It’s been reported recently that there’s been a significant rise in the number of part time jobs which are available. Experts claim that it’s a positive sign for the economy – that employers are testing the water as it were, with part time jobs before they will commit to creating full time vacancies. That may well be the case, however from an employee perspective, a part time job can often be the preferred option anyway, regardless of economic conditions. Here are some basic Tips for finding Part Time Work if that happens to be your preferred option…
Contact businesses directly
Not all businesses will advertise their part time vacancies on job boards and such like. It’s therefore a good idea to contact businesses directly to ascertain if they have any current or part time job opportunities. That may mean sending speculative applications explaining in your cover letter the type of role you are looking for or it could mean calling in, in person. This latter option is probably only advisable in some market sectors – such as retail and hospitality – where employers are used to prospective employees calling in unannounced. Of course, f you do decide to do this, make sure that you create a good first impression from the off.
Check local papers
The classified section in local papers is also often a good source for finding part time job vacancies. Many smaller businesses or locally owned companies will use this resource to promote their vacancies as opposed to using a national jobs board. It’s certainly worth checking out what’s available and of course if you wish, you could perhaps even place an ad yourself – highlighting your skills and experience and the type of part time role you are seeking.
Networking can play a major part in every type of job search. Whether this is online using social media or attending networking events or even by simply utilizing the real life contacts of friends and family, it can all be beneficial. Let people know that you are on the lookout for a new part time position and you could discover opportunities that you may not otherwise have even known about.
Choose the ‘right’ sectors
Not every employer will be open to part time working. It’s important therefore to do some research and consider which types of employers are. Smaller businesses and startups in many sectors may be more open to considering part time options. Likewise some sectors such as retail have always had high levels of employees working on part time contracts. Within the public sector too part time contracts and even job share options exist in many areas. If you are being proactive in your job search and perhaps contacting employers on a speculative basis, it’s certainly worthwhile doing a little research first and finding out if part time working is something that they consider.
Use seasonal opportunities
The summer months and the period leading up to Christmas usually sees a rise in the number of part time job opportunities. Whether it’s to cope with an increase in customers or to help with staff holiday cover, employers often advertise for part time roles that they would not normally consider at other times of the year. Sometimes such roles are on a temporary basis and although that may not be ideal, they can still help you strengthen your work experience and develop your skills. Again check what’s being advertised near you or contact employers speculatively to see what options may exist or be coming up.
We hope that these tips for finding Part Time Work may help if you’re on the lookout for just that type of role. Got any other tips that you’d like to share? Why not let us know via the comments below…