Top temp agencies in New York City

Want to earn cash without making a commitment? Have one of these staffing firms find you your next gig.

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Kelly Services
This national agency was founded in 1946, and opened its first NYC office in midtown 12 years later. Today, Kelly Services receives thousands of applications from the New York metro area annually. "Approximately 20 to 25 percent of our jobs convert to full-time employment through our temporary-to-hire option," says Tom Lawrence, vice president of the New York City territory. "It provides the advantage of determining if the candidate and the employer are the right fit for each other." Kelly Services has placed people in Fortune 100 companies (based on the ranking from the annual Fortune 500 list) for positions including executive administrative assistants, receptionists, accountants, financial analysts, designers, desktop and help-desk support technicians, software developers, attorneys and paralegals. To review job openings or apply, contact a local office. 237 Park Ave between 45th and 46th Sts (212-949-5313) * 420 Lexington Ave between 43rd and 44th Sts, suite 200 (212-949-8545) * kellycareernetwork.com

Merlin Associates
Each month, Merlin hears from around 500 job hunters, and calls in about 100 for interviews. The staff finds jobs for 40 to 50 percent, in fields like administrative support, advertising, financial services, nonprofits, law, consulting, marketing and entertainment. To schedule an interview, e-mail your rsum and cover letter to info@merlinassociatesny.com. To get a leg up, executive director John Lyons recommends reaching out to someone who has found work through Merlin before. "About 50 percent of the people that come into the office are personally referred," he says. "If they don't fit the openings we have, we may be able to counsel them and direct them to another staffing firm more suited to their needs." 545 Fifth Ave between 44th and 45th St (212-983-3533, merlinassociatesny.com)

Professionals for Nonprofits
Those looking to save the world (and themselves, from bankruptcy) should check out Professionals for Nonprofits, an agency that's been placing temps in museums, universities, NGOs and philanthropic organizations since 1996. Positions are wide-ranging, and include fund-raising, finance, executive management, human resources, marketing, communications, information technology and administration. Once you're in, you can expect to get frequent calls, offering fill-in work for a day, a month or even six-month stretches. Lucky for you, temps in the nonprofit sector are currently in high demand, a trend that Rick Bressler, PNP's business development director, attributes to the "improving health of the economy." PNP's list of clients includes Doctors Without Borders, the American Red Cross, United Way and the American Museum of Natural History. Register online at nonprofitstaffing.com. 515 Madison Ave at 53rd St, suite 1100 (212-546-9091, nonprofitstaffing.com)

Temporary Alternatives
"Finance is leading the way here, but we'll [consider] anybody," says Temporary Alternatives account representative Regis Canning, and he's telling the truth. The company guaranteed face time: Anyone who submits a rsum is invited to the office for an interview with one of the reps. TA is able to get about a third of each month's 100 applicants placed somewhere, and the staff also offers rsum and interview help so that you can present yourself in the best light. "The rsum is paramount to getting people placed," Canning says. Submit yours to regis@tempalt.com or phil@tempalt.com. 295 Madison Ave at 41st St (212-779-7169, tempalt.com)

Temporary Staffing by Suzanne, LTD
Anyone who's looking for a nonmanagerial office support position (across the board, except for legal) should give Suzanne G. Davis's company a call. Founded in 1999, this proudly "100 percent woman-owned" agency is mainly fueled by word-of-mouth recommendations. College grads with prior office experience are preferred. "We're one of New York's most nurturing and supportive agencies," Davis says. Meetings are by appointment only, so e-mail info@suzannenyc.com with a rsum, cover letter and how you heard about the company to book some face time. (212-856-9500, suzannenyc.com)

