your salary, here are 3 things to keep in mind.

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Photo Courtesy of: David Wall

Negotiating Salary: 3 Things to Consider

  1. Know What You’re Worth

Before you have the salary talk with your boss or hiring manager, make sure you do your research about comparable jobs in your field to get a sense of what you’re worth. You should know the high end and low end of this scale. Be prepared to let the decision maker know where you got your information if they ask where your figures came from. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Questions Interviewers Can (and Can’t!) Ask You

October 21st, 2014

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your rights to secure a job. When it comes to interviewing, most people see it as a one-sided conversation. Interviews, in fact, are a give-and-take between you and your potential employer. Many times, interviewees will answer anything the interviewer asks them, even if the question is illegal. Here is a guide to what questions interviewers can and cannot ask potential applicants.


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3 Questions Interviewers Can Ask You

  1. About Physical Requirements or Limitations

An interviewer may ask if you can stand/sit for a certain period of time or if you can lift a certain quantity of weight essential to the job function. Even if you have disclosed a disability, they may still ask this question but they may not ask about health status or illnesses.

  1. Legal Convictions

Crimes you have been convicted of are public record, so you don’t want to be caught in a lie. Interviewers are allowed to ask if you have been convicted of specific crimes, but they are not allowed to ask loaded or incriminating questions such as “Have you ever been arrested?”

  1. Travel and Overtime

Interviewers may not ask candidates, specifically women, if they have family obligations that would stop them from work travel and overtime. Instead, employers may ask how the employee feels about travel requirements and if they are alright with long hours.

3 Questions Interviewers Can’t Ask You

  1. Your Gender or Family Status

Employers are not permitted to ask questions about your gender or if applicable, questions about a gender transition. As innocent a question as it may seem, they are also not allowed to ask you if you are married, single or have children. It is illegal to make hiring decisions based on family or marital status, so there is no reason these types of questions should come up in an interview.

  1. Residency

Questions about whether or not you are a U.S. citizen, or how long you have resided in the U.S. are off-limits. Interviewers are also not allowed to ask you questions about where you are currently living, such as how long you commute is or if you live nearby. This is considered personal information until a job offer is made, and could allow for discrimination against candidates who live farther than others.

  1. Clubs or Associations

Asking interviewees which clubs and associations they are a part of is not allowed. This can open the interviewee up to religious discrimination. Employers also can’t ask which holidays you celebrate or if you attend any religious ceremonies.

If you have any questions about interview questions and what may be legal, don’t hesitate to contact Josephine’s Professional Staffing.


About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WOSB), Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (EDWOSB),  and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE). We can be reached at or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131