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.

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!!



Employee of the Month – February 2015: Haylie Carlson

February 1st, 2015

The Philly Temps Employee of the Month for

February 2015 is Haylie Carlson!


Our Employee of the month for February 2015 is Haylie Carlson.

Haylies most recent work has been in Knoxville Tennessee, but she is now in Philadelphia deciding how best to put her degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois to use.

Haylies professional demeanor and flexibility have proven to be an asset to our Administrative AND Convention departments. Her willingness to accept new experiences and fulfill job duties with aplomb, while remaining pleasant and productive made our decision to make her Employee of the Month an easy one.

We also got the chance to ask her some questions to get to know here a little better.


Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area?
Haylie C (HC): About 6 months

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?
A: The wonderful world wide web.

PT:What is your previous work experience?
HC: Working as a landscape architect and marketing and administrative assistant at a design firm.

PT: How has working as a temp been helpful to you?
HC: It allowed me to find work quickly and, at times, I was able to maintain a flexible schedule when I needed to. It has also taught me to be open to new ideas and experiences. It has been a growing experience to learn new skill sets that I previously thought I wouldn’t excel at or enjoy.

PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.
HC: Working at the Blood Bank Convention at the registration table. It was my one of my first assignments, and was much more challenging than I anticipated. It was also fun to get to learn more about other Philly Temps whom I may not have had the chance to know otherwise.  

PT: What are your long term career goals?
HC: Still trying to figure that one out!

PT: What is your life like outside of work? What are your hobbies? Are you involved in your community?
HC: I enjoy doing anything outdoors (especially if it involves snow – the more the better). I love growing plants and taking my friends and family on Philadelphia tree tours.

What Makes a Good Employee?

December 17th, 2014

What makes a good employee? 

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While the response may differ from manager to manager and company, one constant holds true – employers want employees who are dependable, trustworthy, and good at their jobs.

Great employees share certain characteristics and these are the ones that employers seek above and beyond the ability to fill a job description. If you are looking to position yourself as a great employee, make sure you recognize the six valuable characteristics below that employers’ look for when hiring, say our experts.

Employers want employees who demonstrate dependability. Certain core expectations are required for all jobs, but dependability is probably at the top of the list. Employees show dependability by taking personal ownership of all aspects of their job, including being on time, dressing and working in a professional manner, and demonstrating a high level of commitment. Managers like dependable employees because they set and maintain clear expectations.

Employers want employees who are self–motivated. While the role of every manager is to motivate their employees, they appreciate and seek ones that create their own motivation. It makes a huge difference to have an employee that has an inner drive to organize their work versus one who needs constant guidance to perform day to day activities. Employers look for employees that have a level of self–motivation that will not require a high level of “hand-holding,” as well as the ability to tackle the expected obstacles that arise in day to day business.

Employers want employees who provide a positive representation of their brand. Employers seek individuals that will enhance their organization and their brand. They want to recruit people who are trustworthy, have solid reputations – inside and outside of work – and have a good work ethic. Great employees have a strong sense of what is appropriate in the workplace and outside, and they know how to balance the two.

Employers want employees who rise to the occasion. A good employee gets the job done. A great employee gets the job done in spite of everything – including when priorities and schedules shift. They are self–motivated and can problem solve and think on their feet in any staffing situation.

Employers want employees who are team players. No one can achieve “greatness” in an organization completely alone, and remarkable employees know this to be true. They are the consummate team player who can highlight their own successes, as well as praise others for theirs. These employees recognize that success is better achieved through team work, always.

Employers want employees with a positive attitude. Great employees maintain a positive attitude, even during difficult situations. They tackle projects, both big and small, in a straightforward manner. If they have a sensitive issue to discuss, they do so in private. They promote a team spirit and good morale, and they are a pleasure to work with and be around; a trait that is often minimized as an essential job characteristic.

Employee of the Month- December 2014

December 1st, 2014

The Philly Temps Employee of the Month for December 2014 is Ameen Purdie

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No one in our office was surprised when Ameen agreed to be our employee of the month. Ameen is known for always saying yes.

Will you be a server for dinner guests of a five star caterer? Yes. Will you work crowd control at the Convention Center? Yes. Will you work the registration desk in the Exhibit Hall? Yes. Will you be an event guard at a public television station? Yes. Since being referred to Philly Temps by a friend in May of 2013, Ameen has proven himself to be ready, willing and eager to work and he has always been singled out as having done a great job.

Between raising five children and his volunteer work we are not sure where he gets the time do anything, but we are glad that he does. Ameen has told us repeatedly that he loves working with the public. He approaches each assignment as a chance to meet new people.

We would have sat down to interview Ameen about his time with Philly Temps and his temporary work, but he is on an assignment that requires his attention (Also, did we mention that he has 5 kids?) When this assignment ends Ameen will be able to put ‘Zamboni repair’ as a line item on his resume. It is THAT flexibility and open mindedness that helped us to choose Ameen as our Employee of the Month.




Tips for Temps – The Follow Up Phone Call

August 1st, 2013

The phones rings often here at Philly Temps. People calling to see what we staff for (full time office support primarily; we also provide part-time as needed customer service and event work,) clients calling with jobs, registered temps calling in with their availability, workers on assignment, and people following up on their application. The follow up phone call is about a quarter of the total calls we answer every day. With that in mind, I want to give all of our applicants some tips to make the most of their phone calls to and from Philly Temps, or with any temp agency. In fact, many of these guidelines hold true for all job seekers, regardless if they are contacting an agency or a business.

Take some time out of your job search to google banana phone. There are some great stock photos.

Take some time out of your job search to google banana phone. There are some great stock photos.

We try very hard to get resumes entered into the system as swiftly as possible, usually within 3 business days. We also try to ensure that every applicant gets an email confirmation. Philly Temps understands how stressful the job search process can be and that candidates engage with us in good faith. We try our best to treat all applicants with equal speed and consideration of their qualifications. Most of our postings get hundreds of responses in the first days alone. We input tens of thousands of resumes each year.

This post will focus on tips for the initial follow-up phone call. In the future I will cover best practices for the possible phone interview. So how can you make the most out of any follow up contact? You have applied to a job you are very interested in. Common protocol dictates the next step is the follow up phone call. When should you make it? Read the rest of this entry »

Use Philly Temps – To Quickly Fill Positions

March 13th, 2013

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Frequently I am asked what the turn around is on the jobs I place. How long does it take? Well, that really depends on the job. A Receptionist that calls out sick? A matter of minutes, usually. A straight send for an open job? Less than an hour. A position that calls for resume review? Depends on the client’s timeline, anywhere from a matter of hours to a month. No matter what the length of the position, Philly Temps provides expedited, quality placements, picking up the phone to call our short list of temps right after getting off your phone call. And that fast turn around makes all the difference. Getting the right person into a vacancy aides in the overall quality of the temp experience for everyone involved, for our workers and your company. How are we able to make such lasting, swift placements? Let me tell you our staffing secret. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Temps – Resume Red Flags

September 20th, 2012
Red Flags

Look at all these red flags

Because we staff and recruit for such a wide range of staffing candidates and positions I would say I am much more open to resumes than, say, someone who works in the HR department of a specific company or only recruits for one sort of position. I am always willing to give the candidate the benefit of the doubt and read between the lines of a resume. However, even I have some red flags that go up when reviewing applicants. Here are my top three red flags. Make sure your application is free of these and you’re more likely to make it through the initial screening process. Read the rest of this entry »

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