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Review of Supporting Cast

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10 East 40th Street
, NY

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Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
Secretary/WP 2 Weeks 17 Y
Secretary/WP 1 Weeks 17 Y

Tests given:
Yes. Excel. Word, etc.

Payroll policies:
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Free check cashing at agency's bank:

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I've been using the Supporting Cast on and off for about 5 years. My counselor Susan has been great. I temp when I'm between jobs and recently when I went back to school to get my Masters. Most of the jobs aren't very demanding. I really don't do much except answer a couple phone calls and surf the net. This is fine with me! Sometimes, you get a job in a small office and they want to work you to death;-) to get their money's worth. For the most part, I think it's an easy way to make a little extra cash and get a paycheck every week.

I find that if you go into the Agency with a cheery attitude, neat appearance and decent skills, you'll get work. And, if their clients like you, they will request you the next time they need a temp and you will score more brownie points and get more work. It's also a great way to go on interviews while working.
Going in on standby is a disheartening experience wherever you go, but this agency treats you humanely--buys you breakfast + free tokens. They have been busy lately so I haven't had the need to go in on standby. If you do go on standby though, get there early. I think the early birds gets the worm! Happy Temping!



Thu Aug 17 03:31:57 GMT 2000

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