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Deliberate Practice vs. Experience

Deliberate PracticeHave you thought about where you want to be by years end? Do you know what you want to have achieved?

There are so many ways people differ from each other yet we all have ample paths to developing our own talents. First and foremost, we need a sense of urgency and possess an “I must do this” attitude.  When you do not have the right motivation and devotion, you risk putting off what you need to do to make your goal a reality.

The next best steps would be a mix of experience and practice. Simply put, you need both but one just happens over time while the other we have complete control over. I don’t know about you, but I’m not leaving my goal(s) to chance.  I’m taking the proactive route and carving out time to practice.

It should come as no surprise that the best method for “rapidly” accelerating our professional skills and reaching goal(s) is to practice. Unlike experience, this is full engagement in structured training activities designed to improve a particular aspect of our performance.  Whether it is recruiting, sales, and/or Customer Commitment; be deliberate about how you sharpen your skills.

Make this the year you seek out a supportive mentor, read books relevant to your goal(s), and proactively develop who you are as a person. Experience alone will only get us so far and the learning curve is a much slower pace.  Take control and be deliberate!

Think about how deliberate practice compares with what you’re doing now.  I bet there is a good chance you could be strengthening your talents in a far better way.  At the end of the year, what you really want to accomplish is capitalizing on who you currently are to become who you want to be.

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Are you feeling the holiday blues?

Feeling blueAdmittedly I have come down with the holiday blues and I know I’m not alone. My personal and professional schedules have me feeling over-stretched.  I am not getting much sleep.  I can’t rid myself of a nasty head cold.  Sound familiar?

Many of us are running a marathon around the holidays but at a sprint pace. Obviously this is not maintainable.  Doing so deteriorates both our mental and physical state.   As we reach this tipping point it is time to take back control.

How? The solution lies in our choice of perspective.

Imagine for a moment that you just exhausted hours of time and energy decorating the outside of your home (Think National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation). Do you stand right in front of it or step back and take it all in?  This is choice of perspective!

When you start feeling frazzled by mounting commitments and daunting “to do” lists, step back and choose a different perspective. Look over the next month on your calendar.  Identify the true priorities.  Decide what can be rescheduled for a later time, and take things one step at a time.

By the time you read this message I hope to have lived up to my own advice. My calendar will be more manageable.  I will be enjoying good night’s sleep and no longer battling a head cold.

What perspective are you viewing things from today? Might there be one that will better serve you?  After all, the choice is yours…

Have a most joyous and memorable holiday season!

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Est. 1975 – 40 Years!

40 yearsIt all started back in 1975.

It began out of a one room office where husband and wife Jim F. Carchidi and Linda A. Carchidi started JFC Personnel, a permanent placement service.  Being a young married couple starting a family and a business; things were tough – real tough.  The duo had to make every penny count, every second count; and fortunately for us they did! 

It almost ended in 1997.

In 1997, the founders were approached by a publicly traded, big box staffing entity. This interested buyer offered a BIG payout. Ultimately Jim and Linda opted not to cash in on their offer. They realized that by accepting the deal office closures and layoffs would ensue. Husband and wife, Jim and Linda Carchidi, simply could not nor would not jeopardize the livelihood of their JFC work family.

So not only are the JFC Staffing Companies LOCAL but the founders are LOYAL – loyal to their family of employees, loyal to their customers and loyal to the communities which helped them turn their dream into a reality. 

Today.

Today we have a much larger work family spread across three niche recruiting companies with offices in Chambersburg, Carlisle, Camp Hill, Harrisburg, York, Lancaster, and West Lawn.  

There is JFC Global with specialized recruiters who find hidden talent in the areas of Information Technology, Engineering and Account/Finance. JFC Medical who execute targeted talent search strategies for today’s healthcare practices and institutions. JFC Workforce with recruiters who deliver talent-on-demand in the areas of Office-Professional, Skilled Labor and light-industrial. 

The next chapter.

Our vision is to be a family business celebrated as a great place to work and where great people work in focused, high performance teams, setting and meeting goals, and constantly winning.  Where meaningful relationships translate into positive experiences. 

Life is too short not to have passion and purpose in the work that you do…

Throughout the course of our lives we will spend more time working than any other activity.  That dedication of time should improve our quality of life, rather than act as a weight that sucks the happiness out of us.

What we do here is BIG…we influence one of the most important aspects of people’s lives – how they earn their income.  Our contribution helps them pay their mortgage, feed their families, and purchase birthday presents for their children.  

The JFC Staffing Companies are in the business of connecting people. We aim to elevate individual careers and accelerate company growth through extraordinary levels of customer service and performance. The decision was made to be GREAT.  Providing positive experiences for our customers will be the driving force to our success and we are excited for the future!

