Lights, Camera, Leon!

December 2nd, 2019

The reason it has taken us over 5 years to choose Leon M. as the Philly Temps & Perm Employee of The Month is not because we didn’t know what a great job he did, it was that when he takes an assignment, he shows up to work and his laser like focus on customer service does not allow time for casual conversation.

Most of Leon’s experience with Philly Temps has been with the Convention & Event Team where he has a reputation for keeping things moving. When Leon is on the job, no one waits in line, no one has to read a sign, no one has a question left unanswered and no one walks away without a smile.

We are grateful for his dedication, work ethic, positive attitude and his flexibility.

We recently took the time to let to know Leon a little e better

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Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area? 

Leon M. (LM): I have lived in the Philadelphia area 6 1/2 Years
 
PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?
LM: I had worked with many Agencies in New York City and in the Food Industry working with The  Hospital for Joint Diseases, The BAR Association, Orange Lawn Tennis Club, New York Stock Exchange and others.
Philly Temps was the only agency I worked with since my arrival in Philadelphia  
 
 PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps? 
LM: I saw a listing online
 
 PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.
LM: Working with The Trucking Industry Convention  the Client appreciated my hard work style and no-nonsense approach.
  
PT: What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
LM: I am a Writer and Producer of Film for Theatrical release & owner of my own production company in addition  I work with The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival where I was a  tech Adviser in 2019
 
 PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?
LM: Don’t slack. You don’t know who is watching and give 100%. You will end the day Guilt-Free knowing you gave 100 percent of your self

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Good Impressions Take no Time

November 11th, 2019

Sometimes we just know when someone is going to be a great asset, and we don’t like to waste time in letting them prove it.

That was the case with the Philly Temps & Perm Employee of the month for November 2019, Heather M.

We have not known her long, however she has shown us and our clients, that she is ready, willing and able to get the job done.

 

Thank you Heather for doing such a great job and thank you for answering a few questions for us.

Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area?

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Heather M. (HM): 6 months

PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?
HM: Most recently, I worked as a data analyst for the Center for Clinical and Professional Development at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA.

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?
HM: A friend was working for Philly Temps when I moved down to the area & had a great experience working with the agency.

PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.

HM: My current assignment is my first assignment with Philly Temps, and it has been a good experience. I love working in Center City.

PT: What are your long-term career goals?
HM: I aspire to be a data analyst for the public good.

PT: What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
HM: I am a gardener. I play the viola. I love to read, ride my bike, and see live music.

PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?
HM: Be open to working in a field you haven’t before! Be patient with yourself, and be willing to learn on the job and make mistakes. Every job provides a learning opportunity, and you are up to the challenge.

Still Waters Run Deep

August 1st, 2019

Ameen P. carries himself with a quiet dignity that is not often seen in people his age. That is part of the reason that we have chosen him as Philly Temps & Perm Employee for the Month for August 2019.

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We also considered the 135 assignments he has completed. 135 times he has represented Philly Temps, Philadelphia and himself with respect and professionalism while remaining flexible and positive.

If the name Ameen P. Sounds familiar, it’s because his Father, Ameen SR, held the EOM title in December of 2014. This apple does not fall from the tree when it comes to a great work ethic, however Ameen does not live in his Father’s shadow. He has used his creativity and focus to forge his own path.

Join us in recognizing this remarkable young person. You can read more about his experience here:

 

Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area? 

Ameen P. (AP) 23 Years

 PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?

AP:  Student Intern for the School District of Philadelphia

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps? 

AP: My Father also works for the company

PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.

AP: Getting lost my first two days on the job

 PT: What are your long-term career goals?

 AP: I want to own a clothing store

PT: What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

AP: I am a Graphic Designer with my own clothing brand, I also write articles, and make YouTube videos.

PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?

AP: Don’t take everything seriously and just have a good time. It can be a fun environment to work in.

Joy should be shared, especially at work.

May 1st, 2019

The Philly Temps employee of the month for May 2019 is Allessia B. and we could not be more excited for you to meet her! Why? Because she brings enthusiasm, a smile to every situation, and who does not need that these days.76117 225x300 - Joy should be shared, especially at work.

Whether it is 5 AM at the convention center working registration, 10 AM at the Wells Fargo on 76ers Game Days or any of the many reception shifts she has taken, Allessia starts and  ends each day with a positive attitude, a kind word and a ‘let’s get this done’ demeanor which is contagious.

We get the impression that nothing can bring her down, so we are glad to raise her up as an example of hard work.

Here we get to know Allessia a little better.

 

Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area? 

Allessia B. (AB): I have lived in Philadelphia, PA for 21 years.

PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?

AB: I was a Special Education Teacher with the School District of Philadelphia and retired in 2013.  I am a people person and so in 2014 I landed a 2-days-a-week job with the Free Library of Philadelphia as a Seasonal Library Assistant.

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps? 

AB: I Googled temp agencies and Philly Temps popped up.  I liked the name!

PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.