TemPositions
This Midtown East outfit has been open since 1962, and receives about 100 applications each week. "We try to respond to all of them," says marketing production coordinator Brian Rosenblatt. "If [someone] takes the time to apply, we give them the courtesy of responding with a phone call to see where their talents lie." About one in three applicants are hooked up with jobs across a dozen divisions. TemPositions finds candidates for general office support staff, and the company's affiliates work on the rest: IT jobs are filled through CompuForce; school staffing with School Professionals; social service and nonprofit staffing with TemPositions Health Care; and waiters, bartenders and culinary  placements are through TemPositions Eden Hospitality. A branch on Long Island also deals with warehouse and engineering positions. Send rsums to info@tempositions.com; the agents will contact you if there's an availability that fits your skill set. 420 Lexington Ave between 42nd and 43rd Sts, 21st floor (212-490-7400, tempositions.com)

Taylor Hodson Inc.
The 100 to 200 rsums submitted through Taylor Hodson's website on a daily basis are reviewed within 24 hours, and at this fast-paced agency, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. According to Ed Reagan, director of temporary staffing, following up with a phone call after a few days will increase your chances of being one of the 50 job hunters asked in for an interview each week. Hodson's placements include temporary, permanent and temp-to-perm positions, concentrated in administrative and clerical support. The average length of a gig is a week or two, but they range from a day to a month. 133 W 19th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-924-8300, taylorhodson.com)

Wall Street Services
As the name implies, Wall Street Services is geared toward finding its applicants jobs in the finance industry. But if that's what you're looking for, be warned: You have to be on your game from the start. Anywhere from 10 to 30 applicants are called in for interviews out of the 400 to 700 rsums submitted per week. Talented job hunters can expect to get hired for positions in banking, trade operations or project management. WSS is prohibited from disclosing exactly which companies it works with, but CEO Peter Laughter says WSS has done business with nearly every major investment bank on Wall Street. Upload your rsum to the website, and someone will contact you if you're suited to an opening. 11 Broadway between Battery Pl and Morris St, suite 910 (212-509-7200, wallstreetservices.com)

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Serious
Serious

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RIZWAN

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Zac Gorman
Zac Gorman

Hey, This article is over 2 years old, some of these companies no longer exist, can you update this list? Thanks, Zac

Reach Group
Reach Group

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Debra J
Debra J

The article is very informative. I recently graduated with a psych degree specializing in addictions and recovery. I also have extensive admin experience, previously working at Panasonic, Liberty Science Center and the NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene. I would love to interview with an organization that can put me into a position where I can put my skills to work.

Manny
Manny

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Christian
Christian

BEWARE CORE STAFFING! I worked with them on two different occasions. The staff there is oddly rude and put-upon considering they are a staffing company. Whenever I've called in, I've been put on hold and ignored. The two jobs they placed me had verbally abusive managers and they sent me on a job interview, where the interviewer said I wasn't qualified enough for the position. Ultimately, they seem to work well at getting new clients but aren't respectful of your time if you are looking for work. I have had much better experience with Vanguard and Apple One.

Akouavi Padey
Akouavi Padey

Hello! I just had my associates degree in Applied Science in Business Management with Computer Application in Healthcare, and my National Professional Customer Service Certification. I am looking for any entry level in Billing & coding, or any positions such as Clerical, Front Desk, Receptionist. I can also say I am hard working. Thank you.

Kawshar Khandaker
Kawshar Khandaker

HI, i just moved to NY from sydney, i was doing my second master in professional accounting there, before, back in my country (Bangladesh) i was accountant in jobs for 5 years. now, i need a job desperately, i need your guidance please. thanks

Buehla Martin
Buehla Martin

I am looking for a 1 to 2 year contract to work in New York. I have an Honor's degree in Business Management. I am willing to do something completely different and exciting. I would like to experience the USA organizational culture! Please contact me via e-mail if you have anything suitable.

Sylvester Allen
Sylvester Allen

I am seeking an afternoon or evening temporary position where I will be able to utilize my transferable skills utilized in the field of higher education to obtain a customer services position.

Teming
Teming

Currently looking for employment. Will be graduating from Berkeley College next semester with my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Served in the military.

Phyllis Andrade
Phyllis Andrade

I am a detail oriented, quick learner seeking employment. I have a B.S. in Business Management and have experience in administrative, customer service, online sales and reception. Please contact me regarding employment. Thank you.

