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Happy Thanksgiving from Josephine’s Professional Staffing!

November 26th, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Josephine’s Professional Staffing!

We hope you enjoy rest and relaxation while spending time with your family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

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4 Steps to Professional Networking

October 28th, 2014

Professional networking is a great way to increase your personal visibility and showcase your potential in the business world. Individuals who link themselves together into a vast social network of professional contacts are usually the ones who get better jobs more quickly. How can you form these connections and how do you start to take advantage of professional networking?

The contacts you meet in your field today will serve as the basis for your professional networking efforts in the future. Knowing and cultivating relationships with the right people can make all the difference when you’re planning your next step up the corporate ladder. Here are 4 networking tips you can take to network effectively and grow your list of professional contacts.

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4 Steps to Professional Networking

  1. Build your List

Start by creating a list of people who you already have connections with. List everyone including old colleagues, professors and friends. Each one of these contacts is valuable to your professional network because they will all likely have different goals and career paths they can help lead you toward. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Ways to Find Happiness in the Workplace

September 23rd, 2014

4 Ways to Find Happiness in the Workplace

Whether you love your job or not, there are always days when you need an extra boost. There are many ways to find happiness in the workplace so you can feel more positive and productive. Here are four small ways that can help you on your journey to finding happiness at work.

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  1. Help Someone with a Problem

Helping someone else gives you a feeling of joy and responsibility. Helping someone to solve a problem at work may also be an easy way to make a friend! You will feel more connected at work and taking on more responsibility will also help you grow and advance your career.

  1. Sit up Straight!

As simple as it sounds, proper posture is an excellent way to find happiness at work. By sitting up straight, your body will feel more energetic and you will feel happier. Good posture is essential for blood flow, leading to a healthy body and a healthy mind.

  1. Organize, In Your Own Way

The state of your desk or environment can say a lot about you. Are you a person who follows the rules and values conventionality? Or are you a creative person who thrives in a messier environment? Taking time for organization in a way that works for you can help you feel less overwhelmed and leave you feeling happier in the workplace. Having a space that reflects your values and the way you work the best can help you feel more empowered and productive.

  1. Focus on the Positive

Focusing on little things that are going right can do wonders toward finding happiness at work. Try and find small things throughout the day that make you happy, such as the sunlight through your window, using colored paper clips or the smell of popcorn coming from the kitchen. These small positive actions will help improve your overall mood and health.

By focusing on positive ways you can impact your own happiness, the workplace should transform into a safe haven. While there are many other ways to find happiness at work, it is always important to strike a balance between work and your personal life. Do you have any other tips to find happiness in the workplace?

 

 

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 jps@jps-inc.com or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131

 

The 5 Most Common Interview Questions and Answers – Part 1

September 16th, 2014

The 5 Most Common Interview Questions and Answers – Part 1

You’ve carefully written your resume, sent a thoughtful cover letter and passed through the screening process. The job search can be overwhelming, so when the call comes granting an interview, candidates often feel as if they’ve nailed the hardest part. However, there are several common interview questions you should prepare yourself to answer. Depending on the field you are seeking a career in, answers may differ, but we’ll share the 5 most common interview questions and why it’s important to be prepared with an answer. Here are the first three, and in our next post we’ll cover the last two basic interview questions you may face.

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5 Basic Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about yourself.

This may be the first of the basic interview questions an employer asks you and it’s important to have a confident answer prepared. The employer asks this question to see if your skills are a good match for the company. Use it to start off strong and show that you are a candidate who aligns very closely with the job description.

Sample Answer: “I am a team-player who is motivated by deadlines. I have x amount of years in this industry in which I have built multiple contacts and relationships. I am constantly looking for new responsibilities to take on and I love to lead new projects.”

  1. What interests you about this job?

Interview questions like this may seem obvious, but candidates who apply to many jobs in the same field should familiarize themselves with why the job you’re interviewing for is different. Employers like to hear why you chose them out of hundreds of companies and this makes them all the more likely to want to choose you.

Sample Answer: “I have lots of experience in this field. I am interested in bringing my talents to your company because I feel that its values are very closely aligned with mine. I have heard great things about the environment of your workplace and I love that you are a family-owned business.”