 

AB: The most memorable was working the National School Board Association convention in which Angela Davis was a guest speaker.  She was my hero when I was a teenager.  Also my youngest daughter’s was a student of The American School, a home school

association.  They had a booth at the convention.  My daughter graduated from the shcool and went to college in NC!

 

PT: What are your long-term career goals?

AB: After working (Many) years, 9-5, I have no more career goals.  I have life goals:  continue my community service work assisting people to satisfy their spiritual needs by reading the Bible; become fluent in Swahili and take a trip to Africa; learn to crochet; keep walking and be a help to my family and friends.

I have immediate goals of going to Europe this summer and Israel in November

 

PT: What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

 

AB: I touched on it in question 5.  I like to perform community service work, travel, learn Swahili and Spanish and work for Philly Temps. Oh, and sleep!

 

PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?

 

AB: Do your best on your assignments, smile and be kind to the people we meet.  Be encouraging.  You may say something or do something for another person that makes them change their mind from doing harm to themselves or others. Truth be told.

A Great Employee By The Numbers

February 1st, 2019

1 interview, 2 languages, 74 assignments, 179 texts, 2 Batmans (that’s right), 1 son referred for work, and 12 social media action shots. Add the countless friends made and the myriad smiles shared and it totals Stephanie W., the Philly Temps & perm Employee of the Month for February 2019.

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It may be impossible to quantify the full value Stephanie brings to the team with her work ethic. She knows when to listen, when to ask questions, and what questions to ask. She has an ability to envision each clients plan and instinctively know how to best execute it.  Perhaps most important ofIMAG1558 218x300 - A Great Employee By The Numbers all: she quietly insists that everyone get along and keep a positive attitude while on assignment.

Thank you Stephanie for all that you do and for taking the time to answer some questions for us, we appreciate you!

Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area? 

Stephanie W. (SW):  Since January 2007.

PT:  What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?

SW: I am a former Substance Abuse Counselor and after School Teacher for at-risk youth in both my birthplace of the Bronx, N.Y. and my new hometown of Philadelphia, PA.

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?

SW: A friend of mine saw the recruiting event for the Freshman Welcome on Craigslist and informed me.

PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.

SW: The Freshman Welcome is my all-time favorite. However, the International Association of Police where I was able to meet police officers from around the world and Shaquille O’Neal was a wonderful experience also. All jobs I’ve been assigned to have been absolutely wonderful. The clients who hire us and the IT folks from Experient are the absolute best!!

PT: What are your long-term career goals?

SW: I’ve accomplished so many different things that I’ve become settled with my assignments from Philly Temps. My goal is to always do and be my best to, and for, everyone I come in contact with. I’m happy with my supervisors and co-workers. 

 PTWhat are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

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 PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?

SW: Work diligently; go above and beyond for all clients so they’ll always want to hire US as a team. Interact with and get to know your co-workers who can be very helpful in leading you when given a new assignment. Learn to speak German with Tina, and always have a comeback for John’s crazy sense of humor!!

 

 

First Impressions Last

December 4th, 2018

Meet the Philly Temps & Perm Employee of the Month for December 2018, Katie M.

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Before moving to Philadelphia earlier this year, Katie had spent much of her time earning a living by making a difference. She has made a lasting impression on the Philly Temps Team by being professional, polite and positive and we are excited to get to know her a little better.

 Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area? 

Katie M. (KM): I have lived in Philadelphia for four months–I moved here from Boston in August.

 PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?

KM:  My background is in the nonprofit sector, where I worked on issues from climate change to homelessness. My most recent full-time position was as the membership and resource development manager for an international association of private funders dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness.

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps? 

KM:  I learned about Philly Temps through a good ol’ google search.

PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.

KM:  I’m not sure I have a particular experience to point to (too many to choose from), but Philly Temps’ remarkable responsiveness and constant communication has made them really stand out in my eyes.

PT: What are your long-term career goals?

KM:   I would love to eventually work in philanthropy. I have been lucky to have the opportunity to spend a lot of time learning from incredible grantmakers from across the US and beyond. It is a dream of mine to one day work for a foundation that is dedicated to using their funds in creative, catalytic ways to create systemic change.

PT: What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

 KM:  Outside of work, I love to read, paint, and garden.

PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?

KM:  Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

 

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An Open Mind Gets Many Jobs Done

November 1st, 2018

What do you do when the short-term assignment you accepted from a temp agency is completed?                 

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 That’s how he got to work in data entry for a company making change, That’s how he worked at convention helping Exhibitors connect with new clients, that’s how he got to be a secret shopper for a real estate company trying to impress investors, that’s how he got to welcome University Freshman starting their educational journey and that’s how he got to be the Philly Temps & Perm Employee of the Month for November 2018.

Joseph’s positive attitude and willingness to accept new concepts is not only impressive, it’s contagious. Everyone who has worked with him has ended their day with a smile and a feeling that anything is possible.

We can not thank Joseph enough for his flexibility, his professionalism and his dedication to a job well done.

We also thank for him for answering some questions that let us get to know him a little better.

 Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area?

Joseph S. (JS): I have lived in Philadelphia for two years.

PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?

