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How to Ace Your Next Interview and Open Job Listings

October 24th, 2017

Are you on the job hunt? Whether you’re looking to land your first position or make your next big career move, the interview is a crucial step in the process. Once you’re ready to meet with the hiring manager, it’s time to nail the job interview and wow them with your experience. During this time, these are three great questions to ask.

Ace Your Interview: 3 Questions to Ask

  1. How would you describe your company’s culture?

Beyond the job’s essential duties, company culture can make a big difference in whether or not you’ll enjoy your job. Filling a job opening requires finding a candidate who will be not only a good fit for the company, but thinks the company is a good fit for them. Employment is a two-way street, so be sure to know as much about the company’s culture, values, day-to-day activities and work environment as you can; the HR rep is a great person to ask. If possible, try and speak with a current employee or two in the hallways or break room as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Now Hiring! Open Job Listings for November

November 22nd, 2016

Are you on the job hunt? You won’t want to miss our open job listings for November. Our talented staff works hard to place top talent with a wide variety of businesses in the fields of Administrative, Clerical, Accounting, Finance, Engineering, Healthcare, Medical, IT, Technical, Light Industrial and Manufacturing. See below for a look into the diverse employment opportunities we have available this November, ranging from certified nursing assistants to administrative analysts.

Read on for our open employment opportunities this November.

Read on for our open employment opportunities this November.

November’s Open Job Listings

  • Healthcare Division – Certified Nursing Assistants and Registered Nurses
  • Customer Service
  • Intermediate Clerk
  • Senior Clerk
  • Senior Secretary
  • Administrative Secretary
  • Administrative Technician
  • Personnel Analyst
  • Accounting Analyst
  • Senior Personnel Analyst
  • Principal Financial Analyst
  • Senior Administrative Analyst
  • Principal Administrative Analyst
  • Project Support Manager
  • Junior Accountant
  • Packager, Assembler, Shipping & Receiving
  • Material Handler
  • Forklift Driver

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3 Simple Ways to Avoid Misclassifying Employees

July 14th, 2015

Misclassifying employees can be a simple mistake with serious risks when employing independent contractors or temporary workers. To keep costs down and staff your office during employees’ temporary absences, you may hire workers as contractors rather than full-time permanent staff. To comply with tax codes and other employment laws, it’s important to correctly label workers to avoid fines. Here are 3 ways to avoid misclassifying employees in your office.

pen3 Ways to Avoid Misclassifying Employees

  1. Determine How You Compensate the Worker

How you’ll be paying the employee factors into their classification. If they’ll be receiving a salary or an established hourly wage, they are generally part of the core team as an employee. However, it’s tricky to base the classification solely on if the worker has a regular wage, so be sure to consider other factors like putting personal capital or other investment into the project. An example of this is with independent contractors; many are expected to have their own equipment or work materials. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Interviews – Four Tips for Improving Assertiveness

November 19th, 2013
How will you assert yourself in an interview?

How will you assert yourself in an interview?

In a job interview, leaving a strong and assertive impression on an employer could make all the difference. A candidate with confidence and clearly defined skill sets is ideal in the workplace, and displaying assertiveness is a sure fire way to convey both traits to a new company. In this blog post, we  share four basic tips for increasing your assertiveness during a job interview.

Tip #1: Have a strong presence: Did you know that a first impression is typically made within the first 6 seconds of interaction?  Your presence is made up of everything you wear, say or do from head to toe. To ensure a strong first impression be sure to dress to the nines, stand extra tall with confident posture, use strong and effective body language, eye contact and walk, stand or sit with purpose.

Tip #2: Interview the interviewer: This is especially important in showing your strength as a candidate. Do not fear taking a bit of control over the direction of the interview. Prior to the interview, consider making a list of questions you have regarding the company, the position and various projects you may become a part of if hired. Asking questions of this nature will convey a true interest in the company and will demonstrate innovative thinking and commitment to being the best you that you can be.  