  1. Tell me about a failure you’ve had at work.

While it may sound negative, employers ask basic interview questions like this to find out how quickly you can think on your feet. Most people have lots of professional stories to tell about their successes, but you may be afraid to tell a potential employer that you may have failed one time or another. By highlighting a time when you didn’t do your best, you can use this as an opportunity to show them how you can change a failure into a success.

Sample Answer: “I missed a meeting because I didn’t give thought to the time zone difference and my client wasn’t happy. I learned from this and always make sure to double-check times and locations to make sure I don’t make this mistake again.”

These most common interview questions and answers may seem hard, but don’t be afraid! Questions like these are called behavioral interview questions and they are designed so the interviewer can get to know who you are and whether you’ll be a great fit for their company.

In our next post we’ll cover the last two of the five most common interview questions. Which common interview questions have you experienced? Please share in the comments below.

 

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 jps@jps-inc.com or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131

 

 

Respect Among Coworkers – Three Tips for a New Workplace

March 11th, 2014
How will you gain respect at work?

How will you gain respect at work?

So you have just landed a brand new job, one with new coworkers in a new office space with a new office culture and new norms to adapt to. We understand just how intimidating this feat can be and truly understand the importance of making a smooth transition into the new company’s climate. In this blog post, we introduce three simple tips and tricks for any office newbie hoping to garner the respect of their new coworkers.

Three Tips for Earning Respect:

Don’t be afraid to show your smarts: When coming into a fresh work environment, adapting is essential but adaptation is not synonymous with silence. Don’t be afraid to show your new coworkers why you were hired and what you can bring to their team. Don’t let the fear of failure or rejection keep you from sharing ideas that could potentially benefit the company as a whole. Remember, you were hired for a reason and that reason is the betterment of the organization.

Build up a highway of communication: It is essential to keep in mind that communication is a two way street and you can’t expect coworkers to always come to you. Be willing to work on your professional relationships in any way you can. Offer to help others when you have time, be cognoscente of the ideas and passions of fellow employees and have an understanding of what it means to be a team member in your new environment.

Realize that you won’t be the newbie forever, but you won’t be a veteran right away: A workplace is a cohesive machine and when a new cog is thrown into that machine, changes happen and they don’t always go smoothly at first. Keep this in mind when you are making your transition into the new environment. Change won’t happen overnight and you may or may not be welcomed with open arms by all, but understanding that it will take time to earn the respect of your coworkers will surely help you endure the transition as it progresses.

Earning the respect of coworkers in a new environment is tough. It is a long and unpredictable process, but the outcome is well worth the patience and endurance that you will undoubtedly put into action throughout your transition. Good luck!

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), and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE). We can be reached at jps@jps-inc.com or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131

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Workplace Safety Tips – Protecting You & Your Coworkers

February 4th, 2014

safetyIn our previous blog series, we introduced the concept of worker’s compensation and all that comes with it. Today, we dive deeper into the issue of workplace safety and offer a few tips for creating a safer work environment. Did you know that work related injuries are just as common in a desk-based office setting as they are in a labor-based workplace? These simple workplace safety tips will help you, your employees and your coworkers better prevent injury and will aid in the creation of a safe and cohesive work environment.

There are three common types of injuries that occur frequently in an office setting: ergonomic injuries, trips & falls and accidental impact injuries, all of which are preventable. Read the rest of this entry »

Worker’s Compensation – Myths, Facts and FAQ’s (Part Four)

January 28th, 2014
What are your questions?

What are your questions?

In the previous installments of our worker’s compensation blog post series, we introduced basic factscommon myths and a few frequently asked questions. Today, we wrap up our series with a few final facts and answers to more frequently asked worker’s compensation related questions.

Will my employer take a portion of my earnings to cover the costs of worker’s compensation insurance? Absolutely not! In fact, worker’s compensation is required by law and is an essential requisite of business. For this reason, it is the responsibility of your employer to include this in their own business related expenses. Read the rest of this entry »

New Year Resolutions – Tips for Job Hunting in 2014 (Part Three)

December 31st, 2013
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

New Year resolutions are an annual occurrence that vary from person to person. In part one of this blog post series, we delved into the common ideal that the New Year is seen as a fresh start and an opportunity for change. In part two, we continued with our introduction of job hunting tips with more ideas to aid in finding success with your job related New Year resolutions.  Today, in our third and final installation of the New Year resolutions blog post series, we wrap it up with three final tips for finding job hunting success in the New Year.  Read the rest of this entry »

Nursing Trends in the Workforce

December 3rd, 2013
What nursing trends do you see?

