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Old 12-04-2013, 03:39 PM
 
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I participated in 3-week internship a little over a month ago at a screen printing shop. Yesterday I was called by them and was asked if I was interested in working for them 1-2 times a week to wash up their used screens. It was unexpected and I did agree to it. Tomorrow will be my second shift there. Is there any harm in asking if this is a permanent or temporary job?
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:40 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I don't think so. I would just ask your supervisor "Hey I am really excited you called me back. I realize they didn't say if this is temporary or permanent. I am hoping it is permanent!"
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:45 PM
 
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It would be nice to know where you stand with these folks. However, even if they say it's permanent, I would be spending my spare time looking for other positions! Good luck in this tough economy!

-RR
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:00 PM
 
Location: USA
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Yes, it's okay. Truthfully, if they can't tell you that up front, they are a bunch of crooks.

Any company that cannot truthfully answer that question - and not give some BS like "Well, it'll probably go to a permanent position" without being absolutely clear regarding what you are legally getting with the job is one that is so dishonest they shouldn't be in business.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Northeast
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Of course it's okay. You are only trying to plan your future/earnings so u can live your life with some security. I agree with
the above poster, with any BS answer you should have a contingency plan, like looking for solid permanent employment.
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:49 PM
 
Location: SC
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I participated in 3-week internship a little over a month ago at a screen printing shop. Yesterday I was called by them and was asked if I was interested in working for them 1-2 times a week to wash up their used screens. It was unexpected and I did agree to it. Tomorrow will be my second shift there. Is there any harm in asking if this is a permanent or temporary job?
This question kind of breaks my heart. What times we live in.

There should be no problem with you asking such a fundamental question about your job.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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There is no such thing as a permanent job anymore. There are only jobs with planned and indefinite termination dates. It is wise to inquire as to what the current planning is for your employment. As long as they are sure you are aware of their ability to change their mind and end the job at any time, they should not be afraid to let you in on their planning.

SeaWorld in Texas had an issue when they first opened. They advertised seasonal and permanent jobs. They meant the seasonal jobs were during the current park operational season only and the perm jobs would be recurring the following season as well. Some (few) jobs would have hours during the off season, but almost everyone would be laid off during the closed season and "rehired" the next season.

Their problem came when the perm folks did not realize they would not get a paycheck when they were not on the clock and would not be called in to work while the park was closed. They sued on the grounds that permanent meant they could not be fired and won. Changed the whole vocabulary of the HR universe.
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