Being in Uncharted Waters Means You Are Free to Blaze a Trail.

July 1st, 2019

 

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Diving into the unknown with an open mind seems to have worked for the Philly Temps and Perm Employee of the Month for July 2019, Courtney L.

A BS in Marketing from Penn State led Courtney to a Digital Marketing Campaign for a boutique hotel in New Orleans and a stint as an Engagement Coordinator for a community Farm in San Jose before bringing her to Philadelphia.

Philly Temps is glad she made the journey. You can read more about Courtney here:

 

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

Courtney L (CL): After graduating from Penn State University last May, I decided to move in with my sister Kaitlyn. I officially made the move in the Fall so I’ve been here for about 9 months now. My family lives in California so I have had a lot to get used to living in the City. I love walking everywhere!

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

CL: I enjoy spending time outdoors: hiking, kayaking, swimming, just being around nature and near any body of water. I am also an avid yogi — I especially enjoy going to hot yoga even in the summer, but man it’s hot! All in all, I try to spend my free time enjoying life to the fullest by learning new skills, as well as, traveling and immersing myself in new cultures. I really hope to travel more in the future!  IMG 2064 300x225 - Being in Uncharted Waters Means You Are Free to Blaze a Trail.

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?

CL: I heard about Philly Temps after searching for temp agencies on Google, actually. My mom was a big advocate for using a temp agency especially being from out of state and not knowing many people in the city. Ultimately she urged me to apply. She said she had a “good feeling” about it, I finally listened to her and applied. Then Stef reached out for an interview and got me my current job. I guess my mom was right about that feeling!

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

CL: I did not have a lot of professional work experience prior to working with Philly Temps. The summer after my junior year in college I completed an internship with an organization called Veggielution in my home town San Jose, CA. Also, I worked as a barista at Starbucks after graduating from college. However, my lack of professional experience made finding a job difficult, but Philly Temps filled that void. Stef said my skills were strong and promised to find me an opportunity with room to grow. I can say she definitely

delivered.

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

CL: One of my most memorable experiences would have to be when Stef showed up at our office on administrative appreciation day with cookies for all the employees. The gesture was extremely thoughtful and made me thankful to be working for Philly Temps. Working with Philly Temps allows me to step outside my comfort zone and embrace a completely new industry. Courtney at Altitude Group 300x169 - Being in Uncharted Waters Means You Are Free to Blaze a Trail.

PT: What are your long-term career goals?

 

CL: As I gain more experience, I realize how strong my interpersonal and problem-solving skills are. I can see myself working as a project manager coming up with creative and innovative solutions to solve customer problems. I have always bee

n good at gathering research, interpreting data, and collaborating to come up with the best options. In order to reach this goal, I need to continue to grow my work portfolio by engaging in diverse, interesting projects that showcase my ability to adapt. Through my time with Philly Temps and The Altitude Group, I now have the confidence to pursue greater career opportunities.

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

CL: Do not let fear hold you back and embrace the unknown! In the words of every finance person out there, “the higher the risk, the higher the reward.” Honestly, it’s true. I was afraid to work with Philly Temps at first. I could not stop thinking what if I do not like the job — or what if it is not the right fit for me? The employees at Philly Temps take the time to listen to you and your goals, they evaluate your strengths, and as long as your honest with them they will find a position that fits what you are looking for. Yes, starting at a new job can be scary, but remember Philly Temps has your back no matter what!

Honestly, I started my current job knowing very little about the company, but I put my faith in Stef and Philly Temps and I know I made the right choice.

 

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.

Say ‘Hello’ to Rene B., Our Employee of the Month

July 5th, 2017

Reliable, Relaxed, Rational, Ready, Refined . . .Rene.

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After 6 years and 35 assignments, it is high time we recognized Rene B. for representing Philly Temps & Perm as well as each of the clients she has worked with, so well.

Rene is not only professional and eager to perform each task given to the best of her ability, she remains pleasant and upbeat under any circumstance. We can actually hear the smile in her voice when we call her for an assignment.

Our clients have shared nothing but praise for Rene, and we are proud to have her part of our Temp Family.

We recently had the chance to get to know Rene a little better.

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

Rene B (RB): I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA

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

RB: After graduating high school, I was employed in the banking industry and moved on to employment with Bell of Pennsylvania from 1970. My positions while employed at Bell of PA were clerical and I was promoted to a management position from which I retired in 1996.  After retirement, I worked in my church as well as a full-time Caregiver for Mother and Sister.

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?

