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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: #4,921,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nina Clock on July 7, 2007
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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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By Calvin R on October 12, 2013
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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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