The temps and former temporary workers we talked to listed these pros and cons of temping for a living:
|Pros of Temping||Cons of Temping|
|Variety.||Occasionally treated as second-class employee; not treated the same as others in same job.|
|Exposure to new skills.||You are not a real worker -- not part of the company. You sit work there, but you are not part of any group.|
|Broad experience.||Having to leave a job right after you get to really know the others you are working with.|
|Exposure to different industries.||Lack of respect.|
|Meeting a vast array of people.||Extremely boring work that no one else wants to do.|
|Working with with various level of management.||Takes a long time to become eligible for benefits.|
|Learning about many different businesses and how different offices organize their files and duties regarding business procedures and policies.||Sometimes thrown into work situations without guidance or clear instructions on what needs to be done.|
|Ease of introduction to respected companies.||Fear and trepidation upon the first day of temping.|
|Working in some prestigious companies.||Uncertainty of consistent work.|
|Work only when you want; good for meeting sporadic money needs or in between jobs.||Insecurity of employment.|
|"Have learned more than any classroom can teach."||You are dispensable.|
|Your work is not important.|
-- Thanks to the temps and former temps who shared their pros and cons: Cynthia Cebuhar, Karen Hartman, Cecilia Hittle, Devorah Shoal, and Jacquelyn Ormsbee.
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