Tip #3: Contribute to the company: There is no rule that says that you cannot share your valuable ideas before being given a job. Give the hiring manager or interviewer a clear depiction of how you would contribute to the company’s standards of practice. Furthermore, mention specific scenarios or hypothetical situations in which your specific talents and skills could contribute. Share ideas and problem solving skills prior to being hired; it will surely impress.

Tip #4: Know what you want and don’t be afraid to ask for it: Let the interviewer know that you want the positionif you think it will be a good fit. Be sincere in sharing your desire to come on board and reassure the interviewer of the traits and skills that make you a strong and ideal candidate for the job at hand. 

Whether you are aiming to make a more assertive first impression or are hoping to convey a generally heightened sense of confidence, these tips will surely set you on the path for success. Don’t forget that if you are looking for quality job placements or temporary staffing solutions, JPS Inc. can help you find everything you are looking for! 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 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131

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1099 Contractors – Getting to Know the Basics

November 5th, 2013
Do you know the basics of 1099 contractors?

Do you know the basics of 1099 contractors?

Understanding the basics of 1099 contractors can be a daunting task. In this two part blog series, we briefly introduce the basics for understanding the concepts associated with 1099 contractors. Today, we will delve into the topic by answering basic questions pertaining to contractors, compensation and taxes.

What is it? A 1099 contractor is a specific type of worker that independently contracts his or her services to a business. 1099 contractors are often referred to as freelance employees and are used across multiple work sectors. The term ‘1099’ refers to the IRS form that a contractor will receive in regards to their rate of income during a specific tax/ fiscal year.

Compensation? A 1099 employee’s or independent contractor’s compensation is not based upon the typical hourly or minimum wage laws. Compensation is based upon the completion of pre-contracted tasks rather than the total hours of work performed. Independent contractors may receive wages below the minimum wage while other skilled contractors use their expertise to receive wages far beyond the minimum.

Taxes? As you can imagine, 1099 contractors who make a specific amount of income per year are issued 1099 tax forms from the business that contracted and compensated them. While both 1099 and regular employees have tax obligations regarding income and social security payments, regular employees do not have to make their own payments, as their withholdings are taken directly from regular paychecks. 1099 contractors are required to make their own tax payments in full.

This basic information will surely give any hiring manager or business owner an idea of what it means to hire a 1099 independent contractor. Be sure to check back next week for part two as we uncover the risks associated with hiring 1099 contractors.

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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Staffing Agencies – How Employees Get the Jobs They Want

October 29th, 2013
How will a staffing agency help you?

How will a staffing agency help you?

Staffing agencies like JPS have the potential to aid in the placement or acquisition of a high quality career opportunity. While we have previously discussed the ways in which staffing agencies can help an employee land their dream job, today we will introduce even more concepts that highlight the value of staffing agencies within the job search process. In this blog post, we will identify how staffing agency professionals can present unique opportunities to help place candidates in a job that they will want while alleviating the stress and time of the job hunt.

They are:

  1. Access to unadvertised openings: Staffing agencies are often times privy to job openings that may never be advertised to the public. This means that potential employees will have access to the application process with less public competition.
  2. Work life balance and flexibility: Agencies have the ability to place employees in part time or contracted work that fits into a busy schedule. This is especially ideal for individuals with a hectic personal life or extensive travel plans; it also nearly eliminates the risk of employment termination due to needed time off.
  3. Train and advance for FREE: Staffing agency employees typically receive training prior to placement in hopes of developing better work skills and assignment placement. This training is a great resource for learning and expanding the skill set to create a more appealing candidate for permanent employment.
  4. Discover permanent opportunities: Did you know that 75% of temp employees are hired on in permanent positions? Staffing agencies can give you a unique try before you buy look into a company before a long term commitment is required.

The benefits of working with a staffing agency like Josephine’s Professional Staffing are abundant. The opportunities presented will allow employees to be in control of their workplace experiences and could lead to high quality long term employment that would not be otherwise available.

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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Staffing Agencies – A Cost Effective Solution

October 22nd, 2013
How can staffing agencies save you money?

How can staffing agencies save you money?

