The Two Sides of the Temp Economy

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The NY Times article The Rise of Permanent Temp Economy provides an interesting look at the history of temporary work in America.    The author argues the temp industry in America was created by exploiting gender stereotypes in the 1950s and 1960s.   The strategy worked and early temp leaders (like Kelly Girls) were able to establish  "a new sector of low-wage, unreliable work right under the noses of powerful labor unions."

The Structural Shift to a Contingent Workforce

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  The CNN article focuses on the growing use of temps.  Compare the capabilities and vested interest of salaried employees versus contracted professionals.

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On the Outside Looking In

Laughing all the Way to Work

I was out of work, temping here and there for a year. Don’t underestimate the value of temping. Working for a temp agency can either land you a full-time job or help to keep you employed while you are looking. Taking on temp jobs will introduce you to potential employers where you can showcase your abilities. When you are temping act as if you are on an interview every day. In 1985 I left the office to be a stay-at-home mom.

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