JS: Prior to Philly Temps, I worked primarily at Target, snagging whatever temp work I could on the side.

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?

JS:  I found out about Philly Temps through a quick Google search.

PT:  Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.

JS:  The convention in the Philadelphia Convention Center last year was highly memorable. I got to learn a lot about several companies and aid in their networking.

 PT: What are your long-term career goals?

 JS:  I would like to have a steady career in literature or music. Whichever one fights its way to the top and proves itself ready.

PT:  What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

JS:  I write science fiction stories and songs for my band, go on hikes, and play video games.

PT:  What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?

JS: My advice would be to open yourself up as wide as you can for the opportunities that present themselves to you, and be persistent—the best is yet to come.

Flo Knows Philly!

October 2nd, 2018

We are considering giving the Philly Temps & Perm Employee of the Month for October 2018 a dictionary instead of a gift card because we don’t think that Flo S.  knows what ‘retired’ means.

Flo’s career in hospitality took her to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Charlotte and Atlantic City and eventually to Philadelphia where her Sales and Marketing skills were put to good use at the Holiday Inn at 18th and Market (Now the Sonesta) .

Though Flo has lived here for only 25 years, few people know Philadelphia better and even fewer take Flo 300x211 - Flo Knows Philly!advantage of all the city has to offer. Her love for the city makes her the ideal fit for the Convention and  Visitors Bureau Booth.  Not only can Flo recommend the best places to eat, sight see and learn, but she has the connections (and the tenacity) to get visitors a seat at the table. She also has a gift for making people feel welcome to our city, probably because no matter where they are from, chances are good that Flo has visited and had a good time. There is no one she can not talk to and nothing she can not talk about. 

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 As eager as Flo is to work, she still has to squeeze us in between yoga, continued education classes, theater, concerts, any event involving art and, perhaps most important to her, travel with her family.

 

When asked what advice she would give prospective Candidates who want to work with Philly Temps she said, “Go for it, as each assignment is a new learning experience. Take the knowledge into the next level you reach for”.

Whatever assignment Flo takes, The Democratic National Convention, The World Meeting of Families (The Pope’s Visit) or even session monitoring a small meeting in a boutique hotel, she performs with verve, class and dignity and that is why she is our Employee of the Month for October 2018. 

We ALL Thank You Flo.

 

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‘Smile and Stay Calm’ says former Firefighter

September 4th, 2018

Jim W. is the Philly Temps & Perm Employee of the Month for September 2018 and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

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Since retiring from the Philadelphia Fire Department, Jim has split his time between The Jersey Shore,The Daytona

International Speedway and the Philly Temps Convention Services Team.  We can not speak for Florida, but when Jim is Supervising an Event for Philly Temps, his laid-back demeanor sets a tone that keeps both clients and staff calm, cool and content. Jim is truly unflappable in a business that has a constant potential for flap.

Thank you, Jim. Thank you for your Service to the City, thank you for your steadfast support to our teams, thank you for always having a smile on your face and thank you for being the Philly Temps & Perm Employee of the Month.

Join us in getting to know Jim a little better.

Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area? 

Jim W (JW): 64 years.

PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?

JW: 30 years as a Philadelphia Firefighter. 

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps? 

JW: From Philly Temp supervisor extraordinaire, Candice C.

 PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.

JW: Working with Missy from (The Philly temps Client) during Penn and Drexel Student Welcome Events

PT: What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

JW: Restoring and enjoying antique cars

PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?

JW: To pay attention to your Supervisor

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This South Philly Woman gets the job done

August 2nd, 2018

It is not that we haven’t wanted to send our Employee of the Month for August 2018 on more assignments, it’s that Elise R. does so well our clients don’t want her to leave.     IMG 0892 3 195x300 - This South Philly Woman gets the job done

Since graduating from West Chester University, Elise has built a solid resume of customer service. Always being the first face the public saw, and always exceeding expectations.

Beyond being bright, articulate and having a willingness to get the job done, Elise’s positive attitude is palpable. That cheerful disposition and infectious smile lift the energy of any space she is in.

Elise has actually worked assignments right here in the Philly Temps offices, and her performance solidified to us what our clients had told us, Elise is one of the best.

Thank you, Elise, for agreeing to be our Employee of the Month for August 2018!

 

Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area?

Elise R (ER): I was born and raised in South Philadelphia and continue to live here.

PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?

ER: My work experience prior to working with Philly Temps was primarily in customer service.

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?

ER: I was recommended to Philly Temps at a career fair in South Philadelphia.

PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.

ER: My most memorable experience working for Philly Temps was my time working at the Philly Temps office.  It allowed me to see firsthand just how hard they work for, and how dedicated they are, to their temp employees.

I also enjoyed my time at a travel agency, it was so much fun.   And I just love my current position!

PT: What are your long-term career goals?

ER: I hope to grow within a company I am employed with and contribute to its success.

PT: What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

ER: I love to spend time with family and friends.  I also enjoy trying new restaurants and going out dancing.

PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?

ER: My advice would be to give your all to each position you are lucky to get.  Treat it as if it is your permanent job because you never know where each opportunity can lead to.

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