Larry Whitaker
Larry Whitaker

I am looking for employment, I am a recent graduate from an accredited University that has experience in many different job varieties.

Renee
Renee

I.m looking for work if you have any job you can email me and let me know thank you Renee C.Soto

Marsheina Hylton
Marsheina Hylton

I am recent graduate of York College in Queens with BS in Business Administration(HR focus), i am seeking a positon in the field of HR, Accounting, Customer Service/Administration. I have over fifteen years of experience in the areas mentioned above. Please feel free to contact me at the stated email address.

Bervian Baptiste
Bervian Baptiste

I am a recent graduate with a BS in Business Management ( with concentration in Management ) from Medgar Evers college in Brooklyn NY(2013) I am looking for a position in HR, Operations Manager, Business Management or Customer Service. please feel free to contact at the above email. Thanks for your time. Bervian Baptiste

MARTHELLY LACROIX
MARTHELLY LACROIX

Looking forward to be a part of the teams to better benefit the company, thank you

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REGINALD STARKE

I HAVE WORKED IN THE MAINTENANCE FIELD FOR 15YEARS AND WOULD BE A GREAT ASSET TO YOUR COMPANY

Jaime Baez
Jaime Baez

I have been in the ground transportation industry for the last 28 years in the capacity of Driver, Dispatcher, Operations Manager, Customer Service and Sales Representative. I am currently looking to get out of the ground transportation aspect of this industry. I do feel confident that I may apply my customer service skills to whatever opportunities may exist int today's job market. Therefore, if there are any current openings in this field, then please feel free to contact me via email Jaime Baez

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alberto layana

I am looking for a full time daytime job for data entry operator because I have data entry operator experience or skills for 11 years 7 months. I was working for the company called Atlantic Para Transit Access Ride. My company shut down 2 years ago on February 26, 2011.

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miriam pacheco

I am looking for a full time night job, I can be reach by email.

AC
AC

This comment is not meant to be in anyway help full. I just wanted to point out something funny...Bon Temps is looking for "new blood"? Anyone else chuckle to themselves when they read that. Then I went on to read that the woman who runs it is believed to be evil...strange

rasheem mckinney
rasheem mckinney

i've been out of work since last year of february and its very hard trying to find a new job but i trust that i will find something soon, at this point any job would be good for me, im not choosy or going to be picky with nothing. All im asking for is that time out helps me find something before the summer time because im young and willing to go the distance for a job no matter where its at. i prefer it to be in the 5 boros tho pleases thank you time out

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scott harris

i have been out of work for about 7 to 8 months because of the fact of having work done on my mouth i"ll be done about another 1 to 2 weeks so i am ready to get back in the work force. thank you so much for taken out to read and understanding my situation. thanks

tamika simmons
tamika simmons

i am a 29yr old single mother currently living in the shelter system nd need immediate hire with a job to be able to provide for my child and also help me get out of the shleter i am currently experienced in the nursing field / maintaenance field/ cashier nd care giving

Jose Luis
Jose Luis

Need a Gig real good. Male 23 Jose

shri
shri

im with Uriel down there...this positively sucks

Uriel Hickling
Uriel Hickling

Iam 37yrs old. I moved here in Brooklyn New York from Jamaica WI. I been here for a Couple Months. I do not know how and where to find employment. I have a Family to take care of. please help me someone.

Paul
Paul

I've done a lot of temp work and found that it's great to pay the bills while I'm looking for permanent jobs at sites like granted.com.

