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I found out it works differently in different parts of the country.
What part of the country, i.e., what state, are you interested in,
For instance, I lived in Michigan all my life where job shops meant
permanent full-time work. My first tech writing job was with a job
shop that contracted with Fisher Body. There were draftsmen (or,
since we tech writers are concerned with political correctness, I
should say "draftspersons"), designers, tech writers, and graphic
artists all working in one huge room. Some of us worked on site at
Fisher Body. We were hourly employees, but we were not temps, and we
got the benefits of full-time work. I assumed it worked like this
everywhere. (I was so naive, like I didn't know there was more than
After I moved to California and after going through some culture shock
and after I was laid off my job at General Dynamics Convair and before
I was rehired at GD Electronics, I looked around to see what else
there was in California. I was astounded; no references to job shops
in the want ads, just to temporary work, which sounded to me like
Kelly Girl stuff, so I didn't respond to those.
A few years later when I was again searching the want ads, I found out
different. In California, yes, temporary positions can, indeed, and
often do lead to permanent work. At the least, temp positions can
give you more experience to add to your resume, and they pay pretty