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?                 

If  You’re Joseph S., then you expand your horizons and make yourself available to possibilities. EOM Joey SMalls 169x300 - An Open Mind Gets Many Jobs Done

 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.

‘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.

There’s an Art to being the Employee of the Month

June 1st, 2018

Say yes to meeting Ryan F., The Philly Temps & Perm Employee of the Month for June 2018.

Ryan started his career with Philly Temps Fresh out of college and weather he is helping at Conventions or taking Administrative assignments, he has always been a real stand out.IMG 5266 169x300 - There's an Art to being the Employee of the Month

Always the professional but never giving up his artistic expression, Ryan has proven time and again that a good attitude is a great way to start each task.

Thank you Ryan, and Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for us.

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

Ryan F (RF): I’ve lived in Philadelphia on-and-off since moving here for graduate studies at the Tyler School of Art in 2010, with stints in New York City and Massachusetts in between. I recently moved back in March. 

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

RF: Prior to working for Philly Temps, I worked in art museums, most recently in NYC. I also participated in an artist residency at MASS MoCA this past winter. In my younger years, I worked a variety of jobs from UPS to Chipotle. All have taught me valuable lessons in interesting ways, especially how to make really good guacamole:

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps? 

RF: I first discovered Philly Temps through a Google search shortly after graduating from Tyler. Upon moving back to the Philadelphia area recently, I reached out again and was fortunate to have some good opportunities open for me. 

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

RF: As a life-long NBA fan, I’d have to say working Dr. J Night at the Wells Fargo Center was the most memorable so far. There was a large group of us who laid down commemorative t-shirts on every seat in the arena from the nosebleeds to the luxury boxes down to courtside. We took a lot of steps and had a lot of fun! (Hey Ryan, We have a photo of that team)

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PT: What are your long-term career goals?

RF: At the end of the day, I’m an artist, so, making a living off of selling my art work would be amazing. That being said, we all know the tale of the starving artist. I come from humble beginnings so have always had traditional jobs and have enjoyed the sociability and camaraderie that they bring, opposed to being alone in the studio. I am really enjoying working through Philly Temps, in a space where I can use my creative thinking to hopefully better the work environments I am in. My current role involves editing, data entry, image scanning, and a lot of attention-to-detail; very left and right brain, which feels great!

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

RF: As mentioned, I am an NBA enthusiast and an artist. I like to work in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, clothing, and music. 

 

 

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

RF: Say yes to every opportunity you can and do all the little things right. As simple as it sounds; be on time, follow the dress code, be friendly, and be open to learning new things. I’ve learned a lot and met so many interesting people through Philly Temps; not only fellow temps and supervisors, but clients, and guests at events. See yourself as an ambassador to Philadelphia. Embrace being part of a great team and trust the process!

 

We Are Grateful for Employees Like This

February 1st, 2018

 

The Philly Temps & Perm Employee of the Month for February 2018 is Zachary A.

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Zachary came to Philly Temps not too long after receiving his B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology from Swarthmore College. He managed to work a variety of jobs while in school creating a resume that made us want to know more.

We knew from his first assignment, assisting with the Freshman registration and check in at a local University, that Zachary was not going to be ‘on the market for long’. Shortly after that he was chosen by one of our long term clients for a special project and within weeks that client offered Zachary a full time position.

We met with Zachary to find out more about this exemplary young man. (We also love his advice to potential candidates. Words to live by)

 

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

Zachary A. (ZA): I’ve lived in West Philadelphia since I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2017.

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

ZA: Before Philly Temps I had a bunch of jobs at my alma mater, where I worked in the Admissions Office, Student Affairs, and (briefly) the library.

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?

ZA: I come from a long line of temps (my mother was a temp, and my grandmother before her), so they recommended me contact an agency nearby. Philly Temps has an incredibly Google-able name.

PT: What are your long-term career goals?

