Not every job search is for a full-time career path. Sometimes you want a second job to make ends meet, or something flexible to help you balance other parts of your life. Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered in your hunt for a part-time job!
Determine What You Want
First, figure out what you want out of your part-time job—what are your goals? Do you have specific needs? Do you need a job with benefits? Do you need a flexible or unusual schedule so you can have a second job or manage schoolwork? Are you juggling work and family obligations? Whatever your niche, we can help you find those targeted opportunities.
Do you need to obtain benefits in addition to your normal paycheck?
Do you have to fit your job into a life that’s already filled with lots of obligations?
If you have the flexibility to flip your schedule a bit from the typical setup, you could consider a night job.
And if you’re homebound, or prefer to work from the comfort of your PJs, go for a work-from-home setup.
Find a Gig that Pays the Bills
If your main goal for your part-time gig is “money” (which is totally valid too!), then there are plenty of opportunities are out there, no matter the number of hours you have available to work every week.
Prepping Your Resume to Get the Job You Want
Once you’ve figure out what kinds of part-time jobs you want to pursue, it’s time to dig in and revamp your application package. As always, that starts with a good old-fashioned resume overhaul. Don’t rush through a proper resume just because you’re pursuing a part-time gig. Competition is always tough, and you want to put your best foot forward to let hiring managers know you’re serious about the job.
Get Ready for the Interview Process
Not all hiring processes are one-size-fits-all—your part-time job search may include interviews that seem more casual, or are slightly different from the standard interview suit/firm handshake/firing squad template. Basically, you should be prepared to be flexible and act fast to jump on opportunities.
Turn It Into Something More Permanent
And after you’ve got your part-time job, you may decide it’s time to take it full-time. We’ve got your back on that, too! It’s common for companies to take on employees to see how they adapt into the company culture before hiring them on permanently. Also, it makes sense that you, if you find you’re gelling with your coworkers, manager, and the company culture, might want to stick around for a while, and for more hours a week.
Good luck! If you have any tips or stories about your own part-time job hunt, we’d love to hear them.