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Professional Resume: 3 Things to Include

August 12th, 2014

In today’s online world, the resume takes a new role when it comes to impressing employers. While many executives have a general expectation of what a typical resume should look like, it’s important to grab their attention with subtle differences that make your resume pop. In order to create a professional resume that is appropriate for your field, we’ve come up with three essentials to include. resumes

3 Things to Include on a Professional Resume 

1. State A Clear Objective

It’s easy to lay out a general objective that covers a wide array of jobs and opportunities. At the top of your resume, write a clear and specific objective that matches the job you are applying for. Employers don’t want to see another general resume that could work for anything; they want to know why this job specifically grabbed your attention.

2. Use Appropriate Key Words 

A great way to tailor your resume to a specific job is to use keywords that are included in the job description. If an employer were to look at your resume next to the job description, they would relatively match. Show how your experience meets the qualifications desired of the position and you will make the interview process fairly easy.  Read the rest of this entry »

Workplace Wellness Programs: Do They Work?

April 15th, 2014

There have been many debates about the effectiveness of workplace wellness programs, both financially and psychologically. Some employees have shied away from the idea of sharing personal information such as exercise, eating and smoking habits with their employers due to a potential impressions it may leave, or simply because they want to keep their work and personal life separate. But the truth of the matter is, when it comes to saving money, workplace wellness programs are the way to go.

In a study performed by the University of Minnesota, employees received discounts of up to $300 from their health insurance by completing a health questionnaire, biking to campus or setting personal fitness goals. The grocery store chain, Safeway, has become a leading example in workplace wellness programs with its Live Life, Live Long, Live Well program. If employees “pass” a series of four tests, annual premiums are reduced by up to $780 for individuals and $1,560 for families.

Are you supporting wellness in the workplace?

Are you supporting wellness in the workplace?

The benefits of workplace wellness programs reaches far beyond just savings for employers and their employees. Saving money on health insurance motivates employees to stay healthy, an overall goal every human should strive for, as well as boosted morale and productivity in the workplace. A weight loss program, for example, can bring out the competitive side in employees and employers which can increase employee engagement. Practicing healthy habits in and out of the office can improve focus, productivity and confidence in employees, making them better workers and people.

“Wellness programs continue to offer an effective way for employers to encourage healthy behavior without having to decrease benefits, reduce wages or close their doors altogether,” said a Representative from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who was quoted in workplace wellness study.

Improving health of employees can also save the company money by paying less in medical costs and a reduction in absenteeism. No company wants to have an office full of tired, unproductive and unmotivated employees. Using incentives such as gym memberships, cash and gift card rewards, discounts at vitamin/supplement stores and improved office equipment can give employees the motivation they need.

Do you have a workplace wellness program? We’d love to hear about it!

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Employee Handbook – Qualities of a Good Worker

July 26th, 2013
How can you be the best worker possible?

How can you be the best worker possible?

As employees looking to get hired and stay that way, there are certain qualities that you’ll want to make sure you have beyond just what’s in the standard employee handbook. An employer is looking for certain things, and you should create a mental employee handbook of your own to be the best you can be. One of the advantages of working with a staffing agency such as Josephine’s Professional Staffing is that the temporary status of the workers they provide allows you to try each other out before you hire long-term workers.

Show InitiativeNo matter where employees are on the corporate food chain, the quickest way to earn yourself recognition, praise or even a promotion is to take the initiative. Do things that need to be done, even if they’re not in your personal job description. Work ahead and complete your work weeks or at least days in advance so that you can help out other team members when things get hectic. If you see an opportunity for some new policy or product, alert your superiors and get to work. Managers love to see their employees taking charge and stepping up.


Be honest


Employers like honest and straightforward employees under their control. If you do wrong, simply admit it without giving excuses. They’ll prefer your blunt honesty to any dances around the truth, and they’ll believe you when you say it won’t happen again. If you say you’re going to do something, do it as soon as possible, preferably before it needs to be done. Punctuality is important, and it’s one of the marks of a good worker to do exactly what you’re supposed to do, exactly when you’re supposed to do it.


Show interest


Not only should you be willing to learn new things outside of the employee handbook, you should be actively seeking out the ways to learn them. Ask your managers or other employees to show you how they do their job. Ask others if they have better or different ideas for how to do your tasks, so you can incorporate them into your daily routine. Showing an active interest in bettering yourself for the good of your company is one of the best ways to display your loyalty to the business and willingness to work for them.


Being a good worker and reaching outside of the employee handbook isn’t difficult, but it requires dedication. If you demonstrate your drive, you’ll be on the road to secured employment in no time! If you’d like to learn more about being a better employee or would like to demonstrate your skills, don’t hesitate to contact Josephine’s Professional Staffing today at 408.943.0111 to help you get placed!


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