Brian
Brian

New York Recruitment Agency.com is new but we are committed to helping you find work using a New York Recruitment Agency. http://newyorkrecruitmentagency.com/ I can be a frightening time when your suddenly thrown out of work through no fault of your own, you feel desperate, subdued, scared and the last thing you want to do is look for work. That's where we can help with all you need on where to look, how to look and what to look for. Need any help just email me ...hiring@newyorkrecruitmentagency.com

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MILO

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Don't be stupid
Don't be stupid

Temp jobs are not as easy to get as they used to be, so don't let this be "the answer." If you're a graduate, start by contacting your school's Alumni network and have them try to get you in touch with people in the New York area. Temp agencies are swamped with resumes. It's worth a shot, but if you think about it, thousands of people have googled this website, and thousands are applying every week. Do not get your hopes up. Explore other avenues and prepare to be eating ramen noodles and rice for a while. Knowing someone seems to be the only way to get a decent advantage in this city. Email everyone you know in New York, call in some favors. Get your parents/siblings/friends to call everyone they know. And, if you can put your ego on the bench for a while, update your status on Facebook and let people know you're looking for work. Everyone can empathize with your situation because everyone has been in your position at one time or another. Also, people, don't be stupid. Stop posting your contact info as if employers are looking at this website. That's the laziest thing I've ever seen. If you want a job in this city, you're going to have to work a lot harder than that. Craigslist, monster, indeed, usajobs.gov, labor.ny.gov, idealist, etc. Haunt those websites daily. WORK on your resume. Start volunteering (visit the Nycares website). Most importantly, DON'T GIVE UP. Wake up everyday, and dedicate yourself to this process.

Denisse Rodriguez
Denisse Rodriguez

I would like to get a job at a temp agency but, don't know how to begin searching for employment. Could you please help me in this matter.

tayvon
tayvon

i just came back from North carolina and i would dont like a job for 2 to make to get me by....

Elizabeth Lowry
Elizabeth Lowry

Hey, I am looking to move to NYC asap. I am in the media industry and graduated from Ohio Universities E.W. Scripps School in 2009. I have reported, anchored, produced and now am a copy-editor and writer for Toonari News & Media. I also am currently 25 years old and have modeled professionally since I was 14. I can send you both my professional and modeling resumes if interested. Please feel free to call me if interested in me sending you my resume. 330-831-0683. Thank you!

erika rosado
erika rosado

hi im in the process of finding a job i was wondering if there was any other temp agences that i can apply too it will be much helpful to me thanks

Anonymous
Anonymous

Stay away from Bon Temps. Woman is a crook. Guilty plea in 9/11 fraud Beatrice Kaufman, 69, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny and fraud on Wed. Jan. 28 in connection with the World Trade Center disaster. The plea, entered the day her trial was to begin, was part of a deal that gets Kaufman a sentence of 52 weekends in jail in addition to paying restitution and fines totaling about $255,000. She remains free on $15,000 bail until her sentencing March 25. Kaufman admitted she got more than $58,700 from Chubb Insurance Co., and more than $8,000 each from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross and nearly $10,000 from Safe Horizons by falsely claiming the terror attack forced her out of her $5 million Downtown residence and office where she ran an employment agency. Kaufman admitted that on the morning of the attack she was in her summer home on Long Island and that she had no intention of returning soon to her Downtown office and home, which was being renovated. The plea requires Kaufman to make restitution to Chubb, FEMA and the charities and to pay fines of $162,520.

Sheri Miller
Sheri Miller

I have worked for several companies, some legal, some corporate, had my own jewelry business for 30 years. I am smart and have excellent communication skills. Not great at the computer but have worked in an office for the last 2 years. Feel free to call me at 917 836 0422. I can speak a little Spanish. Thank you! Sheri Miller

cindy piccoli
cindy piccoli

I have been a TV person for 30 years. I am back in school for Nutrition - IIN. I was a former Ford Model & Elite Model. I am smart and have excellent communication. Not great at the computer but I am taking classes at Apple. Willing to do just about anything to meet the bills. Please feel free to google me or youtube me at cindy piccoli. Thank you for your consideration. 917 767 11109 Be happy to send you my resume.

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Christopher
Christopher

Not sure how this list was formed, byt my firm NCO Staffing Inc. also known as Network & Company is fully committed to putting a priority on the Human in Human Capital. Whether you are seeking a long term position in finance or a lucrative contract in web development,we will be upfront with you as to whether we have a realistic opportunity for you at one of our clients. Feel free to reach our to us at www.ncostaffing.com or call us at 212-209-1007 and good luck with your job search! We wish you the best!