Staffing agencies like JPS are a priceless resource in the professional world. They bring together exceptional companies with outstanding candidates that may or may not have been found through other employee search methods. The use of a staffing agency is not only beneficial to a company’s general work environment and productivity, but also to its pocketbook. In this blog post, we introduce various ways in which working with a staffing agency can save a company money in a highly significant way.

They are:

Try before you buy: Staffing agencies provide an opportunity for temporary employees to be actively placed within a quality company. With the reality of turnover being rather high among regular external hires, temporary employees reduce the risk of investing time and money into a new employee that may not be a good fit for the company in the long term. This is a great way to determine which candidates would be quality permanent employees.

Access to highly qualified candidates: Staffing agencies have unlimited access to active candidates with outstanding resumes and credentials. Partnering with staffing agencies can reduce the time and money spent focused on unqualified candidate applications while also garnering individuals that are not only qualified, but fit into the company’s overall culture. These candidates help maintain a high level of work and productivity within the workplace.

Reduction of overtime costs: The burden of paying employees time and a half for overtime hours can be heavy. By working with staffing agencies and temporary employees, overtime hours can be reduced or nearly eliminated from the shoulders of regular employees. This will result in a noticeable monetary savings.

Tax coverage: One of the most cost effective aspects of working with a staffing agency lays in the realm of taxes. Typically, the partnering staffing agency will cover all taxes and fees that accompany payroll, unemployment or worker’s compensation.

As you can see, working with a staffing agency is a highly beneficial practice that will not only provide companies with the best quality candidates, but will also help keep the company purse strings tight. If you are looking for an exceptional staffing agency to partner with, we encourage you to contact Josephine’s Professional Staffing, 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 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131.

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Workplace Discrimination: What Are the Consequences for Employers?

October 15th, 2013
What are the consequences?

What are the consequences?

In part two of this series on workplace discrimination, we discussed a handful of ways in which workplace discrimination can take place. Federal law protects employees in the workplace from discrimination based on factors such as age, race, sex and disability. As previously discussed, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces these laws and ensures that employees and applicants receive equal pay and opportunity for hiring, promotion and training.

This week we discuss the consequences of workplace discrimination for employers. We already know that discrimination can be punishable by law. However, do you know what the repercussions are for the company or employers accused of discrimination? The aftermath can range from tangible to intangible.

1. Lawsuits, Fines & Penalties – Workplace discrimination includes three types of tangible consequences for employers including fines, litigation costs and penalties imposed by federal or state agencies upon the investigation and discovery of discriminatory practices in the workplace. If your company is found guilty of discrimination and you don’t reach a conciliatory agreement with the EEOC, it may file a federal lawsuit against the company. If the EEOC charge is dismissed, the employee could still file a personal lawsuit against your company.

2. Bad Publicity & Company Reputation – Another tangible consequence of discrimination is the bad publicity your company may receive because of fines, settlements and penalties. This could hurt your business’ bottom line for years to come. Socially responsible consumers are less likely to support a company that has been found guilty of engaging in discriminatory employment practices. Not only that, but the accusations can cause serious damage to your company’s reputation. It wills also make it harder for your business to find qualified applicants for open positions.

3. Employee Morale – Discrimination also creates poor employee morale. If an employee feels benefits, rewards and promotions have little to do with their performance, they may stop doing their best work. Employee turnover will also increase, as employees will leave a company they feel is unfair to its workers.

These are three of the most common consequences for companies and employers who have been accused or convicted of workplace discrimination. For more information on discrimination in the workplace and how to identify it, please visit the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at www.eeoc.gov.

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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Hiring Managers – 8 Secrets They All Know (Part 1)

September 3rd, 2013
Do you know the secrets?

Do you know the secrets?

Whether you are a seasoned professional or breaking into the business of your choice, interactions with hiring managers are intimidating and nerve wracking to say the least. We have all experienced an interview that left us with an urge for more information. In this two part blog post series, we will uncover eight secrets that hiring managers generally don’t share with employment applicants. Here are the first four:

1. Most interviewers are nervous too: This may not be the juiciest of secrets, but it is true that most interviewers have a case of the butterflies before walking into a candidate’s interview. It is also not unusual that many hiring managers consider themselves to be somewhat unskilled when it comes to conducting an interview.

