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Temp: How To Survive & Thrive in the World of Temporary Employment Paperback – January 18, 1994

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Over one-fourth of the work force is employed on a contingency basis. Yet these freelancers, consultants, part-timers, and temp workers are largely overlooked in the literature devoted to career choice and development. Smith, a freelance writer and long time temporary employee, provides facts and opinions about temping in a witty and amiable fashion. Her information and insights do much to dispel the notion that temping is a second-rate form of employment and means of career development. Smith's coverage includes pros and cons, pay and benefits, qualifications and opportunities, working with agencies, self-marketing, short- and long-term assignments, and tips on networking and negotiating. She also ventures into such topics as fun on the job, harassment, and health tips. This is a little book packed with big ideas. It's one of the first resources available on the topic and belongs in every library's career section.
- Alan Farber, Northern Illinois Univ. , DeKalb
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Job-hunting tipsters and career advisers now tout the advantages and/or necessity of temporary employment. For some, it may be a lifestyle choice offering valued flexibility; for others, a fallback for when a job search has stalled. In 1993 John Fanning, head of the highly successful Uniforce Temporary Personnel franchise, outlined the benefits of "temping" in Work Styles to Fit Your Life-Style. While Fanning's perspective was that of a temporary services entrepreneur, Smith, a veteran of more than 100 temporary positions, cites many of the same reasons for temping identified by Fanning. In her chatty, personal style, she also provides guidance on dealing and negotiating with temp agencies and offers tips for surviving the temp work culture. David Rouse
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (January 18, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087773934X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877739340
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,481,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ms. Smith claims to have worked for a hundred clients. While she gives no details of her process in the third or so of her book that I have actually read so far, based on my years in temporary work I think she has plenty of experience. I am not sure how she found the wide variety of assignments she discusses. I found myself stuck in banking through the '90s and mostly in textbook publishing more recently. I will probably finish the book to learn that and a few other things including how she transitioned from city to city. She does especially well in discussing attitude and the frequently missed factor of the different goals of different temporary workers.

However, all of the work on which this book is based took place in the early '90s. Thus, she never mentions the Internet: no email, no online job searching, no video interviews. That is what makes the book outdated. A few other items arise, mostly minor, for example "casual" versus "business casual" as categories of dress codes. All in all, if one can update for the major impact of the Internet, this is a good discussion of temporary work from a worker's point of view.
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Hi!

Even though this book was published in 1994 - thirteen years ago - it's just as relevant to today's market as it was back then. My hat is OFF to this author - who is abundantly suited to sharing with us "tempies" how to survive in today's marketplace.

Thanks, Deborahann!
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Thank you to HarperImpulse via Netgalley for the review copy.

Did I like this book?

This book was a lot of fun, and while it wasn't without its problems, overall I quite enjoyed it. The premise was interesting, the plot moved along at a decent pace, and I loved the setting of downtown London. There were many times I found myself giggling at Amber and her antics - she definitely got into some tight spots!

But, although the characters were unique and oftentimes hilarious, I felt that they needed more depth. I lacked any sort of connection with them, and it could have something to do with the fact that the book was written entirely from Amber's point of view. While Amber is frequently amusing and constantly getting into mischief, she's also very flaky and irresponsible, not to mention self absorbed. I would have loved to know more about her thee friends and what made them tick, but it was all just speculation on Amber's part.

Will you like this book?

This book reminds me a bit of "Bridget Jones's Diary", so if you enjoy that style of writing and humour, I think you'll probably enjoy "The Temp".

Will I read more by this author?

I think Emily Benet has tremendous potential and I will surely be interested in future books by her!

My rating: 3.5 stars!
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While I liked the second half of the book, I had some problems with the beginning: it was slow and, for the most part, I didn't get where the story was going but, even more, I didn't get Amber!
Contrary to what the title would let you think, The Temp is not about a girl being a temp - at least that's not what the book shows us - but it's about a girl who's bored of her life and, for a little white lie told to a handsome stranger, she decides to become an artist. As I said I didn't get Amber that much; she has no real motivation for her actions if not trying to prove something to a stranger, and she's very self-centered. I didn't get the impression she was a good friend to Egg or Farrell since, most often than not, she wasn't even listening to them! Moreover, Amber's revelation about her feelings for Farrell felt a little sudden: she doesn't try to understand or explain these new feelings she has for him, she just suddenly knows - thanks to a kiss and a dream - that she always loved Farrel more than a friend. I can't say that I knew it too!

Taken as a whole, The Temp is an enjoyable story but there are some aspects I didn't like that much, mostly Amber's indecisiveness! Still, I'd like to thank the author for the chance of reading her book through NetGalley and I hope she appreciates my honest opinion.
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I don't even know where to start with this review! I'm totally utterly completely madly in love with this book.

It has been a while since I laughed out loud this much while reading a book! There was excitement, surprise, anger, heartbreak, and love.. What could be better? It has the right ratio of everything. Definitely worth reading. I don't see this as a romance-only story! Yes, the romance is there, but I love this whole "finding your true calling" and "finding yourself" angle.

We are first introduced to Amber Thompson, a twenty-something year old who is going through the "what do I want to do with my life" phase most of us are hit with after graduation, until she comes across some bananas that put her on an adventure. I loved Amber, she is very relatable, and has a great sense of humor.

Amber has a best friend, Farrell, who is ridiculously wonderful.. I've totally fallen in love with him! She also has a quirky (and a little strange) flatmate/friend, Egbert (Egg!) who is quite unique. Her friend Bibiana (I still don't feel a 100% about her) is also in the picture.. last but not least, Elliot, her I'll-transport-you-into-a-BBC-period-costume-drama love interest.

I can't recommend this book enough. It is definitely a favourite!
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