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Myths of Temping

Updated on March 22, 2010

Are you curious about temporary employment? Maybe you've passed by a Temporary Agency a few times as you've searched for a job, but you've heard things and you don't ever want to pull in. There are myths and rumors floating around about temporary employment. This article will go through five common myths, and explain why they shouldn't scare you out of a job.

Temporary Employment is not for everyone, but it may be just for you.

Myth # 1----No Benefits

A lot of people turn down temporary employment because they believe there are no benefits. This isn't true. Most temporary agencies have a health care plan that you can pay into each week. Also with most agencies, after you've worked a certain amount of hours you are eligible for vacation and holiday pay. Some agencies will even give referral bonuses if they are looking for a certain kind of employee and you refer one their way.

Not all temporary agencies offer benefits, so be sure to ask when you are choosing an agency to work with in your area.

Myth # 2----It's Only for Slackers

Somehow a rumor started that temporary employees are slackers. I wouldn't call using a resource for finding employment quickly slacking, but some people might.

Temping does offer more flexibility than a normal eight to five permanent job. I enjoyed working temporary jobs when I was planning on moving out of an area. I needed to save money up to move, but I didn't want to work a permanent job and then quit after a few months.

There are all sorts of reasons that temping appeals to people. To be a slacker shouldn't be a reason. If you are a slacker and temping you won't be asked to return, and you'll have a hard time finding assignments through the temporary agency.

Myth # 3----The Pay Sucks

There is a wide range of jobs available and pay ranges available through temporary employment. There are entry level positions, that will pay lower, and there are professional positions that will pay higher. There are all sorts of positions in between.

When I moved to where I'm living now, I searched for awhile for jobs. The job I received from the temporary agency pays about three dollars an hour higher than any comparable job around.

Myth # 4----It Won't Be Long Term

If you've read any of my other temping articles, then you've heard me say this before. Temping on a short term assignment can turn into a long term or permanent position. I started working once in what was meant to be a three week position. I ended up temping for a year, and then was hired on permanent.

The most important factor is your work ethics. If you are always giving 110% and they need a new employee, it is only natural they will want to hire you. They are familiar with your work and you're familiar with the company. Always give it your best when on even the shortest of short assignments.

Myth # 5----I'll be Bored

Have you heard the temping horror stories? You're given a job to do and you're so efficient you finish in a couple of hours and they thought it would take you a full day. What do you do next? You are given a job stuffing envelopes, or pulling staples, or filing. Temping can be mind numbing projects.

It can also be a lot of fun. I was able to try everything from setting up a booth and promoting a department at the County Fair to Transcription. I had research projects, and was able to learn new skills and about new industries while making a paycheck. There were days when I was a little on the bored side, but most of the time when I was bored I'd finish the task and ask for something else to do.

I hope those address any concerns you've had about temporary employment. If you are still undecided about pulling into that parking lot, you can also read 5 Ways Temping Can Help Your Career, 10 Ways To Become a Better Temporary Employee, and Why Is Temping a Bad Word? 

I hope between dispelling these myths and the information from these other articles you can decide if temping is the right choice for you. Good luck in your job hunt!


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    • rocknrodeogirl profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      Thanks, Pamela!! ;)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I guess if you are broke a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush. Good hub.


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