2. They want you to let your guard down: Hiring managers are being intentionally kind and exceedingly friendly throughout your interview in hopes that you will become a more candid applicant, allowing them to get a better depiction of who you are as an individual and how you   might contribute to their company culture if offered employment.

3. If you don’t fit in, it will matter: You could be the most qualified candidate for a position, but if you do not fit into the company culture or identify with the general mindset of the current employees, the hiring manager may pass on offering you employment. Keep this in mind when applying for positions and be sure to only apply to companies in which you would enjoy working for.

4. The courtesy you give your current employer is a green light or red flag:  Hiring managers look at a multitude of details when speaking with applicants; this includes how they interact with others when the conversation is related to their current place of employment. When a manager asks when you could start at their company if hired, a candidate that gives a date prior to the appropriate two weeks’ notice could in fact put up a huge red flag for that manager. You may ask, “Why?” Well, regardless of your personal feelings towards your current employer, a lack of professional courtesy could be a foreshadowing of how a hiring manager would see you treating their company in the future. With this in mind, keep all discussions concerning your current employment positive and professional.

These four secrets are only the tip of the hiring manager’s secret iceberg. Be sure to check back next week as we uncover four more secrets and give even more insight into the mind of your next potential interviewer.

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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What You Can Do for Your Country: Tips and Advice for Finding a Great Government Job

September 8th, 2011

About 2 million people are employed in government jobs, making the federal government America’s largest employer. And you don’t have to live in Washington, D.C. to be a government employee. Only 10% of that 2 million are located in Washington, while the rest work throughout the United States and overseas. Government employees are hired in just about every career field and in a wide variety of occupations.

While government salaries aren’t always comparable to private sector on the lower levels, the benefits and pension plans are excellent. So is the job stability.

Finding a government job can take time: the period from initial application to job offer can be four months to a year. But if you’re willing to invest the time, a government job can offer long-term rewards. Here’s how to compete for one:

Know Where to Look

All federal agencies are required to list all openings publicly. The best place to start looking for a government job is on the USAJobs web site, where you can search for jobs in various locations, build a resume online and sign up to receive job postings via email.

However, not all federal agencies use that site, so if you know you want to work at a specific government agency or department, look at that agency’s web site for further career information.

Network

To find out about new government positions on the federal and local level, join professional networking groups. Just like in the private sector, there are professional associations for government workers in just about every discipline, and most of them collect job openings in the relevant field.

No matter how many years since you’ve graduated, you should also check with your alma mater’s career services department, since many colleges and universities maintain good relationships with certain government departments and agencies in an ongoing partnership.

If you have specialized technical or professional skills, you may be able to speed up your search by finding recruiters who have contracts to fill government jobs.

Know the Scoring System

You only have to file one application for a government job, but that application has to do two things: get you past the lower-level screeners or computers that are making sure you meet minimum requirements and impress the hiring managers who will eventually be evaluating your application.

Make sure your resume includes as many of the exact keywords as possible from the requirements in the job listing itself. Most applications for federal jobs are rated on a scale from 1 to 100, and more matches will get you a higher score and increase your chances of making it to the next level. You will also get points for military service, disabled status and volunteer work related to the position, if you use the right keywords to describe it.

To impress hiring managers, don’t just list responsibilities: cite and quantify results you achieved in past positions. Don’t worry too much about taking up too much space. Resumes for federal jobs typically average three to five pages.

Ace the Interview

Government interviews are quite different from what you’re probably used to when applying for a corporate job. It’s likely to be a panel interview with two or more questioners interviewing you at the same time. Also, the interview will likely be focused much more on what you’ve done in the past than anything you hope or plan to do in the future.

Interview questions will focus on your ability to meet the requirements mentioned in the job posting. The government wants proof of your abilities, so create a list of relevant anecdotes and practice discussing them in a clear and confident way. Their theory is that the best predictor of the future is past performance.