RB: Learned of Philly Temps through internet while looking for temp agencies to supplement income while Caregiving.  Philly Temp allowed me to work around my schedule which was perfect for me at that time.

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

RB: In May, 2017, I was assigned to LightFair International Trade Show & Conference held at the Philadelphia Convention Center.  My position was as Administrative Assistant to Vice President.  This was a fun but challenging assignment.  Over 600 exhibits were on display and my tasks were to help staff set up Show Office to receive exhibitors, guests and company upper management. This was a fast-paced assignment and much of my time was spent alone in the Show Office.  Knowing how to handle irate exhibitors, frustrated attendees who stopped into the Show Office with various problem situations, a staff who had requests and expected quick results were a big part of the day.    My previous experiences with Philly Temp prepared me to meet the challenge of this assignment with confidence that it would be a win-win.  Also working as a Registration Rep could also be demanding but enjoyable.  Presently, my position at Salus University, as an Administrative Assistant is very rewarding.

PT: What are your long-term career goals?

RB: My long-term career goals are to continue with Philly Temps with the great assignments.  As a retiree, I enjoy keeping in touch with the business world, meeting new people, learning new things and staying active technology.  Philly Temps allows me to do that.

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

RB: I enjoy travel out of state and country.  I try to take one big trip each year.  I enjoy trail walking and bike riding.  My favorite music is Jazz – especially outdoor Jazz concerts.

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

RB: Develop a strong positive work ethic.  Be consistently on time.  Command your present skills while learning new skills.  Dress professionally from head-to-toe.  Give respect to earn respect.  Own each assignment – as if it were your own personal business.  You want each day to be a successful day!!

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.

Philly Temps’ Staff in Action

March 13th, 2015

For the week of March 9th, we had event staff throughout Philadelphia!

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Directional Staff at the University of Pennsylvania

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Directional Staff at the University of Pennsylvania

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Tina, our on-site Supervisor going over Leon’s tasks for the day.

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Walter and Reggie waiting for session Attendees

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Conference Registration at Houston Hall

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Conference Registration at Houston Hall

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Trevor assisting at a booth at The Society of Mosaic Artists Show

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Erin working hard through tax season at our favorite Accountants office!

Philly Temps Welcomes ACRE Wholesale Crafts Show and PACK Expo East!

February 16th, 2015

The weekend weather did not deter the ACRE Wholesale Crafts Show or PACK Expo East at the

Convention Center, OR Philly Temps!

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Employee of the Month – February 2015: Haylie Carlson

February 1st, 2015

The Philly Temps Employee of the Month for

February 2015 is Haylie Carlson!
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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.

Employee of the Month – January 2015: Hilary Hott

January 3rd, 2015

The Philly Temps Employee of the Month for

January 2015 is Hilary Hott

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Professionalism, diligence, versatility, punctuality and attitude are just some of the adjectives we keep in mind when choosing our employee of the month, and they just happen to be words that describe Hilary Hott to a tee.

Hilary comes to Philly Temps from a past of medicine and music and has been temping as she decides which road to take next. In the short time that Hilary has been with us, she has proven to be an asset to our clients and staff.

We recently took a few moments to get to know her a little better.

Philly Temps (PT): Congratulations on being The Employee of the month for January 2015.

Hilary Hott (HH): Thank you!

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

HH: I have lived here for about a year and a half. I love it! There is so much to do—museums, concerts, parks, etc.

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?

HH: I needed work, and a friend told me Philly Temps was a good agency to look into.

PT: What has your experience as a temp been like thus far?

HH: I have really enjoyed the variety. I am learning a lot from working in different office environments and with several conventions. Before, I had no idea of the complexity behind these conventions!

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

HH: I especially enjoyed an assignment with a firm that facilitated matching grants from philanthropic organizations to nonprofits. It was fascinating to see the processes behind this important work.

PT: What is your previous work experience?

HH: My resume is unusual—after college, I was a freelance musician for awhile, and then I was a healthcare professional. I enjoy any field where there are opportunities to learn and try new things. Being a temp certainly fits those criteria!

PT: What are your long term career goals?

HH: I am enjoying working in a variety of fields as a temp. Eventually, I hope to combine my writing skills and healthcare experience and work in medical communications.

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

HH: I like to stay busy. I love to read anything from biographies to medical journals to mystery novels. Currently, I’m trying to learn French. I also like to exercise outdoors and enjoy hiking and bicycling. I give blood at the Red Cross periodically.

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.

 

 

 

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