To the hundreds of thousands of customers who put their trust in the JFC work family…we say…Thank you!

 

 

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What are you grateful for?

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens

Studies in positive psychology show that when we deliberately promote gratitude it increases our well-being and happiness.  In addition, expression of it to others is directly linked with increased energy, optimism, and empathy.  Who wouldn’t want these results?

Recognize what you’re grateful for, acknowledge it, and appreciate it.  If you need some guidance here are several apps/websites that specialize in fostering gratitude:

  • ThankfulFor.com: A website to publicly post what you are grateful for. You also can set up a private online gratitude journal.
  • Gratitude Journal for iPhone, Gratitude Plus for iPad: encourage you to write at least five good things daily, add photos, and rate the day.
  • Red Stamp: This iOS app will send personalized cards and notes any way you like: email, text, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Claim responsibility for your own gratitude and become a catalyst for positive change in the lives of others.

Who will receive gratitude from you this holiday season?

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Is motivation a skill?

Motivation is indeed a skill and actually, you are motivated all of the time. Bubble people

Think of the last meeting you attended.  Aware of it or not, you went into it with certain feelings and beliefs – your outlook.  This decided the direction of motivation you chose.

Your outlook either motivated you to actively participate or to tune out altogether.  Thus, the real question is not “if” you are motivated but “why.” Here is where the magic happens.  The true nature of motivation is that we can learn to choose and create the intentions behind it; positive or negative.

Let’s say you chose positive intentions going into the meeting.  You went into the meeting motivated to actively participate, you learned something new – even helped a peer learn something new.

Now let’s reverse those intentions.  You went into the meeting motivated to disconnect from the conversation, you were close minded – even disruptive of other’s learning experience.

Which scenario was more beneficial to you; to others?  Hopefully you are connecting the dots.  A positive outlook leads to positive intentions, leads to positive motivation, leads to positive results.

Motivation is a skill and just like any other skill; it can be learned.  The real power is not in being motivated but in “why” we are motivated.  I challenge you to learn to choose and create optimal outlooks and intentions.

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Best Places to Work in PA 2015

JFC Staffing Companies named one of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2015. The awards program, created in 2000, is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. The program is a public/private partnership between Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Central Penn Business Journal.

“Our work family and culture mean everything to us.  Without our people there would be no company.” James M. Carchidi, CEOCentral-Penn-Business-Journal-Best-Place-to-Work-in-PA

This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania, who are benefiting the state’s economy and its workforce. Employers are categorized based upon the total number of employees they have in the United States, 25 to 249 employees and 250 or more employees.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in PA. The first part of this process was evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process.

JFC Staffing Companies will be recognized at the Best Places to Work in PA awards banquet on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, PA. Rankings will be revealed at the ceremony. Tickets may be purchased online at www.CPBJ.com/events.

WANT TO WORK AT A CO. WHERE HAPPINESS IS A CORE VALUE & YOU NEVER WORK ON YOUR BIRTHDAY?

Life is too short not to have passion and purpose in the work that you do…

Throughout the course of our lives we will spend more time working than any other activity.  That dedication of time should improve our quality of life, rather than act as a weight that sucks the happiness out of us.

What we do here is BIG…we influence one of the most important aspects of people’s lives – how they earn their income.  Our contribution helps them pay their mortgage, feed their families, and purchase birthday presents for their children.

The JFC Staffing Companies are in the business of connecting people. We aim to elevate individual careers and accelerate company growth through extraordinary levels of customer service and performance. The decision was made to be GREAT. Providing positive experiences for our customers will be the driving force to our success.

Here you will receive the power to express yourself while being part of a company renowned for its fun, supportive culture. There is constant cross-departmental training and collaboration; anyone in the company, regardless of specialty your experience, is free to make suggestions, offer criticism, and participate in the developmental process. We put into place programs and resources like employee-taught JFC Universities that seek to improve and develop from within. …And there is much more.

Join our team and become an essential part of the business landscape; dedicated to creating a better, happier, and more engaged community where people want to live, work, and play.

If you’re interested in a company where your skills can be leveraged, where you will learn from the best and continue to grow – contact the JFC Staffing Companies!

Contact us for details of what winning in this position looks like!

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Is job tenure a thing of the past?

It’s safe to say that workforce trends have shifted over the past decade and especially after the last recession. Today there seems to be more of a self-oriented nature to the workforce and, along with it, job-hopping. Ryan Kahn, a career coach and founder of  The Hired Group, says that “job hopping is replacing the concept of climbing the corporate ladder.”

Let’s look at the numbers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average number of years that young employees (ages 20-34) have been with their current employer is 2.3 years.