ZA:  In the not-so-far future I’d like to start graduate school in Anthropology or American Studies, and hopefully find a university position somewhere in the Philadelphia area. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll always have temping to fall back on!

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

ZA: Outside of work I love to cook, read, and play guitar. I’m working on my 2018 reading list, which currently features a lot of Lorrie Moore, Colson Whitehead, and as many ghost stories as I can get my hands on.

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

ZA: My biggest piece of advice for prospective temps is to approach every assignment as if it’s your new permanent position. It’s never bad to put your best foot forward and be proactive by looking for work around the office in your down time and learning as much as you can about whatever industry you find yourself in.

The first Employee of the Month for 2017

January 3rd, 2017
Shining a spotlight on our Employee of the month for January 2017 is a challenge as she is constantly on the move.
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Since joining the Philly Temps & Perm team in April of 2016, Abeni has been seen at the airport making sure the Olympic Ping Pong teams were getting from gate to hotels, at Dilworth Plaza supervising a street team of Kilt wearing grouses, and at countless hotels during the Democratic National Convention where she was instrumental in making sure that delegates and visitors got around our city without issue. Abeni did all of this as well as taking on projects for Law Firms, Insurance Companies and helping keep a Theater Box office organized.
Philly Temps deals with such diverse types of businesses, we need people like Abeni who remain calm, productive and forward thinking under any circumstance and in any environment. Abeni is our Employee of the Month as she does it all with a smile that lets you know the job will get done.
We recently checked in with Abeni so that we could get to know here a little better.
Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area?
Abeni C. (AC) I was born in Philadelphia, raised in South Jersey and returned in 2012 after almost 20 years.
 
PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?
AC:  I found Philly Temps in an internet search
 
PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.
AC:  DNC (Democratic National Convention) 2016!  Working for the client to ensure that local transportation ran smoothly for the delegates was challenging, exciting, and fun.
 
PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?
AC:  In my most recent position, I was employed by the Smithsonian Institution, and worked with a small team to create professional development events for science educators across the country.
 
PT:  What are your long term career goals?
AC: I’m still figuring out exactly what I’d like to do when I grow up.
 
PT: What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
AC: Knitting and reading
PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?
AC: Philly Temps really knows how to make their employees feel supported and valuable, and I love working with them.  My advice would be to make every assignment count.  Whether the job lasts for 2 days or 2 months–you’re an important part of helping the client maintain their daily operations.  Your skills, your enthusiasm, and your flexibility will always be appreciated!

Choosing one employee is never easy.

December 1st, 2016

Because Philly Temps Staff is the best in the city, selecting just one employee to showcase each month is a challenge, but we know that our Employee of the Month for December 2016, Josh P. is worthy of the distinction.

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Although Josh is one of our most reserved employees, don’t let the soft spoken tone fool you. His Diligence, Professionalism, Abilities and Customer Service Skills are easily understood.

From his assignments doing Data Entry, Reception and Mail Room to his time registering Convention Attendees and Greeting the Olympic Teams at the Airport, Josh has represented Philly Temps and our clients superbly.

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Thank you for all of your hard work Josh, and thank you for answering the questions that help us to know you just a little better!

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

Josh P. (JP): I first came to Philadelphia in 2011 to attend college. After a few years of splitting my time between the city and my hometown in Lancaster County, I finally settled in Philadelphia in 2014.

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?

JP: I was looking around for entry-level clerical work shortly after graduating from college. Some searching online led me to Philly Temps.

PT: What is your previous work experience?

JP: When I’m not working at events or in offices for Philly Temps, I’m an annotator at a linguistic research lab, which essentially means I’m doing much of the grunt work on research projects.

PT: What are your long term career goals?

JP: I intend to pursue a master’s degree in either library science or museum studies and eventually find work in, you guessed it, a library or a museum.

PT: What is your life like outside of work? What are your hobbies? Are you involved in your community?

JP: I play drums in a few bands and have a studio where my band-mates and I help singer-songwriters record their songs with a band behind them. I spend my “off” time writing and recording music and touring around the country.