What nursing trends do you see?

Nurses, CNAs and caregivers are at the forefront in caring for patients on a daily basis and are considered the backbone of the healthcare system. Industry experts are predicting a promising decade for those in nursing careers and it’s one trend that’s not expected to go away anytime in the near future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for nurses, CNAs and caregivers is expected grow at least 18 percent between now and 2018.

Driving the demand for tens of thousands of nursing jobs are aging baby boomers, who are living longer but not necessarily healthier. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2050 the American population of elderly is expected to grow to 21 percent. Nursing trends show more hospitals are turning to specialized care workers and staffing agencies that employ nurses to maintain nurse-patient ratios. Here are three things that will affect trends in the coming year.

1. CompetitionDespite the need for thousands of jobs, registered nurses fresh from school are meeting resistance from hospitals that don’t want to hire new grads. Many experts say part of the problem is they need seasoned nurses to face the challenges of the hospital world. Mix that with the fact that as the economy continues to improve, and experienced nurses who have been deferring retirement will finally retire from the workplace, it leaves a predicted nursing shortage. On the positive side of this, the competition will ensure that only the best, most qualified people are hired by hospitals, which will benefit the entire healthcare industry. On the negative side, not everyone who wants to be a nurse will be hired due to the increased competition.

2. The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) – The Affordable Care Act initiative to make healthcare coverage available to everyone will have a significant effect on the future of providers, not just on nursing trends.  The Affordable Care Act, along with the move away from fee-for-service payment by insurance companies, is fueling reimbursement approaches that emphasize more accountable care. New research indicates that new primary care models using nurse practitioners and physician assistance to reach out to patients could “eliminate” the scarcity of primary-care doctors.

3. Technology – Nursing trends also include the technology boom in hospitals. New gadgets and technologies are being developed that could change the way healthcare staffs work. This can be blessing, but it may make things more challenging for those in the field. Nursing staffs will have to learn how to use the new tools opening up a door for more training.

As the health care industry continues to move forward, nursing trends may be challenging. However, hospitals can meet those challenges head on if we know how things may be trending. This is an opportunity for healthcare workers to continue to improve and provide the best care possible.

Staffing agencies like JPS regularly employ nurses, CNAs, nurse practitioners and other positions in the nursing industry. If you’re an employer needing to hire someone in the nursing profession, or someone who is looking for a job in the nursing industry, contact us today!

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Staffing Agencies – How to Land Your Dream Job

September 24th, 2013
How could a staffing agency help you?

How could a staffing agency help you?

Did you know that according to the American Staffing Association, 2.91 million people are employed by staffing agencies every business day? Staffing agencies are literally bringing quality companies and exceptional employees together for business success and growth by the millions. We all have been there and  experienced the long, grueling and sometimes disappointing process of job hunting. Boosting your LinkedIn profile and scrolling through endless job postings on Monster or  Craigslist, will only get you so far. In this blog post we will introduce 3 reasons any hopeful, budding professional should utilize staffing agencies to land the job of their dreams.

They are:

1.      Access to expert professional advice: It is no secret that the current job market is intimidating and that the difference between a job offer and a missed opportunity could lie in the small details. Staffing agencies can provide valuable resources and advice to job seekers in regards to resumes/CVs, cover letters, salary negotiation tips and personal interview preparation, just to name a few. These resources are not  available via job board postings.

2.     Temporary assignments or full time opportunities: With the current state of the economy, full time jobs are the most sought after, and while staffing agencies place employees into full time positions, many also specialize in temporary assignments. In fact, did you know that 79% of staffing agency-placed employees work full time? It is also not uncommon for temporary staffing employees to be permanently hired on if a company is impressed with their overall performance.

3.     Reap the benefits of strong professional relationships: Staffing agency professionals network for a living; the success of their work depends on the relationships that they build with each potential employer. Working with a staffing agency will grant you access to these networks and will allow you to explore opportunities that you would not have discovered otherwise.

These three benefits are only a handful of the reasons why an up and coming professional should utilize a staffing agency like Josephine’s Professional Staffing. To learn more about our various employment services, contact us, today!

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), and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE). We can be reached at jps@jps-inc.com or 4008.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131.

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