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Monday, October 20th, 2008
7:12 pm
Temp from New York in the hizzouse
Does anybody still post to this thing?
Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
1:23 pm

Hi completely unrelated to any post but more to the temping community site, thought I post here so and hopefully everyone can help answer my question J

I'm currently trying to suss out what its REALLY like being a temp...see I have one more year in my current city before I go back to uni, so no point on any major career developing next year and I don’t wish to stay in my current job partially cause I don’t enjoy some of the people I work with which given its not my career I don’t wish to suffer any longer, and I'm moving about 45mins away from the are and want to work closer to home...SOOOOO I thought of temping, How much down time does one really have (say temping reception or admin assistant ). I would appreciate your experienced expertise and appreciate the time it takes to reply, which incidentally if you don’t have I totally understand and thank you very much.

Thursday, April 5th, 2007
4:22 am
The Donuts
I was temping at Macey's for a few weeks, putting merchandise on the floor. Someone brought donuts in one day. The woman I was working with saw the look in my eye (I like donuts) and she said, "You wouldn't take a donut from these girls. They work very hard." I said, "There have been places where I would and did take a donut, but I wouldn't do that here."

But Today the whole department I'm working in (different job) is going to Boston Pizza for lunch. Including us temps.
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
4:27 pm
At least we're here!

I temp -- although I've worked very very little since Thanksgiving -- because I live in a small city with few jobs in my field, and I no longer have the resources to go where the jobs are. I'm friends in the tangi-world with majortom_thecat and we've temped at some of the same places, mainly light industrial gigs.

I like: rapid work/pay turnaround, interesting variety and lack of long-term commitment to one employer, not having to interview.

I dislike: always being a newbie, being uninsured, dealing with such a disorganized agency

I'm ambivalent to: losing contact with people I've met at work
5:00 am
A New Friend
It looks like my boyfriend and I won't be able to move into an apartment in town until at least one of us has a non-temp job.  I could easilly get a non-temp job at a fast food place or something, then go back to the better paying temp jobs after the move.  But that would be silly.

As soon as we move into town we can get rid of the car and bus/bike everywhere!  I'm most excited about that.  The fact that I'm not employed enough to get an apartment kinda makes me feel like a bum even though I get a gold star on the other requirement - solid employment for the past two years.

Where my boyfriend temps on-and-off, I guess he's kind of like the stray cat that comes and goes?  They like him, but can't keep him around on a steady basis.  Yesterday they said they're getting him a new friend.  I had to laugh because it reminded me of the way I got a new kitten for my cat when he was lonely.
Friday, January 5th, 2007
11:20 am
65 weeks
This community hasn't been updated in 65 weeks.  Anybody still there?

One thing I like about temping:
     Things I don't like about it are more bearable because it will soon be over.

Don't like:
     The competetive feelings among temps who want to be kept the longest (and/or hired).
     Putting on apartment rental applications that I am a temp.

Ambivalent about:
     Being called by the wrong name a lot.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2005
2:56 pm
hey I'm new. I live in Indiana, just graduated from college and am currently temping for a company that produces and ships textbooks. I'm a customer service clerk, which is really just saying professional faxer. I've learned my assingment is up in a week and a half, and I'm not sure what to do. Between faxing and making copies, I don't have much to do, so I'm either on live journal or reading. or drinking hot chocolate...hmm...that sounds good...

Current Mood: sleepy
Thursday, July 14th, 2005
4:36 pm
A while back, I was temping at a company that makes Viagra, in the events department (which is another way of saying I didn't REALLY have to do anything). I was just there to work as an PA to two people (which, for an assistant is an unbelievably light workload), but that was before I met a woman who's name is shockingly similar to Chintzy.

Chintzy was the only person I've ever seen with Anime hair. I was hair that greatly resembled a palm tree or an octopus, with giant clumps which shot off in about seven different directions. Like Flock of Seagulls. Furthermore, she insisted on telling me how overworked she was, and "isn't this a hard job?"

She was there to train me for what should have been no more than a day, but turned out to last for a week, while she waited for her pancreas to explode. During this time, she made me keep a log of everything I did, every person woh called, every piece of mail that came in and exactly what I did with it, and how long it took me to do it. "Sometimes," she would say, "people don't realize how hard this job is, so I just want you to write down how long everything takes, so that they can understand that this is a really hard job."

One of her favorite things to do was to ask me a question, like, "We just got a letter for R____, what should we do with it?" and then, when I would answer it ("Leave it in this outbox until R____ comes by.") say, "No, I know that. You don't have to tell me."

"Oh, ok.... Well because you...."

"I've worked here in this position for 7 years now, you don't have to tell me."

"No, I know you have."

"Ok. Good. R_____ also got an email, what should we do now?"

And then there would be a very long pause before I would say, "Um... You want me to answer that this time?"

"Yes," she would sigh, "that's why I asked it. You're not very bright are you?"
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