If you’re still in the same temp position or doing freelance work despite your committed search for a “real job” which has lasted for months, don’t worry. It might just be that you’re already in your real job, you just didn’t know it. It’s all about perceptions. A Forbes article discusses that the difference between a supertemp and a subpartemp, is the way you approach a job.
The first difference between a supertemp and a subpartemp is the money. You never know how much money a supertemp makes and that’s because if you did, you’d want to be them. They work at the same company as the salaried employees and are able to make the same income or more flow into their bank account each month with the added bonus of a flexible contract job. Meanwhile, the subpartemp also won’t tell you how much they make, and that’s because they’re too embarrassed. If they’re lucky they’re able to secure a few independent jobs each month, and are still struggling to make $1000 a month.
The next difference between a supertemp and a subpartemp is the work ethic. The supertemp is a motivated self-starter. They take their work seriously, whether they conduct business in the house in their bunny slippers or find themselves early at the office before the salaries employees. The subpartemp on the other hand, spends a few hours on Facebook and Twitter, before putting in an hour of work, then leaves the house to go shopping, have lunch or meet a friend.
The last crucial difference is the personal relationships. The supertemp receives respect and appreciation from friends and their significant other for what they do because they are confident and comfortable in their unique work environment. Much to the dismay of the subpartemp, her friends and significant other just think she should get a real job, because it doesn’t look like she is doing and actual work.
Just as it takes alot of hard work to do well in a full-time office position, it takes a lot of work to be good at your temp job. Instead of complaining about what you don’t have and the work you do, embrace your position and become a supertemp.
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