Josephine's Personnel Services, Inc.

Seeking a New Career? October’s Open Job Listings

October 18th, 2016

Here at Josephine’s Professional Staffing, we’re always seeking talented new candidates who would be a good fit for our open job listings. Through our extensive employment process, we work to place job seekers with great local businesses in the fields of Administrative, Clerical, Accounting, Finance, Engineering, Healthcare, Medical, IT, Technical, Light Industrial and Manufacturing.

On the job hunt? Don't miss these open opportunities!

On the job hunt? Don’t miss these open opportunities!

Here is a list of the employment opportunities we have available for the month of October, ranging from warehouse assistant to engineer in training.

  • Material Handler – San Jose Area
  • Certified Nursing Assistants – Palo Alto, San Jose Area, Santa Clara, San Francisco
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses – Different areas in the Bay Area
  • Warehouse Assistant – San Jose
  • Document Control Manager – San Mateo, Oakland
  • Engineer in Training – San Mateo, Oakland

Are You a Good Fit Our Open Positions? How to Apply

If you’d like to apply for any of these open positions, we would love to hear from you! We use a comprehensive recruitment process to screen all of our potential employment applicants. Job seekers are required to submit a resume and complete an online application. Want to make sure your resume is the best it can be? See our helpful advice here. Read the rest of this entry »

Employee Motivators – Five Ideas to Help You Understand Your Team

March 4th, 2014
What motivates you?

What motivates you?

When trying to create a cohesive work environment, understanding what makes your employees tick is especially important. In this blog post, we identify five common workplace motivators for employees in hopes of helping managers and employers gain a sense of the most common desires their team members have.  Read the rest of this entry »

Employees & Subcontracting – Battling the Rising Cost of Labor

February 25th, 2014
Are you utilizing subcontracting?

Are you utilizing subcontracting?

In business today, the rising costs of labor can be overwhelming. Not only are wages getting higher, but employees want more benefits to go with a higher pay grade. These demands can easily break a smaller company; even large companies can feel the pinch. Subcontracting out a position to a temporary staffer can easily solve this problem. In this blog post, we identify 3 ways in which subcontracting can keep you from breaking the bank during a time when rising costs can cost a company much more than dollars.

Three way subcontracting can cut labor costs with employees:  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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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.

Photo Credit: jo-marshall (was Jo-h)

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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The History of Staffing Agencies

March 20th, 2013
Certified as Small Business and Minority Woman Owned since 1988

Certified as Small Business and Minority Woman Owned since 1988

Staffing agencies have been around for several years, but do you know the history behind how the staffing industry got started? Its inception may surprise you and the changes through the years have been many. Even though Josephine’s Professional Staffing opened its doors 25 years ago this year, the very first staffing agency was started here in California over a hundred years ago. Katherine Felton was born in Oakland, the daughter of prominent Oakland mayor and judge, Brooks Felton, whom the city of Felton, near Santa Cruz, was named after. Katherine created the first staffing agency to solve the problems and needs brought on by the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906. Among many other hats, Katherine quickly became the head of the social service efforts to restore people’s way of life prior to the natural disaster.   Read the rest of this entry »

The Evolving Role of HR Professionals

June 7th, 2011

In the century that the personnel, or Human Resources, department has been a recognized part of the business world, the profession has undergone tremendous changes.

  • It was the early 1900s when companies first realized the need to have a designated person take responsibility for certain activities. Early personnel employees did the hiring and firing, ran the payroll department and administered benefits plans. The role was primarily administrative and the focus was on compliance and ensuring procedures were followed.

 

  • In the 1930s, with the emergence of union legislation, the Personnel Department became company protectors. They focused on managing union relationships and ensuring that the company minimized risk of union-related costs. Eventually, they implemented programs that helped companies avoid the risk of being unionized.

Over the next 30 years, as new concepts and technologies were introduced, personnel employees began to play a more active role in training and promotion. The focus was on procedural compliance, process and screening.

  • In the 1960s and 1970s, discrimination legislation meant there was more risk for lawsuits. The Personnel Department focused on developing policies that protected the company from potential lawsuits. The approach of Personnel was still reactive rather than proactive, although they did see the importance of effective personnel practices.

 

  • In the 1980s, the role of the personnel department evolved from a focus on protecting and screening to the Human Resources department focused on managing a company’s key resource—its people.

Since the 1990s, HR professionals have fought for, and for the most part won, a seat at the executive table. They function as business professionals and have proved their ability to play a key role in a company’s success. When able to provide statistics on the ROI of HR programs, they can prove that HR is a necessary service, like the accounting department, but also an equal partner.

Today, HR professionals continue to enhance their role as strategic partners and change agents. While ensuring that policies and procedures are in place and followed, the new HR focus is on creating a workplace environment that not only attracts and retains top talent but also allows these people to perform and deliver.
HR’s value — attracting, engaging and retaining talent—is a critical factor in addressing increasing competition.
HR, which was once focused on policies, pensions and benefits, now emphasizes finding creative programs and solutions, including people in decisionmaking, choosing employees who fit the corporate environment, and working to effect change.

Welcome to Our Workforce Management and Career Blog

November 28th, 2010

Hello and welcome to Josephine’s Personnel Services’ new Workforce Management and Career Blog. This blog was designed to help hiring managers and business leaders get answers to their most pressing employment and HR questions, and help job seekers enhance their skills and advance their careers.

Each week we will share timely and insightful information on a number of topics including:

  • Talent management
  • Recruiting and hiring
  • Employment law
  • Workforce strategy
  • Employee retention
  • Interviewing
  • Resume writing
  • Career advancement
  • News about Josephine’s Personnel Services
  • Upcoming local events
  • And much more

We hope you find this blog to be useful and we welcome your thoughts and feedback.  And, if you would like us to cover a specific topic, simply leave a comment below and we’ll address your suggestion in an upcoming post.

About Josephine’s Personnel Services
Josephine’s Personnel Services, Inc. (JPS, Inc.), established in 1988, is certified as a small, independent, disadvantaged, minority, woman-owned, full-service professional staffing provider offering the following staffing solutions:

  • Temporary/Contract
  • Temporary-to-Hire
  • Direct Hire Placement
  • Payroll Service
  • Vendor-on-Premise

We provide staffing and HR support nationwide, with a specific concentration in Silicon Valley, San Jose, Santa Clara County and Northern California.