5 Ways to Find Part-time Work
When it comes to employment and parenting, sometimes it really is possible to have your cake and eat it too. Working part-time gives women the opportunity to get back into the workforce (or to enter it for the first time) while giving them time to be present for their children.
But how does one secure a part-time position? Career expert Dana Manciagli, author of Cut the Crap, Get a Job (spring 2013), shares her tips for finding â and landing â the ideal part-time gig.
1.Â Â Â Seek opportunities on sites specifically geared toward part-time work likeÂ CareerBuilder.com and CoolWorks.com. She also suggests being open to different ways of being hired. âSome people are hired as a part-time employee while others are hired as a contractor,â she says. âWomen should manage their expectations about the title or the way they can be hired.â
2.Â Â Â Take time to learn how to effectively use job sites and social media outlets. âSocial media and websites are the next generation of finding part-time work, but to really get value out of them spend time learning how to use them â donât just post your resume and think youâre done,â she says.
3.Â Â Â Be proud of your skills. Manciagli encourages women to stand behind their skills. âThe mindset of the part-time mommy is her first hurdle,â she says. âThese women often donât think they have any skills, but mothers have skills that they cultivated before babies as well as those they mastered while managing their households. One mom I worked with added, âCEO of my householdâ to her resume. After 14 years as a stay-at-home mom, she is now working at Microsoft.â
4.Â Â Â Never apologize for any amount of time you took off to raise your children. When it comes time to recount the time you spent out of the workforce raising your kids, Manciagli suggests that women promote the skills they earned at home â flexibility, attention to detail, multi-tasking. âYou have skills,â she says. âWhether the hiring manager is a man or a woman, they will understand those skills.
5.Â Â Â Describe, up front, how you will be able to find time for your part-time work. âGet ahead of one of the biggest challenges working moms will face â a hiring managerâs belief that you wonât be able to give the job the time it needsâ says Manciagli. âTell them from the start how you will be able to do part-time work, i.e. âIâm committed to your company and excited to work for you and Iâd like to tell you how Iâm going to be able to take care of my kids and dedicate time to you. I have a nanny coming every day for four hours, I have a closed door office, etc.ââ
Marisa Belger is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor and mama. When not running around with her five-year old boy — or preparing for the birth of his little brother — she writes about parenting, natural beauty, wellness and green living for publications like Natural Health, Prevention and TODAYShow.com, or collaborates on books like Josh Dorfman’s The Lazy Environmentalist.