Thursday, March 6, 2008

Can I help you?

Since I graduated from college, I've been temping for a few agencies in this fair city until I find permanent work. Temping is a real mixed bag, as far as jobs go, but I would probably like it a lot more if my agencies could find me work more regularly.

Temping pays decently and would be a quite good job if it was a regular 40 hours a week. I hear that more experienced temps do tend to get regular full-time work, but I've yet to meet any of these mysterious women so I'm not actually sure if that's true. Working at various places can also be quite fun if you enjoy getting a backroom glimpse, like I do.

You meet a lot of people temping and, if you've lived in the same place for a while, you run into a lot of people you know. Most of your co-workers will bend over backwards to help you the minute they hear the word "temp". I assume they're just so grateful they don't have to cover the reception desk that they don't mind addressing their own mail or dealing with a very out of date extension list that ensures they field phone calls for someone down the hall and in a different department.

And if I'm honest, which I can be because I'm semi-anonymous, not having to worry about a lot of things is awesome. Can't find more staples? Sorry, I can't help you. I'm a temp. Transferred to a dead end extension? Sorry about that, I'm just a temp. Directions? Mapquest it. I only know how to get here from my house. And no, I don't know the address. No one told me and it's not posted on my desk.