PT: How has working as a temp been helpful to you?

JP: Working as a temp has given me some unique work experience, but has also allowed me to pursue other hobbies and interests that I don’t receive a paycheck for.

PT: Has working as a temp changed your mind about your long term career goals? Inspired you in any way? Motivated to achieve more?

JP: My temp work has mostly shown me that I’m capable of much more than I typically give myself credit for. I started working for Philly Temps with a very small comfort zone, and while that may not have grown substantially, I have learned that stepping outside of it is an exhilarating and fulfilling experience.

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

JP: It’s going to be tough to top working for the Democratic National Convention. I met a lot of interesting people, did many things that I couldn’t have imagined myself doing before, and worked harder in that week than I had in a long time. At the end of it, I was thoroughly exhausted, but very proud of what I’d been able to accomplish.

It’s time once again to announce the Philly Temps Employee of The Month

November 1st, 2016

Dawn T. is the Philly Temps Employee of The Month for November, 2016.

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Dawn is currently on her second long term assignment with Philly Temps and because of her hard work and dedication to getting any tasks assigned her complete with professionalism and attention to detail, all indications are that it will turn into a permanent job.

Dawn is On Her Second Long Term Assignment with Philly Temps

Thank you Dawn for impressing every client we have sent you to.

We recently sat down with Dawn to get to know her a little better.

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

Dawn T. (DT): since June 17th 2012

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?

DT: From a Google search. I selected Philly Temps because of reviews

PT: What is your favorite part about working with Philly Temps?

DT: Your agency vets the employer for me

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

DT:  Secretarial/Administrative

PT: What are your long term career goals?

DT:  To find a work home in a friendly and pleasant environment.

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

DT: Spending time with my family and friends.

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

DT:  Be open minded to new opportunities

Employee of the Month – September 2015

September 1st, 2015

Joy Burney 1Please join us in congratulating the Philly Temps Employee of the Month for September 2015 – Joy Burney

A Philadelphia native, Joy has been with Philly Temps since September 2013. While she has worked mostly at conventions, she has also been known to bring her effervescent personality, great smile and stellar customer service skills to receptionist and event guard positions. She has even helped some of our catering clients serve up some great meals.

Joy’s email sign off, “Love wins all”, always leaves us with a smile. This flexibility along with her positive attitude makes this mother of four an ideal choice for Employee of the Month.

We recently spoke with Joy to get to know her just a little better.

 


 

Philly Temps: Congratulations on being the Employee of the Month for September 2015

JB: Thanks for choosing me for employee of the month I am grateful.

 

PT: What is your work experience?
JB:  My previous work experience was at Wal-Mart. Customer service has always been my background there’s just something about working with people that gives me a since of joy.

 

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?
JB: I heard about Philly Temps through my cousin Stacy Sharp.

 

PT: What has your experience as a temp been like thus far?
JB: My experience as a temp has been good so far. It is convenient to schedule around the gigs because I get advanced notice of the dates.

 

PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps?
JB: My most memorable experience with Philly Temps was when I did room monitoring at the Marriott. I think it was a 90’s reception, the music was great, the attendees made a soul train line going through the door and insisted I join in so I was able to shake a tail feather at the door (fun).

 

PT: What are your long term career goals?
JB:  My goal is to own a food truck. I have a passion for cooking but more so to see others enjoy my cooking. It is very gratifying.

 

PT: What is your life like outside of work? What are your hobbies? Are you involved in your community?
JB:  My life outside of work is something like work. I’m a single mother of four sons 18, 16, 14, and my baby is six. All attend different schools, which I am very involved in. I am a member PCAP (a parent union for the Philadelphia school district). I also manage my 16 yr. old music career, which is a blast and a headache all at once because he think he’s already famous. I wouldn’t change my life for the world. I feel I am where I am supposed to be right now and Philly Temps makes it possible to be involved in my children’s lives because of the convenient work schedule.

 

 

 

 

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