Josephine's Personnel Services, Inc.

Staffing Agency vs. Career Site: 3 Myths Debunked

April 1st, 2014

As a staffing agency, we understand what it’s like to be frustrated when it comes to applying for jobs. The continuous cycle of selling yourself on different career sites and hardly ever hearing back is not an encouraging process. Unfortunately, many people give in to the popular myths about working with a staffing agency and shy away from help, leading them to a career site that doesn’t quite deliver. Here are three of the most popular myths about staffing solutions, followed by the proper debunking of such tales.

Are you using the right resources to find a job?

Are you using the right resources to find a job?

Myth #1: A staffing agency does not provide “real” jobs. 

Here at Josephine’s Professional Staffing, we provide opportunities in many different fields including administrative, accounting/finance, engineering and more.

These are not all temporary jobs either. Our clients have developed budgets which allow for a certain number of full-time employees per year, and we get you into their field of vision. If you begin working for them on a temporary basis and a new job opens up, you are in prime position to snag it.

Myth #2: A staffing agency only provides low-paying jobs. 

Actually, it’s the complete opposite! If you have experience, are educated and have the attitude and personality that a client is looking for, you will be offered a job that compliments your caliber of work. It is more common in a career site to find only entry-level jobs or positions that are way outside of your experience, leaving you frustrated and discouraged.

Myth #3: A staffing agency is only looking for entry-level candidates. 

So many companies are now looking to staffing agencies to bring them high-level candidates who are experienced and specialized in a field. If you are looking to get your foot in the door at a high-end company, using a staffing agency (and not a career site) will put you in prime position to be hired.

It is possible to obtain the dream job you’ve been looking for, and it’s a much faster (and straighter) path with the help of a staffing agency instead of a career site. We would love to help you get started on your journey!

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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Career Tips for Graduating College Seniors

May 30th, 2013
Are you or do you know a recent college graduate?

Are you or do you know a recent college graduate?

Being close to graduation is a stressful time for any college senior. Not only do they have to handle school paperwork and deadlines for graduation, but they also have to start thinking about their plan for the rest of their lives.

In addition to finding a job that will hopefully be in the same field as their career direction, most students are also holding down one or more jobs on top of going to school. As if that wasn’t enough, most students are going through the process of finding a “real job” for the first time. If you are approaching graduation in this situation, we can help with the load by offering some career tips to help you start finding a job.

Social Media Is Not What You Think –
Yes, we have all come to love Facebook and Twitter as a way to share what is on our minds with the rest of the world. But that is exactly the problem: even if your account is set on private, there is always a way for potential employers to see what have posted. It is important to remember that when it comes to landing a job before or even after graduation, what you post online can be the difference between a great interview and not getting one at all. Read the rest of this entry »

Networking Tips for Job Seekers

May 8th, 2013
Is networking part of your job hunt?

Is networking part of your job hunt?

Active job seekers know the value of networking. It is a great way to meet other professionals in your industry and make connections that last for years to come.  As important as networking is, often times making these types of connections can be intimidating. So, whether you have a couple of connections already or are just starting out, here are our top three networking tips to help you get exposure in the job market.  Read the rest of this entry »

Interviewees: Tips For Making a First Impression

January 17th, 2013

Tips to make the best first impression at a job interview.

Have you struck out on your past couple of interviews? Maybe you haven’t had much experience interviewing? A lot of the times interviewees can get caught up in the excitement of an opportunity and forget about the essentials. In last week’s post we touched on why an employer should take the time to make a good first impression on interviewees, however, most of the pressure can fall on you. Here are some ways to help make the best first impression and land the job.  Read the rest of this entry »

Setting Career Goals In 2013

December 19th, 2012

What are your career goals for 2013?

Every business professional is looking for one thing and one thing only, success in their field of work. Success can be described differently, depending on the individuals’ wants and needs, but at the end of the day, we all have one thing in common: the desire to better ourselves. With 2012 wrapping up, the New Year is the perfect time to start thinking about setting career goals to propel us to the next level. Here are some tips to help you set meaningful career goals in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Land Your Dream Job by Establishing a Personal Brand

March 14th, 2011

To successfully land your dream job, you have to convince the employer that you are the right person for the job. How can you do this, knowing that employers are being flooded with resumes every day? The best way is to make yourself stand out in the crowd, and the most professional way to stand out is to create and build a personal brand.

What is a personal brand? One definition is: Your total perceived value, relative to competitors, as viewed by your audience. In other words, personal branding is not only about getting your target employer to choose you over the competition, but about getting them to see you as someone who provides a solution to their problem.

The idea of personal branding suggests that success comes from self-packaging: presenting yourself and your assets to make a unique impression.  Set expectations with a consistent and recurring representation of your personal brand in your résumé, your cover letter, your interviews, your social media profiles, and with your references.  Your personal brand should reflect who you are as a person with a focus on your professional life and accomplishments.

The elements of personal branding include:

  • Personal Appearance – Including clothing, hygiene and attractiveness.
  • Personality – Your values, goals, identity and behavior.
  • Competencies – Cognitive, business, communication and technical skills that enable you to perform your job responsibilities.
  • The Differentiator – Offering a unique value proposition or benefit to your target audience.

You want to ensure that your personal brand is authentically you. What is your current brand?  What you are known for?  How would your coworkers describe you?  For what type of projects, issues, or challenges are you the go-to person?  What talents led to your greatest accomplishments?

Be honest. If public speaking makes you nervous and you have no desire to do it, don’t try to sell yourself as someone with a strength for oral presentations.  However, if you’re terrific at bringing in projects on time and under budget, identify your specific project management skills and promote that as your brand.

Understand that many employers now perform candidate checks online. You need to make sure that your online information is visible, available, and relevant – to where you are in your career and where you want to go next.

Social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter offer great tools to connect you with industry leaders and recruiters and allow you to show off your skills and experience.  If you haven’t done so already, create an account with the three most popular networking sites – LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Setting up your profiles is easy and only takes minutes. Just remember: When filling in personal information, make sure to stay professional. Your objective is to build your personal brand, so it’s important to keep your profiles up-to-date, appropriate for all audiences and professional – that includes your picture! You don’t have to use a professional head shot, but make sure that your picture presents you with a dignified but friendly demeanor.

It’s time to make your job search all about you! Instead of hoping that some employer will find you and recognize your skills, present yourself to the employers and show them what you can do.

Josephine’s Personnel Services, Inc. (JPS) is an Independent Professional Staffing Solution since 1988.  JPS is certified as a Small, Disadvantaged and Minority Woman Owned Business Enterprise.