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It must be that younger people are lazy or that they have no loyalty. Sound about right? While these seem to be reasonable reactions, I am here to tell you they are not. From my point of view, recent trends in job tenure or lack thereof, are not a product of laziness or a millennial mindset. Rather, the root cause of today’s abbreviated job tenure might very well rest on the employers and not the employees.

The past recession had employers scrambling to do “more with less.” And while this approach may have worked amid an economic crisis, operating the same way today is proving disastrous. Organizations and management hesitant to invest in their culture and employee engagement might just be the springboard of today’s transient workforce.

It’s no wonder the vast majority of U.S. workers (70 percent) are not engaged at work, according to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace Report. Simply put, too many employers are doing “business as usual.” I say, wake up and evolve with the times! It’s not that companies need pool tables, nap rooms, and Google-like amenities. Instead, try inspiring and leading the younger generation in meaningful ways. Some areas to shed light on are the following:

Today’s up-and-coming workforce is less position-focused and more purpose-focused. Rather than promotions in title only, assign side projects that stretch their human development. Be sure to provide routine feedback throughout the process. Also, the corner office is not so much a coveted item these days. Instead, the younger workforce desires open communal settings where they can collaborate and celebrate with their peers.

The next generation of talent is looking to work “towards” something and not just “on” something. Redefine your organization’s vision statement. Make it a crusade toward something bigger than any one person, like how your product/service influences the lives of many. Even if you manufacture widgets, you can still tie into the vision how they make a positive impact on people.

The next generation of movers and shakers do not want to work “under a manager” – they want to work “under a mentor.” The old days of “telling” employees what to do is being replaced with “asking” employees what they think they should do. Asking questions instead of advising or telling will cause employees to think, create answers they believe in and motivate them to act. Essentially, this moves individuals from mere compliance (job-hopper symptom) to sheer commitment.

My closing advice to the managers reading this: Exhausting precious time and energy on attempts to control situations and/or other people is futile. Focus on what you do control. Hire people most aligned with your vision. Invest in your culture. Open up the communication and make active listening part of every interaction.

I believe that until management figures this out and adapts, job-hopping will be the norm – or at least it will be in their organization.

What will you do today to move your employees from compliance to commitment?

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Is your job search a search headache?

Let the team of JFC Recruiters be your extra set of eyes and ears. Think of us like sports agents but instead of representing the best athletes we represent the best talent – like YOU!

Time is your most precious commodity, and once gone it can never be gotten back. Quit wasting your time waiting for employers to respond and let us connect you to that next job!

At JFC each Recruiter has his or her own specialization. The JFC Staffing Companies comprise of individual teams dedicated to one of the following: IT, Engineering, Accounting/Finance, Healthcare, Skilled Good Day PATrades, Industrial and Office-Professional. For more information about each of our specialties please visit our website.

Click the link below to see our CEO, James Carchidi, speak to recruiting on Good Day PA

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Are your beginnings really endings in disguise?

Do you start your day with negative or stressful thoughts? Oh it’s raining again, I do not want to have that meeting today, and on and on…Emotional Intelligence

When you focus your attention on the negative you prevent yourself from observing the many possibilities around you. A negative mindset is self-fulfilling but so too is a positive mindset. Why not choose the latter?

Beginnings are important. The way you begin your day often predicts the level of success that follows. This is especially true for what you tell yourself about the given realities of your day.

A simple way to rewire your thought process is to look for positive moments from your previous day in which your behavior influenced a better outcome. Such positive reflection fuels better performance; it reorients the brain toward things that help create a better reality.

Everything you are exposed to will influence your behavior. Social psychology refers to this as priming. It often occurs without you even noticing what is going on.

One example is watching the news. All the sensational negative charged stories will surely prime your mind to be negative. So why start your morning watching the news? Rather, begin each day reflecting on the good and positive possibilities that lie ahead. Doing so will reinforce an optimistic mindset and change your behavior for the better.

Each morning is a gift. Never go into a new day with pessimistic thoughts.

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Social Media: Addiction of the 21st Century

Ping, pang, beep – instant notifications that someone liked, forwarded, or shared my post tweet, etc.

When you sit back and observe people, whether it is at work, at the grocery store, or a group event; you can’t help but notice all the people constantly checking their mobile devices.2015 Social Media

Why?

It’s often one of the first thing we do in the morning and the last we do before bedtime. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, and on and on…

No joke, there are now apps to manage all your apps.

Admittedly I too am a repeat offender; posting and checking my personal and professional social media profiles. But when, or where, is the tipping point? How much is too much?

I’m interested to hear your approach to leveraging social media and all its apps. Please tell us how you control them rather than be controlled by them.

Let the mind-sharing begin…

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