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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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(Wall Street Journal) — Tamara Guion-Yagy was disappointed when Tetra Tech, an environmental engineering firm in Pasadena, Calif., hired somebody else for the job that she wanted. The 40-year-old graphic designer thought she was being tried out when the firm hired her as a temporary worker. So Ms. Guion-Yagy worked even harder at the same temp job, often staying late to finish work. Her manager responded by creating another full-time position for Ms. Guion-Yagy. “I knew I’d be good at the job and liked the work,” she says. “I just needed to show them how much.” When times are prosperous, companies are more likely to use temporary jobs as a low-risk way to vet full-time candidates. But the conversion rate from temporary to permanent worker has been low over the past few years as more companies lean on temps as a hedge against a double-dip recession, says Jonas Prising, president of Manpower North, a temporary-staffing company in Milwaukee, Wis.
(MarketWatch) — As companies remain wary about hiring in this tough economy, more are turning to temp workers. Using temps and other so-called “contingent workers” can help risk-averse firms save on benefit costs, and it’s easier to sever the employment relationship. Temporary-help services employment increased to about 2.3 million in March from a recent trough of about 1.7 million in mid-2009, according to the Labor Department. “We have large clients that have laid off hundreds, thousands of employees. They are now using a large chunk of temp workers, managing their labor needs in real time. It’s cost containment,” said Neil Alexander, co-chair of the contingent worker practice group at labor law firm Littler Mendelson. “This is the new face of labor,” he said. There could also be a longer-term trend at work, with increasing use of the Internet and the globalization of the labor market leading to a larger slice of the employment pie available to alternative workers, said Barry Asin, president of Staffing Industry Analysts, a research and consulting firm.
(Wall Street Journal) — New York City’s temporary-job market—traditionally a leading indicator for the broader labor market—is growing again. Hiring of temporary workers declined sharply during the recession but picked up again in the fourth quarter. The city appears posed to add more temp workers this year, particularly in financial services, health care and manufacturing, economists and staffing firms say. This bodes well for the New York economy because employers tend to add temporary jobs before adding permanent ones.
(Chicago Tribune) — After years searching for permanent jobs, many skilled workers in the Chicago area are getting used to the new normal: temporary employment. These are workers with established careers, who were making up to $100,000 a year as midlevel managers or executives before the recession. Now, they are temporary workers, hired without benefits and at a fraction of what they used to make. They are workers like Bob Szabo, 48, who moved to Chicago in early 2007 to become the chief operating officer of a wireless services company. He was laid off a few months later, then rehired and laid off again in 2008.