Using estar (not ser) + de for a temporary job

When we want to talk about a temporary job we use the verb estar (not ser), followed by the preposition de.
Read and listen to these examples:

Yo estoy de recepcionista en un hotel.
I am working as a receptionist in a hotel.

Mario estaba de camarero en un restaurante.
Mario was working as a waiter in a restaurant.

Irene va a estar de secretaria en una oficina.
Irene is going to work as a secretary in an office.

Nosotros estamos de mecánicos en un taller.
We are working as mechanics in a garage.

To say what your "more permanent profession" is see Using ser (not estar) to say what you do for a living.

See also Conjugate estar in El Presente (present tense).

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Irene va a estar de secretaria en una oficina.
Irene is going to work as a secretary in an office.


Mario estaba de camarero en un restaurante.
Mario was working as a waiter in a restaurant.


Nosotros estamos de mecánicos en un taller.
We are working as mechanics in a garage.


Yo estoy de recepcionista en un hotel.
I am working as a receptionist in a hotel.


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